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Itaipu expands contributions to the international community
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Itaipu Binacional, internationally recognized for its sustainability actions on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, has expanded its contributions to the external community, with the sharing of successful experiences in the management of water, energy and ecosystems. Last week, the company participated in two important events for this purpose, in addition to having released the annual report of the Global Network of Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions.

The first one, on Tuesday (23), was promoted by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and addressed the development of hydroelectric plants as promoters of biodiversity conservation. The event was moderated by GEF CEO Carlos Manoel Rodriguez, and counted, as the main panelist, with the head of Environmental Management, Ariel Scheffer da Silva, in addition to ministers and specialists from Asian countries.

For the coordinator of Global Solutions for Hydroelectric and Dams at the World Bank, Usayd Casewit, Itaipu's participation received an extremely positive response in relation to the information presented on how to balance energy generation with the environment. The more than 100 thousand hectares of protected areas (recognized by UNESCO as nucleus zone of the Biosphere Reserve), the Santa Maria Ecological Corridor and the region's conservation units are directly related to the reservoir's water security, generation of energy in the long term and the protection of ecosystems.

Last Thursday morning (25), the company participated in the first meeting of 2021 with the 16 members of the Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions Network, created from a partnership between Itaipu and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and which involves specialists from various parts of the world.

On the occasion, the Network's 2020 report was presented, containing the activities carried out last year, with emphasis on several regional webinars (in Latin America, Asia and Africa), in addition to joint publications and the launch of the new network website (available here).

Ariel Scheffer da Silva represented the Coordination Director, General Luiz Felipe Carbonell, at the meeting. He emphasized the commitment of the company to increase capacity building activities, making available to the network the experience of the International School of Sustainability (EIS), headquartered at PTI. Along these lines, the company also intends to support the development of an audiovisual package addressing the positive impacts of water and energy solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be shared with the other members of the network.

It also maintained Itaipu's commitment to host the first world conference on water and energy, in 2022. “Itaipu intends to share other good practices in water and energy that contribute to the 2030 Agenda, such as new goals and indicators for monitoring the SDGs at the national level, and partnerships that are being developed in the region to guarantee water security and energy security ”, said Ariel.

The meeting was led by UNDESA consultant Ivan Vera and was attended by representatives of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), the National Water and Sanitation Agency (ANA), from Brazil, the governments of Spain and Tajikistan, the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the Guatemalan Sugar Association (Asazgua), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria (Iiasa), the Norwegian Research and Technology Institute (Sintef), TERI School of Advanced Studies, from India, World Energy Council (WEC), and several UN bodies, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). From Itaipu, in addition to Ariel Scheffer, representatives of the partnership with UNDESA took part in the meeting: Maria Eugenia Alderete, Lígia Leite Soares and Romeu de Bruns.

Ivan Vera highlighted the need to expand the dissemination of case studies and good practices in areas of expertise of the network's associates, such as hydroenergy, bioenergy, desalination and sanitation. Another strategy to be addressed is the expansion of webinars so that they can cover the local, sub-national, national, regional and global levels, and in line with the themes chosen as priorities for the next World Climate Conference (COP 26): clean energy, clean transport, nature-based solutions, adaptation and financing.


Another product to be developed within the scope of the network are the “Energy Compacts” to be presented at the High-Level Dialogue on Energy (HLDE), an event in which Brazil was selected as the leading country on the topic of Energy Transition. These "Energy Compacts" are commitments and voluntary actions to be assumed by the members of the network, including policies, fieldwork and research, to achieve the universalization of energy services and a predominance of renewable sources by 2030. "These aggregate commitments could be launched at the HLDE event in September, in parallel to the opening of the UN General Assembly ", said Vera.