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Director of NIMA, Luiz Felipe Guanaes, gives award to Vale for its project in Environmental Innovation category


Yesterday (09th of october) evening, the ceremony award of the 10th edition of Brazil Environmental Award was held at the Solar da Imperatriz, in the Botanical Garden. Luiz Felipe Guanaes, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Environment (NIMA) from PUC-Rio, joined the judging committee of the Environmental Innovation category, that chose as winner, the project "Vale Fund and Synergy Map of Pan-Amazon" from company Vale . The event honored five other categories: air emissions; solid waste management; conservation and ecosystem management; environmental responsibility; and rational use of water resources. The winning companies were, respectively, Tractebel Energia; Sindicom; GDF SUEZ Energy Brazil Ltda; Tractebel Energia; and Schlumberger Oil Services.

The main theme of this edition was "Biodiversity and the importance of genetic heritage" and highlighted the conscious use of natural resources and responsible exploration of Brazil's genetic diversity towards a sustainable development. The Brazil Environmental Award was created in 2005 as an initiative of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Rio de Janeiro, and aims to recognize and reward companies that develop environmental projects.

The jury's criteria were investment involved in the project with respect to the company's revenues; social impact of the project; originality; degree of commitment of the company; and the results obtained. Within the category of environmental innovation, which was judged by Guanaes, were considered new technologies (innovative solutions) and innovations in production processes that consider the environmental variable and optimize the use of natural resources. The winning project of the Valley was created in order to promote sustainable development and identify the work of people and organizations working for sustainable development of the Amazon biome.

The award ceremony was attended by the special presence of the President of the Institute Brazil UNEP, Haroldo Mattos de Lemos, and Director of the Department of Genetic Heritage of the Secretariat of Biodiversity and Forests Ministry of the Environment, Ana Takagaki Yamaguishi, besides the Chairman of the Committee Environment AmCham Rio, Karim Ozon.

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