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iCS’ Newsletter: November/2017
Inside iCS
iCS brings together new players and political groups to discuss the 2018 elections The goal is to get to know more about these nonpartisan movements and to influence a climatic agenda to be discussed ahead of the elections
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Markus Steigenberger, Deputy Director of Agora Energiewende, has an intense week of meetings with iCS The main focus of the visit was the creation of a Brazilian institution inspired by the German Agora
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Climate Change Policy and Economics
“2018 Platform: the Brazil of Tomorrow” is launched with a discussion on the political process and participation of society Debate at the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) paved the way for a series of panels that will address issues such as security, cities and mobility, public management and renewable energy
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First major event of the “Platform for Biofuture” takes place in São Paulo With a gathering of national governments, companies and researchers, the meeting broadened the discussion on the need for a large-scale bioeconomy
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Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions grew 8.9% in 2016, when compared to 2015 figures This is the main conclusion of the new edition of SEEG, launched on October 26 in São Paulo by Observatório do Clima
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Seminar held by IPEA and IBGE, with support from iCS, addresses the relationship between national accounts and climate change The forum addressed international experiences in the area of statistics, focusing on climate change and the challenges for the future
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Blockchain and the carbon market are discussed during a meeting held at the Rio Institute of Technology and Society (ITS) During the discussion, which was supported by iCS, potential solutions to the problem of credits in the carbon market offered by virtual currencies were raised
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IES-Brazil 2050 results are presented during a workshop The study analyzed a decarbonization scenario compatible with a temperature increase of 1.5°C, relating to the social and economic implications of the national commitments corresponding to its NDC
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Power
The future of the electricity sector is a topic of the workshop conducted by iCS in partnership with EPE and Agora Energiewende The meeting was held to discuss security and flexibility in the contexts of Brazil and Germany and was broadcast live on ’iCS' Youtube channel
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Ministry of Mines and Energy has called a public consultation on the energy efficiency of air-conditioning units If approved, new measures should eliminate about 40% of current models available in the market
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Northeast energy generation scenario is seen as a model for the future by the Chairman of EPE In the region, due to the water crisis of the last five years, there was a remodeling of the energy matrix. Wind power now dominates electricity generation
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In an interview for Escolhas, Roberto Kishinami evaluates the Brazilian energy matrix For him, the country can significantly increase renewable sources such as wind, biomass and solar energy
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Urban mobility
Cidade dos Sonhos campaigns against the Legislative Bill that intends to postpone the deadline for the replacement of diesel as the fuel of the São Paulo bus fleet Every year, more than 4 thousand people die in the city of São Paulo from diseases related to air pollution
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In an open letter, civil society repudiates the ordinance that punishes cyclists and pedestrians with fines
The decision, which is based on the Brazilian Traffic Code, does not take into account the lack of safety affecting walking and cycling in Brazilian cities
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After Velo-City 2017, iCS holds meetings to discuss the importance of cycling in Brazilian cities
The selected cities were Recife, Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Brasilia, which are the homes of the municipal managers brought by iCS to Velo-City, and Rio de Janeiro, home of the next edition of the global event
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iCS brings together cyclo-activists from all regions where it operates for a two-day event at its headquarters
The event was important to discuss the triumphs and weaknesses of the movement in recent years, as well as future opportunities
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What’s happening in Brazil
Reformulation of the structure of climate governance is discussed for Brazil after the Climate Agreement The challenges posed by the national NDC implementation strategy require effective climate governance
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Grants Approved in October
MANDACARU DESIGN GRAFICO LTDA | R$ 50.000 To present intelligent and energetic lectures and activation sessions to deepen in the subjects covered by WDCD
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AGÊNCIA PUBLICA - Centro de Jornalismo Investigativo | R$ 12.000
o support the participation of speakers in the Festival 3i
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Inside iCS
iCS brings together new players and political groups to discuss the 2018 elections

iCS has started its activities concerning the 2018 presidential and state elections, with the intention of promoting a debate on climate change and low carbon development within the context of the elections. To that end, iCS welcomed, on October 16, a number of nonpartisan groups and new political players from different parts of the country. The goal of this type of meeting is to generate discussions about the current political conjuncture, to raise more knowledge about the proposals of these movements and to encourage a climate agenda to be adopted by them.

Markus Steigenberger, Deputy Director of Agora Energiewende, has an intense week of meetings with iCS

Markus Steigenberger met at length with Clima e Sociedade to plan the creation of a Brazilian institution inspired by Germany’s Agora. Markus also had conversations with power grantees to discuss low carbon alternatives and experiences. He was one of the special guests at the international workshop “The Future of the Electricity Sector: Security and Flexibility in the Brazilian and German Contexts”.

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Climate Change Policy and Economics
“2018 Platform: the Brazil of Tomorrow” is launched with a discussion on the political process and participation of society

“2018 Platform: the Brazil of Tomorrow” was launched on Monday, October 10, with the goal of defining a minimum agenda to support the break-down of barriers by society and the expansion of its participation in the political process. The debate, organized by Museu do Amanhã, in partnership with iCS, the Roberto Marinho Foundation, Conselho Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (“Brazilian Council for Sustainable Development” - CEBDS) and GloboNews, brought together names such as the Justice of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) , Herman Benjamin, who considered the possible return of business financing for political campaigns to be a regression, and the secretary general of Grupo de Institutos, Fundações e Empresas (“Group of Institutions, Foundations and Enterprises” - GIFE), José Marcelo Zacchi. Until the 2018 elections, new panels will take place every month, with the discussion of topics such as safety, cities and mobility, public management, renewable energy, among other issues of national interest.

First major event of the “Platform for Biofuture” takes place in São Paulo

Brazil hosted the international Biofuture Summit 2017, with the participation of governments of 20 countries, private sector representatives and researchers, who discussed the best ways to create a sustainable, low-carbon, scale bioeconomy. Organized by CEBDS, an iCS grantee, this was the first event of the Platform for Biofuture, which fosters the commitments made during Rio + 20, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The discussions held during such event contributed to the drafting of the Biofuture Vision Statement, to be submitted for endorsement during COP23.

Brazilian greenhouse gas emissions grew 8.9% in 2016, when compared to 2015 figures

In 2016, the national greenhouse gas emissions reached the highest level since 2008: 2.278 billion gross tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which corresponds to an 8.9% increase when compared to the previous year’s figures. This volume accounts for 3.4% of total global emissions, meaning that Brazil is the seventh major polluter on the planet. These are the key data of the new edition of SEEG (Greenhouse Gas Emission Estimates Systems), launched on October 26 in São Paulo by Observatório do Clima, an iCS grantee. Such increase, which actually represents a second consecutive growth, comes amid the worst economic recession in the country's history, meaning that Brazil is the only major global economy to increase pollution without generating wealth for society.

Seminar held by IPEA and IBGE, with support from iCS, addresses the relationship between national accounts and climate change

iCS was one of the organizers of the International Seminar “Linking Climate Change and National Accounts”, held on October 17 at the Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (“Institute of Applied Economic Research” - IPEA), in Brasilia. The seminar highlighted international experience in statistics related to climate change, the Brazilian environmental accounting initiatives and the relationship between national inventories of emissions and economic accounting. It was an important opportunity to reflect on how to inform decision-makers and society on the performance of the low-carbon part of the economy and, thereby, to boost decarbonization strategies throughout the economy.

Blockchain and the carbon market are discussed during a meeting held at the Rio Institute of Technology and Society (ITS)

The Rio Institute of Technology and Society (ITS Rio) organized Varanda ITS # 50, a series of meetings on relevant topics for the sector. This time, the discussions were held in partnership with iCS and dealt with “Blockchain and the Carbon Market”, with a special focus on the value of Blockchain as a powerful solution to the problem of carbon market credits, since it favors a transaction system that is decentralized, secure and transparent. The speakers were Márcio Barros, a computer scientist and market systems developer and Natália Garcia, a lawyer specializing in banking and financial law and the discussions were mediated by Gabriel Aleixo, an ITS researcher.

IES-Brazil 2050 results are presented during a workshop

On October 25, IES BRAZIL 2050 held a workshop to present the results of a decarbonization scenario compatible with a temperature increase of 1.5°C, describing the economic and social implications to the Brazilian economy of the adoption of the set of measures defined in the country’s NDC (Nationally Determined Contribution). The project was carried out by the Climate Center of COPPE UFRJ, with support from iCS and WWF-Brasil.

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Power
The future of the electricity sector is a topic of the workshop conducted by iCS in partnership with EPE and Agora Energiewende

In partnership with a Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (“Energy Research Company” - EPE) and Agora Energiewende, iCS organized the International Workshop "The Future of the Power Industry: Security and Flexibility in the Brazilian and German Contexts" , which took place on October 17. The event, which was opened by Luiz Augusto Barroso, the Chairman of EPE, Ana Toni, the Executive Director of Clima e Sociedade and Annette Windmeisser, Minister Counselor and Head of Cooperation for Sustainable Development at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Brazil, dealt with current experiences in the Brazilian and German electricity sector, their differences and sharing capabilities. Check the recorded footage of the live Workshop broadcast

Ministry of Mines and Energy has called a public consultation on the energy efficiency of air-conditioning units

The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) presented a proposal to increase the minimum levels of energy efficiency of air-conditioning units sold in Brazil. The new rules, if approved, should eliminate about 40% of the models currently available in the market according to the news article published in Estadão. However, experts say that we currently have access to enough technology to impose much more stringent rules than those being proposed. Air-conditioning is one of the biggest villains of energy consumption in the country. Rede Globo was another media vehicle that discussed this issue, explaining that an air-conditioning unit that is turned on for 8 hours a day consumes, on average, per month, 186 KW/H, which corresponds to 46% of residential electricity bills. The public consultation will remain open until November 27.

Northeast energy generation scenario is seen as a model for the future by the Chairman of EPE

In a news article published by Valor Econômico, the reporter Daniela Chiaretti addressed an interesting topic that was discussed during the International Workshop “The Future of the Power Industry: Security and Flexibility in the Brazilian and German Contexts”: the importance of the development of renewable energy projects, which had the support of the EPE chairman, Luiz Augusto Barroso. While in the national scenario, hydroelectric energy is the dominant source of power, in the Northeast the scenario begins to change - the wind sector dominates the generation of energy in the region, to a large extent due to the water crisis of the last five years, which required a remodeling of the energy matrix.

In an interview for Escolhas, Roberto Kishinami evaluates the Brazilian energy matrix

Roberto Kishinami, the coordinator of the Power Portfolio of iCS, was interviewed for the website of Instituto Escolhas. During the conversation, Kishinami explained that, although the Brazilian power matrix is ​​cleaner than the matrixes of most countries, fossil participation has been surging - today it accounts for around 20% of the total. The good news is that there are enough sources of renewable energy to lead Brazil into a low-carbon economy. Such transition depends primarily on government policy, in addition to investments in research, professional training and projects that focus on this type of electricity generation.

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Urban mobility
Cidade dos Sonhos campaigns against the Legislative Bill that intends to postpone the deadline for the replacement of diesel as the fuel of the São Paulo bus fleet

Cidade dos Sonhos campaigns against the approval of Legislative Bill 300/17, proposed by councilman Milton Leite, which postpones by more than a decade, the deadline for the transition from diesel to clean fuel to be used by the São Paulo bus fleet. In addition, the Bill does not define a deadline for the end of all emissions originating from the municipal fleet. Altogether, more than 4 thousand people die annually in the city of São Paulo due to diseases related to pollution. Formerly, bus companies had the obligation to adapt their fleets to run on clean fuel by 2018, but such obligation was not fulfilled. Minha Sampa created an online petition against the approval of the Legislative Bill.

In an open letter, civil society repudiates the ordinance that punishes cyclists and pedestrians with fines

Civil society organizations, including iCS grantees such as Cidade Ativa, Bike Angel, Cidadeapé, ITDP, Corrida Amiga and Ciclocidade signed a letter against Ordinance 706/2017 of Contran, which standardizes the application of fines to pedestrians and cyclists if they commit offenses under Articles 254 and 255 of the Brazilian Traffic Code, which, in turn, was also harshly criticized. Among the justifications for such reproach is the historical standing adopted by cities in favor of the fluidity of individual motor vehicles, which is reflected in the reduction of sidewalks, inadequate location of pedestrian crossing lanes (where they exist) and the frequent delays in the advance of cycling infrastructure. In other words, those who travel on foot or by bicycle are always subject to traffic insecurity in the streets of Brazilian cities.

After Velo-City 2017, iCS holds meetings to discuss the importance of cycling in Brazilian cities

After inviting members of the public sector from Belo Horizonte, Recife, São Paulo and Brasília to Velo City 2017, which took place in the Netherlands, iCS joined those cities, plus Rio de Janeiro and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to promote five workshops entitled “Bicycle Use after Velo-City 2017”. Among the specific goals of such workshops where the exchange of knowledge with Brazilian participants, who attended the event to discuss the lessons learned and the importance of engaging key players towards a sustainable mobility agenda in each municipality, ahead of the 2018 Velo-City, to be held in Rio. The events, which were coordinated by JP Amaral, of Bike Anjo, and Blé Binatti, of Transporte Ativo, were a success, with municipal governments showing an interest in discussing the agenda.

iCS brings together cyclo-activists from all regions where it operates for a two-day event at its headquarters

Clima e Sociedade convened partners, including grantees (such as Bike Anjo) and related institutions (such as União de Ciclistas do Brasil), to discuss the theme of cyclo-activism, the triumphs achieved, the opportunities, weaknesses and strengths of the movement. The intention was to analyze the past and think about the future, prompting people and organizations to exchange experiences and to envision new actions together.
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What’s Happening in Brazi
Reformulation of the structure of climate governance is discussed for Brazil after the Climate Agreement

A reformulation of the climate governance structure in the country will be necessary to allow Brazil to meet the challenges posed by the strategy of implementation of the NDC (National Determined Contribution). This statement prompted a debate organized by iCS, WRI Brasil, WWF Brasil and Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas (“Brazilian Forum on Climate Change” - FBMC) on October 31, in Brasilia. The reformulation, by the way, will bring about direct impact on the entire climate agenda, including forestry, low-carbon agriculture, sustainable cities, energy and industry issues. Ana Toni, the executive director of iCS, was one of the participants, along with Everton Lucero, the Ministry of the Environment, Alfredo Sirkis, secretary of the FBMC and Viviane Romeiro, WRI Brasil's climate manager, among others.

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Grants Approved in October
MANDACARU DESIGN GRAFICO LTDA Grant Amount R$ 50.000 Grant Period 1 month Portfolio Climate Change Policy and Economics Purpose of Grant: To support the participation of speakers in the Festival 3i.  The Festival 3i – Innovative, Inspiring and Independent Journalism, is produced by eight digital native Brazilian News organizations, in partnership with the Google News Lab. The Festival will happen on November 10-12 in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
AGÊNCIA PUBLICA
Centro de Jornalismo Investigativo
Grant Amount R$ 12.000 Grant Period 2 months Portfolio Promotion
Purpose of Grant: To support the participation of speakers in the Festival 3i.  The Festival 3i – Innovative, Inspiring and Independent Journalism, is produced by eight digital native Brazilian News organizations, in partnership with the Google News Lab. The Festival will happen on November 10-12 in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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