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iCS’ Newsletter: September/2017
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iCS grantees are invited to debates as part of public hearings and Special Commissions, showing their relevance in the dialogue with federal and municipal governments Organized civil society raises the level of the debates held in the House of Representatives on the energy matrix, greenhouse gas emissions and urban mobility
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Inside iCS
KPMG concluded the iCS audit and approved, without reservations, its 2016 financial statements The final report can be found at the Clima e Sociedade website, in Portuguese and English
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Power
IEI Brasil holds the 2nd Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation to study business mechanisms and models One of the goals was to simulate social, economic and environmental impacts in a scenario of greater distributed generation and efficiency
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ANDI presents the conclusions of its survey on press coverage of energy and climate change issues, during a meeting at iCS The conclusion is that the current type of press coverage is inefficient for this topic. The organization will develop strategies to cover COP23
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iCS begins project to improve energy efficiency in the air conditioning sector, meeting with a team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory The project is supported by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program and is developed in partnership with EPE
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Urban Mobility
Roundtable organized by iCS and Como Anda discusses the Pedestrian Statute in São Paulo During the event, audience and speakers came to the conclusion that the success of the new law depends on supervision and enforcement by the public authorities, by the private initiative and by society
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Projects approved in the 1st Call for Proposals for Walking Mobility and Climate Change are revealed
The initiative of CASA Socioenvironmental Fund, in partnership with iCS, Corrida Amiga and Cidade Ativa received 36 projects from all over the country
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The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change receives a manifesto for active mobility developed by Brazilian entities
iCS grantees, such as Cidade Ativa, ITDP and Cidadeapé signed the document, which asks for greater emphasis to be placed on walkability and bicycle use in the NDCs
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Climate Change Policy and Economics
Gustavo Pinheiro gives a lecture at a workshop on climate finance organized by Rede Brasil do Pacto Global The Coordinator of the iCS Climate Change Policy and Economics Portfolio spoke about green bonds and the potential of this financing instrument
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iCS grantees rally before the National Congress calling for the end of deforestation Event organized by Observatório do Clima took the #TodosPelaAmazônia message to the Public Authorities, after approval of the decree that extinguished RENCA
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What’s happening in Brazil
8th edition of Greenbuilding Brasil discusses sustainable construction techniques, protocols and practices Among the topics discussed, the types of certifications for sustainable construction, energy efficiency, water management and walkability were highlighted
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IDEC celebrates 30 years of existence doing what it does best: discussing and acting towards ethical consumption The event took place on August 22. Ana Toni, the executive director of iCS, was one of the speakers
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Grants Approved in August
PURPOSE Campaigns Brasil | R$ 250.000 To articulate a network of actors around the demand for a complete replacement of the bus fleet in the city of São Paulo, making a transition to low/no carbon technologies
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IPC - International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth | R$ 178.000
To build capacity of IPEA and IBGE on how to inform decision makers and society about the performance of the low carbon portion of the economy
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INESC - Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos | R$ 50.000
To discuss fossil fuel subsidies, their impacts on society and their relationship to fiscal justice and climate change.
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Aoka Desenvolvimento Humano e Turismo | R$ 285.000
To identify, activate and engage a broad range of stakeholders from civil society and private sector, including reference institutions on climate change.
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iCS grantees are invited to debates as part of public hearings and Special Commissions, showing their relevance in the dialogue with federal and municipal governments

The month of August showed the importance of iCS grantees in the dialogue with the Public Authorities, in both the federal and municipal spheres. In response to official invitations, iCS partners took part in three debates on various topics held in the House of Representatives, in addition to a municipal public hearing.

The Commission for the Environment and Sustainable Development held a public hearing to discuss the national energy matrix and the future prospects of the sector. Among those invited were the Director of the Society Relations of Instituto Escolhas (an iCS grantee), Sergio Leitão, and a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Luiz Pinguelli Rosa. Congressman Nilto Tatto (PT-SP), who called the debate, mentioned that Brazil has undertaken to gradually reduce its greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement, and that, to that end, "it is committed to increasing the share of sustainable bioenergy in its energy matrix to approximately 18% by 2030", in addition to having a 45% share of renewable energy in the composition of its energy matrix by the same date.

ITDP and Ciclocidade were also invited to participate in the Urban Development Committee debate on active mobility as part of city development initiatives. Among the issues that were addressed, the need to curb investments in automobile structures and to stimulate intermodality, i.e., to combine public transportation with the use of bicycles, was highlighted.

On the 24th, Bike Anjo attended a public hearing in the House of Representatives of Vitória (ES) to discuss the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation. In its speech, Bike Anjo highlighted the importance of integrating people into the debate, as they are responsible for choosing the type of mobility they use in everyday life.

Five days later, Renata Camargo de Araújo, a senior analyst of Conservation of the Climate Change and Energy Program of WWF-Brasil and a representative of Observatório do Clima, discussed the commitment of reduction of GHG emissions assumed by Brazil as part of its National Defined Contribution (NDC). Renata urged the adoption, by the country, of more ambitious goals at the time of the NDC review, including budget allocation for implementation of the necessary changes. She also presented a list of what socio-environmental entities classify as "setbacks in the environmental agenda."

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Inside iCS
KPMG concluded the iCS audit and approved, without reservations, its 2016 financial statements

iCS concluded its 2016 audit. The report issued by the independent auditors – KPMG - is available at the Clima e Sociedade website, both in Portuguese and English. According to the wording of the report, “the accompanying financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Instituto Clima e Sociedade as of December 31, 2016”.

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Power
IEI Brasil holds the 2nd Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation to study business mechanisms and models
IEI Brasil (International Energy Initiative) held on August 9, the 2nd Workshop on Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation at its headquarters in Campinas. With the theme "Renewable distributed generation, energy efficiency and the end consumer: challenges and paths to a low carbon economy," the meeting discussed, among other matters, an IEI survey conducted with support from iCS that collected data on business mechanisms and models based on a scenario of greater presence of distributed generation and efficiency. One of the objectives of such survey was to simulate social, economic and environmental impacts, such as increased job creation and potential variations in the final energy tariff, in concessionaire revenues and in tax collection, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The evaluation of the threshold for distributed generation to enter the electric grid without affecting lower income consumers was also an important point of discussion during the workshop.
ANDI presents the conclusions of its survey on press coverage of energy and climate change issues, during a meeting at iCS
In late August, the team of ANDI – Comunicação e Direitos submitted, at the iCS headquarters, the results of a survey that evaluated all the news on climate change and energy published in dozens of newspapers and magazines over the last three years. With the presence of journalists, media analysts, NGOs and Fintechs, the meeting discussed the way communication about energy efficiency, clean matrix and renewable energy is carried out today, and what is needed to improve it. The conclusion was that the current type of communication is insufficient, and does not, for example, put efficiency as a permanent element of the energy matrix. Clima e Sociedade provided support to this survey, and also supports ANDI in the development of communication strategies to assist journalists that will cover COP23.
iCS begins project to improve energy efficiency in the air conditioning sector, meeting with a team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
iCS hosted a meeting with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) team from August 22 to August 23. The objective: to discuss technical details of the research that LBNL will carry out at the request of iCS, similar to what it is already doing for other countries, such as China and India. This research will be the basis for the project to raise the energy efficiency standards of split-type air conditioner units sold in Brazil, thereby dramatically reducing electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. This project is developed by iCS in partnership with Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) and funded by the Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), an initiative supported by eighteen foundations.
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Urban Mobility
Roundtable organized by iCS and Como Anda discusses the Pedestrian Statute in São Paulo
On August 8, the Como Anda project and iCS organized a roundtable in São Paulo to discuss the Pedestrian Statute that was recently approved in the city of São Paulo. The Statute includes a series of measures to improve walking mobility - its success, however, is conditional on the effective supervision and enforcement by public authorities, by the private initiative and even on cultural changes to be made by society. Among those present at the roundtable were names like Sergio Avelleda, the Municipal Secretary of Transport of São Paulo, Glaucia Pereira, of the Cidadeapé association, and Alexandre Arraes, a city representative and president of the Rio Cidade Caminhável Parliamentary Front, who mentioned the drafting of an amendment to the Rio de Janeiro Pedestrian Statute.

Projects approved in the 1st Call for Proposals for Walking Mobility and Climate Change are revealed

The CASA Socioenvironmental fund published the list of projects approved in the 1st Call for Proposals for Walking Mobility and Climate Change. The initiative, in partnership with iCS and supported by Como Anda project and by Corrida Amiga and Cidade Ativa organizations, aims to promote actions that encourage walking in Brazil, especially in large metropolitan areas. In all, 36 proposals from all over the country were received and analyzed. Check out the winning organizations and projects below.
The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change receives a manifesto for active mobility developed by Brazilian entities
In early August, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, received a visit from Brazilian activist Aline Cavalcanti, who submitted to her the ““Manifest for Active Mobility: Emphasis on walking and bicycle use as means of transportation that are relevant, pacific, humane and generate zero emissions”.”. Developed and signed by Aline Cavalcanti alongside civil society organizations, including iCS grantees such as ITDP, Cidade Ativa, Cidadeapé, Ciclocidade and Bike Anjo, the document aims to establish a public and political framework before the United Nations on the importance of active mobility as a real, low-cost, high-impact form for reducing social inequalities and emissions of greenhouse gases and local pollutants in cities around the world. The meeting was strategic: Espinosa is responsible for verifying and supporting countries in meeting the specific commitments made as part of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
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Climate Change Policy and Economics
Gustavo Pinheiro gives a lecture at a workshop on climate finance organized by Rede Brasil do Pacto Global
Gustavo Pinheiro, the coordinator of iCS's Climate Change Policy and Economics portfolio, was one of the speakers at the 3rd Climate Finance Dialogues Workshop organized by the Energy and Climate WG of Rede Brasil do Pacto Global. This Network works in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and is managed by a committee of nearly 40 leading sustainability organizations and leading companies in strategic sectors for the Brazilian economy. Gustavo spoke about green bonds and the potential of this financing instrument for renewable energy and low carbon projects.
iCS grantees rally before the National Congress calling for the end of deforestation
On Wednesday, August 30, civil society organizations, including Clima e Sociedade grantees, such as WRI-Brasil and Observatório do Clima (the meeting organizer), held a public event at the National Congress to call for greater protection of Brazilian forests . The message #TodosPelaAmazônia was used to demonstrate the importance of protecting the forest, and an online petition online petition carried out by Avaaz, which also participated in the act, collected more than 800,000 signatures. This demonstration comes in the wake of the federal decree that extinguished RENCA (the National Reserve of Copper and Associated Elements) in order to allow mineral exploration in the region.
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What’s happening in Brazil
8th edition of Greenbuilding Brasil discusses sustainable construction techniques, protocols and practices
The 8th edition of Greenbuilding Brasil - Conferência Internacional e Expo, which took place between August 8 and August 10, received around 20 thousand visitors to explore the matter of sustainable civil construction and society's culture towards a low carbon future. Among the topics discussed, the certifications that encompass the set of practices for the creation of a building that meets the standards of energy efficiency and construction, renewable energy, water management and walkability were highlighted, among others. During the event, the Green Building Council launched the Zero Energy Building Certification for buildings that prove that the local energy consumption of their annual operation is zeroed out by a combination of high energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. This certification was developed by GBC, with support from iCS. Other iCS grantees such as Mitsidi and Cidade Ativa also attended the meeting.
IDEC celebrates 30 years of existence doing what it does best: discussing and acting towards ethical consumption
IDEC (Consumer Defense Institute) celebrated its 30 years of existence with an event held on August 22. An iCS grantee and partner, the Institute promoted a debate about ethics and consumption with guests such as Ana Toni, the executive director of iCS, chef Bela Gil and economist Ladislau Dowbor. Throughout its thirty years of activity, IDEC has battled to improve people's quality of life, to recognize ethical enterprises (which adopt principles and take practices that go beyond their legal duties), and to form ethical consumers - those who recognize and exercise not only their rights but their social duties and responsibilities in the act of consuming.
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Grants Approved in August
PURPOSE Campaigns Brasil Ltda Grant Amount R$ 250.000 Grant Period 8 months Portfolio Urban Mobility Purpose of Grant: To articulate a network of actors around the demand for a complete replacement of the bus fleet in the city of São Paulo, making a transition to low/no carbon technologies. Purpose will conceptualize, design and distribute communications materials on the topic that are friendly to the general public.
IPC - International Policy Centre for Inclusive
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Grant Amount R$ 178.000 Grant Period 4 months Portfolio Climate Policy and Economics
Purpose of Grant: To build capacity of IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada) and IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística) on how to inform decision makers and society about the performance of the low carbon portion of the economy as a tool to drive economy wide decarbonization strategies.
INESC - Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos Grant Amount R$ 50.000 Grant Period 6 months Portfolio Climate Policy and Economics Purpose of Grant: To discuss fossil fuel subsidies, their impacts on society and their relationship to fiscal justice and climate change.
Aoka Desenvolvimento Humano e Turismo
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Grant Amount R$ 285.000 Grant Period 8 months Portfolio Climate Policy and Economics
Purpose of Grant: To identify, activate and engage a broad range of stakeholders from civil society and private sector, including reference institutions on climate change, business development and innovation finance to collaborate on a joint initiative to catalyze low carbon development in Brazil.
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