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Green Investment Potential Demonstrated In Brazil’s New Economy Event

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Next Thursday, Brazil’s transition to a low carbon economy will be on display in London as businesses gather to highlight future green investment opportunities in the world’s 9th largest economy – the biggest in Latin America.

Leaders in banking and finance, sustainable agriculture, forestry and clean energy will be joined by representatives of Brazilian Ministries to showcase investment potential as Brazil begins to implement its NDCs and associated goals in agriculture, land use, clean energy and urban infrastructure. CPFL Renováveis, Ecoagro, Suzano and the national development bank BNDES will be amongst the organisations presenting pipelines.

Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of sugar and soybeans, the 3rd largest exporter of corn, 4th largest producer of fibre furnish. It has the world’s largest area of arable land in a single country. According to the FAO, Brazil will have to increase its food production significantly to help cope with 2050’s world population.

According to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) November 2016 Climate Investment Opportunities in Emerging Markets report, Brazil’s estimated climate smart investment potential for selected sectors is $1.3 trillion from 2016–2030.

Significant opportunities exist to lead in sustainable practices in agribusiness, forestry and paper industries for Brazil. The renewables and energy efficiency sector is well suited to long term green bond funding in support of new infrastructure. Brazil is already the 10th in the world for installed wind capacity.

Recent Developments

In October 2016, major local investors and pension funds signed the first Brazil Green Bonds Statement committing to “the development of a robust Brazilian green bonds market that makes a contribution to addressing climate change.”

A Council for Sustainable Market Development (Conselho Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Mercado) has been jointly convened by the Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) and the Climate Bonds Initiative, to develop and promote policy and market mechanisms to catalyse a robust future pipeline of opportunities for green investments in the future.

On the 28th November, 2016, Suzano Pulp & Paper SA announced the first green bond issued in Brazilian Real, following up on their successful USD 500m green issuance in July.

This is the third green bond from Brazil since food giant BFR led off in May 2015 with a EUR 500m (USD 549m) BBB-rated bond attracting more than 50% European buyers.

Justine Leigh-Bell, Director Market Development, Climate Bonds Initiative:

“The biggest challenge post COP22 is for national policy makers, local market actors and global investors to accelerate the flow of green investment. This ‘Brazil’s New Economy’ showcase is another step in building green capital flows into Brazil via the global green finance hub being established in London.”

“Brazil has been a leader in global climate negotiations and is now looking to low carbon economic development and green growth as part of its NDC commitments. This means expanded investment in sustainable agribusiness, forestry, pulp and paper industries and land use change. Expansion of clean energy and development of urban transport, energy and water infrastructure are other areas of opportunity. “

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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