Sustainability

Sustainability

Sustentabilidade

Sustainability

Because these are renewable energy sources, the water and the wind are the most sustainable alternatives when it comes to energy generation in Brazil. In addition, managing the environmental and social impacts is paramount in all stages of Alupar’s energy generation process, ensuring the community’s economic and social development.

Regime fio d’água (hydropower plant without a reservoir)

  • Lower impact on the surrounding area

Wind Farm

  • Compatible with other uses of the land
Environmental Responsibility

Economic growth and energy availability walk together. Consequently, the construction of hydropower plants and transmission lines are beneficial and essential to Brazil’s development. The gains from implementing such projects outweigh their potential negative impacts. Some of these benefits are low cost for energy generation, obtaining energy from a sustainable source and developing programs that are important to preserve the environment in the region, creating new jobs and strengthening the local economy.

Aligned with its commitment to the sustainable development of the communities where it operates, all Alupar projects are in compliance with the environmental laws based on the instruments and rites of the process of environmental licensing, and follow the resolutions of the National Environment Council (CONAMA). Each project has unique characteristics that are respected and taken into account during the Environmental Impact Study (EIA), so as to establish the most effective plan of action for each location.

Based on this analysis, the Company develops programs for the preservation and recovery of Environmental Protection Areas, maintenance of the biodiversity of the fauna and flora, replacement and recovery of the native forests, maintenance of the quality of the water bodies, as well as other environmental compensations reverted to the maintenance of Conservation Units. These initiatives that aim to mitigate each project’ impacts are described in detail in the Basic Environmental Plan (PBA).

Another initiative that contributes to the sustainability of Alupar’s energy generation projects is the certification to generate carbon credits which are traded on the international market. Created by the United Nations (UN), this practice is part of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and highlights the contribution of the projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and control global warming.

Fauna and Flora

  • Maintenance of biodiversity

Environment

  • Replacement and recovery of native forests

Water

  • Maintenance of the quality of the water bodies
Respect for the local community

Respect for the past history and opinion of the local communities is essential during each stage of implementation and operation of a project. For this reason, Alupar maintains an open communication channel through Social Communication Programs which are essential to information exchange between the Company, the government and the community, so that everyone is aware of the most important events related to Alupar’s projects, ensuring transparency in any news of public interest.

The project must be beneficial to all parties involved—based on this premise and the specific needs of each region, Alupar invests in programs to actively help improve quality of life in the local communities. Besides developing projects geared towards key topics, such as health and education, the Company offers strategic support and financial aid to vaccination campaigns and the expansion of health centers and schools. Through tax incentive laws, the community also benefits from cultural and sports programs, including travelling theatre, restoration of historic heritage sites, and maintenance of community libraries and multi-purpose sports centers.

Communications

  • Channel to maintain an open dialogue between the Company, the government and the community

Job Creation

  • Professional qualification and training courses

Revitalization

  • Restoration of historic heritage buildings

Investment

  • Over 20 million reais invested in projects across Brazil
More health

In addition to caring for the health of the communities where it operates by supporting vaccination and disease prevention campaigns, Alupar aids several health institutions, including APAE (an organization that offers health services for children and adults with special needs) and AACD (Assistance Association for Disabled Children).

Health

  • Vaccination and disease prevention campaigns

APAE and AACD

  • Funds donated to these institutions located across Brazil’s many states

Butantã Institute

  • Telemedicine to provide antivenom treatment in the Amazon region
More sports

Adjacent to the Verdescola Institute, located in the city of São Sebastião, state of São Paulo, is Verdesporte, a sports center supported by Alupar. Social and educational projects, including income generation and professional training programs, are also developed at the center. Additionally, the Company helps maintain a multi-purpose sports court located in the city Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais. Athletes can also count on Alupar’s support. The Company sponsors the Brazilian Rugby Confederation, aiming to promote the sport in Brazil. At the Ferreira Gomes Hydropower Plant, which is under construction, the Jiu-Jitsu na Escola (Ju-Jitsu at school) project, developed through a partnership between Alupar and the city’s Secretary of Sports, aims to diminish the possibility of dropping out in school. Students with regular school attendance and good grades are invited to join the Ju-Jitsu team.

Rugby

  • Alupar sponsors the Brazilian Rugby Confederation to strengthen the sport in Brazil

Jiu-Jitsu na Escola

  • The project aims to diminish the dropout rate

Incentive to Sports

  • Construction of multi-purpose sports centers
More education and culture

Alupar supports Programa Expedição (Expedition program), which is part of Vaga Lume, a non-profit association focused on educational, cultural and environmental projects. The initiative provides access to books and promotes reading habits among residents of communities located in the Legal Brazilian Amazon. The program consists of three actions: donation of the physical space where the community library will operate, training of volunteers who will mediate the reading, and encouraging the community for managing its own library. The project also encourages residents to produce handmade books, as a means to value the local culture. Participants register themselves and then provide illustrations to the story, thus contributing to the library’s collection.

This is one of the many programs maintained by Alupar in this area. The Company also sponsors the musical education project of Fundação Bachiana Filarmônica (Bachiana Philharmonic Foundation), developed in association with conductor João Carlos Martins in the Paraisópolis community, located in the city of São Paulo. In addition, communities in the states of Pará, Maranhão and Minas Gerais participate in Mestres do Futuro, a project that recovers crafting techniques on the brink of extinction. Under this program, craftsmen are trained to impart their knowledge to youth groups in the community. In exchange, they receive not only income, but also respect for their work. Also as a means to preserve the local culture, historic heritage buildings are restored and theaters are regularly maintained.

In many municipalities where Alupar operates, the population attends a free theater play whose content is based on the region’s cultural characteristics, with environmental issues as background. The program, which is called Arte na Comunidade (Art in the community), invites local theater companies to perform the play and travel around many cities, under the arena theater model (a circular stage with seating surrounding it), so as to reach the largest possible audience. The play’s content also becomes a game which is then distributed to the local schools, raising awareness of students about environmental issues. These programs are developed through tax incentive under the Rouanet Law.

Expedição Vaga Lume

  • Promotes access to books and reading habits

Bachiana Foundation

  • Support to musical educational program

Arte na Comunidade

  • Travelling theatre that features plays based on environmental issues
Respect for historic heritage

A good relationship with the community in the region where a new Alupar project will be implemented also depends on respect for its past history. Before starting the works, an archeological team studies the records and documents related to the region’s ancestors. After this preliminary study, the team goes to the field with the appropriate tools and thoroughly searches the project’s area of influence.

If an archaeological site is found, the archaeologists begin a process of recovery, preventing any potential damages caused by the project’s implementation and deepening their knowledge about the people who lived in the region. The archeological remains are analyzed and prepared to complement collections of the period. The work is followed by IPHAN, the Institute for National Historic and Artistic Heritage, and is also part of the environmental licensing process.

Analysis

  • Archaeological diagnosis and prospection

Archaeological survey

  • Excavations conducted by specialized teams

Heritage

  • Recovery of archaeological remains

History

  • A community with deeper knowledge on its own past

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