04/07/2020

Neoenergia launches its own greenhouse gas emission inventory

    sustainability; climate changes
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For the first time, Neoenergia discloses its own greenhouse gas emission (GHG) inventory verified by independent auditors. The initiative is part of a series of measures that the company carries out in order to combat climate change. In the document, it is possible to identify the opportunities and build the strategies necessary to achieve the goal of neutralizing carbon emissions by 2050, including investment in renewable energy, which corresponds to 86.8% of Neoenergia's installed generation capacity. In addition, the audited inventory provides transparency and credibility to the data, promoting continuous improvement in environmental management.​

The survey, conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, covers Neoenergia's energy generation in renewable (wind and hydraulic), liberalized (thermals) and grids (transmission and distribution). Neoenergia's emission intensity in 2019 was 70 grams of Co2 per kilowatt hour of energy generated, which is below the global target for 2030 of 100 grams of CO2 per Mwh generated established by Iberdrola, group to which the company belongs. It was the first time that the inventory entered the GHG public record of information, reinforcing Neoenergia's performance with the transparency and disclosure of its information.​

 

 "A complete inventory, verified by a third party and made available to interested parties, reinforces our commitment to follow the principles of completeness, accuracy and consistency required by the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, in addition of ensuring recognition of the work performed. From the mapping of greenhouse gas emissions, Neoenergia subsidizes its strategies and projects in order to mitigate the impacts of its actions, in accordance with the commitments assumed in the Environment Policy and Policy Against Climate Change of the company, in addition to align with the objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals“, highlights Francisco Carvalho, Neoenergia's innovation and sustainability superintendent.​





The company's main focus is SDG 7, aimed at ensuring reliable, sustainable, modern and affordable access to energy for all, in addition to SDG 13, which aims to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. From this, it takes attitudes related to the decarbonization and electrification of the economy that contribute to energy efficiency, reduce CO² emissions, favor the adoption of renewable energies, drive the revitalization and digitalization of the energy sector, and also improve the profitability of companies.



BIODIVERISTY POLICY

In June this year, Iberdrola disclosed its biodiversity global report, published every two years. In it, more than 1,450 global actions related to the protection of biodiversity were raised. The objective is not only to mitigate the effects, but also to contribute positively to ecosystems. The result is actions that avoid and/or minimize the impact on the environment. Neoenergia follows the same line and is one of the few Brazilian companies to have an exclusive policy focused on biodiversity. Created with the objective of conserving the ecosystem as an essential condition for global sustainability, the initiative envisages, among other things, integrating the preservation of biological diversity into the company's strategy and decision-making.​

Thus, when performing any installation, the company applies a series of environmental plans and programs that allow knowing in detail the entire composition of the surrounding fauna and flora. This allows the definition of ecosystem conservation actions. In the development of the hydroelectric power plant of Baixo Iguaçu, inaugurated in 2019, for example, the creation of a biodiversity corridor was agreed with the environmental agency to contribute to the conservation of species and the improvement of quality in the region. Thus, native species that interconnect the remaining forest areas with the plant's permanent conservation areas will be planted and those protected in the Iguaçu National Park. During the environmental licensing process for hydroelectric power plants, substations, distribution lines, transmission lines and wind farms, Neoenergia has already planted over 2.5 million native species.​

"We have public commitments regarding the conservation and promotion of biodiversity in the areas where we operate, and every day we are sure that the path to economic recovery is to promote low carbon businesses that have the capacity to promote the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity. This is our goal and we will continue to improve our environmental performance every day in order to meet the Iberdrola Group's commitment to avoid net losses of biodiversity by 2030," says Carvalho.​

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