In its role as the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Center for the Stockholm Convention, São Paulo’s environmental agency (CETESB) is currently hosting its 5th International Training Program on the Environmentally Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes, which primarily focuses on combating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and mercury releases. Spanning from January 1- February 3, 2016, the 168-hour intensive training program aims to strengthen technical, institutional, and legal capacities for members of the GRULAC—Group of Latin American and Caribbean—countries to support requirements set forth by the Stockholm Convention.
Prompted by the recent enactment of SMA Resolution No. 45/15, which establishes the framework for a new take-back regime in São Paulo, three sectors covering edible oils, pesticide containers, and automotive filters and lubricating oils renewed their reverse logistic agreements with São Paulo’s environmental agencies, CETESB and SMA. The renewed agreements are valid for a period of four years beginning January 1, 2016.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has published Ordinance No. 555/15, which approves the country's 10-year energy expansion plan (2014-2024). The plan, drafted by the Energy Research Company (EPE), the Ministry's research and development arm, estimated that 1.4 trillion reais (currently $344 billion) would be invested through 2024 to expand the energy matrix, which includes both electric and combustion-fuel energy generation.
The National Institute of Metrology Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) has published Ordinance No. 617/15, which extends the deadline for manufacturers, importers, and sellers to comply with TV energy efficiency labeling requirements set forth by Ordinance No. 563/14. The technical regulation covers TVs with cathode ray tubes, plasma screens, and LCD and LED panels, as well as monitors with TV functions. TVs with dimensions greater than 65 in and smaller than 13 in are exempt.