Raízen adheres to standards of operational excellence to expand its results sustainably and at lower cost. Thus, we apply values of respect for others and the environment as we seek sustainable energy solutions.
Harmonizing these standards of excellence with the company's economic development is an arduous task that motivates and encourages us. To generate the energy of the future, today, and expand our businesses to the world, we are committed to innovation, technology and to the efficiency of our processes and employees.
Find out about some of the mechanisms that help us follow this path and are a result of our sustainable performance:
We were the first company to certify a production facility to the standards of Bonsucro (Better Sugarcane Initiative), a global non-profit organization. Launched in 2011, Bonsucro certification aims to ensure sustainability in sugarcane production and all its by-products by recognizing companies that demonstrate total compliance with its standards.
Therefore, our certification is testament that as regards economic, social and environmental circumstances, Raízen carries out its sugar and ethanol production processes in a more sustainable manner. It also affirms our company's commitment to reducing the impacts of products generated from sugarcane, from the cultivation of the raw material to making our output available on the market.
We currently have 14 certified facilities and 40% of the world's Bonsucro-certified sugarcane now comes from Raízen.
Have a look at the map to see when Raízen’s facilities, the Terminal Exportador de Álcool de Santos (Santos Alcohol Export Terminal - TEAS) and the Complexo de Armazenagem Maringá (Maringá Storage Complex - CPA) obtained their first certification:
Maracaí (São Paulo): Certified on 7/14/2011
Bom Retiro (São Paulo): Certified on 12/12/2011
Costa Pinto (São Paulo): Certified on 12/12/2011
Jataí (Goiás): Certified on 11/3/2012
Gasa (São Paulo): Certified on 12/19/2012
Univalem (São Paulo): Certified on 3/13/2013
Bonfim (São Paulo): Certified on 11/15/2012
Dois Córregos (São Paulo): Certified on 10/21/2013
Junqueira (São Paulo): Certified on 11/8/2013
Serra (São Paulo): Certified on 1/9/2014
TEAS (São Paulo): Certified on 6/25/2012
Maringá CPA (Paraná): Certified on 9/26/2011
EPA and CARB registration
We certify our products with international entities that have standardized export rules and regulations. This is the case with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Any company that wants to export ethanol to the U.S. is required to register its products with this governmental agency. EPA certification attests to the advanced quality of our ethanol, because it is a fuel that meets the agency's requirement that it must issue at least 50% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than gasoline.
We also fulfill the requirements set forth by the U.S. State of California, whose environmental standards are even more stringent than those of the EPA. The state maintains a dedicated registry of plants that export ethanol, which have been certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CARB certification confirms that these plants are able to produce and transport sugarcane ethanol at acceptable carbon recovery levels, which have been set by the board.
In total, 22 Raízen facilities have been certified by the EPA and CARB, which demonstrates our investment in reducing the impacts of our business and our products on the environment.
Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory
As an energy company, Raízen is always looking for opportunities to improve its operations in a manner that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To this end, we publish annual emissions reports that adhere to the methodology of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The reports provide consistent data to assist us in the GHG reduction process.
Our report obtained the GHG Protocol Gold classification. It confirms the excellence of our inventory while demonstrating our commitment to society and transparency of our actions.
In this mapping, we identified the principal sources of emissions and prepared management plans to achieve greater efficiency. Based on this, we can avoid the emission of thousands of tons of these gases.
Raízen seeks not only to fulfill, but exceed market expectations, securing as many seals of approval and certifications as it can, as a means of continually validating our commitment to being the best in our field.