CAI and LAC News in Brief

Clean Air Institute selected as an Observer to the Climate Investment Fund (CIF)

Over the next two years the Clean Air Institute will serve as one of four Civil Society observers to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) ensuring a link between Latin American organizations and the CIF decision-making process.

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The Clean Air Institute participates at a Workshop for preparing a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Activity (NAMA) for the Mexican Freight Transport Subsector. Mexico City, February 28th.

The CAI will collaborate with Mexico's Center for Sustainable Transport, the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, the Secretariat of Communications and Transport and a number of private and social organizations in this effort.

Sergio Sanchez, Executive Director of Clean Air Institute, presents policy recommendations to address the economic, social and environmental impacts of Climate Change in the XIX National Congress of Economists, "Hacia un nuevo proyecto nacional de desarrollo" or "Towards a new national development plan" in English.
 
These recommendations will be considered by the National Association of Economists from Mexico to enrich their proposal to the National Development Project, whose final version will be the consideration of candidates for upcoming presidential elections in Mexico.
 
 XIX National Congress of Economists in Puebla, Mexico, held on March 2, 2012. Click here for video footage.

CAI and ICCT visit WMATA Bus Operations

The visit included a tour of maintenance facilities and the brand new Operations Center and an overview of WMATA experience in gradually converting the bus fleet from diesel to CNG, hybrid and clean diesel buses, as well as the bus procurement process and guidelines.

For further information on procurement processes and guidelines please contact us.

Non-motorized transport in Mexico City in the news

As reported by BBC Mundo, the first Sunday closure of Avenida Reforma to car traffic in 2007, an avenue which is grid-locked on weekdays by tens of thousands of cars sitting bumper-to-bumper, kick started the capital's attempts to make life easier for cyclists.  A 15-year-long green plan to promote cycling, hopes to increase the number of trips by bike to 5% of all trips made in the city.

CAI Launches Practitioners Helpdesk

The Clean Air Institute launches a Centro de Co2nsulta, or Helpdesk, to provide guidance and recommendations for the assessment of GHG and local pollutant emissions from urban transport interventions.

To assess the impacts of transport interventions on emissions one must undertake an emissions assessment. These can have a number of functions: a) Estimate the likely future impacts of a measure or strategy; b) Assist planners and policy makers to design measures or strategies to reduce emissions; c) Quantify actual impacts of already implemented measures/strategies. 

The Centro de Co2nsulta provides an overview of the methodologies, models and tools currently available for assessing the impact of transportation projects on GHG emissions. It also proposes an Evaluation Framework which recommends ten key steps to be considered when attempting to undertake an assessment of this nature. This is complemented by a database composed of factsheets for each of the methodologies, tools and models evaluated for this purpose. The Center will be continually updated over the coming months.
 
Also, for anyone with questions about how to evaluate the impact of a transportation project(s) or program(s) on emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) they may request technical assistance through the contact form included in the Centro de CO2nsulta.

 

Database of Regional Experts

The Clean Air Institute launches a Technical Assistance service and associated database of Regional Experts for the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The Clean Air Institute has developed a regional expert database that will allow users to get answers to questions related to urban public transport, non-motorized transport, travel demand management, integrated transport and land use planning, urban freight transport, GHG emissions calculations, emissions inventory, and policy, program and project design and assessment.

Users are able to search for an expert by topic, area of expertise, name, country, or language.  Questions can be sent via the website on a range of topics and can expect an initial response within 24 hours.

The database will continue to be expanded.  Please contact us if you feel that your skills would complement the database and we will provide an application form.

SEMARNAT Pledge Support for CAI involvement in NAMA preparations

The Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales along with other Mexico Government institutions have committed political will and resources at the highest level for the development of a NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) focused on freight transport. As part of this commitment SEMARNAT have committed funds to the Clean Air Institute to supplement their Sustainable Transport and Air Quality program which will allow CAI to work with the other stakeholders on the development of this NAMA.

CAI will assist in a number of areas including the identification of existing policies and instruments relevant to the NAMA, provision of technical assistance for the application of monitoring, review and verification, and technical assistance and feedback to guide the formulation of the NAMA.

CAI and Medellín launch Partnership to Fight Air Pollution and Climate Change

In January representatives of the Clean Air Institute and the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley (Colombia,) that includes the city of Medellin, signed an agreement to join to improve air quality, protect public health, and improve the quality of life in the metropolis.

Over the next five years, the signatories will cooperate in the implementation of activities related to the Air Quality Action Plan for the Aburrá Valley, including actions to introduce cleaner, more efficient vehicles, cleaner energy sources, and best environmental practices in all productive sectors to improve the economy of society. Also, work in a wide dissemination of project achievements and lessons learned for the benefit of the region.

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