Itaipu's environmental management model is based on four principles:
1. The Environmental Management adopts NBR ISO 14001 procedures and models; however, it is not aimed at certification. It is an accredited, internationally consolidated methodology containing quality principles, such as the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) cycle, and the tools to determine the causes of significant environmental impacts and their corrective measures.
2. The Territorial Information Management collects, organizes and provides territorial information that is used by the various Itaipu management levels and program teams, besides other water co-users. This management is based on the Multipurpose Technical Records that reconcile data banks, geoprocessing, information technology infrastructure, and thematic mapping resources. Today, this job is done by the Sig@ Livre Geographical Information System, free software developed by Itaipu in collaboration with the Itaipu Technological Park Foundation (ITPF).
3. The Participatory Management promotes the participation of employees, associates, partners and the community in interdisciplinary programs, plans or projects. This process is organized and operated by Management Committees that run initiatives on a joint and participatory basis with support from approximately 1.3 thousand partners (city administrations, NGOs, federal and state agencies, cooperatives, associations, rural workers settlements, etc.), distributed into micro-basin committees.
4. The Program Management makes it possible to monitor social-environmental initiatives by means of a matrix structure developed by the Project Room located in Curitiba. Itaipu technicians monitor programs and projects according to the company's Strategic Plan.
Regarding conservation-oriented management, social-environmental initiatives are divided into group actions dedicated to specific communities; individual actions dedicated to specific farms; and actions offered to cities and communities to be implemented according to their local circumstances, interests, and availability.