History – Environmental Licensing

The entire implementation phase of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant is marked by constant dialogue with local communities, which closely monitor the fulfillment of the social and environmental commitments signed by the Company for the Middle Xingu region, through initiatives such as the Belo Monte Social Monitoring Forum (FASBM). 

The Preliminary License for the venture (LP No. 342/2010), which required compliance with the initial conditions, was granted by IBAMA in 2010, following public hearings held and attended by around 8,000 stakeholders.  
  
Since then, Norte Energia has periodically produced social and environmental reports submitted for IBAMA’s evaluation. These documents aim to inform the evolution of the actions established in the licensing conditions, according to the set of proposals presented in the Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Impact Report (EIA /EIR), covering environmental and institutional management, physical, biotic and socioeconomic means. 

Compliance with these requirements guaranteed the issuance of Belo Monte HPP’s Installation License in 2011 (LI No. 795/2011), also granted by IBAMA, for the beginning of construction of the plant.

With a focus on meeting the rights and demands of the entire population affected by the project, Norte Energia developed Basic Environmental Project (PBA), which involves covers the conditions related to local communities, in addition to a specific Plan, targeting the Indigenous Component (PBA-CI), approved in 2012 by the National Indian Foundation (Funai).

In November 2015, after demonstrating compliance with its legal obligations, in keeping with its commitment to sustainable development, Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant was awarded its Operating License (LO No. 1317/2015, which enabled the commercial generation to begin. 

Each social and environmental action conducted by Norte Energia reiterates its commitment to respect the territory and culture of local communities and indigenous populations.