Pig excrement supply electricity and gas to Brazilian town

A thermoelectric power plant fed by pig excrement is providing electricity to 62 of the 71 public buildings of Entre Rios do Oeste, a town in southern state of Paraná. Pig excrement had become an environmental threat, but the installation in 2006 of a biodigester, an airtight container where waste is deposited, has transformed the liability into an asset. The local council, home to 4,600 people and 250,000 animals, has also started buying the biogas produced by 18 pig farms.

Source: Latin American Herald Tribune

General Price Index slows in February from 1.07% to 0.01%

The General Price Index-10 (IGP-10) had a positive change of 0.01% in February, after increasing 1.07% in January, according to data released today by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV). With this result, the index accumulated an increase of 1.08% in the year and 7.39% in 12 months. In February 2019, the index had registered an increase of 0.40% in the month and an increase of 6.98% in 12 months. The IGP-10 measures the evolution of product prices and comprises 60% of the Wholesale Price Index (IPA); 30% of the consumer price index (CPI); and 10% of the National Index of Construction Costs (INCC).

Source: Eu Quero Investir

Lawmakers urge Congress to shelve indigenous mining bill

Opposition lawmakers called on Brazil’s Congress to reject a proposal by President Jair Bolsonaro to open indigenous reservations to commercial mining, saying it will endanger 200 tribes protected over decades by indigenous rights. Brazil has the largest number of isolated and uncontacted indigenous groups, 114 of the 185 known to exist in South America, said expert Antenor Vaz, who warned of the risk of ethnocide.

Source: Nasdaq

Banco do Brasil expects ROU above 18% and asset management sale

Banco do Brasil expects to post a return on equity above 18% this year and a net income between R$18.5bn and R$20.5bn after reporting Q4 profit rose by a fifth to R$4.62bn ($1.06bn). CEO Rubem Novaes, who has pushed unsuccessfully to privatise the entire bank, said that the lender will likely raise “billions of reais” from the sale of at least 51% of the lender asset management unit. The bank has already sold some non-core assets and formed joint-ventures to expand some businesses, such as an investment banking deal announced in November with UBS Group AG.

Source: Reuters

Brazil vetoes solar equipment import tax exemption bill

The Brazilian Senate has chosen to keep the veto on bill 8322/14 that grants a tax exemption for solar equipment imports. The government argued that the exemption could decrease the Federal revenue as it did not present compensation measures which is mandatory under the Fiscal Responsibility Law. The rejected bill originally proposed the tax exemption to apply only to solar module models that Brazilian companies do not manufacture.

Source: Renewables Now