2011-05-26

Climate Policy Initiative Opens Rio Center Focused On Effective Green And Low-Carbon Development Policies In Brazi

 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, May 26, 2011 --/WORLD-WIRE/--Climate Policy
Initiative (CPI), a global analysis and advisory organization that
supports nations’ efforts towards green and low-carbon growth, today
launched its center in Rio de Janeiro, affiliated with Pontifícia
Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). CPI Rio will
examine low-carbon growth policies and programs in Brazil in areas
such as forestry and agriculture, finance, and cap and trade systems.

 The center is directed by Juliano Assunção, a professor at PUC-Rio
and a consultant to the Brazilian Ministry of Finance and the World
Bank, who has worked with governments, industry, and multilateral
organizations on economic development issues.

 “Climate Policy Initiative is thrilled to partner with PUC-Rio to
provide valuable insights that policymakers seek,” said Thomas C.
Heller, Executive Director of Climate Policy Initiative. “We hope to
analyze current policy and share our learnings with Brazilian
policymakers and others around the world. As an active player in
forestry and agriculture and other climate-related policy activities,
and as a nation grappling with the twin goals of growth and
sustainability, Brazil is a very valuable contributor to this
discussion.”

 To mark its launch, CPI Rio is hosting a climate policy seminar
today. Speakers include: Eduardo Assad, Brazil’s Secretary for
Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment; Suzana Kahn Riberio,
Under Secretary of Green Economy at the Rio de Janeiro State
Secretariat of Environment; Armínio Fraga, Founding Member of Gávea
Investimentos Ltda. and Chairman of the Board at BM&FBovespa; Sergio
Weguelin from the Brazlian Development Bank, BNDES; Leif Ervik,
Director General at Norway’s Ministry of Finance; Thomas Heller,
Executive Director of CPI; Barbara Buchner, Director of CPI Venice and
former senior analyst at International Energy Agency (IEA); and Kath
Rowley, Director of CPI San Francisco and former Australian policy and
regulatory agency official.

 About CPI

 Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) is a global policy effectiveness
analysis and advisory organization. Its mission is to assess,
diagnose, and support nations’ efforts to achieve low-carbon growth.
An independent, not-for-profit organization with long-term support
from George Soros, CPI’s headquarters are in San Francisco and
regional offices are in Berlin, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and Venice.

 Contact:

 San Francisco,

 Ruby Barcklay

 Rio de Janeiro,

 Clarissa Costalonga e Gandour

 +1 (510) 612 5180

 +55 (21) 8886 9827

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