Efficient Use of Natural Resources
The performance of our agricultural and industrial activities is continually monitored and we have mechanisms to improve our performance in terms of the sustainable development our business and the rational and efficient use of the natural resources required to produce bioenergy, ethanol and sugar. Our management adopts a set of eco-indicators that are periodically measured and assessed, for which annual improvement targets are set.
In the 2015/2016 crop year, we invested R$24.8 million in environmental management. Of this total, 91% was allocated to preventive practices and environmental management, which includes the compensation of the Health, Environment and Safety (HES) teams at each Unit and the investments in environmental monitoring and permits and in process improvements. Every year, we define the amounts of environmental investments and expenditures, which are monitored on a monthly basis. G4-EN31Click here to learn more about this aspect in the GRI Supplement
One of the aspects we monitor monthly is the consumption of materials and we seek to capture operating efficiency gains in order to reduce as much as possible the amount of production inputs consumed. In the 2015/2016 crop year, during which we processed 29.3 million tons of sugarcane, we consumed 471,000 tons of raw materials and 95.6 million liters of diesel. G4-EN1Click here to learn more about this aspect in the GRI Supplement
Total materials consumed in the 2015/2016 crop year (ton) G4-EN1Click here to learn more about this aspect in the GRI Supplement
|Own cane processed||23,344,178|
|Outside cane processed||5,948,454|
|Other organic fertilizers||441|
*Only sugarcane is considered a material made from renewable resources.
The consumption of diesel is monitored by a specific eco-indicator, which measures the fuel’s use during cutting and loading per ton of sugarcane harvested by the Company and its Partners. In the last year, this ratio was 1.96 liters of diesel per ton of cane, down 2% from the 2014/2015 crop year, reflecting the optimization of the number of harvesters in operation and the individualized control of the yields of these machines. For the next crop year, our goal is to strengthen maintenance initiatives and to rationalize the use of these machines.