iCS Newsletter Number 2: August 2016

Dear partners, we present the second edition of iCS' monthly newsletter, with information about our activities and grantees and relevant climate change news from Brazil​​.

Suggestions or comments can be sent to luiza@climaesociedade.org.

HIGHLIGHTS

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Campaign brings Olympians together to reduce global warming by 1.5° C by 2100

iCS'S AGENDA
iCS welcomes the Norwegian Ambassador for a talk with Rede de Mulheres pela Sustentabilidade (Women's Network for Sustainability)  |  Johannes van de Ven, CEO of Good Energies Foundation, visits iCS   |  New meeting with minister Sarney Filho points to environmental priorities   |  iCS and ECF meet to discuss maritime emissions and the standing of Brazil   |  Claudio Angelo, of Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory), launched “A Espiral da Morte” at iCS   |  Alessandro Molon discusses mobility in Rio de Janeiro, at iCS

POWER
IEMA promotes a lecture in the House of Representatives about the potential importance of renewable energy within the Brazilian energy matrix

URBAN MOBILITY
MoveCidade is the new IDEC urban mobility platform, with support from iCS  |  LABMOB launches a virtual platform to promote solutions in active transportation  |  #toWorkByFoot Day inspires the practice of walking and running as a form of urban mobility  |  #Rio2017 discusses post-Games challenges in areas such as mobility and sanitation

CLIMATE POLICY
The House of Representatives approves the ratification of the Paris Agreement and the issue is submitted to the Senate  |  Brazilian SEEG system is used to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in India  |  CBC strategic meeting is held at iCS  |  iCS is the new member of the Infrastructure Work Group of Coalizão Brasil Clima, Floresta e Agricultura (Brazil Climate, Forest and Agriculture Coalition)

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
New secretary for Climate Change, Everton Lucero, has been appointed

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Campaign brings Olympians together to reduce global warming by 1.5° C by 2100
On July 28, the campaign “1.5°C: the record we must not break” was launched at Museu do Amanhã with the presence of Sarney Filho, Environment Minister, Ana Toni and Roberto Kishinami. Organized by iCS, Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory), GIP, Climate Vulnerable Forum and PNUMA (UNEP), the campaign aims to show how climate change and extreme weather threaten the viability of sports as we know them today. While many records are expected to be broken during the Olympic games, athletes from around the world come together to prevent the global average temperature from rising by more than 1.5°C by 2100, based on the pre-industrial period.

iCS'S AGENDA

iCS welcomes the Norwegian Ambassador to the discussion rounds of Rede de Mulheres pela Sustentabilidade (Women's Network for Sustainability)
The relationship between gender culture and sustainability was addressed during the discussion rounds of Rede de Mulheres Brasileiras Líderes pela Sustentabilidade, (Brazilian Leading Women's Network for Sustainability), an initiative of the Ministry of Environment in which Ana Toni is a member of the International Relations Committee. At the headquarters of iCS, the ambassador of Norway in Brazil, Aud Marit Wiig, spoke to the participants about the importance of oil producing countries, such as Brazil and Norway, getting ready for a low carbon economy.

Johannes van de Ven, CEO of Good Energies Foundation, visits iCS
The CEO of Good Energies Foundation, Johannes van de Ven, visited iCS in July together with Anamaria Schindler, a member of the board of the foundation. During the visit, the two organizations exchanged experiences.

New meeting with minister Sarney Filho points to environmental priorities
On July 28, Branca Americano attended a meeting with Environment Minister Sarney Filho, alongside representatives of NGOs, academia and others. During the conversation, the minister listed his management priorities and heard the demands and expectations of civil society.


iCS and ECF meet to discuss maritime emissions and the standing of Brazil
Ana Toni and Charlotte Inglis, of the European Climate Foundation, met with a representative of the shipbuilding industry to discuss maritime emissions and the International Maritime Organization.

Claudio Angelo, of Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory), launched "A Espiral da Morte” at iCS
Why is the polar ice melting? What consequences can we expect in the coming decades if we do not take the necessary actions to curb climate change? These are questions that guide the book “The Spiral of Death”, by Claudio Angelo, released on July 7 at the iCS headquarters. The author relies on his experience in Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory) and as a collaborator in publications such as Nature and Scientific American to analyze global warming from the perspective of the “climate machines”: the Arctic and Antarctica.

Alessandro Molon discusses mobility in Rio de Janeiro, at iCS
Alessandro Molon (Rede-RJ) was invited by iCS to discuss the challenges of mobility in the city of Rio de Janeiro. The congressman and pre-candidate in the Rio de Janeiro mayor elections was at the iCS headquarters on July 25 to attend the second event in the series “Dialogues on Mobility in the 2016 Elections”, held in partnership with grantee GIP.

POWER

IEMA promotes a lecture in the House of Representatives about the potential of renewable energy within the Brazilian energy matrix
On July 13, the director of IEMA, André Ferreira, gave a lecture at the Commission of Mining and Energy of the House of Representatives. In his lecture, he explained the importance of renewable energy within the Brazilian energy matrix, as a potential alternative to meet the commitments undertaken by Brazil at COP 21, in Paris.

URBAN MOBILITY

MoveCidade is the new IDEC urban mobility platform, with support from iCS
MoveCidade is the new IDEC urban mobility platform, with support from iCS The impact of urban mobility in everyday life is presented in a visually-rich and straightforward way in the MoveCidade website, the new online IDEC platform that received a grant from iCS. The project provides comparisons between transportation means, rights and duties of citizens and the main channels of consumer assistance. The site was launched on the 21st, with an online chat with Carlos Aranha, the Coordinator of the Urban Mobility Work Group of Rede Nossa São Paulo (Our São Paulo Network).

LABMOB launches a virtual platform to promote solutions in active transportation
Laboratório de Mobilidade Sustentável (Sustainable Mobility Laboratory) - (LABMOB), an iCS grantee, launched its virtual platform in late June. The site publishes research and design solutions of the laboratory, which is dedicated to active transportation. One example is the Profile of the Brazilian Cyclist, the first comprehensive study on the use of bicycle as a means of urban transportation in Brazil. This research was conducted in 2015 in ten Brazilian cities.

#toWorkByFoot Day inspires the practice of walking and running as a form of urban mobility
On 1 July, Instituto Corrida Amiga, an iCS grantee, promoted  “ #aPéAoTrabalho” Day as a way of inspiring people to walk, run or combine displacements on foot with public transportation or shared rides on their daily life. The campaign was not restricted to Brazil; it also had supporters in London, Atlanta, and other cities in Denmark and Australia, under the hashtag #toWorkByFoot, and also in Mexico, Argentina and Colombia under the hashtag #aPieAlTrabajo.

#Rio2017 discusses post-Games challenges in areas such as mobility and sanitation
A fairer, more democratic and more sustainable post-Games metropolitan city is the goal of the #Rio2017 campaign, launched on the 26th, in partnership with iCS. The mobilization also draws attention to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in the city. The proposals of the campaign are gathered in the 2017 Rio Agenda, a document prepared by Casa Fluminense and other 48 civil society organizations.

CLIMATE POLICY

The House of Representatives approves the ratification of the Paris Agreement and the issue is submitted to the Senate
Brazil is getting closer to the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The legislative decree bill was approved by unanimous vote on June 12, by the House of Representatives, where it was heard on an urgent basis. Centro Brasil no Clima, a grantee of iCS, was instrumental in this process. Now, the bill will be submitted to the Senate, where its approval is foreseen to happen without difficulties. The bill then is expected to be submitted for presidential approval and to become law even before COP 22, the Marrakesh Climate Conference, to be held in November.

Brazilian SEEG system is used to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in India
For the first time, estimates of greenhouse gas emissions are carried out independently in India. The SEEG India project uses the SEEG Brazil methodology and is the result of cooperation with Observatório do Clima (Climate Observatory), a grantee of iCS, which has been calculating Brazilian emissions since 2013.

CBC strategic meeting is held at iCS
In early July, Centro Brasil no Clima (CBC) held its strategic meeting at the iCS headquarters. Individuals with great knowledge about Climate Change issues attended and the meeting was an important opportunity for them to assess the impact of Brazil's political transition on such matters, to outline priorities and to realign expectations in light of the new scenario.

iCS is the new member of the Infrastructure Work Group of Coalizão Brasil Clima, Floresta e Agricultura
iCS is now a member of the Infrastructure Work Group (WG) of Coalizão Brasil Clima, Floresta e Agricultura (Brazil Climate, Forest and Agriculture Coalition), an area of intensive interface between the portfolios of Climate Policy and Urban Mobility. The group deals with freight and passenger transportation logistics in the Amazon region, minimizing environmental impacts.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL

New secretary for Climate Change, Everton Lucero, has been appointed
Everton Lucero was formalized as Secretary for Climate Change and Environmental Quality of the Ministry of the Environment. Earlier, in the Foreign Ministry, Everton had headed the Brazilian delegation during the Paris Agreement negotiation process.


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