Responsible Behavior

GRI EN1

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GRI EN4

GRI EN5

GRI EN6

GRI EN7

GRI EN8

GRI EN9

GRI EN10

GRI EN21

GRI EN25

GRI 1.2

Odebrecht Agroindustrial uses natural resources rationally and responsibly to optimize its production processes and cut consumption of natural resources whenever possible, adopting controls and initiatives for the efficient use of water and energy, in addition to constantly training its in-house technical staff.

Water

All water consumed by the Company is channeled to its industrial operations, and is practically sourced in its entirety from reservoirs and rivers located in regions close to the its units. Waste water and vinasse are used for sugarcane irrigation. The Alcídia and Conquista do Pontal units draw underground water on a small scale, while none of the agroindustrial units consumes water from the public network.

The only water source significantly affected is the Laranja Azeda stream at the Alcídia Unit, from which some 20% of the water is drawn. The stream is an important one in the region because of its extent and location, since it skirts several properties and settlements and also has a Permanent Preservation Area of about 50 hectares.

During the 2012-2013 crop year, 23 million cubic meters of water were consumed, of which 14.7 million cubic meters were recycled or reused, an average of 64% of total consumption. In the previous crop year, with seven units in operation, 15.7 million cubic meters of water were consumed. Since the Rio Claro and Costa Rica units used 735,000 and 67,900 cubic meters, respectively, for the first time, the effective consumption of water by the industrial process totaled 22,2 million cubic meters.

 

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Water consumption by source, in m³

 

São Paulo
Cluster

Mato Grosso
do Sul Cluster

Goiás
Cluster

Araguaia
Cluster

Taquari
Cluster

Total

Alcídia

Conquista do Pontal

Eldorado

Santa Luzia

Rio Claro (1)

Morro Vermelho

Água Emendada

Costa Rica (2)

Alto Taquari

 
Surface

1,449

2,834

1,371

4,991

4,304

2,106

1,168

2,049

2,364

22,633

Underground

405

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

405

Total

1,854

2,834

1,371

4,991

4,304

2,106

1,168

2,049

2,364

23,038

1 Includes 735,000 m³ for irrigation
2 Includes 67,932 m³ for irrigation

Recycled water (thousands of m³)

 

São Paulo
Cluster

Mato Grosso do
Sul Cluster

Goiás
Cluster

Araguaia
Cluster

Taquari
Cluster

Total

Alcídia

Conquista do Pontal

Eldorado

Santa Luzia

Rio Claro

Morro Vermelho

Água Emendada

Costa Rica

Alto Taquari

 
Total Volume

1,055

1,691

946

3,493

2,391

1,473

734

1,283

1,595

14,661

Average per crop (%)

57%

60%

69%

70%

67%

70%

63%

65%

68%

64%

The Rio Claro unit initiated a project for sugarcane irrigation as a means of offsetting the low rainfall which affects crop growth. Projects are also under way to verify whether it is possible to use the water in the cane itself, 70% of which consists of water, to avoid the need for other sources.

The Company’s goal for the crop year was to cut water consumption to 1.1 cubic meter per ton of cane processed. A level of 1.18 was achieved, practically the same as in the previous year (1.15). The small increase was due to the start-up of milling at the two new units (Costa Rica and Água Emendada), both of them at the operational stabilization stage, and to the large number of plant stoppages caused by the weather (rain or excessive heat). The goal of 1,1 cubic meter per ton is being maintained for the next crop year.

 

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The Odebrecht agroindustrial units employ semi-closed water cooling circuits for the process. The effluents produced during sugarcane processing are recycled and used in ferti-irrigation of the plantations. In addition to irrigating, the effluents return nutrients like potassium to the soil, reducing the consumption of farm chemicals. Waste water is not disposed of into water resources. The units also have effluent treatment stations (ETS).

 

Energy

Odebrecht Agroindustrial produces clean energy from processing sugarcane bagasse, and is close to self-sufficiency in this area (it produces 98.5% of the total energy consumed). The Company boosted sugar production by 115.0% and ethanol production by 40.3% during the period. As a result was more bagasse was co-processed, and 69.3% more energy produced, reducing requirements from concessionaires.

During the 2012-2013 crop year, direct consumption by the Company’s products and services was 2,210,513 GJ, (equivalent to 614 GWh, 45.9% more than in the previous year, when the total was 1,515,260 GJ) Total consumption per ton of cane processed was 0.119 GJ (33.1 kWh), a decrease of 3.5% when compared to the 2011-2012 crop year (0.123 GJ or 34.2 kWh).

Indirect energy consumption (electricity, heating and refrigeration), purchased from the concessionaire, was 34,253 GJ (9.5 GWh, 16% lower than in the previous crop year, when consumption was 40,883 GJ). The increase in the consumption of direct energy was due to the increase in production and the two new units (Costa Rica and Água Emendada) coming on stream. This energy purchased from concessionaries is basically generated from hydroelectric sources, in line with the Brazilian electricity matrix.

Seven agroindustrial units use state-of-the art (greenfield) equipment, and have the capacity to generate energy for their own needs and export any surpluses, thus helping to reduce demand from the National Grid (SIN). During the crop year the Santa Luzia unit increased its co-generation capacity from 80 MW to 130 MW thanks to the coming on stream of a third-party turbogenerator, leading to a significant reduction in energy procurement requirements.

 

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Materials

The primary raw material used by the Odebrecht Agroindustrial operations is sugarcane. During the 2012-2013 crop year, sugarcane accounted for 96.2% of all materials employed in production, and consumption rose by 66.3% against the previous crop year, to 18,9 million tons. The use of non-renewable materials rose by 26.9%, also as a result of the two new units coming on stream.

 

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Materials used, in tons

 

São Paulo
Cluster

Mato Grosso do Sul Cluster

Goiás
Cluster

Araguaia
Cluster

Taquari
Cluster

Total

Alcídia

Conquista do Pontal

Eldorado

Santa Luzia

Rio Claro

Morro Vermelho

Água Emendada

Costa Rica

Alto Taquari

 

Direct

Cane processed

1,932,100

2,831,111

1,780,617

3,394,919

2,901,145

1,851,740

790,434

1,310,328

2,125,748

18,918,141

Non-renewables
Herbicides

167

253

169

299

418

512

282

332

250

2.683

Pesticides

65

77

21

36

23

2

4

11

14

253

Correctives

26,302

47,746

43,072

91,825

74,809

65,109

28,455

52,125

38,365

467,807

Fertilizers

11,236

20,345

19,845

50,593

38,097

14,392

11,116

15,795

4,458

185,876

Maturers

0

1

4

3

4

0

0

0

0

13

Diesel

5,424

11,439

7,096

15,387

13,830

4,689

3,872

5,022

5,694

72,454

Industrial inputs

1,342

3,157

1,675

2,609

2,827

2,080

902

806

1,367

16,767

Mineral oil

2

0

1

0

0

1

2

10

3

19

Lubricants and greases

63

344

304

393

1,002

160

75

92

109

2,541

Non-renewables subtotal

44,601

83,361

72,187

161,146

131,010

86,944

44,709

74,193

50,261

748,412

TOTAL

1,976,701

2,914,471

1,852,804

3,556,065

3,032,301

1,938,651

835,143

1,384,591

2,176,008

19,666,059