History – Environmental Licensing

The entire implementation phase of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant is marked by a dialogue with local communities, which closely follow the fulfillment of the socio-environmental commitments signed by the Company in the Middle Xingu region through initiatives such as the Belo Monte HPP Social Monitoring Forum (FASBM). 

The Preliminary License of the development (LP nº 342/2010), which required compliance with the initial conditions, was granted by IBAMA in 2010, after holding public hearings, which brought together about eight thousand participants.  
Since then, Norte Energia has periodically produced socio-environmental reports submitted to the IBAMA evaluation. These documents aim to inform the evolution of the actions requested in the licensing conditions, according to the set of proposals presented in the Environmental Impact Study and Environmental Impact Report (EIA / RIMA), covering the areas of environmental and institutional management, physical means, biotic and socioeconomic. 

Meeting these requirements guaranteed to the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant its Installation License (LI Nº 795/2011), also granted by IBAMA, in 2011, for the beginning of the construction of the Plant.

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

After demonstrating compliance with its legal obligations, in keeping with its commitment to sustainable development, Belo Monte Hydroelectric Power Plant was awarded the Operational License (LO N. 1317/2015) in November 2015, which enabled the commercial generation to begin. 

For each socio-environmental action carried out, Norte Energia reiterates its commitment to respect the territory and culture of local communities and indigenous peoples.