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JANUARY 2020
 
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HAPPENING IN BRAZIL AND THE WORLD
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19 facts that marked the climate in 2019
 
In 2019, the world woke up to the climate emergency, young people took to the streets, famous older people were arrested in acts in support for the climate, and governments demonstrated that they could not respond to the appeals of the population. In this retrospective, the Climate Observatory selected some of the events that marked the fight against climate change and fossil fuels during the last year
Photograph: Cherwell.org
 
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ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ENERGY
 
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Congress needs to support efficiency and energy
 
In an article published in the newspaper O Globo, the consultant Suely Carvalho argues that the National Congress must urgently ratify the Kigali Amendment and join the 89 countries that have already done so. The commitment could reduce by 0.5°C the average increase of the expected temperature by 2100.
 
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Reducing confusion in the electrical sector
 
Roberto Kishinami discusses the progressive taxation proposed by Aneel for the new photovoltaic installations in an article in Valor Econômico. He says that the agency fails “to balance the subsidies that are given to consumers "free" and others, to larger consumers, or even to fossil sources."
 
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Meeting of energy grantees in Sao Paulo
 
Representatives from 13 organizations supported by the iCS energy portfolio met for two days. The main objectives were to align the operating strategy, as well as to encourage collaboration between the institutions with the identification of opportunities for cooperation.
 
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LOW CARBON ECONOMY
 
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Risks to opportunities in the business world
 
The urgency that companies have in revising their business models and financial results considering the context related to climate change.
 
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Financing of sustainable development
 
Conference has presentations from national and international academics about strategies of green financing that can be adopted in Brazil
 
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TRANSPORT
 
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#Giro2020 proposes social mobilization for democracy
 
The proposal is to create a proposed agenda with training processes to strengthen democracy before, during and after the 2020 municipal elections
 
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Retrospective of the Institute for Energy and the Environment
 
IEMA produced a retrospective on the social networks about the main projects performed in 2019, all supported by iCS. Here are some of them.
 
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What is lacking for transport to get back on the tracks?
 
More railways! An article written by Alexandre Mansur considers the Brazilian dependence on highways with their high economic, environmental and human costs
 
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CLIMATE POLICY AND OUTREACH
 
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The relationship between climate and security
 
The trilingual publication "Climate and Security in Latin America and the Caribbean was launched at COP 25, in Madrid. Read the article from O Globo about the research!
 
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Letter in favor of democracy
 
Manifesto was launched at COP25 and warns about the "authoritarian escalation" in progress in Brazil; seven ex-ministers of the environment are among the signatories
 
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(Climate) justice be done
 
COP25 included a panel about gender, race, class, and climate. Also learn more about the participation of peripheral vehicles in the coverage on climate justice
 
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LAND USE AND FOOD SYSTEMS
 
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Dialogues between sectors of society and government
 
The Brazilian Coalition was a great ally of the Brazil Hub, an area that brought together civil society in debates and round tables at COP25. See a selection of the highlights!
 
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Highlights of the participation of grantees at COP25
 
See the participation of Imazon, Imaflora, IPAM and Health and the Happiness Project and learn a little more about their stories of work and resistance
 
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GRANTS APPROVED IN DECEMBER
O Mundo Que Queremos
Amount Granted: R$ 183.000,00
Duration: 12 months
Portfolio: Low Carbon Economy
Purpose of the grant: The grant will contribute to showcase climate solutions to private and public stakeholders and catalises connections, partnerships and deals on low carbon economy space. First business fair in Latin America to bring together a multiplicity of stakeholders interested in mitigating GHG emissions, Conexão Carbono Zero brings together the vanguard of Climate Action in Latin America at the heart of São Paulo.
conexaocarbonozero.com.br
DIEESE - Deptamento Intersindical de Estatística e Estudos Socioeconomico
Amount Granted: R$ 350.000,00
Duration: 12 months
Portfolio: Low Carbon Economy
Purpose of the grant: To build capacity, engage and inform the Brazilian trade unions and workers movement on the transition to a low carbon economy, the risks, opportunities and impacts to the future of work. Increase the understanding on green/climate/low carbon jobs potential and needs in worker’s training investments and other challenges to ensure a just transition, aligned with the Paris Agreement and the UN SDGs.
dieese.org.br
SITAWI Finanças do Bem
Amount Granted: R$ 50.000,00
Duration: 6 months
Portfolio: Low Carbon Economy
Purpose of the grant: To expand the awareness and the references of the Brazilian investors about the possibilities of investing with impact across asset classes was created the Converge Capital Conference. The first edition will take place in Rio de Janeiro in Feb 2020 and will gather approximately 50 speakers from all over the world. The focus will be on the alternative futures scenario, our roles to play to shape a desirable future and how global challenges can be addressed through an investment portfolio.
sitawi.net
Instituto CERTI AMAZÔNIA
Amount Granted: R$ 50.000,00
Duration: 12 months
Portfolio: Low Carbon Economy
Purpose of the grant: The main goal of the project is to engage local partners, for the implementation of SINAPSE BIO, an innovative entrepreneurship program that provides financial resources, training and support to transform innovative ideas into successful startups in bioeconomy, focusing on creating value also to the Amazon rainforest and the communities that live there and protect it. Certi will also leverage other resources and mobilize resources from partners of the SINAPSE BIO from private and public sources.
certiamazonia.org.br
Associação Purpose
Amount Granted: R$ 445.000,00
Duration: 6 months
Portfolio: Transport
Purpose of the grant: To articulate and development campaigns in three different iCS initiatives: in Transport Portfolio, articulating the field which is working to accelerate the decarbonization of the buses and RespirAr Coalition; in Policy and Transport Portfolio articulating and organizing demands to construct effective campaigns to focus on the 2020 elections; in Kigali project to create a campaign with network to engage the society about the importance of the air conditionating efficiency.
purpose.com
IEI - International Energy Initiative
Amount Granted: R$ 300.000,00
Duration: 7 months
Portfolio: Energy
Purpose of the grant: To consolidate IEI governance structure and develop a business plan for the MonitorEE.
iei-brasil.org
CPI - Climate Policy Initiative - Brasil
Amount Granted: R$ 160.000,00
Duration: 3 months
Portfolio: Energy
Purpose of the grant: To elaborate recommended sectorial policies for the Brazilian Industry. tackling energy efficiency. Based on extensive analysis over the IBGE Monthly Industrial Survey database.
climatepolicyinitiative.org
Instituto ESCOLHAS
Amount Granted: R$ 150.000,00
Duration: 5 months
Portfolio: Energy
Purpose of the grant: The project aims at analyse why the Manaus Free Zone tax regime is affecting a more efficient room air conditioning market in Brazil. The purpose is to propose ways to mitigate this barrier and to promote a wide discussion with major stakeholders about it. This project envisages to take advantage of the current discussion about tax reform to promote real changes in tax incentives for ACs.
escolhas.org
FAURGS - Fundação de Apoio a Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Amount Granted: R$ 93.000,00
Duration: 12 months
Portfolio: Energy
Purpose of the grant:In the state of Rio Grande do Sul are the largest coal deposits in Brazil. The vertiginous growing of coal exploration changes the scale of environmental and social impact. This project aims to obtain necessary data on coal in Rio Grande do Sul, such as a) insertion of this coal in the Gonduanic context (coal with high mineral fraction); b) total sample geochemistry, showing the contaminants from the mineral fraction; c) characteristics of the combustion of this coal.
faurgs.ufrgs.br
Pacto pela Democracia
Amount Granted: R$ 150.000,00
Duration: 14 months
Portfolio: Climate Policy and Outreach
Purpose of the grant: To continue supporting the Pact for Democracy, an initiative of Brazilian civil society aiming to defend and improve democratic practice in Brazil. For 2020, the goal is to improve the climate component of Democratic Dialogues hosted by the network and also improve the 2020 local elections initiatives.
pactopelademocracia.org.br
LAUT - Centro de Analise da Liberdade e do Autoritarismo
Amount Granted: R$ 50.000,00
Duration: 12 months
Portfolio: Climate Policy and Outreach
Purpose of the grant: LAUT will produce an eight-episode podcast to challenge the current assimilation of the climate agenda into non-democratic patterns and to find ways of contesting authoritarian smokescreens. To ground civil society mobilisation against both the general democratic decline and the climate crisis as phenomena of mutual implications, difficult questions must be addressed to reinforce and reimagine democracy in the face of climate emergency.
laut.org.br
Uma Gota no Oceano
Amount Granted: R$ 220.000,00
Duration: 7 months
Portfolio: Climate Policy and Outreach
Purpose of the grant: To provide institutional support for Gota, an organization specialized in assisting Brazilian indigeneous communities in strategic communications and press relations advisory. This short term grant will also allow specific support for two major events: COP25 and ATL2020 ("Free Land Camping"), an annual indigeneous mobilization effort led by APIB (Brazilian Indigeneous People Articulation).
umagotanooceano.org
BPC - BRICS Policy Center - PUC
Amount Granted: R$ 180.000,00
Duration: 15 months
Portfolio: Climate Policy and Outreach
Purpose of the grant: The project will seek to expand the capacity of Brazilian organizations to analyze the phenomenon of climate polycentric governance, combining theory and practice. Its main focus is to provide ongoing monitoring and analysis of climate action by Brazilian subnational actors (states) and how they relate to the theoretical framework of international relations on global climate governance.
bricspolicycenter.org
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