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  • 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 […]

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    SEAM Proposes Supermarket Role in Changing Waste Management

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    Paraguay’s Environment Minister José Luis Casaccia met with representatives of the Paraguayan Chamber of Supermarkets (CAPASU) to push for all supermarkets in the country to

    promote the use of reusable cloth bags for carrying away the products they buy, rather than polyethylene bags, which the Environment Secretariat (SEAM) considers a major sort of litter in the […]

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    Wal-Mart’s Plastic Bag Reduction Strategy in Central America

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Wal-Mart Central America is pursuing an interesting strategy to achieve its announced target of a 50% reduction in plastic bag use in its more than 500 stores in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua by 2013.  Whereas its brethren in Brazil have elected to offer discounts for consumers bringing their own alternatives to […]

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    Buenos Aires Bans Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags

    Saturday, September 13th, 2008

    The Province of Buenos Aires (PBA) just became the latest Latin American jurisdiction to prohibit retailers from offering non-biodegradable plastic carry bags. The provincial government is trumpeting the new law as one banning polyethylene (PE) and other plastic carry bags, but a careful reading of the law shows that it only bans non-biodegradable plastic […]

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    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 […]

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