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Rio+20: Itaipu takes sustainable practices to the Rio +20 Conference
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More than a concept, sustainability is what permeates the actions of Itaipu, both internal processes and in its relationship with the community.  In addition, that is exactly the "case" of sustainability in Itaipu, which is going to be presented at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, - Rio +20, and from13 to 22 June in Rio de Janeiro.
Itaipu is going to present at the World Conference the actions of Cultivating Good Water Program and the Itaipu Renewable Energy Platform, which are in line with the main themes of the Rio +20: "The green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication" and “The institutional framework for sustainable development."
Even with programs that now can be replicated throughout Brazil and abroad, Itaipu Binacional works to meet an ambitious goal: by 2020, aims to consolidate itself as "the generating clean and renewable energy with better operating performance and best practices of sustainability of the world, promoting the sustainable development and regional integration."

Strategic Planning
Currently, the strategic planning of Itaipu is based on 16 objectives, five of which make direct reference to sustainable development. The third strategic objective establishes the pursuit of global leadership in corporate sustainability, given the company precepts of "socially just, environmentally sound, economically viable, and culturally accepted."  
The fourth strategic objective provides "effectively contribute to the sustainable development of areas of influence," working together with governments and societies of Brazil and Paraguay. The ninth objective is "search and foment the development of renewable and clean energy sources and technologies and in order to contribute to sustainable development in the area of influence."
The eleventh objective is to "support projects in science, technology and innovation with special concern for sustainability," while the twelfth objective, finally, is to consolidate programs of social-environmental management of Itaipu to, among other objectives, to obtain" food self-sufficiency with sustainable generation of income. " 
Partnerships for a better future

In practice, the Cultivating Good Water Program, which operates in 29 municipalities of Hydrographic Basin of Paraná 3 (BP3) is a project developed in partnership with various local actors to mitigate and correct environmental liabilities, and still make the society change its values, to achieve a sustainable future. 
It is so extensive that includes 20 programs and 65 projects / actions for socio-environmental responsibility. Among them, the director of Coordination and Environment of Itaipu, Nelton Friedrich, cites, for example, Outreaching Trash Collection, a work executed with recyclable material pickers, resulting in both the dignity of the function that they perform and the contribution to reusable materials are not dumped in nature.
Nelton also exemplifies the Organic Life program that encourages around 26 000 farmers in the region to move towards sustainable agriculture, i.e., not using pesticides and chemical fertilizers and enjoy as wisely the natural elements. For this, the Itaipu technicians provide support in the production process, stimulate the transformation of artisanal products, helping to organize the marketing and in many cases, cause the property to be used as a rural tourist attraction.
Waste turns into energy

The Itaipu Renewable Energy Platform is another good example, by turning dejects and organic waste into energy. Large generators of methane gas that causes global warming, organic debris "no longer are serious environmental liability to become a solution, including economic value," explains Nelton Friedrich. 
Currently, 33 small farms of the Paraná Basin 3, gathered in the Condominium Ajuricaba produce biogas from livestock waste. The biogas, piped to a micro centre, is transformed into electricity and heat used in drying grain.

A large property of the Paraná Basin 3 is a national reference in renewable energies. In Colombari farm, which has more than three thousand pigs, the biogas production serves the property and the surplus is converted into electrical energy sold to the Energy Power Company of Paraná (COPEL).
Ideas into practice  
The work, which will be presented by Itaipu at Rio +20 comply with what the Minister of Environment, Izabella Teixeira, states to be the focus of the conference: "Rio +20 is a political conference, but what we expect from it are practical results and actions. We need to put ideas into practice, because people need to eat, drink water, live in a sustainably way in cities all over the world.

"It is based on the result of this planning and what is currently developing that the binational company prepares itself for 2020 and, specially, to 2023, when the Itaipu Treaty turns 50 and its Annex C may be revised.
Annex C establishes the financial bases and the services provision of electricity of Itaipu. For this document, signed on April 26, 1974 by the governments of Brazil and Paraguay, Itaipu rate is fixed in order honour the payment of financial charges on loans provided to the plant construction and for debt relief.
The payment of the debt represents about 80% of the annual budget of Itaipu. The intention is to establish projects and programs that can make these resources remain in the area where the hydroelectric plant is located, to make the region economically sustainable. For that, besides the money from Itaipu, would be stimulated the private investment, both in Brazil and Paraguay.  
As Brazil's  Partner in Itaipu, Paraguay currently uses only 5% of the energy that has the right - half of the generating units of Itaipu belongs to the neighbouring country, because the only transmission line has small capacity of only 200-kilovolt (kV). However, it is in construction the 500 kV transmission line, which will more than double the capacity utilization of the electricity generated by Itaipu, allowing Paraguay to prepare for an unprecedented phase of industrialization.  
The 500 kV transmission line, financed by the Fund for Structural Convergence of Mercosur (FOCEM), will connect the Right Margin Electric Substation and the Villa Hayes Electric Substation, near the capital, Asuncion.
Cost cutting

Internally, Itaipu intends to intensify the measures of sustainability to inspire within and outside the plant. From intelligent buildings that predict the use of water and energy without waste, even stricter attitudes regarding the use of public money, such as reducing the number of trips for employees and greater use of videoconferencing.
The aim is also to improve the inflow to cost cutting, including the use of materials in general, and time. Yet requires sustainable procedures for suppliers.

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