LEDs to light up Rio streets

The City of Rio de Janeiro is to install energy efficient LEDs. The IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is to help the government develop a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to upgrade nearly 425,000 lights. The project will help Rio reduce its energy bills as well as emissions and provide improved visibility for people […]

Work slows at Brazilian nuclear plant, says AREVA

AREVA has temporarily reduced its activities at a nuclear power plant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is due to delays in securing financing for Eletrobrás Eletronuclear’s (ETN) Angra 3 project, the company said. The Angra nuclear power plant consists of two pressurised water reactors, Angra 1 and Angra 2; Angra 3 is the third […]

First oil discovery offshore Namibia

A Brazilian energy firm has announced the first discovery of oil off the coast of Namibia. Rio de Janeiro based HRT found oil in the Wingat exploration well in the Walvis basin, although not in commercial volumes yet. Findings have led to HRT identifying “two well-developed source rocks” and “several thin-bedded sandy reservoirs that are […]

BP sells 60% stake in Brazil’s Polvo oil field

Oil giant BP has agreed to sell its 60% interest in an oil field in Brazil for $135 million (£87.1m) in cash. The deal with Brazilian firm HRT Oil & Gas Ltda is expected to close in the second half of this year. The Polvo field is located in the southern part of the Campos […]

Brazilian slums get eco-favelas

Brazilian slum communities in the capital Rio de Janeiro have been given sixteen eco-friendly apartments. The city opened the new homes built with sustainable or recycled materials in the favelas of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira in the south of Rio earlier this year. Other improvements in the neighbourhood include LED lighting, waste collection and solar […]

Green cars get their own Formula E

Green cars are set to get the Formula One treatment with their own hot competition – the Formula E. That’s after motor racing’s world governing body the FIA recently gave the green light to a new motor racing series for electric cars. The new Formula E Championship will debut in 2014 with a target grid […]

It’s oil happening in Brazil

For the South American powerhouse getting ready to play host to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, oil still seems to be top dog, as ELN reporter Vicky Ellis finds out from some of the country’s big industry players including GE Brazil’s CEO Adriana Machado and Roberto Ramos of Odebrecht Oil & Gas.

Rio+20: “Disappointing” or a new direction?

Last week’s highly anticipated Rio+20 summit where 180 world leaders met to create an action plan for sustainable development has been criticised for holding little “concrete action”. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (pictured) claimed Rio+20 gave nations a “new direction” at the closing ceremony of the three-day summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He said: […]

Draft agreement reached at Rio+20

The 180 nations gathered in Rio+20 have reached a draft agreement on a plan of action, according to UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. Writing from Rio de Janeiro yesterday, where she is part of the UK’s delegation at the UN conference, Ms Spelman admitted some will be “disappointed” there isn’t more in the agreement, called […]

Robert Redford rails against “absurd” fossil fuel subsidy

Robert Redford has spoken out against the “absurdity of subsidising fossil fuels” in the run up to Rio+20, the UN’s conference on sustainable living in Rio de Janeiro this week. Writing on the Huffington Post yesterday, the star of such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men railed against “public […]