Economic Valuation Methods: The Perception of the Accountants of the Hydroeletric Power Sector in Brazil

Alessandra Lima Marques, Aracéli Cristina de S. Ferreira, Hélio Arthur Irigaray


The aim of the present study was to verify how accountants perceive the electric power companies in Brazil, regarding the use of economic valuation methods for measuring environmental impacts on hydroelectric power generation. These methods would be used in the internalisation of impacts in compliance with accounting theory criteria of recognition, measurement and disclosure of relevant economic activities. This is an exploratory study based on the conclusion regarding the collected data from a questionnaire answered by accountants, who worked in the electric power sector and were members of the Brazilian Electric Power Sector Accountants Association (ABRACONEE). The research showed that 74% of respondents were accountants or accounting analysts, 92% of them believed that companies should account for (internalise) environmental impacts caused by their activities, and 75% of them believed that this task should be based on detailed and specific norms determining what should be done and when and how to do it. Despite their high level of accounting knowledge and complete familiarity with the changes determined by the Brazilian Securities Commission, respondents adopted a conservative stance in relation to the use of estimated values or those obtained in hypothetical markets. The study revealed the existence of a vast field of research that has yet to be explored by accounting in the field of environmental accounting, especially in terms of both measurement and recognition of environmental impacts caused by diverse economic activities.

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Sociedade, Contabilidade e Gestão [recurso eletrônico]/ Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Contábeis da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. -- v. 1, n. 1, 2° semestre de 2006 -- Rio de Janeiro: UFRJ, 2006-.v. 
Semestral 2006-2012
ISSN 1982-7342

1. Contabilidade e Gestão. I. Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro -- Faculdade de Administração e Ciências Contábeis.