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    Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...]

    Brazil Begins Awarding Building Efficiency Labels

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    Earlier this year I posted about Brazil’s trailblazing initiative to provide energy efficiency labels for buildings.  Well, the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) has just announced that first five Brazilian buildings were given the labels in the form of steel plaques about the size of an A4 sheet of printing paper.  [...]

    New Movement on Recycling Used Motor Oil Packaging in Brazil?

    Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

    Last year I posted about (slow-building) momentum in Brazil to collect and recycle the packaging that the new motor oil comes in, starting originally in 2003 in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) as a preemptive move by an industry group* and then expanded to Rio Grande do Sul (RS) in 2005, Paraná (PR) in 2007 and [...]

    Santa Catarina Supports 52 Small Hydropower Projects

    Thursday, May 21st, 2009

    The southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) has made a heavy commitment to small hydro. The SC State Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development (SDS), Onofre Santo Agostini, just signed 14 portarias authorizing the construction of 14 new small hydroelectric plants (known in Brazil as pequenas centrais hidrelétricas – PCHs). In Brazil any [...]

    Rio Adopts Environmental Registry and Inspection Tax

    Sunday, April 19th, 2009

    Rio de Janeiro just became the latest Brazilian state to adopt a state-level version of the Federal Technical Registry (CTF) and Environmental Control and Inspection Tax (TCFA).
    The CTF was created by law in 2000 as a federal registry of industries and activities that the national environment authority, IBAMA, deems likely to produce pollution, and therefore [...]

    Pesticide Residue Levels in Brazilian Food

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    Which fresh food sold in Brazil has been found most likely to present “irregular” pesticide residues — levels higher than those permitted by regulation, or even residues of pesticides banned or not authorized for use on the foodstuff it is found on?
    Peppers.  In 2008 more than 64% of the pepper samples analyzed by the National [...]

    Update: Easier Buying Recycled

    Friday, March 6th, 2009

    Parana’s public entities will finally get their recycled paper products.
    A few months ago I posted about the problems the southern Brazilian state was experiencing in its pioneering efforts to stimulate recycling by requiring all state agencies, entities and offices to buy only paper products with high recycled post-consumer fiber content (50%).
    A November 2007 law said [...]

    Brazil Creates 22 New National Research Institutes

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council for the Development of Science and Technology (CNPq) just announced the creation of 22 new National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs), bringing the number of such national institutes to 123, with total financial resources for R&D of R$581 million.  Nine of the new INCTs will go to São Paulo (SP), four [...]

    Brazil to Release GHG Inventory for Waste & Sanitation Sectors / Brasil vai divulgar dados sobre a emissão de gases de efeito estufa do setor de resíduos sólidos e efluentes

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    While many developing nations — including most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations — are content to submit the minimum communication required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Brazil has not taken the easy route.  If you check the Temas listing of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories,  you’ll see that no less [...]

    BNDES Finances Small Hydropower Expansion

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    In recent months Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) has been pumping a lot of money into small-scale hydroelectric power (PCH in Portuguese) projects.  How much?  R$910 million in 15 projects since August for a total new power generation of capacity of 264.5 megawatts (MW).  That means by end-2008 BNDES will have 85 PCH projects in [...]

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