Moody’s Investors Service has raised its estimate for the sale of bonds to finance projects with positive social results by 50% this year. The agency now expects the emission of social and sustainability bonds worldwide to reach $150 billion this year, compared to an initial projection of $100 billion in May, according to a report by Moody’s analysts.
Brazilian crude steel production reached 2.6 million tons in July this year, an increase of 3.5% compared to the same period in 2019. Domestic sales grew 8.3% compared to July 2019 and reached 1.7 million tons. Apparent consumption of steel products was 1.8 million metric tons, an increase of 4.4% compared to the same period of 2019.
The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) approved a $350 million loan for the Ministry of Economy to implement measures to tackle the crisis caused by the pandemic. The funding will complement government actions to reduce the impact on the most vulnerable economic and social sectors, especially the payment of emergency aid. During the pandemic, the CAF offered $2.5 billion in emergency credit lines for Latin American countries.
The Rio Grande do Sul State Environmental Protection Foundation (Fepam) has issued an operating license (LO) for a SHP and a preliminary license (LP) for a solar power plant. The projects total 27.36 MW and R$ 158 million in investments. The documentation delivered to the company Quevedos Energéticas S.A. from Santa Catarina.
Petrobras began the binding phase regarding the sale of four thermoelectric plants. The Arembepe, Bahia 1, and Muricy plants have a total installed capacity of 329 MW. The plants operate with oil and have the possibility of conversion to natural gas. The Rio Grande do Sul power plant of Canoas, on the other hand, has an installed capacity of 249 MW and is bi-fuel, using natural gas and oil for generation.
The Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel) held a solar and wind energy auction, through which it sold 162 average MW for a period of 13 years, starting supplies in January 2023. The projects that won the auction total 595 MW of installed capacity, 184 MW of which were wind and 411 MW solar.
With the coronavirus pandemic, imports shrank by 35.5 percent in July, accumulating a 10.5 percent drop in the first seven months of the year. After an atypically strong first quarter, purchases from abroad began to drop above two digits as of April. Considering the period between April and July, the total shows a drop of 21% compared to the previous year.
BNDES made a loss of R$ 582 million ($105 mm) in the second quarter, reversing the R$ 5.5 billion ($1bn) profit obtained in the first three months of the year, the bank said. The second quarter’s result was affected by the Covid 19 pandemic and BNDES’s board of directors said the provision for credit risk was R$2.3 billion ($418 mm) for the period.
The definition of the tax regime for decarbonisation credits (Cbios), with the overthrow on August 12th of the presidential vetoes to the section of the Agro MP that rate the bond at 15%, will help accelerate the emissions and the commercialisation of the Cbios in the second semester. In total, 252,400 Cbios have been traded so far by all brokers, at an average price of R$ 20 ($4).
The Brazilian trade balance recorded a $2.095 billion surplus and a $7.596 billion trade current in the first week of August 2020 – with five working days – as a result of exports worth $4.845 billion and imports of $2.751 billion. In the year, exports totalled $125.737 billion and imports, $93.657 billion, with a positive balance of $32.08 billion and current trade of $219.395 billion.