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    IEA Proposes Ways to Decarbonize Power & Cut Energy Intensity in Industry

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the International Energy Agency (IEA):
    IEA proposes approaches to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the key sectors, industry and power
    “In the global fight against climate change, the industry and power sectors both play a key role,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in Paris. “Industry is one of the [...]

    BNDES Finances “Green Polyethylene” Production

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    The BNDES approves financing of R$ 555 million for Braskem to produce sugarcane ethylene and polyethylene

    Ethanol Chemistry Project is the first to be supported by the Bank

    The BNDES approved R$ 555.6 million in financing for Braskem’s innovative project intended to produce sugarcane ethylene and polyethylene. The total investment is of [...]

    Shell Chemical to Clean Up Its Plant in Puerto Rico

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    Shell to Pay $1 Million Penalty, Enhance Pollution Controls for Clean Water Act Violations in Puerto Rico
    Shell Chemical Yabucoa, Inc. of Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a $1,025,000 penalty and spend at least $273,800 enhancing its pollution controls and monitoring to remedy Clean Water Act violations. The agreement, [...]

    BNDES to Help Solve COMPERJ’s Waste Issues / BNDES ajuda definir destino de resíduos gerados pelo COMPERJ

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    From the National Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES entered a technical cooperation with Rio de Janeiro to set the destination of the waste produced by COMPERJ
    This morning, the 17th, BNDES Social Inclusion director, Elvio Gaspar, signed two technical cooperation agreements with the State of Rio de Janeiro, jointly with Rio de Janeiro governor, Sérgio Cabral. In the [...]

    PAC’ing Brazil III: Energy, Petrochemicals and Biofuels

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental [...]

    PAC’ing Brazil: Overview & Environmental Licensing

    Friday, March 2nd, 2007

    If you are not resident in Brazil or a regular Brazil-watcher, you could be forgiven for never having heard of PAC.
    No! Not the video game character that chomped on “power pills” in order to consume brightly colored ghosts! Rather instead complex package of proposals from Lula’s Government intended to energize the Brazilian economy [...]