Colombia Becomes First Country in South America to Make Official Climate Change Commitment

In anticipation of COP21, Colombia officially pledges to reduce its emissions by 20% by 2030, based on 2010 levels.  

Energy Efficiency Labeling Technical Regulation Implemented

The Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MINMINAS) has announced the implementation of the Technical Regulation for Labeling Electrical and Fuel Gas Equipment (RETIQ), which establishes technical standards for labeling, testing, and certifying a range of electronic goods, including electromagnetic and electronic lighting ballasts. All covered products, both domestic and imported, must comply with RETIQ by August 31, 2016.

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Bill Proposed

Among its key provisions, Senate Bill No. 058/15 outlines climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies for key economic sectors, modifies the function of the National Environment Council, establishes a climate change adaptation and mitigation fund, and creates the State Registry of Emissions.

Used Oil Disposal Bill Proposed

Chamber of Deputies Bill No. 091/15 establishes conditions for the safe disposal of used lubricating oils, industrial oils, and frying oils used in Colombia and prohibits the combustion of these oils, and their partial or total reutilization without treatment.

Ministry of Housing Proposes Draft Decree to Formalize Trade of Recyclers

The Draft Decree would regulate provisions under the National Development Plan 2014-2018 pertaining to the operating activity and obligations of professional recyclers.