New ABNT Standards Released

The following are available for purchase from the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT):

Government-Industry Partnership to Promote Sustainability in Packaging Sector  

São Paulo's environmental agency (CETESB) and the Brazilian Packaging Association (ABRE) have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding for technical and scientific cooperation aimed at identifying and disseminating appropriate environmental practices for the packaging industry. There is an expectation that the memorandum will result in the development of criteria for evaluating the environmental performance of non-durable consumer goods packaging in the first half of 2016, along with case studies that illustrate the success of the criteria.

Bill Establishing Noise Pollution as an Environmental Crime Approved  

The Urban Development Committee in the Chamber of Deputies has approved Bill No. 1073/15, which amends the Environmental Crimes Law (No. 9.605/98), outlining administrative penalties for noise pollution that would include: a warning, suspension of activities, fines, and equipment seizure.

Bill Establishing Ecolabel for Amazon Region Products Approved  

The Committee for National Integration, Regional Development, and the Amazon in the Chamber of Deputies has approved Bill No. 5760/13 to establish the "Green Seal for Amazon Preservation." If enacted into law, the Seal would be awarded by the environmental agencies that collectively comprise Brazil's National Environment System (SISNAMA) to environmentally friendly products derived from the Legal Amazon Region.

Bill Establishing National Landfill Fund Approved

The Social Affairs Committee in the Senate has approved Bill No. 207/12 to establish the National Landfill Fund, which, if enacted into law, would finance up to 70% of a landfill project that met the requirements under Law 12.305/10, the National Policy on Solid Waste. Financed by the National Treasury or by donations, the Fund would have a ten-year term; and its resources would be used for technical feasibility and environmental impact studies, implementing environmental protection measures, and carrying out training for garbage collectors, among other uses.

Number of Rehabilitated Areas in São Paulo Increases 

According to the state environmental agency’s (CESTSB) most recent List of Contaminated and Rehabilitated Areas in the State of São Paulo, 34% of 5,148 contaminated areas have been classified as rehabilitated (563) or are in the process of being monitored to confirm their rehabilitated status (1,204). This represents a 33% increase from the previous year.  74% (3,825) of all contaminated sites stem from fossil fuel activities, 17% (862) from industrial activities, 5% (263) from commercial activities, and 3% (151) from waste disposal activities.