Private Sector in Brazil Reduces Pollution and Increases Clean Energy Use : Telefónica, Cargill and Anglo American Among the Main Leaders

ENERGIA LIMPIA XXI. The international mining giant Anglo American and Casa dos Ventos of Brazil have reinforced their commitment to clean and safe energy, taking advantage of the high potential they have in wind energy. Anglo American and Casa dos Ventos became shareholders of Special Purpose Entities (SPEs) for the production of renewable energy in the Rio do Vento Wind Farm, one of the largest wind farms in the world, in Rio Grande do Norte. The project will receive an investment of R $ 2.4 billion (approximately $ 455 million) in the construction of eight wind farms, three of which will be used to produce energy for the mining company.Construction works for the project will be delivered in the second half of 2021. A report collected by Energía Limpia XXI highlights that Anglo American will be a partner in the company, becoming the first unit of the Anglo American group in the world to be a self-produced energy producer. In total, the Rio do Vento wind farm will have an installed capacity of 504 megawatts (MW), of which 195 MW will be used to satisfy Anglo American’s consumption. This acquisition represents the largest volume of self-produced renewable energy purchase made directly between a consumer and an energy generator in the country. The contract is valid until 2041 and will be responsible for supplying approximately 30% of all the energy consumed by Anglo American’s plants in Brazil.

The prestigious food firm Cargill successfully advances in the use of renewable energy and the promotion of sustainable development in Brazil.

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Clean, safe and competitive energy continues to be an integral part of successful businesses in Brazil. Recently, the company Cargill signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the firm Omega Energía, which will guarantee the supply of electricity produced from wind sources for the next 10 years.In environmental terms, this important agreement will help eliminate 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. A report carried by ENERGIA LIMPIA XXI highlight that this type of action ratifies the environmental commitment of leading companies, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically objective number 7, affordable and non-polluting energy. It should be noted that Cargill has implemented sustainable policies in the use of water and the management of solid waste.

Omega Geração, one of the leading renewable energy companies, is a Brazilian investment platform in power generation exclusively dedicated to wind, hydro and solar operation projects. Registered in the Novo Mercado (ticker: OMGE3), the segment with the most rigorous corporate governance practices on the Brazilian stock exchange, B3, the Company has a portfolio with an installed capacity of 1,195 MW.

Telefónica leader in sustainability with clean energy and sustainable mobility

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In a scenario affected by COVID 19, in which two thirds of Brazilian consumers, according to a McKinsey survey, consider that it is more important than before to limit the impacts on climate change, Vivo announced another initiative to make its network even more clean. The company began to offset 100% of direct CO2 emissions, becoming the country’s first carbon neutral telecommunications company, according to its 2019 Sustainability Report, published this week. With the move, Vivo also anticipates the Telefónica group’s global goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.“Vivo seeks to play an increasingly relevant and sustainable role in society. Decarbonization is an important step, which reflects our concern to minimize the impact of our operation on the environment and contribute to the international effort to combat global warming, ”reveals Vivo’s vice president of institutional relations and sustainability, Renato Gasparetto.

The company uses the acquisition of carbon credits to offset direct emissions that cannot be avoided and is carried out through two projects. One of them is the first is REDD + Jari, which promotes the sustainable management of forest resources in agro-extractive communities on more than 900 thousand hectares in the states of Pará and Amapá. By promoting the well-being and empowerment of communities, they become maintainers of the Amazon rainforest and avoid emissions from deforestation. Another project is the one that contributes to wind power generation, VTRM Renewable Energy, which contributes to a cleaner Brazilian energy matrix.
A report by Telefónica collected by Energía Limpia XXI highlights that since 2018, the company began to convert 100% of its energy consumption into renewable sources, either by purchasing certificates of guarantee of origin, free market incentive energy or distributed generation of small hydroelectric plants in Minas Gerais General. The company also seeks greater efficiency in energy consumption that directly affects its carbon footprint. Among the measures are the modernization, automation and optimization of equipment, as well as disconnections that eliminate network duplications. Another initiative is the adaptation of the air conditioning system of the telephone exchanges to capture the air, with a greater use of the external temperature. This set of actions generated savings of around 7% in 2019.

Transprote carbon neutral

As of 2019, the more than 5,000 vehicles in the operator’s fleet have been converted to carbon neutral, through the purchase of credits to offset emissions. The company also implemented a scheduling system for the use of shared cars by different areas of the company, reducing the total number of vehicles in circulation and adopting its first electric cars. Vivo is also testing the use of electric bikes for a specific customer service.

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