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Sao Paulo, Brazil, jun 2002
Minutes From The Eigth Meeting Steering Committee

At 7:00 p.m. on June 21 2002, Laura Tlaiye, representing the Technical Secretariat, and Gianni Lopez, President, opened the Eighth meeting of the Steering Committee of the Clean Air Initiative in Latin American Cities.

The following Representatives of the Steering Committee were present:

  1. Gianni Lopez, President
  2. Laura Tlaiye, World Bank
  3. Rocío Reyes , Mexico City
  4. Stela Goldenstein, Sao Paulo
  5. Mercedes Picón, Lima – Callao
  6. Volf Steinbaum, CETESB, Sao Paulo
  7. Vinicius De Oliveira, Rio de Janeiro
  8. Cameryl Hill-Macon, US EPA
  9. Mónica Saraiva Panik, Daimler Chrysler
  10. Ginny Hardy, Environment Canada
  11. John Redwood, World Bank
  12. Manfred Breithaupt, GTZ
  13. Félix García, ARPEL
  14. Jorge Caceres, Technical Coordinator

Other participants:

  1. Paul Procee, World Bank
  2. Julia Miranda, Bogota
  3. Carlos Mario Tamayo, Bogota
  4. Elsa Saravia, Lima – Callao
  5. Pedro Oyola, CONAMA, Santiago
  6. Fernando Alliende, Advisor to the Presidency
  7. Miguel Moyano, ARPEL
  8. Gyna Rizpah, Sao Paulo
  9. Wagner Maziero, Rio de Janeiro

Laura Tlaiye summarized the main decisions taken in the previous meeting of the Steering Committee, held in Sao Paolo on December 14th, 2001. At this meeting, there was discussion regarding the conclusions of the report by external experts, which had just been received.

The two principal agreements reached in Sao Paolo were:

· To designate Santiago as the Presidency of the Initiative for a period of two years.

· To focus the Initiative’s attention immediately on formulating a Work Plan, beginning with defining the actual needs of each of the member cities.

Fernando Alliende, Advisor to the President, presented the conclusions of the Workshop held in Santiago, Chile in March 2002. This workshop was held to define a plan of action based upon the actual needs of each city, as agreed upon in Sao Paolo.

On behalf of the Presidency, Jorge Caceres presented the proposed Work Plan for the Second Phase of the Initiative, 2002 – 2004.

The main ideas underlying the Work Plan are summarized below:

  • The Initiative must support actions that generate benefits for all member cities, rather than city-specific programs that do not provide useful feedback.
  • The above point is indispensable to ensure the sustainability of the Initiative,
  • In addition, there are two other elements that are key to the Initiative’s sustainability. The first is international support, particularly from the EPA, Environment Canada and GTZ. The second is the varied and vigorous participation of the member cities.
  • The program provides for concrete actions with precise objectives.

Subsequently, Jorge Caceres described the three Lines of Action included in the Work Plan proposed, the suggested goals and activities related to each, and a proposed schedule for carrying out the 15 activities envisioned for the period 2002 – 2004.

Finally, Jorge Caceres summarized the most important points arising from the meeting with the member cities the previous day, June 20, as follows:

  • It is necessary to extrapolate the proposed activities of the Work Plan beyond the second year.
  • The cities are committed to seeking co-financing opportunities.
  • There is a need to ensure the Work Plan’s soundness and future success (cost / benefit) through concrete programs.
  • Involvement of local representatives from the private, academic and civil sectors.
  • Consensus was reached on the content and focus of the proposed Work Plan.

After the exchange of opinions among the members of the Committee, at the suggestion of the President the Work Plan was approved unanimously.

Laura Tlaiye presented the financial picture of the Initiative, including its resources, expenses and commitments. Ms. Tlaiye also set out anticipated future requirements, possible funding opportunities for future activities, and criteria for prioritizing investment and co-financing decisions.

In relation to the cost of each item in the Work Plan, Ms. Tlaiye stated that the Technical Secretariat has undertaken a preliminary exercise, and that on July 22nd would send a listing of the activities prioritized and their costs.

Oh behalf of the Presidency, Jorge Caceres suggested the following items, which were then approved by the Committee:

  • The decision to transfer the Technical Secretariat from the World Bank to another agency was considered a secondary priority, and was tabled for future meetings.
  • As indicated in the Work Plan document, the criteria for accepting new cities into the Initiative are: co-financing of actions carried out; multisector complementarity among public agencies; sustainability, emphasizing the progressive inclusion of different stakeholders in the member cities; replicability of actions in other member cities; and finally the promotion of the Initiative in the international sphere, in terms of recognition and prestige.
  • Two new applications for incorporation into the Initiative have been received: Bogota and Guayaquil. At the previous day’s meeting (June 20, 2002), the representatives of the member cities agreed unanimously to recommend that the Steering Committee accept Bogota’s application, and that the Committee postpone consideration of Guayaquil’s application until the next Committee meeting in March 2003.
  • In addition, AIDIS has requested its incorporation into the Initiative. It was agreed to decide upon this at the next Committee meeting in March 2003.

Julia Miranda and Carlos Mario Tamayo, representing the city of Bogota, gave a comprehensive presentation on the current air quality situation in this city, including the Transmilenium Project and institutional framework.

Subsequently, the Committee agreed to accept Bogota’s request for incorporation into the Initiative, effective immediately.

Representatives from ARPEL detailed its involvement with the CAI.

In conclusion, ARPEL’s representatives stated that their institution’s activities could be divided into 2 broad areas:

A. Support for developing emissions inventories for mobile sources in Latin American cities.

In this area, ARPEL is undertaking the following 5 actions:

Action 1: A history of the relationship between vehicular emission standards and fuel and technology requirements between 1960 and 2010.

Action 2: Analysis of the changes in emissions with the incorporation of control technologies.

Action 3: Review of capabilities in the areas of research and test laboratories in Latin America, including public, private and university-based.

Action 4: Field studies. These include a descriptive study of emissions (comparison of emissions produced by at least two different fuels specifications, with California emission standards) and a study estimating real emission factors for vehicles in five cities (Lima, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Bogota. Emissions of CO, CO2, HC and NOx were measured under real conditions of use).

Action 5: Description of vehicle fleet, development of a model of vehicle emissions that have been adjusted for traffic, climate and other factors.

B. Toolkit

The last course on the use of the Toolkit will be held presently in Santiago, Chile. Private companies will be invited, along with the appropriate public sector counterparts.

Laura Tlaiye made a brief summary of the results of the meeting. She expressed her satisfaction that the goals of the meeting had been met: The Work Plan had been concretized; the CAI’s current financial situation was made known; an analysis had been made of the membership; Bogota had been accepted as a new member of the Initiative; and new members were on the horizon.

Ms. Tlaiye stated that for the immediate future, the Work Plan must be complemented with the necessary details and schedules, as well as with a budget and detailed plan.

She concluded that the Second Phase had begun with enthusiasm and hard work, for which she thanked all participants. Ms. Tlaiye informed those present that the next Committee meeting would be in March 2003, in a location to be announced..

Dr. Jose Goldemberg, Secretary for the Environment of Sao Paulo, closed the session.

The meeting ended at 5:00 p.m.

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