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Itaipu’s Project is one of top sustainable projects of Latin America
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09/02/2015

The pilot project “Curitiba Ecoelétrico”, developed by Itaipu Binacional, Renault-Nissan Alliance, the City of Curitiba and the CEiiA – Center of Excellence of Mobility Industry, from Portugal, was selected by Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability to integrate the publication Urban Sustainability: Latin America Experiences.

The goal of this study is to spread the cases of success of Latin American cities on themes ranging from urban green infrastructure to sustainable management of natural resources.

Itaipu’s Executive Financial Director, Margaret Groff, presented the project during the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 20), that happened in December, in Lima, Peru. The presentation was made at the opening panel of Caring for Climate Business Forum, event organized by Global Compact and that had the presence, on the last day, of UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon.

“The acknowledgment from ICLEI is very important because it shows the project as an innovative initiative of climate care, which is essential to give continuity to invest in research and development of technologies for sustainable mobility of cities”, said Margaret Groff.

“Curitiba Ecoelétrico” integrates the actions of the Intelligent Electric Mobility Program (Mob-i), developed by Itaipu together with CEiiA. According ICLEI, the project is a pioneer on in Brazil and it can “inspire other cities of the country and Latin America to invest in electric mobility, always when the sources of electricity are made of renewable sources”.

Besides COP 20, Margaret Groff presented Mob-i and the sustainability management model adopted by Itaipu on Smart City Expo World Congress, held in November, in Barcelona, Spain. The event is considered the largest meeting of smart cities of the world.

Margaret Groff assesses that the international recognition shows that the actions on sustainability, innovation and environment care of Itaipu are headed the right way and can be a reference, on a near future, to the formulation of public policies that improve quality of life on cities.

About Ecoelétrico

“Curitiba Ecoelétrico” was launched June 2014, with 10 electrical vehicles and 8 electric stations for energy supply, connected with a central monitoring and control station. The cars are used by the City Guard, Setran - City Department of Transit, Department of Animal Protection of City Secretariat of Environment and the Mayor and Vice Mayor staff.

In the first months of operation – 84 days – the 10 vehicles were driven 16.2 thousand kilometers and avoided almost two tons of CO2, responsible for the greenhouse effect, were launched in the atmosphere. Also, the savings in relation to what would be spent on gasoline is of 82%.

Other Projects

Besides Curitiba, ICLEI’s publication highlights projects developed in Recife and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil; San Rafael de Heredia, in Costa Rica; Mexico City, León and Toluca, in México; Medellín and Bogotá, in Colômbia; and Lima, Peru.

The Policies and Strategy executive of ICLEI South America, Bruna Cerqueira, said that chosen projects “serve as indicative of the richness of actions implemented by the cities of our network”.

Bruna also stated that the sharing of information is important because Latin America is at a moment to rethink its own model of development. “To provide that good ideas and good practices be shared and that can inspire sustainable actions in our cities is one of the objectives of ICLET network”.

About ICLEI

According with information published at ICLEI’s website, the association was funded I 1990 by 200 local governments of 43 countries, which came together at the first Local Governments World Congress for a Sustainable Future, at UN headquarters, in New York.

The entity “promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, efficient on resource use, bio diverse, low-emitters of carbon dioxide; to build intelligent infrastructure and develop a green urban, inclusive economy with the final objective to build up happy and healthy communities”.