Ceran is committed to operating its power plants in a manner that ensures the suitable performance in the business of energy generation, with a base on the concept of environmental sustainability, and bolstered by the following assumptions:
- Meet the economic-financial needs of shareholders
- Satisfy the needs of the National Electric System, aimed at the continuous improvement of its service
- Promote a healthy working environment for all
- Promote the development of people that are part of its daily routine
- Prevent and mitigate risks to the environment and work safety
- Respect the law and regulatory standards
- Act with transparency and respect for the principles of ethics and promote that which contributes to sustainable development.
Integrated Management System
In accordance with solid principles of sustainable development and through its environmental policy, Ceran maintains an Integrated Management System, which fulfils the requirements of the standards ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management). The certifications are valid until January 3, 2018.
The ISO 9001:2008 established prerequisites for the set up of a Quality Management System. By obtaining this certification, Ceran demonstrated the ability to satisfactorily meet the needs of its clients, as well as the market and actual organizations regulations.
The ISO 14001:2004 specifies the requirements for an Environmental Management System. Through this certification, Ceran proved the effectiveness of its environmental policy, compliance with the applicable legal requirements and the mitigation or elimination of environmental impact caused by its activities.
The OHSAS 18001:2007 specifies the requirement for a Work Health and Safety Management System. By implementing this system, Ceran showed improvements in its performance, by means of the effective control of occupational accident and disease risks.
In 2001, the year Ceran was founded, shareholders identified an opportunity to develop projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which helps combat global climate change.
In 2008, BVC (Bureau Veritas Certification) certified the implementation process of the Complex, demonstrating that during the plant’s construction Ceran had complied with the requirements established in guidelines issued by major global agencies:
- WCD - World Commission on Dams Report
- United Kingdom - Guidance on Approval and Authorization to Participate in Clean Development Mechanism Project Activities, issued by DEFRA, in November 2005. This guidance is applied to approval and authorization for the development of clean mechanism projects (CDM), based on article 12 of the Kyoto Protocol, and
- JI and CDM - Hydroelectric Projects of more than 20 MW: Guideline for Determination of Compliance with the Recommendations of the World Commission on Dams Regarding Hydroelectric Power Projects with a Capacity over 20 MW, within the Context of Joint Implementation (JI) and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); The German Emissions Trading Authority – DEHSt, of October 2007.
In pioneering fashion, the Monte Claro Hydroelectric Power Plant was listed in the criteria of the UNO's Clean Development Mechanism, established in the Kyoto Protocol, for its contribution in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases. In December 2007, through the Monte Claro Hydroelectric Power Plant, Ceran completed the first sale in the world of Certified Emission Reduction (CERs) of CO2, coming from a run-of-the-river plant, with more than 20MW.
The 14 de Julho Hydroelectric Power Plant Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project was registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC on April 9, 2009.
Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In line with the trend of companies to assume commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), Ceran has been preparing its emissions inventory since 2009. The aim of this work is to quantify GHG emissions and assess the viability of neutralizing and/or reducing them.