Neoenergia Institute is the social action arm of Neoenergia Group, connecting and promoting social initiatives as opportunities to stimulate transformation, through the support and development of projects. Besides developing projects with its own resources, the Institute is responsible for the management of tax incentive and social sub-credit projects, acting on five pillars: Training and Research, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Art and Culture, Social Action and Institutional Collaboration, global guidelines implemented by the Iberdrola Foundations Committee, which coordinates the work of all the Group's Foundations worldwide.
At Neoenergia Institute we focus our activity on concrete goals in 13 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, among which we highlight: Quality Education (4), Life on Land (15), Sustainable Cities and Communities (11), Poverty Eradication (1) and Partnerships and Means of Implementation (17).
Indirectly, the impact of the projects will benefit other SDGs, thus contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the most vulnerable people in the communities, focusing on sustainable development and using ethical principles, good governance, transparency, quality, innovation, care for the environment and equal opportunities as a reference.
Developed by the Integrated Center for Studies and Sustainable Development Programs (CIEDS) (Centro Integrado de Estudos e Programas de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, in Portuguese), the purpose of the project is to reduce educational inequalities of children and teenagers. The initiative aims to consolidate a network for the dissemination of innovative ideas and solutions, through the systematization of pedagogical practices that work the ten General Competences of the Common National Curriculum Base - BNCC (Competências Gerais da Base Nacional Comum Curricular, in Portuguese). In 2019, the project executed the Structuring Cycle and supported the Municipal Education Plans of five cities: Caieiras (SP), Francisco Morato (SP), Itapebi (BA), Itaparica (BA) and São Francisco do Conde (BA), totaling 1,181 teachers and educational managers directly impacted by the training activities, 89 awareness and training workshops and 258 educational practices raised and co-created. In March this year, we held a seminar on sharing educational practices with the networks of São Paulo. More than 350 people from both cities were involved in the event.
Also in 2020, the initiative launched a completely free online platform, which brings together different innovative pedagogical practices, co-created by teachers from the municipal education networks of Bahia and São Paulo, during the training sessions held by the project throughout 2019. In total, there are 100 practices offered, from teachers to teachers! The platform is available at https://www.cieds.org.br/balcaodeideias.
Since 2015, the Institute has been developing the Flyways project, which seeks to ensure the conservation of birds and their habitats, contributing to the preservation of species at the hemispheric level. To this end, it conducts actions in some locations in the Northeast and South regions of Brazil aimed at monitoring the population size of 19 species of wader birds, five of which are threatened with extinction. The work also seeks to involve the local community, to help preserve the birds. Lectures, training and events are developed that unite children, youth and adults focused on social and environmental responsibility.
With all the work developed over the years of the project, it has been identified and scientifically proven that one of the research sites represents great relevance for migratory birds, so we intend to certify it internationally as a preservation area.
SAVE Brasil is a partner of the Institute in this project, and is part of BirdLife International, an alliance of conservation organizations present in 110 countries.
In its research front, the pioneering studies on the relationship of corals with the marine ecosystem and the effects of climate change stand out. In parallel, a coral restoration methodology is being developed, the experiments are being implemented on the northeast coast of Brazil and we intend to foster new business models, innovation, income generation and employment through these initiatives.
Coralizar is a partnership between Instituto Neoenergia and WWF Brasil, which has been working since 1996 to change the path of environmental degradation and promote a future in which society and nature live in harmony.
The White Coast cetacean's preservation project proposes an emergency plan against the environmental disaster of the oil spill on the beaches of the Northeast to protect marine fauna. A hatchery for turtle spawning is being created, where the nests can be transported, allocated and monitored, ensuring the perpetuation of the species, which on average hatch 12,000 eggs on the beaches of RN every year.
With a monitoring extension of 230,000 kilometers of beach and the rescue of 1,279 animals, throughout the year 2019, the project rehabilitates and serves, in its animal rehabilitation center, turtles, manatees and other species present in our coast.
CEMAM, Center for Environmental Studies and Monitoring (Centro de Estudos e Monitoramento Ambiental, in Portuguese), is our partner in the project, and since 2009 has been carrying out research activities, monitoring and conservation of the environment in associated marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems.
Applications are open for a new project to promote art and culture in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The Energy that Transforms Caravan has as its main objective to train around 280 socio-cultural managers of RN, to help them in the creation of new projects in the area, and consequently increase their chances of raising funds.
How does it work?
Split into two stages, the Energy that Transforms Caravan will work with online courses and immersions. The first stage will offer three online courses for people from all over the State of Rio Grande do Norte, serving about 40 people per course.
In the next stage, the Caravan project will carry out immersions to support socio-cultural initiatives in restructuring their initiatives in a more in-depth way, with the individual support of the Ekloos Institute. Up to eight immersion initiatives will be selected.
Registrations will remain open until the vacancies are filled on the Ekloos Institute website (www.ekloos.org.br/curso), and the first online course starts on July 2, with the module Creating Innovative Sociocultural Projects. The second module, Fundraising and Accountability, is scheduled for August 12 and the third, also focused on Creating Projects, on September 17. The individual support immersions for managers will have dates disclosed later.
The Energy that Transforms Caravan is another initiative in partnership with Ekloos Institute. The project is also a contribution of the Neoenergia Institute and Cosern in the fight against the pandemic, aimed at the socio-cultural area, one of the most economically impacted with the suspension of presentations and activities.
We have lit the artistic and cultural heritage, seeking to boost local development and sustainable tourism. The lighting program has already taken place in historic buildings in the states of Bahia, São Paulo, Recife and Rio Grande do Norte.
Get to know the lighting already done:
Câmara Cascudo Memorial (2019/2020)
Creation of scenic lighting for the external façade of the building located in the Cidade Alta, historical region of Natal (RN). Built in 1857 to receive the Royal Treasury during the Empire, the building has a neoclassical style and has already hosted, between 1952 and 1977, the Fiscal Police Station and the Army Headquarters. In 1987, it began to house the Câmara Cascudo Memorial, with the objective of preserving and promoting the work of potiguar (Brazilian name for people born in the state of Rio Grande do Norte) Luís da Câmara Cascudo, the greatest Brazilian folklorist.
Fortaleza da Barra (2017/2019)
Refurbishment of the electrical installations and lighting of Fortaleza da Barra Grande (Barra Grande Fortress), in Guarujá (SP). The Fortress was built during the unification of the Portuguese and Spanish crowns (1580-1640), in 1584, through the project of Giovanni Battista (Juan Bautista) Antonelli, military architect. Besides being the only Spanish fortification in Brazil, the Fortress is currently running for the title of Historic Heritage by UNESCO. The place houses the Historic Museum of Santo Amaro da Barra Grande Fortress, managed by the city's Culture Department.
Forte das Cinco Pontas (2016/2018)
Architectural lighting of the external area of the Forte das Cinco Pontas (City Museum), in Recife (PE). Projectors with LED technology and color change system were installed for use during commemorative dates/specific events that occurred on the place. With the improvements made, in addition to valuing the beauty of the monument, the project brought an energy efficiency of 32% compared to previous lighting equipment.
Cruz de Cabrália (2015/2016)
Scenic lighting of the Cabrália Cross, national symbol located in the Ilhéu de Coroa Vermelha, in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Cabrália (BA). The first mass in Brazil was celebrated there on April 26, 1500 by Friar Henrique Soares.
We support socio-cultural initiatives that value the rich local and Brazilian diversity, the inclusion of socially vulnerable children and young people, and people with disabilities.
Turning Energy into Culture Notice
The Notice grants financial support, through the State Law of Incentive to Culture Câmara Cascudo, to socio-cultural projects in Rio Grande do Norte that contribute to the SDGS (Sustainable Development Goals) and value local culture.
Energy That Transforms Caravan
The objective of the project is to create a Caravan of knowledge in Rio Grande do Norte, through courses for socio-cultural managers. Carried out in partnership with the Ekloos Institute, the work will be developed in 02 models:
Course with the objective of strengthening socio-cultural managers to structure their projects.
Selection of socio-cultural organizations to participate in courses to support the restructuring of their projects in a more in-depth way.
Cultural and Artistic Workshops - OCA
A socio-cultural initiative that seeks to connect the knowledge of the creative economy as a platform for human and social development in three cities of São Paulo: Santa Isabel, Ilhabela and Campos do Jordão.
The project intends to implement a cultural training center, aiming at professional training for the first job of young people between 16 and 21 years of age in situations of social risk.
The proposal intends to preserve and expand the "knowledge and actions" based on the transfer of knowledge in expectation of renewal of its agents and, by adopting as a premise the valorization of local cultural production, sustainable development and the generation of employment and income for young people in social vulnerability.
The project worked with the objective of enhancing the development of socio-emotional skills of students in the public school system of Andradina, Rio Claro and Caieiras (SP), boosting academic performance through body expression (theater), in addition to contemplating the revitalization of a classroom for the development of actions, offer vocational guidance and psycho-pedagogical accompaniment.
The Bright Minds reached more than three thousand students and was accomplished with resources from the Federal Law for Cultural Incentive.
*Project ended in March/2019.
Developed in Recife since 2019, in partnership with Porto Social, its objective in 2020 is to present the social ecosystem for 35 ideas and projects of impact and bring training in relevant areas for their maturation. The initiatives approved to participate in DroPS meet all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which means that the project will enhance the impact caused in all areas of social and environmental development listed by the UN.
There are 10 months of activities, initiated in January of this year, considering checkups of the initiatives, content and mentoring meetings, divided by ODS, carried out by the mentors of the Porto Social network. This year, five initiatives will have the opportunity to enter the incubation trail of the Porto Social, after the participation of the project, according to its development throughout the program. In 2019, there were 50 social initiatives and ideas supported by DroPS.
Launched in 2019, the initiative selected five organizations of the state of Bahia - Acopamec, Associação Clara Amizade, Bankman, CIPÓ - Comunicação Interativa and Punk Hazard Studios - to participate in training and mentoring in the strategic management, business and innovation areas during the four-month period, totaling 864 hours of mentoring that directly impacted 2,145 children, teenagers and young people served by the accelerated institutions. Indirectly, the project had over 10,000 beneficiaries.
The project Educating through Sports, was developed through the Federal Sports Incentive Law, and aimed at 300 children and pre-adolescents between 6 and 14 years in social vulnerability in the surroundings of the municipal schools of Caieiras.
Held by the Sports and Cultural Educational Association (Associação Educacional Esportiva e Cultural, in Portuguese) (ASSEDEC), the project provided the opportunity to play basketball, in the counter-school shift, with advice from technical-pedagogical staff and support from the City Hall, through the Secretariat of Education of the city. One of the project's students even won a scholarship to a private school and began training at the Olympic Training and Research Center (COTP) in São Paulo, due to her good performance in the project.
Project ended in June/19.