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Boletim iCS: November/2016

In October, SEEG, a grantee of Instituto Clima e Sociedade, released data on greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil in 2015, showing a 3.5% increase in emissions over the previous year. On a different note, the second round of municipal elections was concluded. Now, all mayors who will take office in January 2017 have been defined. Find below these and other news about the institute and its grantees.

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SEEG releases 2015 data: deforestation causes increased emissions

ICS’S AGENDA
New Fiscal Committee of Clima e Sociedade holds its first meeting   |  iCS hosts meeting on Non-Motorized Transportation   |   Ana Toni presents data on Brazilian emissions from power generation, during Funders Table meting  |  Real time verification of pledges and statements made during the debate ahead of mayoral elections had the participation of Clima e Sociedade

POWER
With the support of iCS, electronic magazine Sul21 produces article about the use of coal in the Brazilian energy system   |  MP 735, which encourages the implementation of coal power plants in Brazil, is approved by Congress  |  iCS brings grantees together to talk about energy efficiency

URBAN MOBILITY
IEMA survey shows that exclusive bus lanes in São Paulo reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5% per km driven   |  Cidade dos Sonhos holds debates on pledges made by the new mayor of São Paulo on issues of mobility   |  The mayor-elect of São Paulo, João Doria, invites Clima e Sociedade grantees for a bike ride  |  iCS and grantees take part in Habitat III, which defines action plan for the New Urban Agenda

CLIMATE POLICY
Sustentável 2016, a congress organized by CEBDS, discussed good sustainability practices in the private sector   |  Clima e Sociedade welcomes Nicolette Bartlett, of CDP, to talk about carbon pricing  |  Alfredo Sirkis, iCS grantee, is appointed to the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
Brazil intends to play a pioneering role in the new Carbon Market, approved in the Paris Agreement   |  Second round of municipal elections names new mayors for 4-year terms of office, beginning in 2017

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SEEG releases 2015 data: deforestation causes increased emissions
On October 27, SEEG (Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimate System), an initiative of Observatório do Clima supported by Instituto Clima e Sociedade, released data showing Brazil's emissions in 2015. The results were not encouraging: due to deforestation, there was a 3.5% increase in total emissions when compared to 2014. On the other hand, there was a 7.6% drop in emissions from passenger transportation from 2014 to 2015, owing to the increased use of ethanol and biodiesel. Emissions from electricity generation fell 4.8%, in part due to the economic recession and the consequent reduction in the demand for electricity. Further contributing to the reduction of emissions, there was an increase in non-hydro renewable sources in the energy matrix, mainly wind-based power.
The data were presented in an innovative seminar, which included inspiring lectures, such as the one given by climatologist Carlos Nobre, the one given by the chairman of Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE), Luiz Augusto Barroso, and the one given by the executive director of Instituto Escolhas, Sergio Leitão. Ana Toni participated as a mediator of the final session of the seminar. Museu do Amanhã, the institution that hosted the event, signed a cooperation agreement with SEEG covering the next years.

iCS’S AGENDA

New Fiscal Committee of Clima e Sociedade holds its first meeting
The new fiscal committee of Instituto Clima e Sociedade held its first meeting on October 11. The members of the committee are the economist Helena Turola de Araújo Penna and Warley de Oliveira Dias, who has a masters’ degree in Accounting and Controllership.

iCS hosts meeting on Non-Motorized Transportation
The Non-Motorized Transportation Task Force, organized by WRI Brasil Cidades Sustentáveis, covers a series of meetings to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with the development of a policy to encourage the use of non-motorized transportation modes - including ways to target investment into the area. Clima e Sociedade hosted the Rio de Janeiro meeting, which dealt with the analysis, diagnosis and solutions relating to policies of incentives for the use of non-motorized transportation. Among those present were José Lobo (Transporte Ativo) and Márcio Deslandes (European Cyclists’ Federation)..

Ana Toni presents data on Brazilian emissions from power generation, during Funders Table meting
Ana Toni, the executive director of Clima e Sociedade, participated, via Skype, in a meeting of Funders Table, which took place in Berlin, bringing together representatives of major philanthropic institutions working in the area of climate change. At the invitation of Jan Mazurek, the ClimateWorks Program Director, Clean Power, Ana made a presentation on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation in Brazil.

Real time verification of pledges and statements made during the debate ahead of mayoral elections had the participation of Clima e Sociedade
Organizations Meu Rio, Aos Fatos and Agência Publica invited the coordinator of Urban Mobility Portfolio of Instituto Clima e Sociedade, Walter Figueiredo de Simoni, to take part in the “Lie Detector” project on October 28. The project verified, in real time, the statements and pledges made by the mayoral candidates in Rio de Janeiro (Marcelo Freixo and Marcelo Crivella) during the debate broadcast by Rede Globo. A team of experts from different fields attended, and Walter fact-checked issues dealing with urban mobility and the environment.

POWER

With the support of iCS, electronic magazine Sul21 produces article about the use of coal in the Brazilian energy system
In a partnership with Clima e Sociedade, Sul21, a communication vehicle based on new internet collaborative media, launched, on October 10, a series of articles on the use of coal in the Brazilian energy system, with data on economic potential and environmental, social and health effects. The first article discusses the scenario of uncertainty that affects the coal industry with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4, the political changes in Brazil and the growth in investments in clean and renewable energy sources. See the full article here. This grant is part of iCS’s strategy to raise awareness in southern Brazil, home to the country's largest coal plants, about the impacts of the production and use of coal for electricity generation.

MP 735, which encourages the implementation of coal power plants in Brazil, is approved by Congress
In September, Brazil set a good example to the world: it ratified the Paris Agreement, legally undertaking the commitments made in its INDC. But on October 11, the House of Representatives showed signs that go against the winds of change - and also against the goals of the Agreement: it approved provisional measure (MP) 735 and its more than thirty amendments. One of these admendments creates a program to encourage the implementation of coal power plants (which accounts for 22% of greenhouse gas emissions in the Brazilian energy sector). On October 19 it was the Senate’s turn to approve the MP. The only step that is still missing is the sanction by President Michel Temer.

On October 21, a group of 21 civil society organizations delivered a letter to Michel Temer asking for his veto to the thermoelectric stimulus program. A few days later, the Minister of the Environment, José Sarney, also recommended a presidential veto to the article that deals with the modernization of the coal production in the South of Brazil.

iCS brings grantees together to talk about energy efficiency
iCS held two discussions on energy efficiency on October 20. In the morning, ANDI, a press think tank, presented to Instituto Escolhas, IEMA, IEI and Howard Geller, of Southwestern Energy Efficiency Partnership, its research model on energy efficiency and climate change. This survey covered 44 daily newspapers and 8 national magazines, over the last three years. In the afternoon, the same organizations, all iCS grantees, debated the results of the survey conducted by consultant Paulo Leonelli on the impact of the Paris Agreement on energy efficiency programs in Brazil, from the standpoint of federal government decision makers and experts in the field.  

URBAN MOBILITY

IEMA survey shows that exclusive bus lanes in São Paulo reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5% per km driven
A survey conducted by IEMA, a iCS grantee, showed that exclusive bus lanes in São Paulo reduced by 5% greenhouse gas emissions per kilometer driven in the capital, and also increased the speed of this public means of transportation by 11%, on average . Currently, the city has 516.9 km of exclusive lanes; of these, 426.9 km went into operation during the current administration of mayor Fernando Haddad (PT), who lost the reelection to challenger João Dória (PSDB).

Cidade dos Sonhos holds debates on pledges made by the new mayor of São Paulo on issues of mobility
Cidade dos Sonhos, a project supported by Clima e Sociedade, invited experts in the fields of green areas; public transportation; bicycles; pedestrians and speed reduction; solid waste; climate change and energy to take part in seven debates during the month of October. With journalist Bernardo Câmara acting as mediator and the constant presence of Tai Nalon, of Aos Fatos agency (which analyzed the government programs of São Paulo mayoral candidates), the debates examined the pledges made by mayor-elect João Dória in each of such fields.

The mayor-elect of São Paulo, João Doria, invites Clima e Sociedade grantees for a bike ride
The mayor-elect of São Paulo, João Doria, went for a bike ride on October 11 with bike-activists - after Doria had given statements to the effect that he would remove bicycle lanes from the city. Among those present, were Clima e Sociedade grantees Daniel Guth, of Ciclocidade, William Cruz, of Vá de Bike, and Rafael Calabria, of Cidade a Pé. During the ride, the elected mayor said that bicycle lanes should be expanded by the private sector, which should also be responsible for maintaining the existing ones.

iCS and grantees take part in Habitat III, which defines action plan for the New Urban Agenda
Walter De Simoni, Coordenador do Portfólio de Mobilidade Urbana do iCS, participou do Habitat III – Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre Moradia e Desenvolvimento Urbano entre os dias 17 e 20 de outubro, na cidade de Quito, Equador. Durante o evento, a Nova Agenda Urbana para os próximos 20 anos foi aprovada e finalizada, assim como o plano de ação para colocá-la em prática. O Clima e Sociedade também apoiou a ida ao Congresso de quatro donatários – representantes das organizações Cidade A Pé, Bike Anjo, A Cidade Precisa de Você e Corrida Amiga.

CLIMATE POLICY

Sustentável 2016, a congress organized by CEBDS, discussed good sustainability practices in the private sector
CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development), a Clima e Sociedade grantee, held its annual event - Sustentável 2016 - on October 25. The meeting, held at Museu do Amanhã, stimulates the multiplying effect of good business practices to signal to the world that Brazil is committed to sustainable development. During the day, discussions were held on issues related to sustainability through the exchange of experiences and stimulation of joint action initiatives.

Clima e Sociedade welcomes Nicolette Bartlett, of CDP, to talk about carbon pricing
Nicolette Bartlett, carbon pricing director at CDP (Carbon Disclosure Program), visited the Instituto Clima e Sociedade headquarters in October to talk about possible areas of common interest between the two organizations in the future, specifically with regard to different carbon pricing methods.

Alfredo Sirkis, iCS grantee, is appointed to the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change
Alfredo Sirkis, director and founder of Centro Brasil no Clima (CBC), a grantee of Instituto Clima e Sociedade, was officially appointed on October 28 executive secretary of the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change. Headed by the President of the Republic, Michel Temer, the body works as an interface between the Federal Government and the society with regard to this matter. CBC played a fundamental role in accelerating the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the Brazilian Government.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL

Brazil intends to play a pioneering role in the new Carbon Market, approved in the Paris Agreement
As the Paris Agreement entered into force, the carbon market is expected to once again be included among the commodities of the global financial system in the coming months, and Brazil intends to be a pioneer and to dictate the rules for carbon trading. At the beginning of October, the United Nations Climate Convention received from the Brazilian Government two proposals to regulate the article of the Agreement dealing with emission trading mechanisms. Such proposals are expected to be discussed during COP22, which opened on November 7, in Morocco.

Second round of municipal elections names new mayors for 4-year terms of office, beginning in 2017
On October 30, the second round of municipal elections took place in several cities all over Brazil. Now, all the mayors who will take office on January 1, 2017, for 4-year terms, have been named. In Rio de Janeiro, PRB candidate Marcelo Crivella won the race against Marcelo Freixo of PSOL. Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais, will have Alexandre Kalil (PHS) as mayor, after his bid beat João Leite of PSDB - the favorite in the first round. São Paulo had already defined its mayor in the first round: João Dória (PSDB). Among the cities where the work of Instituto Clima e Sociedade is prioritized, there was re-election only in Recife, the capital city of the state of Pernambuco, where Geraldo Julio (PSB) will have another term as mayor.


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