As one of the largest companies in the energy sector in Brazil, we recognize we have a responsibility to behave in a manner that will preserve and minimize impacts to the areas where we operate. Caring for the environment is part of our values.
Learn about the initiatives developed
We're concerned about the conscientious use of water. To use this resource more efficiently, we invest in systems that allow us to reuse water in the production process, and to properly manage the disposal of effluents.
We are always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption in all stages of production through investments in technology and improving processes. In addition, we produce energy from the controlled burning of straw and sugarcane bagasse as part of a process known as cogeneration. This is a cleaner energy source that uses renewable sources and avoids the emission of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Cogeneration allows us to satisfy the energy needs of our facilities and sell the surplus in the market.
With the support of development institutes and research centers, we are cultivating sugarcane varieties with a higher yield and greater tolerance to pests and diseases. To date, this has allowed us to reduce pesticide use by 35%.
We believe in second generation ethanol technology, which uses waste from the traditional production of sugar and ethanol. This innovation will provide a significant increase in productivity using the same growing area. Thus, we can ensure the profitability of our business in a sustainable way.
The responsible management of materials used and waste generated in their different production processes is part of our sustainable development strategy. Through the analysis of annual statistics, we were able to identify variations and work to establish new goals and develop more effective strategies.
Some areas have specific environmental and social concerns, such as wildlife habitats, watershed protection or the presence of archaeological sites. These are considered to be areas of High Conservation Value. Since 2011, we have been mapping such areas around our facilities and have been creating protection plans, accordingly. We use natural resources efficiently, manage impacts on ecosystems and develop strategies to mitigate impacts.
We produce two forms of renewable energy, Ethanol and Bio-energy, both made from sugar cane. Therefore, we have an important role in the overall reductions of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, since our products replace more emissive sources of energy, such as gasoline and energy of natural gas.
For internal management, a great ally is the inventory of emissions, which allows us to quantify the annual GHG emissions from our activities, assess the main sources of emission and plan how we can reduce this amount through continuous improvement in our operations.
The use of machinery enables sugarcane harvesting to be done without burning and, thereby, reduces impacts generated from this process. Among the main advantages of mechanized sugarcane harvesting are the preservation of local fauna and less exposure to the inherent risks of the activity. We offer sugarcane workforce retraining through vocational initiatives.