Program "More Light for the Amazon"
COUNTRY | Brazil
REGION | Americas
SECTOR | energy
QII Principles | Principle 1 Sustainable Growth & Development, Principle 2 Economic Efficiency, Principle 3 Environmental Considerations, Principle 4 Building Resilience, Principle 5 Social Considerations, Principle 6 Infrastructure Governance
QII Sub-Principles | 1: SDGs, 1: Paris Agreement, 1: Wider economic benefits, 2: Value for money analysis, 2: Operation and maintenance, 2: Technological innovation, 2: Risk management, 3: Environmental Impact Assessment, 3: Environmental Impact Mitigation, 3: Ecosystems, 3: Biodiversity, 3: Climate, 3: Weather, 3: Emissions, 4: Resilience, 4: Disaster risk management, 5: Social Impact Assessment, 5: Job creation, 5: Capacity and institutional building, 5: Gender, 5: Occupational health and safety, 5: Universal access to services, 5: Social inclusiveness, 5: Low-income groups, 5: Displaced communities, 5: Indigenous groups, 5: Vulnerable environments, 5: Marginalised groups, 6: Growth & development strategies, 6: Procurement transparency, 6: Institutional Framework of infrastructure investment, 6: Transparency of infrastructure investment, 6: Enabling Environment
Until September 2020, the Program of universalization “Light for All” had already served more than three and a half million families, which corresponds to more than sixteen million people benefited from the public service of electricity, the vast majority of which are served with conventional network extension. However, this program has not yet reached the population living in remote regions of the Amazon, where, in the same period, only two thousand and two hundred homes were attended in remote areas of the state of Pará, with the use of photovoltaic panel technology.
Due to the difficulty reported, The National Program for Universal Access and Use of Electricity in the Legal Amazon “Mais Luz para a Amazônia” (More Light for the Amazon) was launched by the President of Brazil, Jair Messias Bolsonaro, on 5th February, 2020, with the purpose of providing electricity to the Brazilian population living in remote regions of the Legal Amazon.
The demand, currently estimated in eighty-two thousand families without access to the public service of electricity, requires a differentiated service, with the use of clean and sustainable energy generation technologies, which is strongly integrated with the productive processes characteristic of each community, considering the use of electricity as a vector of development.
With regard to the beneficiaries of the "More Light for the Amazon" Program, it is observed that they are, in their majority, riverine, indigenous and quilombolas communities, of low purchasing power, who have difficulty accessing essential public policies such as health, education and sanitation, which is why they have a low Human Development Index.
Relevance to QII
In this Program, all the Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment are being operationalized. The Program "More Light for the Amazon" has the objective of providing access to the public electricity service taking into account the peculiarities of the communities located in the Amazon Forest, the preservation of the forest, the social and economic development of these communities, with the promotion of activities aimed at increasing family income and sustainable use of the region's natural resources. In addition, the Program will promote the use of innovative technologies for the generation of electric energy that result in a lower socio-environmental impact, in addition to excelling in the integration of actions of the various spheres of Government and consequent promotion of citizenship and dignity of that population.
The Program "More Light for the Amazon" aims to promote social and economic development of communities located in remote regions of the Legal Amazon, encouraging activities that increase family income and the sustainable use of the natural resources of the Amazon Forest, the integration of actions from the various spheres of the government and the consequent promotion of citizenship and the dignity of that population.
Furthermore, the arrival of electricity promoted by the Program "More Light for the Amazon" will allow that part of the disabled population can receive essential public services that aim to reduce social and economic vulnerabilities, strengthen the exercise of citizenship and provide greater well-being and dignity for the lives of these people.
Ultimately, It should be highlighted that one of the main pillars of the Program "More Light for the Amazon" is to replace diesel electric power generation system, which serves much of the remote regions of the Legal Amazon that have access to electricity, by renewable energy using photovoltaic systems. The replacement of energy produced by the burning of fossil fuels will make possible the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, besides contributing to encourage the use of renewable sources and the preservation of the Amazon Forest.
Number of families benefited by the Program;
Name of Institution
Ministry of Mine and Energy