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“We aim to stimulate our professionals in the pursuit of sustainability!” stated Civil Engineer José Franco Pinheiro Machado, Director of the Water and Energy Business Unit at Intertechne, in a recent interview.

With this goal, Intertechne will be conducting an internal seminar next week with the objective of training employees about the sustainability parameters of hydropower projects established by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), an organization of which we have recently become members.

The seminar is part of the company’s plan to become a leading promoter of sustainable hydropower projects across all implementation stages. We firmly believe in the importance of hydropower projects for a sustainable future, alongside other renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. It is essential to demonstrate to society and our clients that all forms of renewable energy, including hydropower, can be clean and sustainable.

Sustainability is just one of the many causes championed by Intertechne.

As Pinheiro explains, the company has a responsibility to foster sustainable hydropower projects, especially after becoming members of the International Hydropower Association,” shared the Civil Engineer José Pinheiro Machado.

“With our participation in IHA, Intertechne has taken a significant step towards becoming a leader in the sustainable hydropower market. This achievement holds great significance for us and our clients,” commented Civil Engineer José Pinheiro Machado.

José Franco Pinheiro Machado graduated in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Paraná, Brasil, in 1988, has a MSc degree in Water Resources/ Hydraulic engineering from the same university in 1992 and a MBA in Energy Management from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, 2001. Started his career as a hydraulic engineer and energetic studies expert at Intertechne in 1989, later becoming a project manager in many projects, mainly greenfield hydropower basic and detailed design. Since 2008 is a Director and partner at Intertechne Consultores.

About the seminar

Intertechne has invited engineer Antônio Fonseca dos Santos, who has been engaged in environmental analysis of energy projects since 1991, to coordinate the seminar. With experience at COPEL and companies like Brascan, Brookfield, and Elera, Fonseca was awarded Engineer of the Year in 2009 in the field of environment and sustainability.

In addition to this achievement, Fonseca served as a board member of the National Water Resources Council (CNRH) from 2009 to 2012 and currently serves as an independent consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. He is also a member of the Technical Committee of Hydrovision International.

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