Statement form Norte Energia
Regarding a study published by the journal Science Advances on June 25, Norte Energia, developer of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant, clarifies that:
1. Hydroelectric plants are expected to emit greenhouse gases. The likelihood of emissions was considered in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Belo Monte and is being compensated through actions to recover Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs) and funding for the protection of Conservation Units, among other initiatives approved by different regulatory and supervisory bodies.
2. Norte Energia has been developing a Research and Development (R&D) project since May 2019 for the purpose of consolidating a methodology for calculating net greenhouse gas emissions from hydroelectric reservoirs. Such initiative has been advancing in partnership with the Coordination Foundation for Projects, Research and Technological Studies (COPPETEC, via the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), and will contribute to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory that the company is carrying out in 2021.
3. Featuring 11,233.1 MW of installed capacity and an average physical guarantee of 4,571 MW, Belo Monte contributes to “cleaning up” the Brazilian energy matrix. Considering that 1 MW average of thermal generation is equivalent to the emission of 202 tons of carbon dioxide (CO²), it may be assumed that the average generation of the hydroelectric plant is capable of offsetting 923,342 tons of CO² per month, which corresponds to over 11 million tons of CO² per year.
4. Finally, Norte Energia reaffirms its non-negotiable commitment to the best environmental and corporate practices, deeming that the contribution of the Belo Monte HPP to the country's energy security is as relevant as the concern for the environmental and social sustainability of our country and, more specifically, the Amazon region.
Brasília (Distrito Federal), June 28, 2021.