Santo Antonio Hydropower Project
Host party(ies) Brazil
Methodology(ies) ACM0002 ver. 12
Standardised Baselines N/A
Estimated annual reductions* 5,146,403
Start date of first crediting period. 30 Sep 12
Length of first crediting period. 10 years
Period for comments 21 Feb 12 - 21 Mar 12
PP(s) for which DOE have a contractual obligation Santo Antonio Energia S.A
The operational/applicant entity working on this project has decided to make the Project Design Document (PDD) publicly available directly on the UNFCCC CDM website.
PDD PDD (900 KB)
Local stakeholder consultation report: N/A
Impact assessment summary: N/A
Submission of comments to the DOE/AE Compilation of submitted inputs:
The PDD did not present alternative options or strategies to supply Brazil's energy needs instead of hydropower. The PDD neglects methane (CH4) emissions to put reservoir as a source of GHG therefore ignoring recent scientific assessments to the impact of huge dams and its reservoirs surface area.   
Submitted by: artur orelli paiva

Comment (143 KB) submitted by: International Rivers on behalf of Philip Fearnside

The Santo Antonio project together with another large dam upstream, Jirau, mark the coming back of large dams to the Amazon after the failure cases of the 80's, in particular, the Balbina and Tucurui dams which are known as methane producing factories.

The project is located in the Madeira River in a transnational basin that involves not only Brazil, but also Bolivia and Peru. Nevertheless, the project preparation and the licensing process have never ever considered any study of potential impacts to our neighbor countries, in particular, the ones related to migratory species which are quite relevant for food security of more vulnerable communities living along the rivers' banks ("riberinhos")

Also the indirect projects related to the lack of precautionary measures concerning the huge investment made in a frontier area, such as Rondonia,have been inducing more deforestation in the region. This can be checked by recent deforestation figures of the Brazilian DETER system where Rondonia became the #1 deforestation state in Brazil.

In sum, Santo Antonio shall impact the livelihood of traditional Amazon communities in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru and is already inducing more deforestation in the state of Rondonia.

Does it make sense to give it an incentive for reducing emmissions?!

Submitted by: Pedro Bara

Comment (216 KB) submitted by: International Rivers on behalf of Brent Millikan, International Rivers

The comment period is over.
* Emission reductions in metric tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum that are based on the estimates provided by the project participants in unvalidated PDDs