Rio de Janeiro

Brazil
Mayor Marcelo Crivella, Elected 2016

Case Studies

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In Focus City Reports: Rio de Janeiro

June 3, 2014 Rio de Janeiro

The In Focus city reports provide valuable insight into the efforts of the world's leading cities to become more sustainable. This report has been developed with C40's official reporting partner, CDP Cities, and AECOM, using data submitted through CDP's reporting platform. It conveys information about how Rio de Janeiro perceives its climate risk, measures key climate change-related data, and manages climate action.

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Rio Bus Rapid Transit

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The City of Rio de Janeiro, with its large territorial reach and population of over 6 million people, has faced significant traffic and transportation challenges and is in the process of constructing four BRT lines to improve mobility for its citizens and in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Integrating Transport Modes for Sustainability

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The City of Rio de Janeiro has identified the need for efficient intermodal stations and has included plans to implement several stations in critical areas of the City. In light of the upcoming global events of FIFA 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro is planning to implement a comprehensive network of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridors, which will serve close to 2 million people per day.

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"Bike Rio" System

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Since 2011, the "Bike Rio" project has installed an integrated system of over 60 bicycle stations in 14 major neighborhoods (over 600 bicycles) for use in Rio de Janeiro. This project complements the City's effort to provide bicycle lanes and alternative transportation options-the municipal government is in the process of doubling the cycle path system to over 300 km2.

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West Zone Sanitation

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

To remedy waste sewage and pollution problems, the City has designed an innovative undertaking with the State of Rio de Janeiro and the State Company for Water and Wastewater (CEDAE) to leverage private-sector financing for services extension to the 21 neighborhoods in AP-5.

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Green Districts Program: Ilha do Bom Jesus

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

In order to stimulate innovation and concentrated economic development, the State of Rio de Janeiro has developed the concept of "Green Districts." Each district will geographically cluster firms and institutions around an economic driver, with the State focusing on the green economy and providing greener services and infrastructure as a backdrop for development.

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PSAM was developed by the Rio de Janeiro State Secretariat of Environment (SEA) in 2010 and is part of the Pact for Sanitation (State Decree 42.930/11) subprogram Rio+Clean. The program covers 15 municipalities around Guanabara Bay, including the City of Rio de Janeiro, and it focuses on basic sanitation actions in watersheds contributing to the Guanabara Bay. The PSAM is an important step to achieve key goals of the state: to universalize sanitation in the region and to advance the environmental restoration of the bay.

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Prove: Cooking Oil Reuse

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The Reuse of Vegetable Oils in the State of Rio de Janeiro Program, or Prove (for the Portuguese-language acronym), was created in 2008 by the Secretary of State for the Environment (SEA) in order to stimulate the collection of used cooking oil and its reuse in the production of soap and alternative sources of energy such as biodiesel.

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Fundão Channel Recovery and Revitalization

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The Fundão Channel Recovery and Revitalization Program, which began in May 2009, aims to revitalize the channel through a series of environment, infrastructure, and technology interventions. Thus far, the progress made has improved the watershed and local ecosystem sufficiently to entice bird species that had been absent from the region for more than 20 years to return to the area.

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Baixada de Jacarepaguá Water Infrastructure

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Since 1995, the Baixada de Jacarepaguá area was the fastest growing region of Rio de Janeiro in terms of population and new construction, but the lack of available potable water seriously threatened the quality of life in the region. To overcome the lack of resources and of operational capacity to take on the challenge in a timely manner in the public sector, the Barra da Tijuca Community Association Câmara Comunitária da Barra da Tijuca (CCBT) reached out to the State Company of Water and Wastewater (Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos-CEDAE), and to interested construction and commercial companies in the area, to leverage private financing for new water pipelines in exchange for water for future development project completion.

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Rio Operations Center

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The Rio Operations Center, inaugurated in December 2010, integrates the data and monitoring functions of approximately 30 municipal and state agencies and corresponding utilities under one roof. The center is meant to optimize city functioning, especially in the face of large-scale events, and to respond proactively to emergency situations.

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Porto Maravilha: Urban Waterfront Revitalization

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

With the impetus of rising real estate prices, a series of world-class mega-events, the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro, and continued economic growth, the City has cooperated with the federal and state governments, private interests, and the local community to create the extensive Porto Maravilha (Marvelous Port) project to revitalize the area. Porto Maravilha aims to increase the number of residents in the region and provide new commercial and industrial space in a sustainable, equitable, and livable way.

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Morar Carioca "Verde": Greener Development

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

The Rio de Janeiro Municipal Secretariat of Housing (SMH) made respect for the environment a core principle of its interventions in the "favelas" (slums) of the City. To further promote this principle, SMH is piloting a "green" ("Verde") approach to the Morar Carioca program in the South Zone favelas of Babilônia and Chapéu Mangueira. With "Verde," SMH has sought to incorporate sustainability into each step of the project.

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Asta Social Business

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Asta, a social business and producers/direct-sales network, has worked since 2008 to "transform lives by producing 'for good'"-promoting the production and distribution of quality goods that also do good for those in the network and Brazilian society at large. Founded and headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Asta seeks to decrease inequality, increase market access for low-income artisans and entrepreneurs-especially women-and mobilize the consumer market for socially and environmentally beneficial goods.

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Gramacho Landfill Gas to Energy System

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Through a plan to install a methane capture system throughout the landfill, Novo Gramacho Energia Ambiental and Companhia Municipal de Limpeza Urbana (COMLURB) were able to leverage Clean Development Mechanism financing to reduce the climate change impact of the Gramacho operations and to create a potential income stream for these actors in the future, through sell-back of the energy to a nearby Petrobras facility.

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Managing Parking for Mobility

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Congestion and prolonged commute times have become a negative reality of large cities. The City of Niterói, located in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, has begun to acknowledge that while the issue is politically sensitive, the common interest is better served by managing parking supply. The City has been prioritizing efficient public transportation, creating bus-only corridors, and removing unnecessary on-street parking spaces to enhance mobility for its citizens.

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Municipal Recycling Collection Expansion

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Currently, the City of Rio de Janeiro gathers only 1 percent of recyclables through official collection of separated materials, and reaches less than one-third of the City through its efforts. The City and its Municipal Urban Waste/Cleaning Company (COMLURB) aim to collect an additional 31,000 tons of waste per year by 2015, raising overall recycling rates to 5 percent. By 2025, the City hopes to have reached 20 percent collection.

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Morar Carioca: Integrating Informal Settlements

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Municipal services, including infrastructure, education, and health, have not traditionally reached these favelas, as they have not traditionally been zoned as official parts of the City. However, the Morar Carioca Program, also called the Municipal Plan for the Integration of Informal Settlements, aims to provide integrated development and services through the Municipal Secretary of Housing (SMH) to incorporate these areas into the more formal communities that they generally border.

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BVRio: Incentivizing Green Credit Systems

December 16, 2012 Rio de Janeiro

Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro (BVRio) or the Rio de Janeiro Green Exchange is an organization created to develop and operate environmental markets in Brazil. Created in partnership with the State of Rio de Janeiro Secretariat of Environment and the Rio Municipal Finance Secretariat, BVRio aims to become the leading platform for the trading of environmental securities in Brazil.

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Certificates of Potential Additional Construction (CEPACs) are a method of leveraging private dollars to finance public investment in neighborhood revitalization through a process of rezoning and construction permit auctions. Through rezoning and the sale of CEPACs, the city raises the funds for upfront construction costs, long-term maintenance, and other priorities, such as historic or cultural preservation.

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