Arayara has filed nine lawsuits against the Macaé thermoelectric complex, in Rio de Janeiro. Water shortages and serious atmospheric pollution are the main reasons

The Arayara International Institute has filed nine legal measures against the thermoelectric complex in Macaé, in Rio de Janeiro. Among the requests made via this public civil action (ACP) are the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), the update of the plan and the study of the water availability in the Macaé River Basin and the inventory of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The SEA, for example, analyzes the cumulative effects of all the projects located in the same Hydrographic Basin, and not only the damage caused by a single project, which is covered by the Environmental Impact Study (EIA).

“Brazil, which is a signatory of the global climate commitments, in order to comply with its goals that have been assumed and already ratified by the National Congress, has an enormous challenge in reducing its emissions and in accelerating the energy transition, leaving behind a fossil fuel matrix (natural gas, coal and oil) that is largely responsible for these emissions. These energy sources are still responsible for the increase in the domestic and industrial energy costs in Brazil, causing inflation and reducing the country’s competitiveness in the international scenario,” says Juliano Bueno de Araújo, the technical director of the Arayara International Institute, in an official note on its website.

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