A delegation of 26 people participated in the World Energy Week to show the deputies and senators the real situation of the access and quality of energy in the favelas

A delegation with 19 mobilizers from favelas in the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro and seven technical allies, members of the Sustainable Favela Network, participated in the World Energy Week (May 27-29) in Brasília. They presented to the National Congress three critical agendas for an energy transition with socioenvironmental justice in the country:

  1. Renewal of electric energy concessions based on data and information about the access and quality of energy that reaches the favelas;
  2. Social tariff and the lack of access to an affordable energy tariff;
  3. Social solar energy, for the adoption and access to this source in the favelas as a way of providing autonomy and sustainability.

The team participated in a public meeting in order to show the data from the survey Energy Efficiency in the Favelas, published in 2023. This highlighted alarming numbers, such as: 55.2% of the people represented in the report are below the poverty line; 41.5% of families that earn up to half the minimum wage spent more than 24 hours without electricity in the last 3 months; 32.1% have already lost household appliances due to failures in the power grid; and families pay, on average, twice their ability to pay. The survey also revealed that 69% would spend more on food if the tariff was reduced.

On May 29, the delegation was present at the public hearing “Just Energy Transition: The Social Role of Solar Energy” on World Energy Day, in Plenary 14, of Annex II, of the Chamber of Deputies.

The project, supported by iCS, allowed for the generation of data from 1200 households in 15 communities in Grande Rio, with more than 1.2 million inhabitants. The Network compiled the information and presented solutions developed by the territory itself. In Brasília, in addition to showing the reality of the energy injustice, the delegation sought dialogue with the parliamentarians with respect to policy proposals and actions to reverse this situation. The Sustainable Favela Network is composed of more than 500 members with over 300 community mobilizers from 295 favelas and communities in Grande Rio.

Photos: Disclosure / Sustainable Favela Network

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