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Adequate environmental management is essential to the sustainability of our operation and to our value creation model, since our businesses depend directly on natural resources.
When planning our projects, we develop studies to identify and assess environmental and social impacts. We work through the elaboration of participative socio-economic diagnoses, the implementation of communication and social interaction and environmental education programs, promoting community forums and articulations with public and private agents.
The studies may also point out the need for changes in the project in order to reduce its impacts. For each impact identified in the environmental impact studies, mitigation and compensation actions are proposed, which can be developed before, during and after the implementation of the projects, as indicated by the basic environmental plan. The studies and the programs, developed within the environmental licensing process and submitted to evaluation of the entities responsible for environmental licensing, are presented to the population.
During operation, monitoring may indicate the need for new actions and investments in technology and operational processes to reduce socio-environmental impacts. All actions are developed according to the current Brazilian legislation and analyzed and monitored by the entities involved in the environmental licensing process.
Environmental Management System
Our environmental management system is based on three core elements: Eletrobras Companies Environmental Policy, Eletrobras Companies Environment Committee and the System of Indicators for Corporate Sustainability Management (IGS System) – Environmental Dimension. A fourth element is being developed to monitor, in an integrated manner, the environmental licenses and their requirements of our companies' generation ventures.
In addition to the IGS System, Eletrobras Companies have ISO 14.001 certifications in electricity generation at Tucuruí HPP (8,370 MW) and Coaracy Nunes HPP (78MW), both of Eletrobras Eletronorte. At Eletrobras Furnas thermoelectric plants, located in the State of Rio de Janeiro, external audits are performed to comply with State Law No. 1898/91. Itaipu has Life Certification.
The Environmental Policy of Eletrobras Companies mention that we shall comply with relevant legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as with the acts of which Brazil and the companies are signatories and a that we shall maintain a systematic and continuous process to improve management practices.
The environmental penalties received from Brazilian companies can be discussed on administrative or judicial level. When the company files an administrative appeal for fine assessment, the enforceability of the penalty is suspended until the environmental agency issues its final decision.
In 2020, Eletrobras Companies received 12 environmental fines, having paid approximately R$31,000.00 (less than US$10.000,00) for 4 of these fines. The others are under appeal.
History of Eletrobras Environmental Management
Eletrobras environmental area was created at the end of the 1980s, when the Brazilian electric sector engaged in contributing to the treatment of the socio-environmental dimension in the planning, implementation and operation of its ventures.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Eletrobras produced guidelines in accordance with the political, legal and institutional context of the country, advancing with respect to concepts, knowledge of nature and dimension of the issues to be addressed, the structuring of these activities in companies, the definition of support mechanisms for socio-environmental management within the sector and interaction with other public and private entities and with society.
For further information, check the Technical Documents Archive of our environment area.