The Brazilian Government has “no sense of urgency to save energy” in the country, according to an energy expert from Schneider Electric.
Tania Cosentino, Zone President – South America at the energy firm said a majority of electricity generated in Brazil comes from hydroelectric power plants and there have also been lots of investment in ethanol and biomass projects.
However, she believes more can be done to be sustainable.
Ms Cosentino said: “For electrical energy, we have a lot of opportunities to be even greener… Our Government unfortunately doesn’t promote energy savings as they should.”
Schneider Electric is supporting an initiative that aims to help young people in Brazil join the energy sector by providing technical training and implementing courses in electrical engineering.
Denise Lana, Sustainability Manager at the company and who also provides the training in Brazil said: “Electricity is key. You cannot have, for instance, anything in your fridge so there are some people that eat fish during the whole year and nothing else. No milk, no eggs.
“So they need [electricity], they aim and they fight to have it.”
Brazil is the eight largest total energy consumer in the world, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).