Washington, D.C./São Paulo, Brazil,
November 2, 2011—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will
prepare a new manual showing how performance-based contracts can help Brazilian
water utilities become more efficient.
The Water Utilities Performance-Based Contracting manual, to be called
WAP, will highlight ways that utilities can enhance their efficiency—by
reducing water losses, optimizing electricity consumption, and improving
fee collection from customers.
The manual will be prepared by a multidisciplinary team of senior consultants
led by Gesner Oliveira, main partner of GO Associados and former CEO of
SABESP, Brazil’s largest water company. A senior team of IFC and World
Bank experts will oversee the project and will convene a series of high-level
discussions with sector professionals in Brazil. The first discussion will
occur on November 8 in São Paulo, hosted by the Grupo de Economia de Saneamento,
Energia e Soluções Ambientais from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).
Currently, for each 100 liters of water treated in Brazil, almost 40 liters
fail to reach the population or are not invoiced. In some regions, the
level of water losses surpasses 60 percent. Despite being large energy
consumers, few water companies have structured and organized energy efficiency
“This manual is part of IFC’s effort to help improve the operational
and commercial efficiency of Brazil’s water utilities, which can lead
to better services at lower costs for the population,” said Loy Pires,
IFC’s Country Manager in Brazil.
Under performance contracts, the focus of the IFC-sponsored manual, engineering
companies are hired to identify savings opportunities and carry out the
investments needed to realize such savings. Their compensation for these
services is received as participation in savings realized over a certain
period. This generates a win-win situation. All gains accrue to the public
entity after a specified period.
Performance-based contracts are especially appropriate in Brazil, where
water utilities have limited financial and technical capacity to implement
complex projects and absorb the associated risks. By leveraging the private
sector’s capacity and interest in taking risks, more projects can be implemented.
“The manual will be developed in a cooperative manner to facilitate its
use and dissemination among public and private water utilities, and by
all companies active in the sector,” said Oliveira.
About IFC: IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global
development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help
developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment,
providing advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing
capital in the international financial markets. In fiscal 2011, amid economic
uncertainty across the globe, we helped our clients create jobs, strengthen
environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities—all
while driving our investments to an all-time high of nearly $19 billion.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About GO Associados: GO Associados is a multidisciplinary consultancy
based in São Paulo. It is focused on modeling infrastructure projects and
public-private partnerships for the private and public sectors. GO
Associados also develops studies designed to support the development of
innovative public policies with a focus on competition policy and regulatory
issues. For more information, visit www.goassociados.com.br