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October 02 2009

15:24

A Computer Waste Bill for Rio Grande do Sul

A bill on information technology (IT) waste has been introduced in the state legislative of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) that is similar to a law adopted in 2008 by its neighbor, Paraná. The bill would require producers, distributors and vendors of “informatic equipment” to create and maintain programs for [...]

September 26 2009

20:36

A WEEE Bill for Amazonas

This week Amazonas (AM) became the latest state in which a bill on  “technological trash” (lixo tecnologico or e-lixo) – the Brazilians nickname for what is known elsewhere as WEEE or e-waste — has been introduced. Unlike bills recently introduced in the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco, which are based primarily on a Law on [...]
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18:32

A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

From the Global Environment Facility (GEF): Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

September 02 2009

01:31

What the Other Guy Blogs About: EPR for WEEE in LAC

There’s an interesting post worth reading in the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (CDA) arguing that the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) may be applicable to electronics waste (e-waste, e-scrap or WEEE) in Latin America.  The author, the CDA’s Kreuza Alarcón, is part of the team producing a report on [...]

August 28 2009

02:24

A Green IT Law for Brazil?

Yesterday the Environment Committee and Consumer Protection (CMA) of the Brazilian Senate discussed a draft committee opinion on a green IT bill just introduced last May.  The committee rapporteur for Senate bill (PLS) 173/2009 recommended its approval. The CMA decided to hold a hearing on the bill before deciding on the draft opinion, with invitations [...]

August 16 2009

03:47

Toward Brazilian Environmental Norms for Electro-Electronics

Several jurisdictions in Brazil — most notably the States of São Paulo (SP) and Mato Grosso (MT), and the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro (MRJ) — have recently adopted e-waste laws, and several states look interested in following suit (here, here and here). There’s rumors that the National Environment Council (CONAMA) will soon decide [...]

August 14 2009

02:37

Acordo Mineiro Sobre a Gestão de Resíduos Eletroeletrônicos

Desde a Fundação Estadual do Meio Ambiente (FEAM): Acordo irá incrementar ações de gestão de resíduos eletroeletrônicos Previsto para acontecer ao longo de 2010, o projeto estabelecerá uma parceria, inicialmente, com 25 empresas que irão repassar equipamentos como computadores, telefones, celulares e impressoras em desuso para a Feam, que dentro do projeto 3RsPCs – Resíduos Eletroeletrônicos, dará [...]

August 13 2009

03:57

Toward an ISO Energy Management Standard

Last week in Rio de Janeiro and yesterday in São Paulo, Eletrobrás and the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) co-hosted workshops to try to get Brazilian business more actively involved in the process now underway in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop an international standard for energy management, ISO 50001.  One of [...]

August 11 2009

00:39

Green IT Rating System Expanded to Brazil and Mexico

From EPEAT: The Green Electronics Council Announces Major Expansion of EPEAT International Green IT purchasing system enables electronics manufacturers to register computers and monitors in 40 countries The Green Electronics Council today announced the availability of an international EPEAT purchasing registry, a major development that enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in [...]

August 01 2009

20:35

Brazil Updates Mandatory Energy Label for Air Conditioners

Brazil recently adopted a new set of rules for conformity assessment and energy effficiency labeling for air conditioners.  Among other things, National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Inmetro) Portaria 215, adopted on 23 July 2009 and published in the federal gazette on 27 July: extended the rules and compulsory labeling requirement (see sample below [...]

July 24 2009

01:27

An E-Waste Bill for Bahia

I’m on vacation in the Caribbean, with limited internet access (and a damaged laptop) and in any case supposedly ignoring my inbox and not posting.  But I peeked at the web version of my inbox using a relative’s laptop and, seeing a note on this, could not resist a quick post. It shows something I have [...]
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