National Electrical Energy Conservation Program (PROCEL)

Brazil: National Electrical Energy Conservation Program (PROCEL) Administrative Directive no. 1877

Policy to combat waste in the production and use of electrical energy. Measures include: Consumption labeling to inform consumers, influence purchasing decisions and induce manufacturers to make efficient products; Energy diagnostics/ audits to assess energy use and efficiency; Supporting R&D of efficient technologies/products; Marketing to strengthen the PROCEL trademark; Replacing incandescent lamps in public lighting with mercury vapor and high pressure sodium vapor lamps that consume 75% less energy; Promoting efficient lighting and appliances in government and residential buildings; Measures to reduce losses in electrical system; Actions to reduce electricity demand during peak hours; Offering training courses, seminars, and conferences to industrial and commercial consumers, concession-holder staff and public organizations to combat energy waste. PROCEL also helps utilities obtain low-interest financing for major energy efficiency projects from a revolving loan fund within the electric sector.

Date Implemented: 1985

Status: In Force; Mandatory

Funding Information: 1/3 of PROCEL’s resources go toward R&D - allowing market access to more efficient end use equipment. As of 1998, PROCEL’s core budget for grants, staff, and consultants was approximately $20 million, with approximately $140 million per year going towards project financing.


National Communication to the UNFCCC; Energy Efficiency Policies and Indicators, Annex I - Case Studies on Energy Efficiency Policy Measures, Case studies on economic and fiscal incentives: Brazil,