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iCS’ Newsletter: March/2018
Inside iCS
iCS team holds retreat in Petrópolis to plan for 2018 The two-day meeting also had the purpose of fostering integration among Clima e Sociedade employees
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iCS becomes a member of Philanthropy Network for Social Justice (“Rede de Filantropia para a Justiça Social”) The goal of the organization, which brings together grantmakers, is to expand activities in the areas of human rights, equality and social justice
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Low Carbon Economy
The Portuguese version of the Carbon Transparency Initiative site is now online The expansion of the ClimateWorks Tracker tool enables the analysis of data on land use emissions.
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Ana Toni and Gustavo Pinheiro, of iCS, author an article published in the CTI blog, together with Tasso Azevedo (SEEG), Dan Plechati and Seth Monteith (ClimateWorks) The text highlights the importance of the launching of the CTI website in Portuguese, the innovations of the ClimateWorks Tracker and the partnership between the SEEG NGOs and local and international experts
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Climate Policy and Outreach
Ana Toni e Natalie Unterstell publish article on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships Growth trend in the emissions of the maritime sector by 2050 means that a reduction agreement in April is essential
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Workshop discusses elections, social media and big data
iCS and ClimaInfo held a meeting on February 5 - 6 with partners that are active in the socioenvironmental and climate arenas
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First Panel of the “2018: Brazil of Tomorrow” Platform deals with public safety
The event took place at Museu do Amanhã, in Rio de Janeiro, as part of a platform whose goal is to discuss matters of nationwide interest, based on concrete data and evidence
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Transport
iCS grantees seek transparency in the bidding procedure for the new São Paulo bus fleet The Cidade dos Sonhos project, for example, demands explanations from the municipal government about the decisions and plans for public transportation in the city of São Paulo
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A webinar on the perceptions towards oil and transportation in the U.S., China and Brazil will be held on March 14
The Webinar is organized by ClimateWorks’ Oil Transportation Research and Intelligence Network (TRAIN), with the participation of iCS
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Grants Approved in February
CBC - Centro Brasil no Clima| R$ 187.000 To develop a workplan to the Long-Term Vision Technical Chamber (CTLP) of the Brazilian Climate Change Forum (FBMC)
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PPE - Programa de Planejamento Energético, COPPE /UFRJ | R$170.000
To assess the impact in Brazil’s trade competitiveness in relation to the incorporation of energy efficiency measures
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Museu do Amanhã - Instituto de Desenvolvimento e Gestão | R$ 150.000
To promote the debate of key issues to be prioritized during the 2018 Parliamentarian Elections by candidates, political parties and above all the voters
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WRI - World Resource Institute | R$ 300.000
To incorporate energy and transportation infrastructure data layers into the Mapbiomas platform
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Inside iCS
iCS Team holds retreat in Petrópolis to Plan for 2018

On February 1 - 2, the iCS team met for a retreat in Petrópolis, in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro. The goal of the meeting was to increase team integration and to plan for the year ahead. This year is expected to see a lot of action in the four portfolios of iCS.

iCS becomes a member of Philanthropy Network for Social Justice (“Rede de Filantropia para a Justiça Social”)

iCS has just become a member of Rede de Filantropia para a Justiça Social, an informal organization that brings together grantmakers that target entities with activities in the areas of human rights, equality and social justice. The goal of the Network is to contribute to the formation of an infrastructure that favors the citizenship sector. “They are an independent entity, like us, who use the same grantmaking methodology, i.e., to foment third-party projects. We have a lot to share, to learn from one another in Brazil”, said Ana Toni, the Executive Director of Clima e Sociedade.

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Low Carbon Economy
The Portuguese version of the Carbon Transparency Initiative site is now online

The Portuguese version of the Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI) website is now online. The website is a ClimateWorks Foundation project that provides support to decision makers in the climate community by monitoring progress towards a low carbon economy and providing assessments of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission trends.

In addition, from now on, the new extended version of the ClimateWorks Tracker, an important component of the CTI, will include data on GHG emissions resulting from land use. With this, it will be possible for policy analysts and policy makers to begin to answer questions such as: in which regions the land use sector captures and stores carbon dioxide from the atmosphere?; how do emissions from land use compare with those from the energy sector? or how have these emissions changed and how can they evolve?

The tool was developed in partnership with the System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals Estimates (SEEG), an iCS grantee. The innovations contribute to elucidating how critical components of the Earth's climate system - forests - work, and how different forms of land use affect their role in climate regulation.

Ana Toni and Gustavo Pinheiro, of iCS, author an article published in the CTI blog, together with Tasso Azevedo (SEEG), Dan Plechati and Seth Monteith (ClimateWorks)

“Forests are an indispensable component of the climate system, mediating inter-annual fluxes in carbon dioxide concentrations and sequestering mammoth quantities of carbon in their trees, grasses and soils. As deforestation and degradation of natural landscapes impair these functions, the need to understand forests’ contribution as net carbon sinks and how that contribution is changing becomes more urgent.” This is the start of the article published in the Carbon Transparency Initiative (CTI) blog.   

According to the text, the new ClimateWorks Tracker tools address the lack of transparency and the complexity of the effects of forests and land use in the net balance of GHG emissions. Through emission projections based on existing commitments and future scenarios, the Tracker allows civil society and governments to take these effects into account as part of their collection, formulation, implementation and monitoring of public policies.

Brazil gains prominence in the article as the first major forest-rich country to systematically monitor the evolution of the loss of tropical forest cover. The text also reinforces the cooperation of the many Brazilian NGOs that integrate SEEG with local and international experts towards the development of a new CTI model of greenhouse gas emissions in Brazil, based on official data sources.

Read the complete article here.

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Climate Policy and Outreach
Ana Toni e Natalie Unterstell publish article on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships

April will be a very important month from an economic and environmental point of view. In London, a decision will be made on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships. Ana Toni, the Executive Director of iCS, and Natalie Unterstell, advisor on maritime affairs for iCS, argue that changing the trend of growth in emissions from the maritime industry, which are expected to rise between 50% and 250% by 2050, is key. Even though the IMO (International Maritime Organization) is discussing improvements to energy efficiency, the use of cleaner fuels and emissions trading, none of these measures, alone, will be sufficient. In the comment article was first published in Brazilian business paper Valor Econômico and translated into English for CHN – Climate Home News, Toni and Unterstell defend that Brazil should push for a clear timetable to decarbonise the shipping industry.  

Workshop discusses elections, social media and big data

On February 5 and 6, ClimaInfo and iCS organized the workshop “Elections, Social Media and Big Data”, in Rio de Janeiro. Kevin Grandia, founder and chairman of Spake Media House Inc., came to Brazil to share his experience with social media strategies and the climate agenda. With approximately 50 people in attendance, including iCS and ClimaInfo partners involved in the socioenvironmental arena (such as ISA, Engajamundo and IEMA, among others), the meeting was an opportunity to discuss efforts and types of actions that could be taken in order to highlight the climate agenda during the Brazilian elections.

First Panel of the “2018: Brazil of Tomorrow” Platform deals with public safety

Museu do Amanhã hosted the first panel of the “2018: Brazil of Tomorrow” Platform,, created in 2017 with support from iCS, Fundação Roberto Marinho, GloboNews and from the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) to promote and develop propositional agendas for the country. Held on February 19, with a full house, the event welcomed four guests – Maria Laura Canineu (Human Rights Watch), Paula Mascarenhas (Municipal Government of Pelotas/RS), Fernando Veloso (former head of the Civil Police/RJ) and MV Bill (writer and activist) – to discuss the matter of “Public Safety”. Watch a video of the panel here.

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Transport
iCS grantees seek transparency in the bidding procedure for the new São Paulo bus fleet

The bidding procedure for the new São Paulo public transportation system will generate profound changes in the city’s bus fleet, and several iCS grantees are actively working to ensure that the process will be carried out as transparently as possible, with input from the directly-affected population. Cidade dos Sonhos is a good example of such active work: after the success achieved with the law that finally sets the dates and rules for the complete replacement of diesel as the fuel used by the city’s bus fleet, the project now demands explanations from the municipal government about the decisions and plans regarding the future of public transportation.

A webinar on the perceptions towards oil and transportation in the U.S., China and Brazil will be held on March 14

ClimateWorks’ Oil Transportation Research and Intelligence Network (Oil TRAIN) invites you to join a webinar on attitudes and perceptions towards oil and transportation. This webinar will present an opportunity to compare the results of the Brazilian national-level polling , supported by iCS and Instituto Escolhas against the results of similar polls conducted in the U.S. and China, in 2017.

The polls captured current mobility choices, perceptions of oil and oil companies, and awareness of, and support for, a transition to cleaner options of mobility and transportation. Some of the key findings include the fact that a majority of respondents across three countries believe their country should replace its use of oil with cleaner fuels (U.S.: 71%; China: 88%; Brazil: 81%). However, the belief that their country will actually do so varies considerably – with Brazil showing the weakest confidence (14%), followed by the U.S. (45%). Citizens in China are the most confident by far at 82%. These figures and other data will be presented during the webinar, on March 14, from 7:00 am - 8:15 am PST. RSVP here.

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Grants Approved in February
CBC - Centro Brasil no Clima Grant Amount R$ 187.000 Grant Period 4 months Portfolio Climate Policy and Outreach Purpose of Grant: To develop a workplan to the Long Term Vision Technical Chamber (CTLP) of the Brazilian Climate Change Forum (FBMC), setting meetings and activities to be carried by CTLP in 2018 and 2019 and building consensus regarding the period when Brazil will become a net zero carbon emitter and raising additional resources to support the design and submission of the Brazilian Long Term Strategy (LTS).
PPE - Programa de Planejamento Energético, COPPE /UFRJ Grant Amount R$ 170.000 Grant Period 7 months Portfolio Climate Policy and Outreach Purpose of Grant: To assess the impact in Brazil´s trade competitiveness in relation to the incorporation of energy efficiency measures as well as possible market measures that aim at diminishing GEE emission in international maritime transportation.
Museu do Amanhã - Instituto de Desenvolvimento
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Grant Amount R$ 150.000 Grant Period 10 months Portfolio Climate Policy and Outreach
Purpose of Grant: To promote the debate of key issues to be prioritized during the 2018 Parliamentarian Elections by candidates, political parties and above all the voters. This grant will contribute to a pool of funds from other grant makers (Porticus, Fundação Roberto Marinho, Clua, Fundação Humanize, among others) that together with Museu do Amanhã have decided to organize 10 events, covering different topics. iCS will be responsible for organizing three events: transport, energy and low carbon economy.
WRI - World Resource Institute Grant Amount R$ 300.000 Grant Period 10 months Portfolio Low Carbon Economy Purpose of Grant: To incorporate energy and transportation infrastructure data layers into the Mapbiomas platform, improving the potential for Mapbiomas use on planning and analysis of impacts related to infrastructure development.
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