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CPFL in Hospitals – Helping the hospitals that care for you


    The “CPFL nos Hospitais” (CPFL in Hospitals) is an initiative that helps public and philanthropic institutions to reduce their energy costs allowing them to use these funds in key medical expenses. . The initiative focus on three major areas: (i) energy efficiency actions (e.g. solar PV systems, A/C automation and retrofit, LED lamps); (ii) investment in hospitals improvements (e.g. providing new and more efficient equipment), and (iii) donation program through energy bills. In addition, these practices benefit patients and the local community, contributing to improve people’s health and quality of life. COVID-19 pandemic drastically increased the importance of the Program.


    Launched in 2019, the CPFL nos Hospitais (“CPFL in Hospitals”) Program represents the maturation of our strategy to benefit communities and make a positive impact in the locations where we operate. The project integrates energy efficiency initiatives and private social investment to drive improvements in the service provided by public health institutions, which are essential for the local population’s quality of life. The expectation is that these actions will allow health institutions to save approximately R$ 18 million a year by reducing their energy bills, an amount sufficient to pay for the medical care of 75,000 additional patients a year. In the long run, represented by 20-year lifetime of solar panels, saving from lower energy bills could help provide treatment to more than 1.5 million people.

    Contribution to SDG Implementation

    The CPFL nos Hospitais ensure the integration of environmental, social and economic indicators, contributing directly to the SDGs. The environmental focus is to foster renewable energy through the photovoltaic systems and energy efficiency actions in the hospitals, which generates GHG emission reductions (SDGs 7, 12 and 13). Besides that, the Instituto CPFL helps with the partnerships with the NGOs “Griots”, “Médicos do Sorriso” and the “Hospitalhaços” to carry out the humanization and the specific donations focused in the infrastructure improvements (SDG 3, 9, 11, and 17).

    Implementation methodologies

    The program was applied and executed focused on three major areas: - Energy Efficiency actions such as : installation of solar panels to generate clean energy, use of LED lamps, A/C systems automation and other equipment retrofit - Investment in hospitals improvements through tax incentive programs, helping the infrastructure improvements and hospital humanization - Donation by CPFL clients to the program through their energy bills The project is monthly monitored an reported to our leadership asit is part of CPFL´s Sustainability Plan. Approved in 2019, it defines guidelines with the objective to “power the transition to a more sustainable and smart way of providing and using energy, maximizing our positive impacts in the community and value chain.” It is structured based on three pillars: Sustainable Energy, Smart Solutions and Society Shared Value. The results are also disclosed to the National Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) and to the general society through the CPFL website (https://bit.ly/2ZQolxy). CPFL divided the Energy Efficiency efforts in 26 projects each one of them with its own milestones and deliverables. Hospitals were divided regionally in each project to facilitate the deployment of the energy efficiency actions. Furthermore, the CPFL demanded personal specialized human resources to carry out these practices beyond to share its expertise in the energy sector to install the PV Systems. The company invested own money in these practices and stimulates its clients to follow these donation initiative to help the hospitals who needs regular improvements and attention.


    The CPFL nos Hospitais contributed with 84 hospitals in 2020, located in the southeast and south Brazilian regions (115 are in progress and 109 in formatting process). The most relevant results, related to SDG implementation, were: - 5,550 kWp installed capacity of PV systems - 55,830 replaced lamps by LEDs - R$6.37 million/year estimated savings by reducing energy consumption - 13.6 GWh/year expected solar energy generation enough to supply 5,769 homes - 1,027 tCO2 expected avoided GEE emissions, equivalent to the planting of more than 6,159 trees - The amount invested from the program beginning, in 2019, up to December 2020 was R$72.2 million. In addition, was carried out a specific COVID-19 investment of around R$ 8 million with tax incentive resources focused on infrastructure improvements and hospital humanization, benefiting 340 thousand people, and R$ 6 million donated with own resources to fight the COVID-19 - R$ 4.2 million donated by clients to 105 hospitals through energy bill

    Factors and Constraints

    Not only focused on social issues, the program is fully linked with CPFL´s core business: energy. CPFL can use the incentive resources from ANEEL (Electricity Regulatory Agency) converting in benefits to the public in their concession area. Energy savings generated by the Program provide much needed cost reduction to hospitals in such critical moment due to the pandemic. These actions encourage the engagement of employees and society as a whole. However, there were constraints related to the practices implementations such as precarious conditions in hospitals infrastructure and the strong access restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Sustainability and replicability

    The financial return in addition with the sustainability benefits due to installing photovoltaic panels ensure this action can be replicated anywhere in the world, connecting organizations to the relevant social causes for the population.. In this way, any philanthropic or organizations that provide relevant services to the population such as hospital, public schools, NGOs and other with high energy consumption can receive these practices. To replicate this activity, interested companies do not need to be specifically in the energy sector, however, in Brazil, it is possible to use resources using ANEEL Energy Efficiency Program, helping the vulnerable population of their concession areas. These practices trigger incentives from organizations´ customers for good practices. In the CPFL case, clients were able to donate through energy bills. Moreover, the partnerships with the municipal government and NGOs are important to increase the initiative success.

    COVID-19 Impact

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, on-site implementation of Energy Efficiency actions is facing restrictions and delays. New safety protocols had to be developed in order to keep the commitment described in CPFL´s Sustainable Plan. Moreover, the CPFL institute conducted specific action due to the COVID-19 pandemic investing tax incentive resources: R$ 7.3 million with focused on infrastructure improvements, hospital humanization initiatives, and an additional investment of R$ 750 thousand for action to the COVID-19 combat focused on elderly people. Furthermore, there were a donation around 6 million with CPFL own resources. Furthermore, there were a donation around 6 million with CPFL own resources. CPFL in Hospitals investments also helped to create jobs and to keep the clean energy business running in critical times.

    Contact Name
    Felipe Henrique
    CPFL Energia
    Geographical coverage

    The practice was implement in Brazil, mainly in the southeast and south regions where CPFL operates its power distribution companies

    01 January 2019 (start date)
    31 March 2022 (date of completion)
    Contact Information

    Felipe Henrique, Energy Efficiency Manager