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iCS's Newsletter: April/2017

In March, Instituto Clima e Sociedade received the visit of Surabi Menon and Seth Monteith, of ClimateWorks, to discuss the final details of the Brazilian indicators that will be integrated into the Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI), a project that is based on policies, decarbonization trends and investments, in order to create a transparent Current Development Scenario.

March was also the month in which the iCS offered two consulting opportunities: one for the development of the strategic and implementation plan relating to Agora Energy Brazil and the other related to advice in the areas of evaluation and learning. The Institute selected Gustavo Pinheiro as the new Coordinator of its Portfolio of Climate Economy and Policy.

Check out these and other news below.

HIGHLIGHTS

INSIDE ICS
iCS and grantees participate in an impact evaluation workshop, designed by CIFF   |   iCS, with support from CIFF, will hire an advisor in the area of evaluation and learning

POWER
Workshop organized by EPE, with support from iCS, discusses energy efficiency financing   |   BNDES approves special financing conditions for renewable electricity generation projects in the Amazon region   |   iCS hires consultant to develop the strategic plan for Agora Energy Brazil

CLIMATE ECONOMY AND POLICY
Surabi Menon and Seth Monteith, of ClimateWorks, visit iCS to set the details of Brazil’s integration into the Carbon Transparency Initiative   |   Ana Toni reinforces, in an article published in Época magazine, the global commitment to fight climate change, despite Trump’s backward stance   |   Brazilian Forum on Climate Change holds first round of meetings steering country towards the goals of the Paris Agreement   |   Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of Observatório do Clima, sends an open letter to Michel Temer, published by Folha de São Paulo   |   New Coordinator of iCS' Climate Economy and Policy Portfolio is selected: Gustavo Pinheiro

URBAN MOBILITY
Members of Rede Mobilidade, including iCS grantees, monitor the publication of the Target Plan for the city of São Paulo   |   Civil Society submits document with Urban Mobility policy goals to mayor João Dória   |   Workshop at COPPE, in partnership with the Climate Change Forum and iCS, discusses low-carbon disruptive technologies

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
Observatório do Clima, an iCS grantee, turns 15

GRANTS APPROVED IN MARCH
Instituto Escolhas – R$ 1.575.000,00  |  Centro Brasil no Clima – R$ 900.000,00

INSIDE ICS

iCS and grantees participate in an impact evaluation workshop, designed by CIFF
The workshop “ Designing, Managing & Undertaking Impact Evaluations for Climate Change Interventions ” was held on March 7-9, in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to CIFF (one of iCS' funders). The main objective was to expand the use of impact evaluation techniques in projects developed by non-profit organizations in Brazil, focusing on climate change. The meeting was led by instructors from 3iE (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation) and had logistical support from iCS. There were 34 participants, mostly members of iCS grantee organizations, which, in general, held this training opportunity in high regard.

iCS, with support from CIFF, will hire an advisor in the area of evaluation and learning
iCS, with support from CIFF, will hire a consultant to enhance and develop its systems and procedures regarding monitoring and evaluation. Among other duties, the consultant in question will also be responsible for strengthening of institutional and staff capabilities in the area. Further information about the position, which can be filled either by a person or entity, is available on the CIFF’s website. The expectation is that the consultancy contract will last for 18 to 24 months, as needed.

POWER

Workshop organized by EPE, with support from iCS, discusses energy efficiency financing
On March 31, iCS organized, together with Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE), a workshop with members of the Financial sector (such as BNDES, Itaú, Santander and Febraban); of the government sector (including the Ministry of the Environment - MMA; Ministry of Mines and Energy – MME; ANEEL, Eletrobras, Procel and Finep); third- sector institutions (such as IEMA and INEE); bilateral-cooperation entities (GIZ); and a business council (CEBDS), in addition to several other organizations. The purpose of the meeting, which had 37 participants, was to discuss financing mechanisms for energy efficiency with a view to contribute to the Ten-Year Plan for Energy Efficiency.

BNDES approves special financing conditions for renewable electricity generation projects in the Amazon region
The National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved, on March 14, special financing focused on renewable power generation in isolated areas of the Amazon region. The initiative, a partnership with Amazonas Energia, provides that eligible items for each project (to be submitted to a bidding procedure during the May 11 auction of the National Electric Energy Agency - ANEEL) can use 15% of funds from the National Climate Change Fund, subject to an annual interest rate of 1%. The measure is expected to reduce the region’s carbon emissions – for example, the 225 diesel plants in the state of Amazonas alone emit two million tons of carbon dioxide a year.

iCS hires consultant to develop the strategic plan for Agora Energy Brazil
Inspired by and in partnership with Agora Energiewende, from Germany and GIZ,nstituto Clima e Sociedade opened a Terms of Reference for a consultancy contract covering the development of strategic and implementation plans for the creation of Ágora Energia Brasil. The proposal is that the new organization acts as a think tank and a forum for dialogue about key issues in energy policy, aiming to create scientifically sound and socially and politically feasible opportunities towards zero-carbon energy production in Brazil. The position description can be viewed here..

CLIMATE ECONOMY AND POLICY

Surabi Menon e Seth Monteith, do ClimateWorks, visitam o iCS para acertar detalhes da integração do Brasil ao Carbon Transparency Initiative
Surabi Menon, Senior Director, Advisory & Research, e Seth Monteith, Program Manager do Carbon Transparency Initative (CTI), both of ClimateWorks, an iCS funder, visited the headquarters of Clima e Sociedade from March 22 to March 24. The main objective of the visit was to address the mapping of the national capacity to build greenhouse gas emission scenarios and to integrate the Brazilian indicators into the CTI project, which is based on policies, decarbonization trends and energy-related investments in eight sectors (including transportation and power) to create a transparent Current Development Scenario.

By monitoring changes on an annual basis, the CTI facilitates the identification of progress, or lack thereof, regarding the national goals of emission reduction. The CTI has developed similar models for the United States, China, India, Mexico and the European Union. iCS invited eight different groups, among which grantees of COPPE/UFRJ, Observatório do Clima and Instituto Escolhas to attend meetings and align their standing with regard to this matter.

Ana Toni reinforces, in an article published in Época magazine, the global commitment to fight climate change, despite Trump’s backward stance
In an article published in Época magazine,Ana Toni, director of Clima e Sociedade, addressed the irresponsibility committed by Donald Trump, president of the United States, in dismantling the architecture orchestrated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, to tackle climate change. The consequences of this decision, and also the potential U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, will bring about serious environmental, economic and social damages. However, Ana reinforces that, despite such backward stance, the success of the Agreement will be secured by other nations, which are committed to investments to decarbonize their economies. A new market for renewable sources, technologies and sharing is already strong enough to move forward even without the U.S., and then, in the post-Trump era, the U.S. will make up for the lost time.

Brazilian Forum on Climate Change holds first round of meetings steering country towards the goals of the Paris Agreement
Brazil began the movement to achieve the goals set in the Paris Agreement. On March 14, the Minister of the Environment, Sarney Filho, opened the dialogue with sectors of society - the objective is to integrate them into the definition of goals and measures towards the reduction of emissions. Conducted by the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change (FBMC), this first round brought together the sectors with the best results in the fight against climate change: forests, biodiversity, agriculture and livestock. The proposals are expected to be consolidated by October, so that the discussions can take place during the preparation of the country's National Strategy for Implementation and Financing of the Nationally Defined Contribution (NDC).

Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of Observatório do Clima, sends an open letter to Michel Temer, published by Folha de São Paulo
On March 16, National Day of Climate Change Awareness, Carlos Rittl, the executive secretary of the Observatório do Clima, a network of NGOs that are grantees of iCS, wrote an open letter to the president, Michel Temer, published by Folha de São Paulo. Rittl lists the opportunities that Brazil is losing by failing to assume a prominent role in the environmental vanguard of the planet, and by increasingly distancing itself from the target of 80% reduction in deforestation by 2020 - the devastation of the Amazon rainforest grew 60% over the last two years. See the full text here.

New Coordinator of the iCS Climate Economy and Policy Portfolio is selected: Gustavo Pinheiro
After a selective process that lasted about two months, Clima e Sociedade chose Gustavo Tosello Pinheiro to be the new Coordinator of the Climate Economy and Policy Portfolio. Gustavo co-founded Bratus Natural Capital in 2015, investing in startups generating social and environmental impact. From 2012 to 2015, Gustavo was the Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Brasília; working to improve environmental legislation related to infrastructure, agriculture and protected areas management. He was also responsible for TNC’s public fundraising between 2010 and 2012, as International Finance Institutions Coordinator. From 2005 to 2010, Gustavo engaged Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) in supporting indigenous peoples and organizations in sustainable development and public policy initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon. He also managed ABN-AMRO Bank’s corporate digital channel operations from 2002 to 2005 after concluding the corporate trainee program he was selected for in 2001. Gustavo also did consultancies for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Ministry of Culture and São Paulo’s Transportation Department. He has a degree in Public Administration from São Paulo Business School - Fundação Getulio Vargas and is specialized in Economic Conservation Tools in a joint program at University of Brasília (UNB) with Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) and Instituto Internacional de Educação do Brasil (IEB) and Social Change at Harvard Kennedy School.

URBAN MOBILITY

Members of Rede Mobilidade, including iCS grantees, monitor the publication of the Target Plan for the city of São Paulo
João Dória, the mayor of São Paulo, presented the city’s 4-year Target Plan to city councilors. One such target, for example, covers a 7% increase in the use of public transport by 2020. Members of Rede Mobilidade were present at the launch, on March 30, and Gabriela Vuolo, of Cidades dos Sonhos (an iCS grantee), spoke about the matter in an interview with Rede Globo. According to her, the Target Plan is an important document that can be used as a weapon against potential empty promises made by the government, as people can use the plan to monitor what is actually being done, and at what speed.

Civil Society submits document with Urban Mobility policy goals to mayor João Dória
ix days before the official announcement of the São Paulo Target Plan, Ciclocidade, Cidadeapé, Greenpeace, IDEC (all of which are iCS grantees) and Sampapé submitted a document with proposals for goals dealing with fundamental issues of urban mobility policy. The publication is divided into seven action areas: structuring and qualification of the foot mobility network; collective public transport; expansion and qualification of the cycling network; reduction of traffic deaths; emissions from the transport sector; participation and social control and expansion with popular participation in the Open Streets program.

Workshop at COPPE, in partnership with the Climate Change Forum and iCS, discusses low-carbon disruptive technologies
On March 15, COPPE/ UFRJ organized the Workshop “Roadmap for Disruptive Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles and Virtual Reality in the Workplace", in partnership with the iCS and the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change. At the time, an assessment was made of new low carbon technologies in the areas of industry, transportation and energy with potential to generate rupture in the carbon emission trends in Brazil.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL

Observatório do Clima, an iCS grantee, turns 15
Observatório do Clima, the largest civil society network dedicated to discussing and studying climate issues in Brazil, turned 15 years old on March 23. The Clima e Sociedade grantee has 42 member institutions and is responsible for the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Estimate System, SEEG - the first non-governmental initiative in the world to annually calculate emissions of carbon equivalent in all sectors of the economy.

GRANTS APPROVED IN MARCH

Grantee Institution: Instituto Escolhas
Grant Value: R$ 1.575.000,00
Grant period: 18 months
Portfólios: Power | Urban Mobility | Climate Economy and Policy

Purpose of grant: Create the necessary expertise for the country to make the transition into a low carbon economy, enabling the production of relevant data and information to influence the internalization of the Paris Agreement and the debate on the possible ways to operationalize the NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution). It also intends to consolidate Instituto Escolhas as a reference think tank in the debate on the Brazilian transition into a low carbon economy, supporting the following topics: the competitiveness of the Brazilian economy in a growing stage of adoption of emission reduction policies; the cost to the Brazilian society of reaching the target of reducing 10% of the national consumption of electric energy by 2030; the public opinion about the oil industry, about the production and consumption of oil and about clean transport solutions.


Grantee Institution: Centro Brasil no Clima
Grant Value: R$ 900.000,00
Grant period: 12 months
Portfólio: Climate Economy and Policy

Purpose of grant: Contributing to the implementation of the Brazilian NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution), and detailing of such contribution into a plural and participatory process through the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change Thematic Chambers in the following sectors: Forestry and Agriculture; Power; Mobility and Transport; Industries; and Cities and Waste. Hold strategic meetings with climate leaderships. Start preparations for the first review cycle of the Brazilian NDC, in 2020, and for a long-term vision of drastic decarbonization of the economy.


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