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iCS’ Newsletter: June/2017
Inside iCS
Ana Toni participated in family philanthropy meeting promoted by GIFE On May 24, GIFE (Group of Institutes, Foundations and Companies) promoted, in São Paulo, the GIFE Meeting of Family-Based Social Investment...
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ICS organizes, along with partners, an international meeting in Brasilia on long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions In partnership with the Federal Ministry of External Relations of Germany and the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, iCS organizes in Brasilia, on June 27…
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Power
Instituto Escolhas launches platform with the support of the iCS to calculate investments in electricity until the year 2025 #Quantoé? Gerar Energia, a platform of Instituto Escolhas, was launched to help society understand which energy sources should receive investments in Brazil…
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Analysis shows that electricity waste Brazil has exceeded 60 billion reais in the last three years
R$ 61.7 billion. This is the total amount that Brazil has wasted over the last three years due to outdated industrial machinery, lamps and appliances.
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With the support of iCS, GBC Brazil leads a group of nine national councils in the creation of self-sustainable building certification
In an interview to Folha de S. Paulo, Felipe Faria, a director of Green Building Council (GBC) Brazil, highlighted the importance of the Leed…
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Consultants hired to create a strategic plan for Agora Brazil
Lavínia Hollanda and Camilo Muñoz were the consultants hired by the iCS to create a strategic plan for Agora Brazil, the new organization that will act as a think tank…
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Climate Economy and Policy
Carbon Transparency Initiative organizes the first webinar showing the results of its methodology applied to carbon emission scenarios in Brazil The Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI), a ClimateWorks Foundation project that generates Current Development Scenarios based on policies, decarbonization trends and…
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Carlos Rittl described, during the Brazil Forum, in London, the increase in the rate of deforestation in the Amazon and the extensive use of water by the agricultural commodities sector
Carlos Rittl, the executive secretary of Observatório do Clima, attended Brazil Forum, held on May 13, in London. Together with Luís Roberto Barroso, of Brazil’s Supreme Court…
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Economic cost of natural disasters in Brazil exceeds R$180 billion according to estimates by the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change
The Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC), an iCS grantee, prepared a study that shows the volume of losses that Brazil faced between 1995 and 2014 due to….
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Urban Mobility
New study by IEMA shows that cars carry only 30% of passengers in São Paulo, but emit 72.6% of the sector's greenhouse gases On May 23, the São Paulo Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEMA), an iCS grantee, launched a new study on the contribution of each mode of transportation…
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Executive plan for the implementation of bicycle mobility to be jointly drafted by BHTrans and the Urban Cyclists’ Association of Belo Horizonte
In a meeting at the Belo Horizonte city hall, members of the Urban Cyclists’ Association of Belo Horizonte (BH em Ciclo) discussed the creation and enforcement of bicycle mobility…
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Organizations express concern over possible dismantling of program that frees up roadways for leisure purposes in São Paulo
Civil society organizations that work to promote the rights of cyclists and pedestrians in São Paulo, including iCS grantees Cidade Ativa, Ciclocidade, Bike Anjo and…
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What’s Happening in Brazil
Organizations issue #RESISTA manifesto against proposals in the Congress that dismantle socio-environmental rights conquered over the years Organizations and movements from different fields of activity, many of them iCS grantees, have issued the #RESISTA manifesto, a document that denounces the agenda…
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Unmask my City Campaign comes to São Paulo to reinforce the importance of air quality in public health
In early May, the Unmask my City campaign, a global initiative of health professionals committed to reinforcing the importance of air quality, was launched in…
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Grants Approved in May
Associação Bike Anjo | R$ 350.000 To generate knowledge and experience on the planning and implementation of bicycle use for urban mobility purposes, in integration with other public policies in….
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Escola de Ativismo | R$ 301.000
To foster and catalyze opportunities for articulation and greater engagement in the Urban Mobility agenda; to train two knowledge multipliers to engage in activism…
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Fundo Socioambiental Casa | R$ 180.000
The project will work in partnership with the Como Anda platform, which identified and studied organizations from all over Brazil that pursue actions in the field…
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Inside iCS
Ana Toni participated in family philanthropy meeting promoted by GIFE
On May 24, GIFE (Group of Institutes, Foundations and Companies) promoted, in São Paulo, the GIFE Meeting of Family-Based Social Investment. The aim of the initiative, which brought together more than 60 people, was to strengthen and expand family philanthropy in Brazil. Ana Toni, the executive director of Clima e Sociedade, attended the meeting that drew a parallel between the sector numbers in the U.S. and in Brazil and mentioned trends, opportunities and challenges at the national level. During the event, the participants also gathered into thematic tables to carry out practical discussions of real-life examples of strategies for action and legacy. Involvement in this type of event is an opportunity for iCS to have a dialogue with Brazilian philanthropists and to encourage more support to civil society organizations.
ICS organizes, along with partners, an international meeting in Brasilia on long-term strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
In partnership with the Federal Ministry of External Relations of Germany and the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, iCS organizes in Brasilia, on June 27, the "International Meeting on the Development of Long-term Strategies and Climate Change - Dialogues for a Sustainable Future". The objective of the event, which will be broadcast live on iCS’ Youtube channel,, is to discuss how some countries have already developed their strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and how Brazil plans to do the same.
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Power
Instituto Escolhas launches platform with the support of the iCS to calculate investments in electricity until the year 2025
#Quantoé? Gerar Energia, a platform of Instituto Escolhas, was launched to help society understand which energy sources should receive investments in Brazil, in order to ensure that the demand for electricity until 2025 is met. According to official data, an increase by almost a third of the current demand will be necessary. In order to achieve such purpose, the platform used official data, as well as reliable sources on the generation of electricity from hydroelectric plants, wind plants, photovoltaic solar plants, thermal plants using biomass, thermal plants using natural gas, thermal plants using coal and nuclear power plants. Anyone can easily simulate different compositions using up to seven energy sources - with each choice, the investment needs and consumer bills change. See the platform here.
Analysis shows that electricity waste Brazil has exceeded 60 billion reais in the last three years
R$ 61.7 billion. This is the total amount that Brazil has wasted over the last three years due to outdated industrial machinery, lamps and appliances. The volume of electricity savings in this period would be equivalent to 1.4 times the production of Itaipu Binacional in 2016 - if there were incentives from the government to support industrial modernization and the manufacture of more efficient consumer products. According to a report by Folha de Londrina, without such waste, it would be possible to reduce the use of thermoelectric plants during the periods when the levels of their reservoirs are low.

“Losses within the transmission and distribution system, i.e. before the electricity reaches the final consumer, amount to 17% of all energy produced. If we consider the volume of energy lost in that manner between 2001 and 2015, we would be looking at a volume similar to the one produced, in the same period, by coal and natural gas thermoelectric plants”, explains Roberto Kishinami, the coordinator of the Power portfolio of Clima e Sociedade. iCS works towards the achievement of energy efficiency as a way to fight waste and reduce the demand for electricity.

With the support of iCS, GBC Brazil leads a group of nine national councils in the creation of self-sustainable building certification

In an interview to Folha de S. Paulo, Felipe Faria, a director of Green Building Council (GBC) Brazil, highlighted the importance of the Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental design) certification for the construction sector. Brazil is currently 4th in a ranking of the 165 countries where the World Green Building Council is present, with 400 Leed-certified buildings. At the invitation of that organization, GBC Brazil and nine other national councils lead the creation of a new certification for self-sustainable buildings. With the support of Clima e Sociedade, GBC created a multidisciplinary committee and intends to conclude the protocol before the end of June. According to Faria, even though sustainable buildings are 6% more expensive to build, their efficiency benefits are much greater.

Consultants hired to create a strategic plan for Agora Brazil
Lavínia Hollanda and Camilo Muñoz were the consultants hired by the iCS to create a strategic plan for Agora Brazil, the new organization that will act as a think tank and forum for dialogue about key energy policy issues– inspired by and in partnership with Germany’s Agora Energiewende. The work of the consultants will receive contributions from a group formed by experts Carlos Parcias Jr., Markus Exenberger, Markus Steigenberger and Phillip Hauser, in addition to the iCS team.
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Climate Economy and Policy
Carbon Transparency Initiative organizes the first webinar showing the results of its methodology applied to carbon emission scenarios in Brazil
The Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI), a ClimateWorks Foundation project that generates Current Development Scenarios based on policies, decarbonization trends and investments in energy in several regions of the world held its webinar showing, for the first time, the results of its methodology in Brazil. Together with iCS grantees such as IEMA, SEEG and COPPE/UFRJ, the CTI showed greenhouse gas emission trends for the future in sectors such as generation of electricity, transportation and land use, always in comparison with the U.S., China, India, Mexico and the European Union.
Carlos Rittl described, during the Brazil Forum, in London, the increase in the rate of deforestation in the Amazon and the extensive use of water by the agricultural commodities sector
Carlos Rittl, the executive secretary of Observatório do Clima, attended Brazil Forum, held on May 13, in London. Together with Luís Roberto Barroso, of Brazil’s Supreme Court, and Fernando Haddad, the a former Minister of Education, Rittl reported to the world that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 60% in two years, which corresponds to 8 thousand hectares a year, almost half of the target expected for 2020. Another important information, this one dealing with water, was also highlighted: 60% of the entire volume of water consumed in Brazil is used in the production of agricultural commodities, despite the ongoing water crisis.
Economic cost of natural disasters in Brazil exceeds R$180 billion according to estimates by the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change
he Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (PBMC), an iCS grantee, prepared a study that shows the volume of losses that Brazil faced between 1995 and 2014 due to natural disaster, such as droughts, floods and windstorms: R$182.7 billion. Most of this amount is related to economic losses, both public and private, due to interruptions in commercial activities.
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Urban Mobility
New study by IEMA shows that cars carry only 30% of passengers in São Paulo, but emit 72.6% of the sector's greenhouse gases
On May 23, the São Paulo Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEMA), an iCS grantee, launched a new study on the contribution of each mode of transportation to the emissions of pollutants in São Paulo: The Inventory of Atmospheric Emissions from Road Transportation of Passengers in the Municipality of São Paulo. Such study shows a worrying fact: although cars carry only 30% of the city’s passengers, they are responsible for the emission of 72.6% of greenhouse gases in the sector. The comparison with buses is also relevant - while the collective mode of transportation carries 40% of all passengers, it occupies only 3% of the roads, a volume that is much lower than the 88% occupied by cars. This study shows the importance of encouraging people to replace cars with public means of transportation as a way to mitigate climate change.

Executive plan for the implementation of bicycle mobility to be jointly drafted by BHTrans and the Urban Cyclists’ Association of Belo Horizonte

In a meeting at the Belo Horizonte city hall, members of the Urban Cyclists’ Association of Belo Horizonte (BH em Ciclo) discussed the creation and enforcement of bicycle mobility policies in the city, with mayor Alexandre Kalil. The meeting had a concrete result: together with the cyclists, the Belo Horizonte Transportation and Transit Company (BHTrans) will draft an executive plan for the deployment of cycling mobility infrastructure in the capital city of Minas Gerais. Such plan will be presented to mayor Kalil by the beginning of July.

Organizations express concern over possible dismantling of program that frees up roadways for leisure purposes in São Paulo
Civil society organizations that work to promote the rights of cyclists and pedestrians in São Paulo, including iCS grantees Cidade Ativa, Ciclocidade, Bike Anjo and Greenpeace, have issued a document in which they declare their concern about the dismantling of the Ruas Abertas (“Open Streets”) program by mayor João Dória’s administration. According to a Folha de S. Paulo report, five of the 28 roads in several neighborhoods that had been authorized to be used for leisure purposes by the former administration of Fernando Haddad are no longer available – a decision that was made without any dialogue with the community.
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What’s Happening in Brazil
Organizations issue #RESISTA manifesto against proposals in the Congress that dismantle socio-environmental rights conquered over the years
Organizations and movements from different fields of activity, many of them iCS grantees, have issued the #RESISTA manifesto, a document that denounces the agenda of dismantling social and environmental achievements that is being pursued by the nucleus of the Federal Government and by interest groups installed in the National Congress. In the text, the organizations criticize measures that, if approved, will produce a historical retrogression in the protection of the environment, of traditional populations and of agricultural workers. Among the proposals being discussed in Congress are the suppression of agrarian reform and social land use policies, the abolition of protected areas, the loss of indigenous rights and territories, and the legalization of unlawful land occupations. See the full document here.

Unmask my City Campaign comes to São Paulo to reinforce the importance of air quality in public health

In early May, the Unmask my City, campaign, a global initiative of health professionals committed to reinforcing the importance of air quality, was launched in São Paulo. The capital city of the State of São Paulo joins cities like London and Belgrade in an attempt to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants in order to cause a positive impact on the health of billions of people. The masks (a palliative solution to the problem) are a symbol of the campaign and receive special LED lights that change color according to real-time measurements of outdoor pollution.

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Grants Approved in May
Associação Bike Anjo Grant Amount R$ 350.000 Duration 16 meses Portfolio Urban Mobility Purpose of the Grant: To generate knowledge and experience on the planning and implementation of bicycle use for urban mobility purposes, in integration with other public policies in Brazilian municipalities. To this end, two main strategies are adopted: 1) to continue engaging and advising municipalities to include bicycle use in their PlanMobs, through the Bicicleta nos Planos campaign; and 2) to promote training of municipal technicians and officers, as well as leaders and members of civil society who promote cycling, to include its use in public policies and its implementation in Brazilian cities.
Escola de Ativismo Grant Amount R$ 301.000 Duration 12 meses Portfolio Urban Mobility Purpose of the Grant: To foster and catalyze opportunities for articulation and greater engagement in the Urban Mobility agenda; to train two knowledge multipliers to engage in activism in Recife; to consolidate the knowledge acquired by the groups in the area of planning, strategy, tactics and communication for activist campaigns; to improve knowledge in data activism (development of data-driven projects), to pursue negotiation and mediation with public authorities; to strengthen gender debates relating to Urban Mobility.
Fundo Socioambiental
Casa
Grant Amount R$ 180.000 Duration 12 meses Portfolio Urban Mobility
Purpose of the Grant: The project will work in partnership with the Como Anda platform, which identified and studied organizations from all over Brazil that pursue actions in the field of walking mobility. The First Call for Walking and Low-Carbon Mobility Proposals will select up to 8 projects to receive up to R$ 20,000 each. This is a way to strengthen local institutions dedicated to pedestrians, which is a mode of sustainable mobility.
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