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TSE contributes to the preservation of the environment with innovative actions

This Tuesday, June 5, the World Environment Day is celebrated.  The date was fixed by the United Nations General Assembly (UN), on September 15, 1972, during the Stockholm Conference. It has the objective of raising citizen awareness on environmental themes, especially those regarding the preservation of natural resources.

The issue of sustainability becomes more relevant in companies and in the public sector, and for a long while it has been setting actions in the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). Be it in the performance of the elections, or internally, the Court asserts, on a daily basis, its commitment to the preservation of the environment with dozens of initiatives.

The environmental actions of the Court integrate the PLS-JE - Plano de Logística Sustentável (Sustainable Logistics Plan). Approved in 2016, the plan has a strategy of environmental and social sustainability that will be implanted by TSE until 2020. The document, established by Resolution TSE n. 23,505/2016, has the aim of stimulating the reflexion and change in patterns of purchase, of consumption and of management of documents by the Electoral Justice organs, as well as the functional body and auxiliary workforce of each institution.

“That is the path that the Electoral Justice has been treading. Not only in issues related to the election, but also in all our recruitment, we have been striving to include sustainability criteria,” explains Ganem Amiden Neto, Chief-adviser of the Social-environmental Management of TSE (AGS). “This is our contribution to a cultural change that involves assuring an environment that is more balanced and less polluted,” he highlights.

Sustainable Election

In the 2018 Elections, beyond the concern with guaranteeing an electoral process that is fast and safe, the Electoral Justice has innovated with many sustainable initiatives. The envelopes used in the electronic voting machine, in order to identify the Voting District and Polling Station as well as other documents, were conceived to use a material that has the minor possibility of substitution throughout the lifetime of the electronic voting machine, contributing for the reduction of residue.

The battery used in the electronic voting machine is in conformity with the resolutions of Conama - Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente (National Environment council) and represents the demanded requirements as to the risks of contamination. In the acquisition of voting cabins, which are used in order to guarantee the privacy in the moment of the vote, it was required the confirmation of the sustainable origin of the material used in its fabrication.

The demand was made to the supplier of the paper for the Caderno de Votação (Voting Booklet) and for the Electoral Justification Request, which should prove that the product is from an adequate environmental origin. Periodically, the TSE promotes the course Compras Sustentáveis (Compras Sustentáveis), directed towards the public servers, once the adoption of sustainability criteria in acquisitions and contracting of the Court is a legal demand.

In the training of millions of poll workers that will work during the elections, some actions have been developed by using the resources of digital media - poll workers channel and mobile phone app -, with the aim of reducing the quantity of printed material and implementing the Distance Learning platform.

Photovoltaic Power Plant

Internally, the concern with sustainability is also present. On November 2017, the mini generator photovoltaic power plant of the Court was inaugurated. The TSE was the first building of the Judiciary Power, in Brasília, to use the generation of energy through photovoltaic cells. The installation of the power plant meets the recommendation of the CNJ - Conselho Nacional de Justiça (National Justice Council) for the adoption of sustainability practices.

From December 2017 to April 2018, the power plant has generated around 700 thousand kWh, an energy that is sufficient to supply, for one month, a thousand middle-class houses (with air-conditioner, typical electric equipment, electric showers, etc), which represents an effective economy of R$ 350 thousand.

The power plan has 3,080 modules of 325 Wp of potency each and has the prevision of generating, for a year, around one million and 500 thousand kWh of energy, providing the TSE with an annual economy of approximately 20% of energetic consumption. The Court predicts that, in less than six years, the costs for the implementation of the power plant will be paid with the generated energy. The service life of the photovoltaic power plant is of 25 years, on average.

The photovoltaic plates cause a climatized effect that, consequently, has been contributing for the reduction on the use of air-conditioner of the annex building of the head-office of TSE, where there is no direct incidence of the sun in the roof of the building, which diminishes the room temperature, besides reducing the consumption of energy.

In parallel, the Court’s Engineering field, with the Support of the Administration Secretariat (SAD), works in the gradual substitution of conventional lamps for the LED technology. This action allows the reduction of toxic residue, beyond diminishing the expenses of TSE.

More Sustainability

Since the inauguration of the new head-office of TSE, in 2011, there was a preoccupation with sustainability. The elevators of the main building, for example, have an intelligent technology in order to operate with a reduced energy. If one of the equipment is already programmed to stop on one floor, no other will execute the same procedure.

The specification of the furniture items acquired by the Court is elaborated with the introduction of requirements that demand that the furniture suppliers adequate themselves to the prevailing environmental norms. “This care aims to, especially, stimulate the adequate management of the wood, thus preserving our forests,” highlights Rogério Azevedo, coordinator of the Court’s Engineering and Architecture.

The vacuum system, adopted in the restrooms, consumes only 1,2 L of water per discharge.  Which is the conventional system, would be up to 20 litters. These actions provide to the Court a great economy in the consumption of water.

Rogério explains that all of the Court’s maintenance team is oriented to recycle, by adopting practices of utilization of many materials, such as pallets, scrap metal, and construction waste.


According to Ganem Amiden Neto, in July of this year, the AGS will launch three technical publications that will address the sustainability theme, reuniting important data on these initiatives. They are: I Balanço Socioambiental da Justiça Eleitoral (I Social-environmental Balance of the Electoral Justice); Panorama Nacional – Acessibilidade nas Eleições (National Panorama - Accessibility in the Elections); e Sustentabilidade e Acessibilidade na Justiça Eleitoral – Boas Práticas vol. 2 (Sustainability and Accessibility in the Electoral Justice - Good Practices vol. 2).

Between the properly validated indicators, and which will be available in the social-environmental Balance, there are some relevant results. Since November 2017, for example, 51 procedures included criteria of sustainability in the purchase and acquisitions of TSE; from 2015 to 2017 there was the reduction of 35% on the consumption of paper and 37% on the consumption of pens. In the same period, there was the reduction of 69% on the consumption of disposable 200 mL cups and 67% on the consumption of 20 L water gallons.