This case study was written by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. It focuses on the city of Belo Horizonte, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and recaps their experience in passing a solar thermal hot water heating system mandate for their city.
Belo Horizonte is a major city in Brazil and will host World Cup events in 2014. There are currently 2,600 buildings in Belo Horizonte which the case study claims have resulted in 22,000 tons of CO2 displaced.
The legislation that was passed mandates that 51% of the hot water heating in the city must be produced by solar thermal energy systems. The city government partnered with environmental, development and citizen associations to successfully pass the legislation.
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