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iCS’ NEWSLETTER
August 2018
What to expect from the elections from the point of view of the climate?

Agenda Rio 2030 presents 40 public policy proposals

#EntreNoClima: climate change in one minute videos

The Observatory of the Elections meets with NGOs to improve the political debate

The CDP and the CEBDS launch a fact sheet to promote carbon pricing

First Call of Good Business for the Climate encourages startups towards a low carbon economy

Platform helps organizations from the third sector in the dreaded art of fundraising

Hacking Rio: an initiative to generate solutions to the challenges for the city

FBMC delivers an initial implementation proposal for the NDC to three pre-candidates

How to strengthen the movement for mobility on foot?

The bid notice for buses is suspended in order to broaden the requirements for the reduction in pollutants

Preliminary results of the study indicate solutions for the challenge of energy security in Brazil

Good news about the Kigali Project

World Bank and Caixa program to finance energy efficiency projects

Annual Report 2017

iCS will soon have new coordinator of the transport portfolio

Grantee Perception Report at the Institute for Climate and Society

Grants Approved in July


WHAT'S HAPPPENING IN BRAZIL ARTICLE
What to expect from the elections from the point of view of the climate?

Photo: Agência Brasil

The moment when Brazilians will choose their next president, state governors and members of the chamber of deputies and of the Senate is approaching! This is the only certainty we have about the electoral debate. However, there are still doubts. Many doubts. One of them, for example, questions whether the climate will be part of the agenda of the presidential candidates – or whether, at the very least, it will be on the agenda during the campaign.

Alfredo Sirkis, Executive Secretary of the Fórum Brasileiro de Mudança Climática (FBMC) [the Brazilian Climate Change Forum], does not believe in large advances after the election. According to him, furthermore, we need to prepare for all the outcomes - including the worst. "Unfortunately, I am skeptical about any renewal in Congress. I think that there may be some new parliamentarians who have an interest in the environment, which would be an improvement over the current situation, which is simply awful. The truth is that, since the Constituent Assembly, the composition of the Congress has got worse every election. Can this be reversed? Yes, but it will depend on a lot of hard work in little time".

Time is really short and not only until the elections. Brazil has the forestry targets of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) to comply with by 2020. It then has its targets for the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in the Paris Agreement for 2025 and 2030. In this field, there is an absolute certainty: independent of the outcome, it will be essential to know to combine the many different forms of fight, such as mobilization, advocacy, media, international pressure, dialogue, and negotiation.

"The FBMC can gain more influence and advance our agenda for the NDC and long-term or can retreat to a dialogue outside the federal sphere, at the sub-national, parliamentary and civil society level. In the next two and a half months, we will experience a climate of suspense and a daunting roller coaster ride", warns Sirkis.
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CLIMATE POLICY AND OUTREACH
Agenda Rio 2030 presents 40 public policy proposals

Photo: Ken Treloar - Unsplash

The 11th Rio Forum, organized by the Casa Fluminense, in São Gonçalo (RJ), was the stage for the launch of the Rio Por Inteiro platform. It concerns a virtual environment that brings together public policy proposals and the debate of solutions for the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro in the next elections. The occasion also launched the 2018 version of Agenda Rio 2030, which is a publication that proposes the long-term vision for the metropolis aligned with the UN guidelines and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In general, the agenda includes: metropolitan policy, employment and income, urban mobility, public safety and basic sanitation. The major objective goal is to think not only of the city in its universality, but also about the 21 individual municipalities that compose the capital.

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#EntreNoClima: climate change in one minute videos

In July, Imaflora launched the #EntreNoClima series. Every Wednesday, new videos are posted on the channels of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and website. They are small, one minute vignettes about climate change. In each episode, a guest explains a related topic. Karina Peña, from Engajamundo, talks about "What does global warming have to do with you?" Pedro Soares, from IDESAM, shows what Brazil is doing to avoid climate change. Mariana Vendramini, a management consultant, explains about the global actions to tackle climate change. Check out all the videos here

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The Observatory of the Elections meets with NGOs to improve the political debate

A new coalition is under construction that promises to enter headlong into politics: the Observatory of the Elections (a provisional name). Originating from the open discussion space in the Pact for Democracy, the movement will gather together civil society organizations that are prepared to act in the qualification of the electoral period debate on various subjects. According to Pedro Lacerda, from Engajamundo and a participant of the Pact, "the idea is to present in the coalition everything that the organizations are doing involving the elections to receive support and to work together. It is a space for exchange and reverberation, in an attempt to extend the impact of the actions”.

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LOW CARBON ECONOMY
The CDP and the CEBDS launch a fact sheet to promote carbon pricing

Photo: Frame Filme Youtube CDP and CEBDS

The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) and the Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) [the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development] have produced a fact sheet about carbon pricing. In the document, there is a list of important information about one of the main public and economic policy mechanisms to confront climate change. Basically, governments allocate a cost to emission regulating instruments such as the carbon market. Due to the increased price for the use of the carbon intensive technologies, companies are encouraged to invest in the clean economy. Currently, 45 national governments and 25 sub-national governments have adopted the pricing mechanism. Learn more about the fact Sheet and watch the video here

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First Call of Good Business for the Climate encourages startups towards a low carbon economy

Photo: Divulgação

With the proposal to accelerate a regenerative and low-carbon economy and to connect the areas of climate, technology, business and finance in a platform of innovation and collective action, Climate Ventures is summoning the 1st Call of Good Business for the Climate in partnership with the ClimateLaunchpad. The objective is to map and encourage businesses aligned to its mission. Individuals and companies have up to August 17 to send their initiatives in the areas of water management, waste management, food, energy, logistics, land use and forests. Participate!

"The development of new low carbon businesses is indispensable in order to guarantee that Brazil makes the transition to an economy with a low greenhouse gas emission, in conformity with the Paris Agreement, of which we are signatories. In this regard, supporting the formation and growth of start-ups with this bias contributes to accelerating the decarbonization of the economy and the generation of green employment", explains Gustavo Pinheiro, the coordinator of the Low Carbon Economy portfolio of the iCS.

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Platform helps organizations from the third sector in the dreaded art of fundraising

One of the greatest difficulties for organizations from the third sector is the raising of the funds that are required for the development of their activities. The Captamos platform originated from this premise. This is an online space, in a beta version, for learning and exchanging knowledge about the subject. It is aimed at the strengthening of causes, civil society organizations and, mainly, their financing. On the website, there are true stories and successful cases, market innovations and trends, courses and tips. Check it out!

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Hacking Rio: an initiative to generate solutions to the challenges for the city

Photo: Hackaton 2018

Intensity. This is the word that described July 27, 28 and 29, in Rio de Janeiro. During this period, three events took place simultaneously at the Porto Maravilha – the Rio Hackaton, the largest competition for hackers from Brazil with prizes of R$ 15,000; the Rio Summit, with three days of lectures about innovation and entrepreneurship; and the Rio Forum, a meeting between the main angel investors and startups. The objective was the same: to generate high-impact solutions for the real challenges of the market, among which was the need to migrate to a low carbon economy. One table with a specific topic of Sustainability and Cleantech addressed the efficient use of resources.

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FBMC delivers an initial implementation proposal for the NDC to three pre-candidates

The Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas (FBMC) [Brazilian Forum on Climate Change] met with the pre-candidates for the Presidency of the Republic - Álvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (REDE), and Geraldo Alckmin (PSDB) - to deliver the "Initial Implementation Proposal for the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Brazil”. The 60-page document discusses the actions required in the areas of forests, agriculture and livestock, transport and mobility, cities and waste, electrical energy, industry and economic instruments, as well as scenarios and estimates and mitigation strategies.

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TRANSPORT
How to strengthen the movement for mobility on foot?

Designing and agreeing a collective Action Plan to strengthen the movement for mobility on foot in the country, the Oficina Como Anda  was held by the NGO on July 20 in São Paulo. Over 30 organizations from seven cities in Brazil sent representatives to the meeting. Its dynamics were aimed at three areas: the strengthening of the organizations, the strengthening of the agenda and the dialogue and the strengthening of the network. Among the included discussions, was the mapping of achievements and challenges, the review and critical look at the objectives of the organizations and the reflection on the main questions that emerged in the debates.

Photo: Equipe Como Anda

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The bid notice for buses is suspended in order to broaden the requirements for the reduction in pollutants

Published on June 11, 2018, the notice that opened the bidding process for the concession of the transport system for Vila Luzita, in Santo André, was suspended at the request of the Prosecution Office of São Paulo. The measure was executed in order for the local government to increase the requirements with respect to the reduction of the emissions of pollutants to competing companies. Only when the adaptations seeking the progressive transition of zero emission technologies are ready will the bid notice be relaunched.

Photo: Prefeitura de Santo André

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ENERGY
Preliminary results of the study indicate solutions for the challenge of energy security in Brazil

Photo: Instituto Escolhas

Held by the Instituto Escolhas in partnership with the Empresa de Pesquisa Energética (EPE) [the Energy Research Company), the study What are the real costs and benefits of the different sources of electricity generation? presented partial results at an event on 24 July, in São Paulo. The research team, composed of professionals from the PSR - Energy Consulting and Analytics, had the objective to offer a solid body of information on the subject in order to confront the future challenges of the generation and energy security in Brazil, as well as to evaluate the scenario with a larger inclusion of renewable sources. One of the main conclusions evaluated the mix of several sources of electrical generation as being fundamental to guarantee the stability of the system. At the end of this study, the Instituto Escolhas presented an effective evaluation with respect to the possibilities of combinations of the different sources that would assure a greater efficiency in the operation of the power sector as a whole.

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Good news about the Kigali Project

On  July 31, an official announcement by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), the Ministry of Industry and Services (MDIC) and by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) announced the approval of the new minimum indices of energy efficiency for air conditioners - used in homes and in business - and other refrigeration devices. The expectation is that by 2030 there will be a reduction in the consumption of electricity by 2,350 GWh/year – which is equivalent to 564 MW. The new rules also anticipate the removal of less efficient equipment from the market. See the published report!

In the last week, the K-CEP Kigali Project organized a webinar at the iCS – which presented the study of regulatory impact as a tool of definition and revision of the minimum levels of energy efficiency for air conditioning. The video-conference included the participation of different representatives from the government, the household appliance industry and civil society. There was a positive acceptance by the participants of the methodology presented by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Furthermore, the Kigali Project launched its first institutional website. The platform is an informative and educational space for those seeking to learn more about energy efficiency in air conditioning devices. We will soon have the English version. Visit: http://kigali.org.br/

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World Bank and Caixa program to finance energy efficiency projects

FinBrazees (Financial Instruments for Brazil Energy Efficient Cities), a program of the World Bank and Caixa Econômica to support cities wishing to be more efficient from the energy point of view, will finance low consumption street lighting and support industries in energy efficiency projects. The intention is to produce US$ 1.3 billion from the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), complemented with financing in the market, in order to avoid the emission of over 17 million tons of carbon.

"A welcome joint initiative of the World Bank and Caixa Econômica Federal to increase energy efficiency in the country. The component for street lighting under the premise of Efficient Cities consolidates planning guidelines with a focus on public safety for women and vulnerable populations in urban areas. For industry, the use of energy intensity as an indicator is a good start to make energy efficiency an intrinsic factor in the increase of productivity. In many industrial sectors, the low international competitiveness of the Brazilian industrialized products is due to the absence of initiatives and innovations in energy efficiency, both in the productive processes and in the end products. The amount allocated by the World Bank is less than that announced. Approximately U$400 million has been declared, one half for loans and a few donations, while the other half will be allocated to guarantees for the projects. The most important initiative could be the proposal to private banks of the unionization of loans to the industrial sector," says Roberto Kishinami, coordinator of the Energy portfolio of iCS.

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INSIDE ICS
Annual Report 2017

A retrospective of a year with many challenges, achievements, mobilizations, and initiatives. There were dozens of achievements toward climate goals in Brazil and the world. Check out how the Institute for Climate and Society worked to foster projects and initiatives of its grantees. Look!

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iCS will soon have new coordinator of the transport portfolio

Photo: Leonildes Nazar

The iCS transport portfolio will soon have a new coordinator. Unfortunately, Walter Figueiredo de Simoni is leaving because he moved to São Paulo with his family for personal reasons and will be replaced by a professional chosen by selection. Applicants should send their CV and letter of intent to ics.recrutamento@gmail.com by August 20 and comply with the prerequisites described herein. We guarantee absolute confidentiality regarding the application!

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Grantee Perception Report at the Institute for Climate and Society

Over 70% of the grantees of the iCS believe that the institutional support offered by the Institute for Climate and Society exceeds the financial bias. This was one of the most important conclusions of the first Evaluation Report conducted at the end of 2017. It had 62 replies to the anonymous questionnaire sent by a specialized consultancy to map the perception of the grantees in relation to the support offered by the iCS. Among the adjectives that appeared in the qualitative analysis to describe the relationship between the parties, the following were highlighted: flexible, open and constructive spirit, empathetic, understanding and sympathetic and cordial. The feedback process is fundamental in order to engage and provide information about the performance of an organization.

Photo: Martina Rillo

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Grants Approved in July
Grant Amount
R$1.242.000,00
Grant Period
12 months
Portfolio
Transporte

IEMA - Inst. De Energia e Meio Ambiente

Purpose of Grant: To support the development of technical knowledge that will (1) develop a tool that will help monitor the implementation of zero-carbon public transportation targets in São Paulo, (2) deepen the debate on avoid and shift policy contributions to low carbon mobility, (3) and contribute locally to the development of a long-term vision for São Paulo that includes low carbon urban mobility and air quality topics. IEMA will also update SEEG on energy, finishing the 5th and updating to its 6th edition.

Grant Amount
R$50.000,00
Grant Period
12 months
Portfolio
Economia de Baixo Carbono

IONS Consultoria Associados LTDA

Purpose of Grant: To reunite over 2,000 hackers, technology specialists, designers and business experts to develop high impact low carbon solutions to solve some of the most pressing problems of Rio de Janeiro. The grant will fund the cleantech cluster of Hacking.Rio, The hacking marathon (hackaton) to be held in July 2018, in Rio.

Grant Amount
R$88.000,00
Grant Period
5 months
Portfolio
Energia

IEI - International Energy Initiative

Purpose of Grant: To provide local technical assistance for the regulatory impact assessment conducted by LBNL under the K-CEP activities in Brazil.

Grant Amount
R$843.000,00
Grant Period
12 months
Portfolio
Economia de Baixo Carbono

Associação ProScience

Purpose of Grant: To bring climate change concerns and opportunities to the growing movement of startups and entrepreneurship in Brazil, this grant will support the creation of the platform of engagement to connect the climate and innovation ecosystems and foster climate action.

Grant Amount
R$425.000,00
Grant Period
11 months
Portfolio
Transportes

Purpose Campaigns Brasil Ltda

Purpose of Grant: To promote zero-carbon public transportation in strategic cities in Brazil. The project will 1) build campaigns that push for municipal legislation that mandate energy transition for public transportation in three Brazilian cities, 2) develop a local campaign in São Paulo on parking policy, aiming to redistribute public space destined to parking to active and public transportation infrastructure and 3) support communications for strategic partners on bus technology, air quality and climate.

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