FURNAS carries out a range of actions to adapt to climate change in line with the best market practices. The company is a founding member of the Brazilian Greenhouse Gas Protocol program, created in 2008. The GHG Protocol was developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) for companies that want to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using an international methodology.
In 2017, the FURNAS inventory received the Gold Seal for companies with complete GHG emission inventories verified by bodies accredited by Inmetro, for the fifth consecutive year.
FURNAS also joined the Eletrobras Declaration of Climate Change Commitment , achieving goals such as a 3% decrease in electricity consumption in 2015 and a further 1% drop in 2016. In 2015, the company also increased the use of renewable fuels by 6% and switched from diesel to natural gas at the Santa Cruz and Campos thermoelectric plants. It also increased use of renewable fuel by 21% (ethanol) in the vehicle fleet and reduced energy consumption at the Central Office, the company's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, by 5%.
Emissions Trading System (ETS)
Since 2013, FURNAS has been involved with the Emissions Trading System on the Climate Companies (EPC) Platform, an initiative organized by the FGV-EAESP Sustainability Study Center.
The system provides a simulated carbon market to engage Brazilian companies in debates on climate change, GHG emissions management and public policy proposals.
In 2016, FURNAS was actively involved in discussions to add climate change on the EPC agenda, setting up an Eletrobras Group task force to address the issue.
The company also joined the Thematic Chamber of Energy and Climate Change, run by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), which supports advances in this area.