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IDB - sustainable energy and climate change / Presidente d el BID- energía sostenible y cambio climático

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  • Simone Lovera
    Dear all, Firstly, to introduce myself: I am campaign coordinator of the Global Forest Coalition (www.wrm.org.uy/GFC) a global network of NGOs and Indigenous
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 2006
      Dear all,

      Firstly, to introduce myself: I am campaign coordinator of the Global Forest
      Coalition (www.wrm.org.uy/GFC) a global network of NGOs and Indigenous
      Peoples Organizations. Some of our members, especially Southern groups, have
      been doing quite some work on biofuels, we recently started working on the
      issue as a coalition, by drafting a disseminating a joint alert on biofuels.
      I understood the alert has already been forwarded by Almuth to this list in
      November.
      Next week I hope to be able to send you the latest list of signatures to the
      biofuels statement, and a list of emails of the groups that signed up, so
      that you can invite them to the listserve if you want.

      Together with the Indigenous Information Network, the Pacific Indigenous
      Peoples Environment Coalition, Friends of the Earth International and
      others, we also plan to organize two events related to biofuels at the World
      Social Forum in Nairobi in January (21 - 23). Of course, those of you who
      are there are very much welcome to participate, especially the first event
      will have the objective to brainstorm about joint strategies. We will also
      try to link up via internet with groups that are not able or prefer not to
      travel all the way to Nairobi.

      On another matter: earlier this week at a conference about soy in France the
      Government of Brazil announced that they are working hard to promote
      production of biodiesel from soybeans, which is exactly what we always
      feared. Recently they have also made a couple of really nasty statements
      about Indigenous Peoples, NGOs and Quilombero's (afro-brazilian groups) who
      stand in the way of agro-industrial and other development, so the new
      direction of the Government is quite worrying. I attach a two joint
      declarations from Paraguayan NGOs against soy production (both regular soy
      and so-called "sustainable" soy), which highlight some of the problems with
      this crop. The alert against biofuels we disseminated in November was partly
      inspired by the campaigns of farmer's organizations, women's groups and NGOs
      against the expansion of these monocultures here in Paraguay.

      The note about the IDB conference below is FYI. Please note English
      translations are in the lower part.

      Best wishes,

      Simone

      Simone Lovera
      Campaigns coordinator
      Global Forest Coalition
      Bruselas 2273
      Asunción, Paraguay
      tel/fax: 595-21-663654
      http://www.wrm.org/GFC
      Email: simonelovera@...


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      From: "Elizabeth Bast" <EBast@...>
      To: <foei_climateonline@...>; <foei-energy@...>;
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      Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2006 9:22 PM
      Subject: FOEI_CC: IDB - sustainable energy and climate change / Presidente
      del BID- energía sostenible y cambio climático


      > The IDB just had a 2-day conference on sustainable energy. Energy
      > efficiency was emphasized, and wind, solar, and micro-hydro power were
      > all mentioned quite a bit. The IDB also looks very ready to push hard on
      > carbon finance and biofuels.
      >
      > There is more information on the conference and initiative at:
      > http://www.secci-idb.org/
      >
      > The transcript of a speech by IDB President Moreno is available only in
      > English:
      > http://www.iadb.org/NEWS/articledetail.cfm?Language=En&parid=5&artType=SP&artid=3448
      >
      > (press releases in english below)
      >
      > *-
      > Comunicado de prensa
      > 28 noviembre, 2006
      > Presidente del BID llama a América Latina y Caribe a actuar en energía
      > sostenible y cambio climático
      >
      > Discurso de apertura
      > Moreno lanza iniciativa para apoyar esfuerzos regionales
      >
      > El presidente del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Luis Alberto
      > Moreno, convocó un encuentro de funcionarios gubernamentales y expertos
      > para analizar desafíos y oportunidades para incrementar las inversiones
      > en energía sostenible en América Latina y el Caribe. En la reunión, que
      > se celebra el 28 y 29 de noviembre en Washington, D.C., el BID lanzó una
      > iniciativa destinada a apoyar las inversiones en energía renovable en la
      > región.
      >
      > La creciente preocupación en la región respecto al impacto ambiental de
      > los combustibles fósiles, incluyendo la calidad del aire y el cambio
      > climático, así como el impacto de los combustibles importados en la
      > balanza de pagos, impulsó al BID a promover un amplio diálogo de
      > expertos.
      >
      > Moreno subrayó la necesidad de focalizar esfuerzos en la energía
      > renovable, impulsada por dos factores fundamentales: un amplio consenso
      > sobre el "sentido de urgencia" generado por el calentamiento global,
      > y la substancial reducción de la brecha entre las fuentes de energía
      > convencionales y las renovables gracias a la revolución tecnológica.
      > Resaltó también que los pronósticos indican que la demanda de energía en
      > la región crecerá 75 por ciento para el año 2030. "Será difícil para
      > América Latina satisfacer sus necesidades energéticas sin una vasta
      > expansión en fuentes de energía renovable", concluyó.
      >
      > "Gobiernos y empresas privadas en toda América Latina están encarando
      > el desafío de expandir la energía renovable", afirmó Moreno en su
      > discurso inaugural. El BID ya está financiando una cantidad de
      > esfuerzos, pero "podemos hacer mucho más como catalizadores y socios
      > estratégicos de la región", añadió.
      >
      > La nueva iniciativa se concentrará en áreas tales como inversiones en
      > eficiencia energética, desarrollo de nuevos biocombustibles, expansión
      > de financiamiento del carbono y amplia mitigación y adaptación a los
      > riesgos del cambio climático. Un estudio reciente del BID calculó que un
      > cuarto de los proyectos financiados por el Banco estarían sujetos a
      > riesgo de cambio climático.
      >
      > Durante las dos jornadas del encuentro, autoridades gubernamentales de
      > finanzas, energía y medio ambiente, líderes empresariales en energía
      > renovable y limpia, y representantes de instituciones financieras,
      > entidades donantes y organizaciones no gubernamentales debatirán
      > estrategias para encarar cuestiones de eficacia energética y
      > financiamiento del carbono.
      >
      > La conferencia abordará las futuras necesidades locales y nacionales de
      > la región, analizando maneras de apoyar el desarrollo de los mercados
      > financieros de biocombustibles y del carbono, observando también las
      > actuales experiencias en los sectores público y privado en áreas como
      > vivienda, transporte y electrificación rural.
      >
      > Una feria tecnológica sobre programas innovadores en energía limpia se
      > realiza simultáneamente en el atrio del BID.
      >
      > *-
      > Comunicado de prensa
      > 29 noviembre, 2006
      >
      > Nueva Iniciativa del BID de Energía Sostenible y Cambio Climático
      > Apoyo a opciones energéticas económica y ambientalmente sólidas
      >
      > Más de 300 funcionarios gubernamentales y expertos reunidos durante dos
      > días en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo coincidieron en que las
      > fuentes de energía sostenible están en el centro de la agenda de
      > desarrollo de América Latina y el Caribe y saludaron el lanzamiento de
      > una iniciativa del BID para apoyar inversiones en energía sostenible y
      > reducir la vulnerabilidad al cambio climático.
      >
      > Autoridades en finanzas, energía y medio ambiente, líderes
      > empresariales en energía limpia y renovable y representantes de
      > instituciones financieras, agencias donantes y organizaciones no
      > gubernamentales analizaron las necesidades de la región y posibles
      > estrategias para apoyar el desarrollo de fuentes de energía renovable,
      > promover la eficiencia energética y los biocombustibles y favorecer el
      > acceso de proyectos a los mercados de financiamiento del carbono.
      >
      > Los participantes examinaron las experiencias en los sectores público y
      > privado en áreas tales como vivienda, transporte y electrificación
      > rural. En las sesiones de discusión se evaluaron los desafíos y las
      > oportunidades en energía sostenible y los medios para impulsar políticas
      > e inversiones en energía limpia.
      >
      > El BID renovó su compromiso de apoyar a sus países miembros en la
      > región con una nueva iniciativa que se focalizará en eficiencia
      > energética, biocombustibles, financiamiento del carbono y adaptación
      > a los riesgos del cambio climático. Esta iniciativa buscará:
      >
      > Cerrar la brecha en financiamiento de energía renovable y eficiencia
      > energética con mayores inversiones del BID
      > Integrar la reforma de políticas y la eliminación de barreras con
      > financiamiento innovador para la transformación del mercado
      > Incentivar inversiones en energía sostenible en todos los sectores y
      > mejorar herramientas de financiamiento
      > Impulsar el acceso al Mercado de financiamiento del carbono
      > Encarar la adaptación de activos de capital en proyectos como parte de
      > la gestión de riesgo de desastres naturales
      > Promover asociaciones con instituciones financieras y de los sectores
      > público y privado
      > "América Latina y el Caribe ya tienen una substancial trayectoria en
      > energía sostenible", afirmó el presidente del BID, Luis Alberto
      > Moreno. Los estudios demuestran que más del 23 por ciento del suministro
      > primario de energía de la región proviene de fuentes renovables y que
      > tanto el sector público como el privado están ya trabajando en la
      > necesaria expansión.
      >
      > "No estamos comenzando de cero", aclaró Moreno, quien destacó
      > también que el BID ya ha otorgado préstamos por 17.000 millones de
      > dólares para proyectos de energía en la región, incluyendo
      > financiamiento a partes del pionero programa de etanol de Brasil.
      > "Estamos orgullosos de este legado", sostuvo, pero "para
      > construir la próxima generación de proyectos de energía sostenible se
      > requerirá más creatividad, mejor cooperación y mayor disposición a
      > asumir riesgos", concluyó.
      >
      > *--
      >
      > Press Release
      > November 28, 2006
      > IDB President calls for action on sustainable energy and climate change
      > in Latin America and the Caribbean
      >
      > Opening speech
      > Moreno launches IDB initiative to support regional efforts
      >
      > Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno called a
      > meeting of government officials and experts to discuss challenges and
      > opportunities to increase investments on sustainable energy in Latin
      > America and the Caribbean. At the event, held at the Bank's
      > headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 28-29, the IDB launched an
      > initiative to support regional renewable energy investments.
      >
      > Growing concerns in the region regarding the environmental impact of
      > fossil fuels, including air quality and climate change, as well as the
      > balance of payments impact of imported fuels, have led the IDB to
      > promote a broad dialogue of experts.
      >
      > Moreno underscored the need to focus on renewable energy driven by two
      > fundamental factors: the broad consensus on the "sense of urgency"
      > posed by the threat of global warming, and the narrowing of the cost gap
      > between conventional and renewable sources of energy due to the
      > technological revolution. At the same time, he pointed out, forecasts
      > indicate that energy demand in the region will grow 75 percent by 2030.
      > "Latin America will be hard-pressed to meet its energy needs without a
      > vast expansion of renewable energy sources," he concluded.
      >
      > "Governments and private companies throughout Latin America are
      > rising to the challenge of expanding renewable energy," said Moreno in
      > his inaugural speech. The IDB is already financing a number of efforts,
      > but "we can do much more as catalysts and strategic partners for the
      > region," he added.
      >
      > The new initiative will focus on areas such as investments in energy
      > efficiency, development of new biofuels, expansion of carbon finance and
      > comprehensive mitigation and adaptation to the risks of climate change.
      > A recent IDB study calculated that a quarter of Bank-financed projects
      > could be at risk from climate change.
      >
      > During the two-day conference, finance, energy and environmental
      > officials, renewable and clean energy business leaders, financial
      > institutions representatives, non-governmental organizations and donor
      > agencies will debate strategies for energy efficiency and carbon finance
      > issues.
      >
      > The future needs of the region at the local and national levels will be
      > addressed by analyzing ways to support the development of biofuels and
      > carbon finance markets, while looking at current experiences in the
      > private and public sectors, in areas such as housing, transportation and
      > rural electrification.
      >
      > A technology fair held simultaneously at the IDB's Atrium showcases
      > innovative clean energy programs.
      >
      > *-
      >
      > Press Release
      > November 29, 2006
      > New IDB sustainable energy and climate change initiative
      >
      > More than 300 government officials and experts agreed during a two-day
      > meeting at the Inter-American Development Bank that sustainable sources
      > of energy are at the core of the Latin American and Caribbean
      > development agenda and greeted the launching of an IDB initiative to
      > support investments in sustainable energy and reduce climate change
      > vulnerability.
      >
      > Finance, energy and environmental officials, renewable and clean energy
      > business leaders, financial institutions representatives,
      > non-governmental organizations and donor agencies analyzed the needs of
      > the region, along with strategies to support the development of
      > renewable energy sources, promote energy efficiency and biofuels and
      > enhance the access of projects to carbon finance markets.
      >
      > Participants looked at current experiences in the private and public
      > sectors in areas such as housing, transportation and rural
      > electrification. Sessions covered assessments of power needs, challenges
      > and opportunities for sustainable energy and how to promote policy
      > support and investments in clean energy.
      >
      > The IDB renewed its commitment to support its member countries in the
      > region with a new initiative that will focus on energy efficiency,
      > biofuels, carbon finance and adaptation to the risks of climate change.
      > This initiative will aim at:
      >
      > Closing the gap in financing renewable energy and energy efficiency by
      > scaling up IDB investments
      > Integrating policy reform and removal of barriers with innovative
      > financing for market transformation
      > Fostering sustainable energy investment across sectors and refining
      > financing tools
      > Improving access to the carbon finance market
      > Addressing adaptation in existing capital assets as part of natural
      > disaster risk management
      > Fostering partnerships with financial, public and private sector
      > institutions
      > "Latin America and the Caribbean have a substantial track record in
      > sustainable energy," said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. Studies
      > show that more than 23 percent of the region's total primary energy
      > supply already comes from renewable sources and both public and private
      > sectors are already working on the needed expansion.
      >
      > "We are not starting from scratch," added Moreno. He noted that the
      > IDB has already lent $17 billion to energy projects in the region,
      > including financing parts of Brazil's pioneering ethanol program.
      > "We are proud of this legacy," said Moreno, but "building the
      > next generation of sustainable energy projects will require more
      > creativity, better cooperation and greater willingness to take risks,"
      > he concluded.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > Elizabeth Bast
      > International Policy Analyst
      > Friends of the Earth - US
      >
      > 1717 Massachusetts Ave NW Ste 600
      > Washington, DC 20036 USA
      >
      > Phone: 1-202-222-0719
      > Cell: 1-202-641-7203
      > skype: esbast
      >
      > sender - "Elizabeth Bast" <EBast@...>
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