Palmeiras gets Green Energy Seal of approval
Brazilian football club Palmeiras has been awarded the Green Energy Seal by the country’s Sugarcane and Bioenergy Industry Union (UNICA) for its renewable energy efforts.
The club has ramped up its use of renewable energy in 2023 in accordance with the guidelines of the UNICA Bioelectricity Certification Programme, which is supported by the Electric Energy Commercialisation Chamber (CCEE) and the Brazilian Association of Energy Traders (Abraceel).
São Paulo-based Palmeiras procured the energy from Capitale Energia Comercializadora, which sources its energy from a certified biomass plant. This guarantees that the energy is produced from sugar cane waste.
“The Green Energy Seal demonstrates Palmeiras’ commitment to the environment and is an example of how sport can make a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions,” UNICA Bioelectricity Manager Zilmar Souza said.
The UNICA Bioelectricity Certification Programme was created in 2015 with the aim of guaranteeing businesses with access to proven sustainable energy sources.
The 63 plants that participate in the programme will produce the equivalent of twice the volume of energy generated from coal in Brazil last year.
“As it comes from a renewable source, this energy will avoid estimated emissions of 2.5 million tonnes of CO2. To reach this mark, you would have to plant 17.3 million trees over 20 years,” Zilmar said.