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The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB or IDB) is a Multilateral Development Bank that finances economic development activities and projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.


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  • 16-20 March 2007, Guatemala City, Guatemala: IADB Annual Meeting
    • 17 March 2007 event: Sustainable Energy for Sustainable Development -
      • "Ensuring affordable and reliable sources of energy is at the core of the LAC development agenda....One of the most challenging issues is the regulatory framework needed to promote private investment in Sustainable Energy. The conference will explore current trends, challenges and lessons learned based on international experiences and discuss possible solutions for the promotion of Sustainable Energy."


  • Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI)
  • IADB activities on biofuels have included an "analysis of the role and potential for biofuels in Central America," an "assessment of the potential for biofuel production from sugar cane in Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados," and an "assessment study of biofuels for transport in Mexico."[1]


  • IDB releases new version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, 11 September 2009 by InterAmerican Development Bank: "The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon emissions from land use change, and food security."
    • "The first version of the Scorecard, an interactive, web-based tool that was released a year ago, addressed 23 key variables including greenhouse gas emissions, water management, biodiversity and poverty reduction. The IDB subsequently held five regional meetings to solicit feedback on the Scorecard and began collecting and reviewing hundreds of comments and suggestions submitted by outside experts."
    • "The new version of the Scorecard includes a spatial analysis tool that enables users to quickly access existing Geographic Information System (GIS) data regarding areas for biodiversity preservation. Future versions will add data layers to show the spatial dimensions of categories including water scarcity, cultural sites and high carbon sequestration areas, among others."[2]
  • IDB launches interactive Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard - 9 September 2008 press release by the IADB. The Inter-American Development Bank released an interactive tool known as the Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard on September 9th, during the 4th Annual Western Hemisphere Energy Security and Cooperation Forum, held at IDB's headquarters in Washington DC. and as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that biofuel investments produce social, economic and environmental benefits. The Scorecard addresses 23 key environmental and social issues such as food security, greenhouse gas emissions, water management, land use change, biodiversity or poverty reduction. The IDB is inviting comments and suggestions regarding the Scorecard, which is available at, during a six month public consultation period that will end in March 2009.
  • Inter-American Development Bank Announces Partnership to Develop Sustainable Biofuels, 5 April 2008, press release: "The Inter-American Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative (SECCI) announced a partnership with the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels to integrate the Roundtable’s sustainability principles into their lending and support Latin America stakeholder involvement in the Roundtable’s global standards-setting process."
    • "Over the next two years, SECCI plans to test the principles in five projects to which the IDB is providing support, and co-host four regional stakeholder meetings to ensure that Latin American stakeholders are helping to write these global rules for biofuel sustainability."
    • "With 40 percent of global bioethanol production and a biodiesel market expanding rapidly to meet demand at home and in Europe, Latin America is a world leader in the biofuel industry."
    • The first regional stakeholder meeting to take place under this new partnership will be held in Bogotá, Colombia."[3]
  • Climate change initiative approved by the Inter-American Development Bank, 8 March 2007 press release, notes that the Inter-American Development Bank's newly approved Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Initiative "calls for the IDB to help countries assess their potential as producers of biofuels, promote policies that support biofuel development, and finance biofuel projects and the adaptation of new biofuel technologies."
    • "In the past year the IDB approved financing for a number of projects to promote sustainable energy and climate change mitigation," including an "analysis of the role and potential for biofuels in Central America," an "assessment of the potential for biofuel production from sugar cane in Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados," and an "assessment study of biofuels for transport in Mexico."[4]


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International organizations and initiatives edit
Multilateral agreements: Kyoto Protocol: Clean Development Mechanism

International initiatives: Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) | International Biofuels Forum
Bilateral agreements: Brazil-Indonesia Consultative Committee on Biofuels | US-Brazil Ethanol Partnership
Organizations: Global: Global Environmental Facility | United Nations (FAO, UNDP, UNEP) |
OECD: IEA / IEA Bioenergy (Task 40)
Regional: Latin America: Inter-American Development Bank | International Ethanol Commission
Asia: Asian Development Bank | Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP)

Latin America and the Caribbean edit

Regional institutions: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard) | International Ethanol Commission
Caribbean Basin Initiative | Southern Agricultural Council
Organizations: LAC-CORE
Countries - Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda | Aruba | Bahamas | Barbados | Cayman Islands | Cuba | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Grenada | Guadeloupe | Haiti | Jamaica | Martinique | Puerto Rico | St. Kitts and Nevis | St. Lucia | St. Vincent and the Grenadines | Trinidad & Tobago | Turks & Caicos Islands | Virgin Islands
Central America: Belize | Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama
South America: Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | French Guiana | Guyana | Paraguay | Peru | Suriname | Uruguay | Venezuela


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