The Brazil Rural Energy Enterprise Development (B-REED) program
is developing new energy enterprises in Brazil's northeast regions of
Bahia and Alagoas that use clean, efficient and sustainable energy technologies
to meet the energy needs of communities and families that do not have
them. By providing clean energy services, these enterprises can also reduce
the environmental and health consequences from using fossil fuels and
poor quality biomass fuels, while stimulating local economic growth. With
funding and support from the United
Nations Foundation, B-REED is an innovative partnership of the United
Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP
Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC),
the U.S. based energy investment company E+Co,
and its local subsidiary E+Co Brasil.
The B-REED approach will offer sustainable energy entrepreneurs
and existing companies a combination of enterprise development
services and early stage financing, including seed capital in the form
of debt or equity. For entrepreneurs, this might include assistance to
transform their business plans into established companies capable of accessing
mainstream financing. For existing companies, the early-stage financing
might allow them to expand or enter the sustainable energy business. B-REED
will also work closely with financial institutions, NGOs and government
entities in order to facilitate the successful integration of these energy
technologies into local markets and communities.
Click here to download
brochure (PDF, 31kb)
here to download REED Report (PDF, 174kb)
here to download REED Investment Summary (PDF, 88kb)D
B-REED Projected Impacts:
New Jobs Created: 111
Jobs Sustained: 67
Indirect beneficiaries of employment: 825
300,000 liters of diesel saved.
23,600 tons of carbon displaced.