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iCS's Newsletter: January/2017

The year 2016 was a very productive one for Instituto Clima e Sociedade and for its grantees. After its incorporation as a legal entity in 2015, in 2016 iCS consolidated its activities as an independent institution, and experienced significant growth: the team increased from six to nine people, revenues from grants grew 36% over the previous year, and the number of grants doubled: iCS gave 41 grants totaling BRL 13 million.

Now that a new year has begun, we hope to be able to expand our activities and to strengthen our areas of work, in close partnership with our grantees.

Check out a brief review of our activities in 2016 and our outlook for 2017. Happy 2017!

HIGHLIGHTS

RETROSPECTIVE OF ICS’ ACTIVITIES IN 2016
iCS in Numbers   |  iCS in Action

INSIDE ICS
The Board of iCS met at the Institute’s headquarters to review the year 2016 and to make plans for 2017 

COMMUNICATIONS
With support from iCS, Radio CBN interviews the mayors-elect of four capital cities on commitments related to the sustainability and climate change agenda 

POWER
Workshop discusses challenges and relevant public policies for the Energy Efficiency Action Plan   |  iCS’s Outlook for 2017: Power

URBAN MOBILITY
LabMob, an iCS grantee, releases a book on mobility by bicycle in Brazil   |  Ciclocidade and Cidadeapé issue press release against the intended increase in the maximum speed allowed in highways of the city of São Paulo   |   iCS grantees are interviewed in a special issue of Cidades e Soluções about pedestrian and walkability matters   |  iCS’s Outlook for 2017: Urban Mobility

CLIMATE POLICY
Perception of the importance of a long-term vision for low carbon economy is one of iCS' achievements in 2016  |  ICS's Outlook for 2017: Climate Policy  

RETROSPECTIVE OF ICS’ ACTIVITIES IN 2016

iCS in Numbers

USD 4.8 million
That was iCS’ revenue in 2016 originating from its funders, a 36% increase over 2015. In addition, an ambitious fundraising plan was developed, covering the period from 2017 to 2020.

77%
of the budget was allocated to programmatic costs in 2016, and 23% to administrative costs. The result surpassed expectations, which had been of 70% and 30%, respectively.

41
grants were made in 2016, more than double the 20 grants that had been made in 2015. BRL 13 million were granted by iCS.

iCS in Action

  • A comprehensive meeting, with the participation of the board, funders, partners and experts, opened the year 2016 for Instituto Clima e Sociedade. During this meeting, the general strategy of the organization was defined for the years 2016-2020.
  • In March, iCS’ Power portfolio was established, thus forming the institute’s third area of ​​activity.
  • iCS' structuring process was completed throughout the year 2016, with the hiring of professionals to occupy three new positions. The team, currently complete, has nine people.
  • Until 2015, grants had been negotiated by the iCS team, but all agreements were drawn up and all grants were actually paid by the ClimateWorks Foundation. 2016 was the first year in which iCS made grants with contracts in Portuguese, signed directly with each grantee, with values established in Reais, and funds disbursed directly by iCS itself. In addition, it was the first time iCS formalized grants with two-year terms.
  • Several systems were fully established in 2016, including Fluxx, a grants management system, and Alterdata, a financial system.
  • The first external audit of Instituto Clima e Sociedade, carried out by KPMG, was approved without reservations.
  • The iCS team traveled to many places in the world to attend international events and important global meetings, such as Habitat III, in Quito; COP22, in Marrakesh; meetings organized by ClimateWorks, in Brussels; the Alliance to Save Energy Conference, in Washington D.C.; in addition to national and international events held in Brazil.
  • Instituto Clima e Sociedade was responsible for the organization of dozens of meetings and events with the presence of high-ranking representatives from different sectors of local and international society (public sector, private sector, academia and civil society).
  • This newsletter, which is now in its seventh edition, was established in July to keep funders and partners informed about the iCS activities. Other available channels of communication are the iCS website, which has been visited by more than 2,100 users since August, and Facebook profile, created in November.

INSIDE iCS

The Board of iCS met at the Institute’s headquarters to review the year 2016 and to make plans for 2017

The Board of Instituto Clima e Sociedade met on December 1 and 2 at the organization's headquarters, in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to taking stock of the year 2016 and drawing up plans for 2017, the Board also sat for the first time with the Fiscal Council.

During the meeting, two new members were elected: Carlos da Costa Parcias Jr., Chief Business Development Officer of CPFL Energia, and Marcelo Furtado, Executive Director of the Arapyaú Institute. Thus, the Board now has seven members.

During the meeting, two iCS grantees gave presentations. ITDP discussed urban mobility challenges in major Brazilian metropolises, and COPPE/UFRJ’s Energy Planning Program (PPE) presented its two mathematical models for the integrated modeling of energy systems - one for Brazil and the other with global application. With the support of Instituto Clima e Sociedade, PPE uses these models to research the necessary conditions to enable Brazil to bring its carbon emissions from the electric sector to zero by 2050.

COMMUNICATIONS

With support from iCS, Radio CBN interviews the mayors-elect of four capital cities on commitments related to the sustainability and climate change agenda
Radio CBN interviewed, with the support of Instituto Clima e Sociedade, the mayors-elect of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Recife. A series of reports, with the participation of experts, was also carried out to investigate and discuss the commitments towards the sustainability and climate change agenda made in such cities during the campaigns of the now elected candidates. The special reports can be found here.

POWER

Workshop discusses challenges and relevant public policies for the Energy Efficiency Action Plan
With support from iCS, on December 2, the Energy Efficiency Action Plan Workshop was held, bringing together 35 experts to discuss the content of the Energy Efficiency Plan. This Plan is a request from the Ministry of Mines and Energy to the Energy Research Company (EPE) to be launched by May, at the same time that the Ten-Year Energy Plan will be launched.
During the workshop, participants discussed relevant public policies and challenges to leverage energy efficiency in various sectors, such as transportation, industry and buildings. Mechanisms and sources of funding were also in the agenda of the meeting, which took place at EPE's headquarters.
In February, a preliminary version of the plan, reported by Gilberto Jannuzzi, leader of the International Energy Initiative (IEI, an iCS grantee), will be submitted to public consultation.

iCS’s Outlook for 2017: Power
According to Roberto Kishinami, coordinator of the iCS Power portfolio, the institute’s goal for 2017 is to consolidate what the work iniciated this year, strengthening civil society working on power. Also, iCS intends "to explore the formation in Brazil of an entity called Agora, which already exists in Germany. This is an independent organization and an instance of articulation of the society, whose purpose is to take a long-term look into the decarbonization of the power sector”.

URBAN MOBILITY

LabMob, an iCS grantee, releases a book on mobility by bicycle in Brazil
LabMob (Sustainable Mobility Laboratory of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) has released the book “Mobilidade por Bicicleta no Brasil” (“Mobility by Bicycle in Brazil"), which addresses the results of a research on the Profile of the Brazilian Cyclist. It points out the motivations for using a bicycle based on the context of the studied cities - Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Niterói, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Available in full over the internet, the publication presents data on cycling in each of such cities, as well as more general reflections on bicycle mobility. Check out a report by André Trigueiro about the release of the book, which aired as part of his Cidades e Soluções program.

Ciclocidade and Cidadeapé issue press release against the intended increase in the maximum speed allowed in highways of the city of São Paulo
Ciclocidade (Association of Urban Cyclists of São Paulo) and Cidadeapé (Association for Walking Mobility in São Paulo), iCS grantees, issued a “press release on the Safe Marginal highway Program”, highlighting the negative points of the program that provides for the return of high speeds in the marginal highways of São Paulo. In the release, such entities affirm that the program, launched on December 20 by the future Secretary of Transport and Mobility of São Paulo, Sergio Avelleda, and by the president of CET, João Octaviano Neto, brings for the first time in the world the announcement of "the adoption of traffic mitigation measures along with policies that promote road insecurity".

iCS grantees are interviewed in a special issue of Cidades e Soluções about pedestrian and walkability matters
Cidades e Soluções, a program by the journalist André Trigueiro, celebrated it 10-year anniversary in 2016 through a special series. One of the programs addressed exclusively the issue of active mobility, with a focus on pedestrian matters. It had the participation of iCS grantees ITDP, Corrida Amiga, Cidade Ativa and Bike Anjo. To check out the program, click here.
With a large audience, Cidades e Soluções is a Globo News program dedicated to presenting successful experiences that improve people's lives through the intelligent and sustainable use of natural resources in Brazil and abroad.

iCS’s Outlook for 2017: Urban Mobility
For 2017, Walter Figueiredo de Simoni, the coordinator of the Urban Mobility Portfolio, foresees an enhancement of the activities in the area of financing for urban mobility; strengthening of the active mobility agenda, working with cyclists and pedestrians; analysis of options for improvement in concessions of public transport; and support to organizations dedicated to improving public transportation. It will also be fundamental to put more effort on the area of communication, with a view to behavior change that leads to a greater use of public and active modes of transportation, and less use of cars.

CLIMATE POLICY

Perception of the importance of a long-term vision for low carbon economy is one of iCS' achievements in 2016
During the year 2016, iCS' Climate Policy portfolio achieved important goals. Perhaps the main one has been the realization of how critical it is to create a long-term strategic vision for the transition towards a low-carbon economy. In this sense, we have seen the start of an important qualitative change in the direction of rethinking the development model, with a concatenated vision that involves trained actors, technology and funding sources in different sectors.

Examples of this new perception include the Brazilian Forum of Climate Change, which will have a specific technical chamber on this matter; the CEBDS (the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development), which works with member companies so that the transition to a low carbon future is a part of their strategic planning; and the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, which has begun to incorporate the context of climate change in its studies of competitiveness in strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy.

ICS Outlook for 2017: Climate Policy
If 2016 was the year to create awareness about the importance of a long-term vision for the transition into a low carbon economy, 2017 will be, for the iCS Climate Policy portfolio, the time to disseminate and begin the process of consolidating this topic. To this end, the mapping of how the climate change is contemplated in the long term by the relevant players in the country is now in course, in addition to activities that seek to coordinate the main efforts to model low carbon scenarios in Brazil.

"The most important thing to do is to consolidate these instruments, understanding the implications, the needs, the different scenarios, the players that need to be involved, the disruptive technologies and the necessary investments - with an analysis of funding sources – in order to build a long-term vision that can guide short-term decisions. This is what we wish to do in 2017”, explains Branca Americano, the Climate Policy portfolio coordinator of iCS.


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