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Brazilian and Mexican projects win the Infrastructure 360º Awards

The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), the private sector arm of the IDB Group, announced today the winners of the third annual Infrastructure 360o Awards. Launched in 2013 together with the Harvard Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, the Awards seek to identify, recognize, and share best practices of sustainable infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This year projects from Mexico and Brazil won the awards for their leadership and innovative solutions in areas such as climate and the environment, social impact, and governance.

The Center for Solid Waste Treatment CTR Rio, in Brazil, was the winner of the People and Leadership category. The Ciclus and COMLURB project has replaced three unregulated and highly polluting open-air landfills in the State of Rio de Janeiro. CTR Rio has implemented meaningful actions such as a social inclusion plan for former trash pickers.

Dominica Wind Farm, in Mexico, was the winner of the Climate and Environment category. Dominica helps diversify Mexico’s energy matrix while avoiding the emission of 300,000 tons of CO2 per year. The project, developed by Enel Green Power Mexico, also ensures its integration with surrounding ecosystems with activities such as the construction of greenhouses to preserve local cactus species and the production of cattle forage from maguey.

The Atotonilco Wastewater Treatment Plant, in Mexico, won under the Infrastructure 360o category, demonstrating the most comprehensive implementation of a sustainability strategy. The Aguas Tratadas del Valle de Mexico S.A. de C.V. project will be self-sufficient in electricity and will bring substantial sanitation and health benefits to farmers and local communities.

The 12 finalists for the 2016 awards were announced in September last year. Each project was reviewed by a jury of experts that chose the three winners.

About the Inter-American Investment Corporation, a member of the IDB Group

The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is a multilateral development bank committed to supporting the private sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IIC finances sustainable enterprises to achieve financial results that maximize social and environmental development for the region. With a current portfolio of $7 billion and over 400 projects in 20 countries, the IIC works across sectors to provide innovative financing and advisory services that meet the evolving demands of its clients.

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