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Brazil Joins IEA as an Association Country

The International Energy Agency and Brazil have jointly announced that the country has joined the IEA as an Association country.

The announcement was made in Brasilia by Fernando Coelho Filho, Minister of Mines and Energy; Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, Foreign Minister;  and Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director. Dr. Birol and Minister Coelho also signed a detailed three-year work programme highlighting a range of issues of mutual interest and cooperation.

“With today’s announcement of IEA Association, we are taking another important step to place Brazil at the centre of global debate on key energy policy issues including renewable energy, energy efficiency, rational use of fossil fuels, energy security and sustainable development,” said Minister Coelho.

Brazil’s leading expertise in bioenergy, hydro and other forms of clean and conventional energy is recognized around the world, and provides an excellent basis to develop solutions for global energy challenges. Brazil has also pioneered the use of auctions for long-term contracts for renewable energy, a model that is now successfully applied as best-practice world-wide.

With Brazil, the IEA family now accounts for over 70% of the world’s total energy consumption, compared with less than 40% just two years ago. The seven IEA Association countries are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Singapore and Thailand.

The agreement will allow the IEA to benefit from Brazil’s unique experience, which has enabled it to develop one of the cleanest energy mixes in the world.

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Chemical Firm to Invest in Brazil Expansion

Norwegian chemical firm Yara International is to invest $275m in the expansion and modernisation of its Rio Grande fertiliser plant in Southern Brazil.

The expansion, set for completion in 2020, is expected to create one of the most modern fertiliser sites in the Americas and will benefit greatly from the countries growing agricultural industry.

Yara president and CEO Svein Tore Holsether said: “This expansion represents another step in our Brazil growth strategy, further establishing our position in Brazil as a long-term industry player, committed to developing and investing in Brazilian agribusiness.

The project will double the site’s current 800,000t annual fertiliser production and blending capacity, as well as improve health, environment, safety and quality performance by substantially lowering emissions required by legislation.

Tore Holsether further noted: “The project is possible thanks to the acquisition of Bunge Fertilizantes in 2013, creating further consolidation synergies through optimization, automation and de-bottlenecking of the combined assets.”

As part of the expansion, the scope of work will include new warehouses, new acidulation and granulation lines, fully automated blending and bagging equipment for small (50kg) and big (1t) bags, a boiler for steam production, a wastewater treatment plant and rest areas for truck drivers.

The expanded facility is expected to create more than a thousand direct and a further three to four thousand indirect employment opportunities.

Source: Chemicals Technology

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climate change

Germany and Brazil join forces on Climate Change

Germany and Brazil have taken a joint stance on climate change, putting the largest economies in Europe and Latin America on the same page ahead of global climate talks in Paris in December.

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff focused mainly on environmental cooperation during a 24-hour visit by the German leader that was also aimed at boosting trade and investment in Brazil’s stagnant economy.

Rousseff stated “We agreed on common actions to deal with one of the most important challenges of the 21st Century,” She said Brazil is committed to reducing deforestation in the Amazon to zero by 2030. Rousseff declared Brazilian support for de-carbonising the global economy by the end of the century.

Putting money behind its commitment, the German government announced 550 million euro’s ($615.78 million) in financing for environmental and clean energy programs in Brazil. Germany’s Development Ministry will provide Brazil 525 million euro’s ($588 million) in loans to fund the development of renewable energy sources and to preserve tropical forests.

Germany also donated 23 million euro’s ($25.7 million) to help Brazil establish a rural land registry aimed at enhanced monitoring of deforestation.

Source Reuters

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Regional Impact Projects

Paraíba receives award for best”Regional Impact Projects”

The State Government (through the State Company of Paraíba Popular Housing CEHAP), will receive the Merit Seal Award 2015 in early July for the Solar Energy Photovoltaic projects and Madura City projects in the categories “Regional Impact Projects” and “Projects Focused on Customer Specific Groups”. The state of Paraíba competed with more than 20 registered projects from all regions of Brazil.

This is the third time Paraíba has received an award.

The event was sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Cohabs and Housing Public Official and the National Forum of Housing and Urban Development Secretaries. The aim was to promote, encourage and disseminate the relevant projects of the states and municipalities within the social housing sector.

The award ceremony and exhibition of the winning projects will take place in the city of Campinas – SP, from June 30 to July 2, during the 62nd National Forum on Social Housing.. The event will be attended by the Minister of Cities, Gilberto Kassab, representatives of Caixa Econômica Federal, universities, public bodies and private and civil society.

The projects were judged by a committee formed by representatives of the Ministry of Cities, Federal Savings Bank, Bank of Brazil, the Brazilian Industry Chamber of Construction (CBIC) and the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Brasilia (UNB).

The award this year will also include 10 projects that stand out and are examples that can be replicated in other states.

Solar Energy – The use of photovoltaic solar energy began as a pilot project by Cehap, which implemented this in public housing in the Mangabeira neighbourhood of João Pessoa. Families that took part managed up to 70% reduction in average power consumption.

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Brazil-China Partnership

Bringing Light to Africa: A China/Brazil Partnership

Brazilian economist and self-proclaimed expert on Chinese-Brazil relations, Ronnie Lins has spoken about his thoughts on economic development between the two countries.

Following the opening of his Chinese blog on one of the most influential Chinese websites, Lins now believes that the economic and trade exchanges between China and Brazil will be more frequent despite the great geographical distance between the two countries and a huge cultural gap currently causing some Chinese companies to suffer risks in the Brazilian market.

China has been Brazil’s largest trade partner since 2009 and Brazil is China’s ninth-largest trade partner worldwide and the largest in Latin America. As trade between Brazil and China has prospered in recent years, more Chinese companies are now investing in Latin America’s largest country.

Talks have now come in to play, according to Lins, to have both nations work together to bring electricity to several areas of Africa as part of the BRICS partnership.

The strategic China/Brazil partnership has been strengthened by the visits of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to Brazil over the past year, although the two countries remain rivals in some sectors, such as supplying machinery and equipment to develop the electricity network in Africa.

There are vast regions of Africa devoid of electricity network and the UN is now making efforts to remedy the situation. According to a recent report from the Africa Progress Panel, over 600 million people in Africa still do not have access to modern energy, and the energy consumption of the entire Sub-Saharan Africa is lower than that of Spain.

The situation poses a great opportunity for these countries to invest in the important energy market in the African continent, with China already making investments through partnerships which aim to send electricity to rural and isolated African Villages.

In addition, Brazil can be a successful example of a country which invested in clean energy and managed to increase access to electricity in a relatively short time.

Over the past years, Brazil has managed to increase electricity access to 99% of its population taking advantage of renewable sources such as hydroelectric, wind and solar power.

Lins also highlighted the significance of Brazil’s trade with Africa which reached 28.5 billion US dollars in 2013 and that several agreements with the African nations are expected to be signed in the second half of 2015.

“Brazil’s historic connection to Africa and its expertise in essential aspects defined in the UN campaign, such as universalization of access, intense use of renewable energy and efficiency measures, qualify Brazil as an important player to act in this market, which will reach over 400 million U.S. dollars per year until 2030,” Lins said.

Source New China Xinhua and China Daily USA  

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Joao Pessoa: where 91% of visitors intend to return to

A massive 91% of tourists who visited the capital of Paraiba from August to October last year intend to return in the future as pointed out by a Satisfaction and Tourist Demand survey conducted by Sethur-JP, in partnership with the Union of Guides Tourism of Paraíba.

The data was released by Joao Pessoa’s Secretary of Tourism, Paulo Galvao during a seminar meeting in the Verdegreen Hotel who announced that 91% of the 204 tourist participants intend to return to Joao Pessoa in the near future with 96.5% recommending the destination to a friend.

The result looked at positive factors and took on suggestions such as improving the infrastructure of the city, increasing tourist signs and providing more information helpful to visitors.

Most visitors that participated in the survey were from the Southeast of the country (42%), in particular São Paulo (17%), Rio de Janeiro (14%) and Ontario (11%). 23% of participants were from the Northeast with greater flow from Pernambuco (8%) and Rio Grande do Norte (4%). The South of the country contributed to 16%, highlighting the gauchos (7%), Paraná (6%) and Santa Catarina (6%) with the Midwest accounted for 10% and the North only 5%. Six foreign tourists were surveyed; three from Germany, two from France and one from Argentina.

The data was captured at two stations: the Tourist Information Sethur at the Science Station Cape Blanco and the Church of San Francisco in the Historic Centre of the capital. The Secretary of Tourism of João Pessoa, Bruno Farias, stated that all research of tourism demand is important for designing new actions based on hard data. He said “Tourism is a science, and so it should be treated”, noting that the route of economic development through tourism activities should be crafted with professionalism, with a “professional look”. He then went on to say “The contents should order the management to further enhance the policy of tourism development of the city”.

President of the Union of Guides, Genilton Elves, said the research in this category was always in demand because, from a tourist’s point of view, the category may start charging the public managers of the demands identified in the survey. In his opinion, it is essential to have this information so that there is a discussion on a tourism policy with concrete data.

Our Pueblo Do Mar and Tambaba Country Club Resort developments both situated in Joao Pessoa encourage tourists to visit the city as a growing holiday destination which encompasses some of Brazils most beautiful beaches.

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A new BRICS Bank to take on IMF and World Bank

Do you think it will shift the balance of power?

Last week, the BRICS members of emerging economies signed the long anticipated document to create the $100 billion development bank designed to influence western based lending and provide funds to each nations investment in infrastructure and development projects.

Each country will input an equal share into establishing the start-up capital of $50 billion and unlike the IMF or World Bank, have an equal say, regardless of GDP size. The goal is to reach $100 billion and break the dominance of the US dollar in global trade as well as dollar-backed institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, both of which BRICS countries have little influence within.

The economies of BRICS members Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represent 42% of the world’s population and account for 11 percent of global capital investment, and trade turnover almost doubled in the last five years. Membership may not just be limited to just BRICS nations, either and could include future members in Other Countries Emerging Markets Blocs, such as Mexico, Indonesia, or Argentina once it Sorts out ITS Debt Burden.

China will contribute the lion’s share, about $ 41 billion, Russia, Brazil and India will chip in $ 18 billion, and South Africa, the newest member of the economic bloc, will contribute $ 5 billion.

The idea is that the creation of the bank will lessen dependence on the West and create a more multi-polar world, at least financially. President Rousseff said “We want equal Rights and Justice…. The IMF should urgently revise Distribution of voting Rights to Reflect the Importance of Emerging Economies globally,”

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