Electricity for All in the Brazilian Amazon region, Brazil

Challenge:

Many indigenous tribes lacked electricity in remote areas of the Amazon region. Existing social services like education were hampered by schools having to close when it became dark. Cooking was difficult and dangerous as there was over-reliance on biomass that caused dangerous smoke inhalation

Solution:

A scheme supported by the Government Ministero de Minas e Energia and National Electric Agency (ANEEL), setting clear targets and with local NGOs and the Iberdrola enterprise, launched a “Luz para Todos” programme to provide light (electricity) for all. The project has been financed by the Federal Government, State Administration and distribution companies with a total investment US$ 5.7 billion

SDG Impact:

SDG 1: Poverty alleviation in the community as the project created 460.000 new job opportunities

SDG 7: Electricity access was provided for more than 2 million people including marginal and vulnerable groups  

SDG 10: Reduced inequalities for women, liberating them from the chores of wood gathering

SDG 17: PPP and cooperation with NGOs and local communities

Compliance with UNECE People-first PPP criteria:

The Project:

  • Improved access to essential services (especially groups underserved) and achieved equity, social cohesion and justice
  • Improved environment by promoting a greener economy and controlling pollution  
  • Engaged all stakeholders