Energy

Energy

We generate electricity for our own consumption and trading for distribution networks. We operate in a circular economy system, taking advantage of all the waste and inputs used in our generation processes for new forms of energy, contributing directly to the environment, generating less industrial waste and creating sustainable products that help to clean-up the Brazilian energy matrix.

To boost our industry's future with new ideas and solutions, we have a portfolio of green energy from renewable sources such as biomass, sugarcane straw, biogas, and the sun.

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Bioenergy

We are the largest producer of energy generated from sugarcane bagasse, currently able to supply a city like Rio de Janeiro for a year, using a constant and predictable source, which has its peak production precisely in the driest period of the year, when the water matrix becomes more depressed.

Biogas

Biogas is the result of a complex production process in which biodigesters convert the organic matter from the sugarcane processing, such as the filter cake (remaining residue from the sugarcane juice purification) and vinasse (remaining water from the distillation process), into methane and CO2, referred to as biogas.  When in motor generators, this biogas is transformed into clean, electric energy and that is why we started the construction of a biogas plant in 2018. The start of operations is scheduled for the end of 2019 and will increase the plant's electric power generation by up to 40%.  We have become one of the largest producers of bioenergy in Brazil with the use of biomass and biogas. This is because we are committed to sustainable performance by using the circular economy, which guarantees better waste management and, consequently, reduces the environmental impact. Our goal is to innovate, to be able to generate more energy with fewer resources.
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Sugarcane Straw

To make our production more efficient and sustainable, we dedicated ourselves to discovering best practices for increasing the effectiveness of sugarcane straw as a raw material of biomass. We currently produce approximately 100,000 tons of straw. If fully utilized, our power generation capacity through sugarcane straw is 68,000 MW per year, enough energy to supply 34,000 residences and about 100,000 inhabitants.

Biomass

Biomass energy is obtained by burning organic materials such as sugarcane bagasse, rice husks, and wood chips and already accounts for 6% of the national energy matrix. Compared with fossil fuels, these wastes generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions.