The Economic Development, Industry, and Commerce Committee in the Chamber of Deputies has voted to approve a set of tax incentives that would reward companies for a range of environmentally beneficial practices, principally recycling and cleaner production processes. Already passed by the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee, Bill No. 2101/2011now moves to the Finance and Taxation Committee and the Constitution, Justice, and Citizenship Committee for review.
A bill (No. 750/2015) has been proposed in the Senate to modify the National Policy on Climate Change (No. 12.187/2009) to adopt additional climate change commitments. Under the Bill, Brazil would pledge to reduce its emissions by 37% by 2025 and 43% by 2030, using 2005 as the base year.
The Ministry of Environment (“MMA”) signed a “sectoral agreement” with 20 trade associations representing manufacturers and importers of packaging materials and packaged products. The agreement establishes the legal framework for a nationwide take-back system for “packaging-in-general.” Implementation of the system is set to begin during 2016 in 12 major cities, with eventual expansion to the rest of Brazil.
A bill (No. 3732/2015) has been proposed in the Chamber of Deputies that would require providers of electronic products and their components to offer consumers a discount of at least 5% on the price of new products in exchange for similar used products. The Bill is intended to provide an incentive for consumers to return end-of-life electronic products to facilitate compliance with the reverse logistics requirements of the National Solid Waste Policy Law (No. 12305/2010).
A report presented to the Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in the Chamber of Deputies recommended approval of five bills related to take-back of electronic products:
- Bill No. 2045/2011: On the Collection and Environmentally Adequate Destination of Technological Wastes,
- Bill No. 3551/2012: On the Discard and Final Disposal of Used Batteries,
- Bill No. 4272/2012: Establishing the Obligation to Install Collection Points and Collect Used Batteries and Aerosol Containers in Commercial Establishments That Sell These Products,
- Bill No. 2426/2015: To Institute a Selective Collection Program for Electronic and Technological Wastes, and
- Bill No. 2940/2015: Establishing Standards for the Management and Final Disposition of Electronic Waste.
The Environment Committee in the Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill (No. 2045/11), which would require manufacturers, importers and retailers of a wide range of electrical products to establish take-back systems, with associated collection quotas and marking requirements. The Bill now moves to the Constitution, Justice, and Citizenship Committee for review.
A bill (No. 3705/2015) has been proposed in the Chamber of Deputies that would establish a voluntary “Green Seal” ecolabel to certify companies that adopt measures to reduce water consumption, increase energy efficiency, and reduce, reuse and recycle materials and resources. Companies that earn the Green Seal would receive preferential treatment in federal procurement decisions.
The Working Group on Corporate Sustainability Reports has published guidelines for the federal government to develop the National Strategy for the Promotion of Corporate Sustainability Reports. The guidelines are divided into three sections:
- The importance of reporting financial and non-financial information;
- Reporting platforms within a national and international context; and
- Recommendations made by the Working Group.