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Recovering the marine fauna in Sepetiba Bay and talking to more than 240,000 young people about educational programs for sustainability are two examples of the good results obtained when the capacity of management and business innovation is placed at the service of the environment. Both initiatives are among the seven winners of the ninth edition of the Environmental Brazil Award, held annually by the American Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro (Rio AmCham), through its Environmental Committee.
The award is a way to recognize and honor, among the companies operating in Brazil, the best environmental practices. In all, 40 projects of companies from various sectors were entered in the seven award categories: Social Responsibility; Solid Waste Management; Environmental Innovation; Air Emissions; Rational Use of Water Resources; Ecosystem Conservation and Management; Brazilian Cultural Heritage. The delivery of the awards celebration brought together about 200 people, including businessmen and officials, who were, on 19 September, in the ceremony in the Ruins Park in Santa Teresa, Rio’s downtown.
As tradition dictates, every year a national topic of concern is highlighted. In 2013, conservation projects of the Brazilian cultural heritage competed in a special category,which highlights the importance of the preservation of identity, memory and the very history of the country, explains the chairman of the Environment Committee of AmCham Rio, Karim Ozon.
For the general director of the State Institute of Cultural Heritage (Inepac), Paulo Eduardo Vidal Leite Ribeiro, guest of honor of the ceremony, initiatives such as the Environmental Award Brazil reinforce the importance of valuing the cultural heritage not only as a rescue of the history of cities and communities, but as an action that can be transformed into income generation. He gave as examples jongo and cachaça, being rescued and used as motor improvement of the quality of life of communities. “The assets not look past with a nostalgic look and yes, sees the future so we can save what is best inheritance, in order to improve the quality of life of people,” he said.
The superintendent of Historic and Artistic Institute (Iphan) in Rio de Janeiro, Ivo Matos Barreto Junior, also guest of honor, compared the preservation of cultural heritage to investments in health and education, “they are references of the population within its own territory. It is essential not only to preserve environmental diversity as well as cultural, joining our culture with what we received from nature. What has been discovered in Rio de Janeiro, especially in projects in the harbor area, reveals a bit of knowledge that we did not have. ”
“The Environmental Award Brazil is a contribution of AmCham Rio for the conservation, preservation and recovery of environmental, social and cultural parts of the country. It is a public recognition of actions and innovative projects that can make a difference in the future. With the dissemination of good examples, we hope that more and more companies adopt practices which have as their goal the enhancement of Brazil in all its spheres, “said Roberto Ramos, President of the organization.
The award was sponsored presents BP, Chevron’s sponsorship and Coca-Cola Brazil, cosponsorship of Odebrecht Oil and Gas and support of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro. Check out the following winning projects of the ninth edition of the Environmental Brazil Award.
The winner of the special category was the Management Program of the Archaeological Heritage, History and Cultural Power Plant (HPP) Jirau – The Knowledge Management Through Social Media, the company GDF SUEZ Energy Brazil. Started in April 2009, its activities include compensatory measures for protection and preservation of historical and cultural heritage.
According to Isaac Teixeira, Director of Operations Sustainable Energy of Brazil SA(ESRB), concessionaire of UHE Jirau, of the material recovered was taken to the Cultural Center of New Mutum Paraná, city built by the ESRB near the project. “The site is open daily for visitors with guides and customer service,” Isaac said.
With the signing of a technical cooperation agreement between the ESRB, the Santo Antônio Energia SA (HPP concessionaire Santo Antonio), the Federal University of Rondônia Foundation, Iphan and the Attorney General of the Union will be possible to study the feasibility of building a Local university guard and curation of archaeological material rescued in the areas. “The program also covers the organization of events with the community, as the publication of the book Memories of Rondônia and the production of Primer Sheet, which will be distributed in schools in the area of direct influence of the project and Porto Velho,” explained director.
Another initiative of UHE Jirau, this time focused on the mitigation of additional greenhouse gases, permanent and measurable in the long run, took the prize category Air Emissions. This is the largest renewable energy project registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the United Nations (UN). According to the Vice President of the carbon market GDF SUEZ Latin America, Philipp Hauser, in addition to meeting the essential objectives of the CDM, to provide mitigation of greenhouse gases, the construction of the hydroelectric Jirau avoided the installation of the new Brazil thermal power plants burning fossil fuel.
“Today we can already demonstrate that the objective of contributing to sustainable development of the region has been reached. The report of the independent audit according to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol allows transparently analyze the profile of sustainability on 20 criteria of economic, technical, environmental and social. The Jirau project got full marks in 11 of 20 evaluated criteria. This is proof that we are on track, “celebrated Hauser.
Water is also a key part of the winner of the category Conservation and Ecosystem Management program. The Marine Farm project Vale was created in order to stimulate the increase of aquatic fauna in Sepetiba Bay. The project, which has existed since 1996, works in Terminal on the Big Island in Mangalore, in Rio de Janeiro, and is focused on environmental education and training of people who depend on fishing.
Among the actions taken are shrimp release of the species F. brasiliensis, the popular pink shrimp. Over the years, more than 15 million shrimp have been dumped into the bay. The Marine Farm also offers the community mariculture courses. Since 2005, more than 480 people have been trained, resulting in several associations which today are dedicated to the culture of oysters, mussels and clams as an income source. The project has a technical laboratory in which you can follow all of mariculture development stages and may identify opportunities for improvement of the matrices and possible changes of the local ecosystem.
“These molluscs have a high commercial value, and the sale can represent a significant increase in income for these families that depend almost exclusively on fishing. Detailed knowledge of the process helps us in technical guidance to mariculture to minimize the maximum production losses. In addition, cultivation represents a gain for the environment because during the growth phase species perform spawns every 45 days, collaborating with the restocking of marine fauna in the region, “said Bruno Guillon, Environmental Manager of Vale.
Have the Future Heroes Project, the FIRJAN / SESI System, was the winner in the Social and Environmental Responsibility Initiatives category. The project goal was to talk to young people about many environmental issues showed at Rio + 20 in 2012.
To attract young people to the discussion in the context of sustainable development and green economy, among other things, a movie / game in 3D was created. The script involves four characters: Duda, Sofia, Dede and Bia. This group of friends together to change the routine of village residents of Rio, encouraging the neighborhood to take sustainable attitudes, how to save water and how to recycle waste.
With an English version, the virtual game, which is still available on the internet, had the free classes, open to people of any country in the world, 10 years or more, and School, aimed at young students and adults from 6th to 9th grade the basic education of municipal, federal and private in Rio, as well as students of Sesi and Senai network. Divided into two stages and played by teams of two to five participants, including a leader, the activity promotes debate on issues such as waste, sanitation, transport and pollution.
“The Future of Heroes was a great project of environmental education and communication which are dedicated for a year. We are very proud of the result of this project, we got every day, in every presentation in the classroom we passed. Be awarded a serious institution and reputed as the AmCham Rio is very important because it drives the dissemination of the methodology and results of our project, encouraging other institutions to engage in similar work. In addition, the recognition encourages us to seek new challenges ahead,”said Luis Augusto Azevedo, Environment manager FIRJAN.
In EcoÁcido ™ Project (Ecological Process Electrolytic Solution Recycling Used Batteries) group Antares Recycling, winner in the category of Environmental Innovation, the goal is to prevent environmental impacts and potential damage to the environment and human health. With such care, not only the environment is granted a cleaner and safer form of production as well as recycling companies batteries can get significant reductions of spending on reagents and disposal of sludge. According to the director of the group Antares Recycling, Almir of Trinity Santos, an expert on Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, the company that pioneered the technology, already deployed 11 Acid Recycling Units (IVR) in recycling of lead-acid batteries Brazil, in São Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina. Four other IVRs are in the implementation phase, two in Goiás, one in Rio Grande do Sul and the other in São Paulo. This is the first time the company participates in the Environmental Brazil Award, and starts already being awarded.
“The implementation of the EcoÁcido Project ™ by recycling industries batteries meets sustainable development, as becomes a toxic waste into raw materials recovered for other industrial processes, contributing to society, generating social development, preserving the environment and the natural resources for present and future generations, “he said.
Give the most appropriate disposal the trash is also the concern of the project City Tower, winner of Solid Waste Management. This is a selective collection of waste generated by the policy condo in order to protect the environment and public health, and conserve natural resources and minimize deposition in sanitary landfill or incineration. With such care, the initiative allows the reduction of environmental contamination. The project coversall employees, the owner and fixed users, now numbering around 1,800 people. But its scope is broader, and the idea is that the project is not restricted to the building, located in downtown Rio.
The policy includes the sustainable purchase of non-durable consumer goods inside the building and is under the control of local management. The project seeks to reduce waste by encouraging reduced consumption of some stationery items such as paper and cartridges or printer cartridges, envelopes, cards and other products. The use of rechargeable batteries is also encouraged in the project, which is implemented for about a year. “There are educational and training programs for the entire organization involved in order to promote and maintain the objectives of this policy,” said Christiane During, Infrastructure Manager at Jones Lang LaSalle, which manages the condo City Tower.
City Tower condominium was registered in the State Environmental Institute (INEA) and has issued Manifestos Waste online for all waste generated. The building is open to the public for the community to know closely the work done and multiply the project. The visit must be scheduled 72 hours in advance.
The city to the countryside. Developed in partnership with the Association of Yerba Mate Producers (Apromate) and Embrapa, the Tractebel Energy Program Springs Protection, winner of Rational Use of Water Resources, aims to educate the Machadinho community in Rio Grande do South, on the importance of protecting water sources located in the region.
The project includes awareness of about 90 families who cultivate yerba mate and the identification of existing springs and riparian forests in rural properties. It also includes the implementation of protective measures, reforestation of supply areas of groundwater and the distribution to the community of a primer on water conservation.
In all, 27 springs are being protected, involving about a hundred people from 25 properties located in rural municipality. Among the highlights of the program, created in 2011, are the actions developed in Machadinho hydro plant in Complex Jorge Lacerda, and the hydroelectric plant Salto Santiago.
“For teams of Tractebel Energia, the most important is to report, through cases, all the company does to preserve and regenerate nature, biodiversity and the environment in which we live, seeking thereby creating synergies and examples that should multiply to a sustainable environment with existing resources of nature, “said the Director of Energy Production, José Carlos Cauduro Minuzzo.
The award was sponsored by Chevron and Coca-Cola Brazil, co-sponsorship of Odebrecht Oil and Gas and support of the Rio de Janeiro City Hall.
Check out the following winning projects of the 9th edition of the Brazil:
CATEGORY: BRAZILIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE
Project: Program Management of the Archaeological Heritage, History and Cultural UHE Jirau – Knowledge Management through Social Media
Company: GDF SUEZ Energy Brazil
Summary: Program aimed at systematic and intensive research of the areas affected by the works of the dam, including preventive archaeological research to ensure the integrity of this heritage before the implementation of the project. Social media were used for the involvement of the local community and dissemination of results.
CATEGORY: SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Project: Future Heroes
Company: FIRJAN / SESI System
Summary: Project aimed at education for sustainability that moved over 240 000 young people between 11 and 15 years of age, the public school system, based on the topics discussed at Rio + 20.
CATEGORY: PRESERVATION AND ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT
Project: Marine Farm
Company: Vale SA
Summary: Project for the monitoring and repopulation of the marine fauna of the Bay of Sepetiba, in Rio de Janeiro, with the promotion of environmental education and the improvement of life in communities.
CATEGORY: SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
Project: City Tower
Company: Jones Lang Lasalle
Summary: selective collection of waste generated by the Policy condo with a view to reducing the amount, segregation at source, control and reduce risks to the environment, ensuring the proper handling and disposal.
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION
Project: EcoÁcido ™ (Ecological Process Electrolytic Solution Recycling Used Batteries type lead acid)
Company: Antares Recycling LTD
Summary: technology development program to enable the complete cycle of re-use of lead acid battery, with the inclusion of recycling the electrolyte solution, whose improper disposal has great environmental impact and set a challenge to recycling industries batteries.
CATEGORY: RATIONAL USE OF WATER RESOURCES
Project: Tractebel Energy Program of Headwaters Protection
Company: Tractebel Energia
Summary: preservation program of water resources from the minimization of environmental impacts of the company’s activities with a view to improving the performance in the prevention and control of pollution.
CATEGORY: AIR EMISSIONS
Project: Contribution of Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) Jirau Project to mitigate greenhouse gases and for Sustainable Development Brazilian
Company: GDF SUEZ Energy Brazil
Summary: UHE Jirau design to mitigate additional greenhouse gases, permanent and measurable in the long run. Figure as the largest renewable energy project registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the UN.