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iCS's Newsletter: March/2017

In February, iCS took part in a series of activities with its grantees and funders. Ana Toni and Luiza Souza went to Mexico to attend the WingsForum 2017, an event that brought together philanthropic institutions and institutions that provide support to philanthropy on all continents.

IEMA and FGV held the first meeting with other partners to discuss investments in urban mobility in Brazil, which is an important part of the project that is co-funded by iCS and Oak Foundation.

Find these and other news below.

HIGHLIGHTS

INSIDE ICS
iCS took part in WINGSForum 2017, in Mexico, and Ana Toni provided closing remarks   |   Events in March: impact evaluation workshop and Surabi Menon’s visit to iCS

POWER
EPE Director and Superintendent talk to iCS about the Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the partnership with Clima e Sociedade   |   In an essay, IEMA’s coordinator highlights the importance of investments in solar, wind and biomass energy in Brazil

URBAN MOBILITY
Project supported by iCS and the Oak Foundation aims to map the investments made in urban mobility in Brazil over the last 10 years   |   In a Greenpeace survey, 97% of São Paulo inhabitants said they prefer a non-polluting bus fleet   |   Climate Journalism, an iCS grantee, launches a section of interviews with experts on the subjects of urban mobility and climate   |   Over the last three years, Brazilian capital cities have more than doubled their bicycle path coverage

CLIMATE ECONOMY AND POLICY
With Alfredo Sirkis as its executive secretary, the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change resumes activities in March Selection process to fill the position of Coordinator of the Climate Economy and Policy Portfolio progresses   |   Instituto Escolhas, in a partnership with Insper, offers a series of free courses in the new Lecture Series “Economics and the Environment”

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL
Aloysio Nunes is the new Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs  |  GIFE selects its new General Secretary: José Marcelo Zacchi

GRANTS APPROVED IN FEBRUARY
Green Building Council – R$ 177.000,00

INSIDE ICS

iCS took part in WINGSForum 2017, in Mexico, and Ana Toni provided closing remarks
Ana Toni and Luiza Souza represented iCS in “ WINGSForum 2017 – Critical Philanthropy: Addressing Complexity, Challenging Ourselves”, in Mexico City, from February 21 to February 24. A global event that brings together philanthropic institutions and entities that provide support to philanthropy on all continents, the forum has helped to rethink philanthropic models and practices that are aimed at social transformation.
For iCS, this was an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences with some of its current funders, potential partners, institutions that offer similar portfolios and services, as well as organizations that primarily provide support to philanthropy. To check some of the topics and assessments of the points under discussion at the meeting, click here .
Ana Toni was responsible for the closing remarks at the WINGSForum 2017, and invited all those in attendance to the WINGSForum 2020.

Events in March: impact evaluation workshop and Surabi Menon’s visit to iCS
iCS’ plans for March include a three-day workshop on impact evaluation with the participation of iCS staff and several of its grantees. The workshop was idealized and supported by CIFF. 3iE – International Initiative on Impact Evaluation is responsible for presenting the content. iCS provided the necessary logistical support for the workshop to take place in Rio de Janeiro. iCS will also receive the visit of Surabi Menon, the Research Director of ClimateWorks, for three days of meetings with several grantees, focusing on climate change modelling and research.

POWER

EPE Director and Superintendent talk to iCS about the Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the partnership with Clima e Sociedade
Ricardo Gorini, Director of Economic, Energy and Environmental Studies, and Jeferson Soares, Superintendent of Economic and Energy Studies, both of the Energy Research Company (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética - EPE), are this month’s interviewees at iCS’ website. They discussed EPE’s expectations for 2017 and provided an in-depth analysis of the Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which is being prepared under the coordination of the Ministry of Mines and Energy. They also praised the partnership with iCS, which began in the joint organization of the International Workshop “The Role of Energy Efficiency in the Brazilian Low Carbon Economy”, held in September 2016, and which will continue to be pursued in 2017.

In an essay, IEMA’s coordinator highlights the importance of investments in solar, wind and biomass energy in Brazil
In an essay published in Nexo, Kamyla Borges Cunha, the Energy and Climate coordinator of IEMA, an iCS grantee, warned that Brazil needs to triple its electricity generation from renewable sources (sun, wind and biomass) by 2024. This is imperative for two very important reasons: compliance with international agreements and commitments and fulfillment of immediate domestic needs, as hydroelectric plants have begun to reduce their representativeness due to droughts and environmental impacts generated by their construction. Under the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015, Brazil undertook to meet goals related to renewable energy sources and, according to the Energy Research Company (Empresa de Pesquisa Energética - EPE), such goals will only be met if 12% of the national energy matrix is composed of solar and wind energy by 2030 - in 2015, this percentage was 3.5%.

URBAN MOBILITY

Project supported by iCS and the Oak Foundation aims to map the investments made in urban mobility in Brazil over the last 10 years
iCS and the Oak Foundation are partners and co-funders of a project that has been under development for the past 18 months by IEMA (Instituto de Energia e Meio Ambiente) and FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), with the goal of establishing a diagnosis of the investments made over the last 10 years in urban mobility in Brazil - both their origins and their destination. For that purpose, meetings with strategic partners are already being held, such as the one that happened in São Paulo during the month of February, which brought together entities such as INTP, ITDP, WRI, Observatório das Metrópoles and Instituto Escolhas.

In a Greenpeace survey, 97% of São Paulo inhabitants said they prefer a non-polluting bus fleet
Greenpeace, an iCS grantee, carried out a brief survey on February 21, in front of the São Paulo City Hall, in which it asked passersby the following question: do you want non-polluting buses in São Paulo? The result: 97% answered yes. The timing is opportune, as the bidding procedure for the hiring of new bus companies in São Paulo will take place in the coming months. Greenpeace asks that Mayor João Dória include renewable fuels as a requirement in such bidding procedure.

Climate Journalism, an iCS grantee, launches a section of interviews with experts on the subjects of urban mobility and climate
Climate Journalism, a project supported by an iCS grant, which promotes a contest that encourages university students to produce content on urban mobility and climate change, has just launched a section of video interviews with experts on the subject. So far, Rafaela Basile, from Cidade Ativa, Ana Nassar, the ITDP Programs Director, Clarisse Linke, the ITDP Executive Director, Gustavo Faleiros, the Coordinator of the Earth Journalism Network and InfoAmazonia, and José Lobo, the President of Transporte Ativo have been interviewed.

Over the last three years, Brazilian capital cities have more than doubled their bicycle path coverage
A survey organized by the G1 news portal with the municipal governments of the 26 capital cities and of the Federal District has revealed that in these cities, over the last three years, the bicycle path coverage has more than doubled in distance - 3,009 km in 2017 compared to 1,414km in 2014. This figure, however, still corresponds to only 2.8% of the total road coverage that exists in these municipalities. Among the most ambitious plans for the next four years is that of Belo Horizonte, which intends to increase its total bicycle path coverage by more than 350%. In the current ranking of capital cities with the largest bicycle path coverages are São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, with 498.4km, 441.1km and 420.1km, respectively.

CLIMATE ECONOMY AND POLICY

With Alfredo Sirkis as its executive secretary, the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change resumes activities in March
In March, the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change resumes its activities under a new executive secretary: Alfredo Sirkis, the director of Centro Brasil no Clima, an iCS grantee. In order to understand the next steps and the main actions to be taken by the new Forum executive secretary, Observatório do Clima spoke with Sirkis. According to him, the theme chambers will follow a common agenda, which includes short-term actions, such as immediate coping with deforestation rebound, implementation of Brazilian NDC in each sector of the economy, NDC’s first review cycle and drastic decarbonization for the second half of the century, among others.

Selection process to fill the position of Coordinator of the Climate Economy and Policy Portfolio progresses
iCS has received more than 65 applications for the position of Coordinator of the Climate Economy and Policy Portfolio. The selection process started in February, after Branca Americano left iCS. Ten applicants were selected to the final stages of the process.

Instituto Escolhas, in a partnership with Insper, offers a series of free courses in the new Lecture Series “Economics and the Environment”
Instituto Escolhas, an iCS grantee, will bring to São Paulo the researcher Timo Goeschl. Dr. Goeschl holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and is a professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Heidelberg, in Germany. He will teach the extension course Environmental Economics: Analytical Foundations and Experimental Evidence. In addition, Bernard Appy, director of the Center for Fiscal Citizenship, will teach the Taxation and the Environment course. Both courses are part of the Economics and the Environment Lecture Series, launched in November/2016 in partnership with Insper. The demand for the courses shows that there is a great interest in discussing socio-environmental issues from the perspective of the economic sciences.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN BRAZIL

Aloysio Nunes is the new Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs
President Michel Temer appointed Senator Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, of the PSDB of São Paulo, to take over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the Senate, Nunes Ferreira acted as leader of the Temer Administration and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He is being investigated in a lawsuit derived from the Lava Jato Operation. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio will replace José Serra, also from PSDB, who resigned recently citing health problems.

GIFE selects its new General Secretary: José Marcelo Zacchi
The Governance Council of GIFE concluded the selection process of the new General Secretary of the organization, who will take over, in March, the office that used to be occupied by André Degenszajn. The GIFE Governance Council selected José Marcelo Zacchi, a former iCS grantee at Casa Fluminense, an Association headed by him until he takes over the new position.

GRANTS APPROVED IN FEBRUARY

Grantee: GBC – Green Building Council
Grant Amount: R$ 177.000,00
Grant period: 12 meses
Portfolio: Power

Summary of the Project: With the support of iCS, GBC intends to develop a Net Zero certification program for at least one building typology, as an extension of existing Certification programs: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and GBC Brasil Casa (local residential certification program). To this end, online and face-to-face training sessions will be conducted to provide the Brazilian market with the necessary capabilities in terms of Net Zero certification. The project will be supported by a communication campaign in all GBC Brasil medias (website, GBC Magazine, Linkedin, Facebook and Blog), in addition to general press advertisement.


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