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iCS' NEWSLETTER
March 2019
Energy, sustainable development in the Amazon, and traditional communities

"Confronting climate change brings benefit packages to society," says André Ferreira

EXCLUSIVE: policy brief of the Kigali Project highlights agenda proposals

SAVE THE DATE!

Soon, a portal that monitors the actions of energy efficiency in Brazil

Carbon pricing and its challenge in the Brazilian context

SITAWI takes on the coordination of the Latin American Work Group for Climate Action

LAST CALL: MobiliCAMPUS teaches about urban development and mobility

MobiliDADOS

Application to report sexual abuse on public transport

Technology of bus engines and energy efficiency

Scholarships for young black persons at Youth Climate Leaders

Myths & Facts: Environmental Sustainability

Amazon Synod Seminar

Conectas and iCS publish a series of articles about law and climate

International Event on Climate Litigation

Business, feminine noun

#MulheresQueInspiram [Women who inspire]

"The bicycle emancipates and liberates us"

New partnership of cause communication

#iCSApoia: will we generate official data about communication for the Third Sector?

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APPROVED GRANT IN FEBRUARY


AMAZON SPECIAL
Energy, sustainable development in the Amazon, and traditional communities

How to include the Amazon communities in the renewable energy network? This is the main question to be answered during the ENERGY & COMMUNITIES Fair, which is organized by a committee that includes organizations such as the Environmental Institute, the Mott Foundation, WWF, Greenpeace, IEMA and iCS. On March 25-28, the Amazonas Convention Center, in Manaus, will host the meeting between a growing clientele and a market also in expansion of products and services designed for the generation of alternative, solar, wind and small scale biomass energy in isolated and remote systems.

The issue is urgent and deserves this prominence. In the Amazon, there are thousands of indigenous,riverside and traditional villages and communities, (often in remote regions and not served by the National Interconnected System), who wish to replace the generation of energy using diesel fuel. The intention is commendable, because diesel, in addition to its impact on the family budget due to the high cost, also produces substantial greenhouse gas emissions.

For three days, representatives from public authorities, business and the third sector will discuss how new sources of funding and an increase of the revenue in these regions of the Amazon create opportunities for the expansion of alternative energy and associated business models. More than this, the scenario can enhance the autonomy of the communities and promote the quality of life and sustainable development.

Check out the website and the expectations of the organizers for the realization of the event:

Credit: IEMA

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ENERGY
"Confronting climate change brings benefit packages to society," says André Ferreira

TV Culturabroadcast a special program about global warming and its effects on the different sectors of society. Professor Sonia Maria Barros de Oliveira, from the Institute of Geosciences, of USP, and André Ferreira, the chief executive officer of the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEMA), were asked to discuss the issue in more depth for about 30 minutes According to André, it is fundamental that society perceives the range of benefits derived from the confrontation to climate change and the consequent reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions on important issues such as public health, biodiversity, and the water supply, among others.

"The Brazilian situation demonstrates this. Stopping deforestation is important independent of climate change. One of the benefits is the reduction of emissions;however, the forest plays a fundamental role in the cycle of water and in the maintenance of biodiversity, for example. Forest protection is justified independent of changes in the climate. Transport is another very important source of emissions, and the presented solutions bring many benefits. The burning of oil is directly associated with atmospheric pollution and public health problems, while prioritizing public transport guarantees greater accessibility to the opportunities that the city offers,"he explains.

Check out the conversation in full and also look at already existing solutions.

Credit: Isis Diniz

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY
EXCLUSIVE: policy brief of the Kigali Project highlights agenda proposals

The Kigali Project, supported by iCS, released a Policy Brief illustrated with agenda proposals for the increase of the energy efficiency of air conditioners in the Brazilian market. The positive impacts of the adoption of more ambitious minimum levels of energy efficiency for air conditioner devices in Brazil are listed in the document, with clear benefits for the electric system, the economy, the consumer and the environment. The material is educational and interesting! Download the document here!

 

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SAVE THE DATE!

On March 25, the Kigali Project will hold an international conference on the subject, reflecting on the benefits of this agenda for Brazil, such as the reduction in demand for investments in additional installed capacity, a lower cost for the consumer, and a more innovative and competitive market. Sign up and see the event program here!


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Soon, a portal that monitors the actions of energy efficiency in Brazil

June 18 still seems far away, but it is already important: on this date the Brazilian Portal of Indicators of Energy Efficiency (PBIEE). will be launched. Due to the lack of an organized database and one that is in the public domain that provides indices and evaluations about energy efficiency in Brazil, the International Energy Initiative (IEI-Brazil) and iCS are developing a platform to monitor the performance of the efficiency, the actions of the government, the programs, and the market itself. Among the supporters of the initiative are the IEMA, Idec, Eletrobras and INEE. The first stage of the project,which is in progress, seeks to collect data obtained via Aneel from the Program of Energy Efficiency (PEE), developed by the distributors of electrical energy. The subject is of fundamental importance for its potential multiple benefits, such as energy security, the generation of employment, improvements in health and in well-being, and in industrial productivity, as well as combating climate change. Register and participate!


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LOW CARBON ECONOMY
Carbon pricing and its challenge in the Brazilian context

What is carbon pricing and what are its scientific, political and economic perspectives? How can an internal price for carbon be adopted? And what are the challenges for its adoption? These were some of the questions from the public that were answered during a webinar that lasted nearly two hours on February 27, which was organized by Climate Ventures and WayCarbon. Matheus Brito, a specialist in carbon pricing at WayCarbon, also explained the importance of economic instruments within the scope of public policies to resolve the climate crisis and how to design the pricing by taking into consideration the specifics of Brazil. In all, over 300 people accompanied the live discussion. Check out the recording in full here.

 

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SITAWI takes on the coordination of the Latin American Work Group for Climate Action

SITAWI Finance for Good was elected the new coordinator new coordinatorof the Work Group of Climate Financing of the Latin American Observatory for Climate Action (OLAC). Its specific objective is to monitor the financial flows for commitments made in respect of the Paris Agreement by the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as providing technical assistance for access and management to climate financing. According to Fred Seifert, the Manager of Sustainable Finances of SITAWI and who will represent the Work Group, among the needs are the evaluation of the available financial resources in order for countries to comply with their NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions), how much is still lacking to execute them in full, and how to cover this financial gap.

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TRANSPORT
LAST CALL: MobiliCAMPUS teaches about urban development and mobility

Online and free courses about urban development, public transport, walking mobility and bicycle mobility. This is the MobiliCAMPUS platform, which was developed by ITDP Brasil. Five reasons are listed why people should register as soon as possible


Reason 1
Sustainable urban mobility is one of the greatest challenges of the century. It is fundamental to make cities more inclusive and environmentally balanced.


Reason 2
The content was developed by specialists from four different areas. From them, any person can contribute with the implementation of public policies


Reason 3
It is an interactive platform, which encourages students to exchange information with each other and with the ITDP team.


Reason 4
In addition to the video-lessons, there are infographics and an extensive database about sustainable mobility


Reason 5
It's all free! Both the registration and the issue of the certificate. However, this must be done by March 22, using this link.

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MobiliDADOS

In February, ITDP Brasil also held the first Coffee with MobiliDADOS, presenting the platform that promotes the use of reliable information in the processes of development, participation, monitoring and evaluation of policies of mobility and urban development. In recent weeks, the first informative newsletter of the tool was issued, which explains how the changes in mobility can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the mitigation of climate change.

"Coffee with MobiliDADOS was an excellent opportunity for ITDP to put into practice what they do best: open up areas of reflection with representatives from the public sector about the agenda of urban mobility. Our objective was to promote exchanges between different cities so that together we can overcome challenges in the management of cities with the use of data. We had 83 participants from 8 cities and 4 metropolitan regions present, as well as from the federal government. It was an event that produced fundamental inspirations, many of which have the potential for replication and scale in the Brazilian context,"said Clarisse Linke, executive director of ITDP Brasil.


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Application to report sexual abuse on public transport

A few hours before International Women's Day, the city hall of Fortaleza launched the Collective Respect campaign and the virtual tool Nina, which works within the Meu Ônibus [My Bus] application. With it, women have access to a button to report quickly cases of sexual harassment that occur on public transport. Developed by Simony Caesar from the state of Pernambuco, the resource arrived at the capital of Ceará via the Desafio Inovemob [the Inovemob Challenge], promoted by WRI Brasil and the Toyota Mobility Foundation. The initiative is one of the first actions from the Program to Combat Sexual Harassment on Public Transport, and deserves to be looked at carefully by other Brazilian cities. Download for Android or for iOS.


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Technology of bus engines and energy efficiency

Marcel Martin, the coordinator of the transport portfolio at iCS, told the magazine Autobus of the role of the bus in public transport and in the mitigation of climate change. According to him, one of the main aspects in the discussion of this type of vehicle is the need to improve the technology of the engines in accordance with the evolution of energy efficiency, thereby reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases and pollutants. Furthermore, it is important that the buses have exclusive lanes, guaranteeing the quality of the journeys, reducing the time and the potential externalities.

The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems were also discussed. For Marcel, they are important because they have an exclusive lane, although they need organized feeder lines. The type of fuel used is another relevant issue, with a specific look at biofuels and electric vehicles. As a conclusion, a dogma that requires more attention from the public authorities: public transport should always be prioritized over other motorized modes. Read the complete interview.

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CLIMATE POLICY AND OUTREACH
Scholarships for young black persons at Youth Climate Leaders

Youth Climate Leaders (YCL) has been in existence for just over a year with the proposition of building an inter-generational movement, catalyzing actions to combat climate change. One of the chosen paths is to offer young people training, networks and specific opportunities for the beginning of their careers in this area. In February and March, a selection process was opened for five full scholarships for the Brazil 19 YCL Course, two of which are offered in partnership with iCS for young people who declare themselves black, in accordance with the categories of the IBGE. The process for scholarships closed yesterday, on March 20, but the applications are available until March 30. Information about the course can be accessed here.


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Myths & Facts: Environmental Sustainability

AAna Toni, the executive director of the Institute for Climate and Society, Iago Hairon, the coordinator of Engajamundo, and Tasso Azevedo, the technical coordinator of the Climate Observatory, were the guests for the first edition of "Myths & Facts: Environmental Sustainability", which was a program for GloboNews presented by the journalist André Trigueiro. During the discussion, the importance was raised of looking much more rigorously at the sector of mining and environmental licensing in Brazil after another dam disaster, this time in Brumadinho (MG). A World Bank study that indicated that three planets would be required to support the lifestyle and consumption of the world population was also on the agenda and served as the basis for the question: myth or fact? The residents of four cities in Brazil: Belém, Salvador, Porto Alegre and São Paulo were interviewed and the answers were unanimous: this is a fact. Watch the program here. 


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Amazon Synod Seminar

The "Amazon Synod Seminar: contributions from sustainable development" took place in Manaus (AM) on March 7-9. The main objective was the contribution in the discussion process between society (riverside and indigenous people, for example) and representatives from the military and the government, and from scientific, governmental and non-governmental institutions. The meeting, organized by the Archdiocese of Manaus (a member of the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial Network - Repam), with support from the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and iCS, among others, is a preparation for the Amazon Synod, called by Pope Francis - with a date scheduled for October atthe Vatican. It will bring together over 250 bishops to seek new paths to evangelization from diverse themes related to the Amazon, guided by the concepts of the Encyclical 'Laudato Si'. Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo and the president of Repam, was keen to ensure that the Synod did not deal with subjects related to national sovereignty, which are respected and recognized by the Church, but those in search of the common good.

Alice Amorim, the coordinator of Climate Policy and Outreach of iCS, said that the event was a great success by managing to bring together the different representatives in favor of an inclusive agenda. "The most important item is the shared vision between the representatives that the Amazon needs to be seen not in isolation, but as part of a strategic agenda for Brazil and for the world, and that it is necessary to appreciate significantly the traditional populations and to provide improvements for them," she said.

Credits: Ricardo Oliveira

Among the next steps are: a record of the meeting, in a booklet that contains the presentations and the debates, reports from the Work Groups, and issues for further development; a summary document, which contains the agenda of the debates related to the Synod, and indications for actions of civil society and national and sub-national governments; and a series of videos. Follow the agenda here!

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Conectas and iCS publish a series of articles about law and climate

Conectas Human Rights, in partnership with JOTA and the Institute for Climate and Society, have begun the publication of a series of articles that intend to promote the dissemination of legal content in area of Law and Climate in the coming months. Throughout this period, national and international experts will discuss issues related to climate change and human rights, the international legal regime on climate change, sustainable financing, strategic litigation, and the regulation of the trading of greenhouse gas emissions, among others.

The first article is already available and is by Juana Kweitel, the executive director of Conectas, and Alice Amorim, the coordinator of the portfolio of Climate Policy and Outreach of iCS. It discusses the interdependence between environmental preservation and the realization of fundamental rights, when concerning the effects of climate change. Extreme weather events, for example, are more intense and frequent, and directly affect "the sphere of rights of the whole community, but especially the most vulnerable populations, such as children and adolescents, traditional peoples and low-income communities." Read it here.

Credit: File of Prefeitura de Petrópolis

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International Event on Climate Litigation

In the last issue of the newsletter, it was announced that the next event in the series of Sustainable Future Dialogues would be about the "Geopolitics of Renewable Energy". For internal reasons, this has been postponed until the second half of the year. However, there is good news: the next meeting will be about "Climate Litigation", and is scheduled for May 9,in Brasilia. The new topic of debate will consider the legal instruments that can be used to leverage the climate ambition and to pressurize governments to implement national policies that are compatible with the objectives established in the Paris Agreement. More details of the program and registration available soon!

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SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

In honor of International Women's Day, we highlight some of the initiatives carried out in March dedicated to the agenda of gender equality.


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The Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable development (CEBDS) promoted the first debate of the series "Breaking Walls" about gender equality in the corporate world. The project included discussions on social and environmental sustainability via cross-cutting themes to all the areas. The first debate included the presence of women CEOs on International Women's Day to discuss the increase of female representation in the labor market. The event was broadcast live.

Among the participants, the CEO Nina da Silva, who is the founder of the Black MoneyMovement, spoke about the equal opportunity that only comes with intentionality. The CEO, who is on the Forbes list of the Most Powerful Women of 2019, demonstrated significant data on the ethnic, racial and gender disparities in companies and organizations.

Taxa de desmatamento na Amazônia cresce 36% entre junho e setembro

Credit: Kelly Lima

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#MulheresQueInspiram [Women who inspire]

Another initiative of the CEBDS on social networks was the disclosure of mini-biographies of inspiring women who occupy different positions in diverse sectors and areas. You can follow the campaign here!

The Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEMA) also paid tribute on the social networks with a small reflective message of awareness about the role of women. See the circulated and shared message:


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"The bicycle emancipates and liberates us"

In March, Bike Anjo launched a campaign of mobilization and the realization of various activities focused on the female public. The Bike Anjas collective consists of women who promote and encourage bicycle use in cities by young girls, adults, and senior ladies. According to a survey conducted in 2017:


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COMMUNICATIONS
New partnership of cause communication

From March, the Institute for Climate and Society is formalizing the partnership of a periodical publication of content in the portal of Catraca Livre. The mission of the platform is to use communication as an instrument of empowerment for citizens. This signifies searching for and offering the highest possible amount of information that demonstrates accessible and quality possibilities in the areas of culture, health, mobility, education, sport and consumption. The partnership aims to publish the achievements of our grantees in a portal with a significant audience. Our participation began last week with asequence interwoven with small items in a countdown to the National Day of Awareness about Climate Change, celebrated on March 16. Check it out!

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#iCSApoia: will we generate official data about communication for the Third Sector?

What is the influence of communication and marketing in the generation of social impact of a Civil Society Organization? And what is the relationship between the investment in communication and fundraising? It was by thinking about these questions, and their potential answers, that the Nossa Causa[Our Cause] agency published the research “The Scenario of Communication in the Third Sector”, with the premise of presenting to organizations the important results related to barriers, strengths and opportunities in the area. All the entities that form part of the Third Sector of Brazil are invited to respondonline to issues such as their activity on social networks, investment in communication, people involved in the area, and the most frequent initiatives, among others. The data will be compiled, analyzed and made available for free in a future publication scheduled for June. iCS is one of the supporters of the initiative and it can be accessed here. Deadline: April 15.


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NEW WEB SERIES
Calendário 2019

Lutz Morgenstern
“Every Real or every Euro that we invest in climate change policies is also a Euro or Real invested in our health,” says the first secretary for environmental matters from the German Embassy in Brazil.

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Calendário 2019

Fernando Alberto Gomes da Costa
What is the Brazilian participation in the implementation of the mitigation strategy of maritime emissions? The captain of Sea and War from the Brazilian Navy explains!


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APPROVED GRANT IN FEBRUARY
Climainfo Granted amount:
R$ 59,000.00
Duration
12 months
Portfolio
Energy

IEI – International Energy Initiative

Purpose of the grant: To provide technical support to the Brazilian projectKigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP), by developing a guideline with respect to the regulatory impact analysis for the revision of the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) of cooling devices, and also supporting the adaptation of the Policy Analysis Modeling System (PAMS) to the Brazilian context.

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