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Raízen Annual Report
Committed to transparency, each year we publish the Annual Report with information on our operational, financial, and socio-environmental results, investments related to the strategy and vision of the future, and advances in the stakeholder relationships.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is sustainability to Raízen?For us, sustainability is the strategic and fundamental axis for our business. We understand that a commitment to sustainability, and a pursuit of best practices, contributes to the company's concept of value and guarantees longevity and efficiency in the various areas in which we operate.
How is the circular economy put into practice at Raízen?
Circular economics is a concept based on the reduction, reuse, recovery, and recycling of materials and energy in the process. This concept is present in several phases of production processes at Raízen, such as the second-generation ethanol production and generating bioenergy from bagasse, the reuse of sugarcane water during processing, the use of industrial waste as fertilizers in the field, among other initiatives that you can get to know better here: Circular Economy
What happens to the waste from sugar and ethanol processing?Second-generation ethanol, or E2G, is an ethanol with the same chemical properties as conventional ethanol. The great difference between them is the raw material used for their productions: the conventional one is produced from the sugars of the sugarcane mill, while the second-generation is produced from the sugars present in sugarcane bagasse, residue of the initial processing, or in the straw, the waste of the sugarcane harvesting process.The innovation that allowed its creation was to be able to separate the sugar molecules of the cellulosic wall of the bagasse and the straw. There are numerous environmental and efficiency benefits, most of all being able to produce up to 50% more ethanol with the same planted area. To learn more, go to here: E2G, THE 2nd-GENERATION ETHANOL
What is second-generation ethanol?
Second-generation ethanol, or E2G, is an ethanol with the same chemical properties as conventional ethanol. The great difference between them is the raw material used for their productions: the conventional one is produced from the sugars of the sugarcane mill, while the second-generation is produced from the sugars present in sugarcane bagasse, residue of the initial processing, or in the straw, the waste of the sugarcane harvesting process.
The innovation that allowed its creation was to be able to separate the sugar molecules of the cellulosic wall of the bagasse and the straw. There are numerous environmental and efficiency benefits, most of all being able to produce up to 50% more ethanol with the same planted area. To learn more, go to here: E2G, THE 2nd-GENERATION ETHANOL
What is bioenergy?Bioenergy is generated from burning biomass, resulting in a renewable energy. At Raízen, bioenergy is generated using bagasse, a by-product resulting from sugar and ethanol production in all our plants. In 13 of our 26 units, we generate more energy annually than we consume, allowing excess volume to be exported to the national grid (called the GRID), helping to make the Brazilian electrical matrix cleaner.
How has Raízen been developing in relation to the generation of renewable energies?Raízen invests in new renewable energy technology, such as the construction of a biogas plant (which will generate energy from industrial waste such as vinasse and filter cake) and a solar power plant aimed at distributed generation in order to diversify its participation in the energy sector, in addition to the generation of biomass energy.
What are RECS and what is Raízen's relationship in this market?RECs are certificates that allow the traceability of the renewable origin of an electric energy consumption. It represents a megawatt-hour (MWh) of generated renewable energy and is put into the national grid. We emit and trade RECs with partners committed to the use of renewable energy in their processes with Raízen's bioenergy production from bagasse burning.
How does Raízen guarantee the traceability of its sugarcane suppliers?
Raízen understands that the traceability of the chain goes beyond its operations since its suppliers are part of its value chain. Half of the sugarcane that Raízen grinds comes from producers with whom we have established a sustainability program, called ELO. This initiative already encompasses more than 90% of the sugarcane purchased from our suppliers and aims to leverage good environmental and social practices through intense work of continuous improvement in the field. To learn more about the ELO program, go here: Supply Chain
What are Raízen's chain traceability mechanisms?
For Raízen, the traceability of its chain is of great importance, it helps to guarantee good practices, from the sugarcane planting to the product delivery. Today, Raízen uses approximately 50% of its own sugarcane, and the other 50% comes from sugarcane suppliers. Each of these supplies has a traceability mechanism. For Raízen's own sugar cane, it invests in the international Bonsucro certification, having until the 2020/2021 harvest to have all of its plants certified, while for sugarcane producers, Raízen has a pioneering sustainability program in the sector, the ELO program. To learn more about the ELO program, go here: Supply Chain
What certifications does Raízen have?
Raízen has several certifications that guarantee the sustainability of the entire productive process and the quality of products, among others. Learn more about our certifications.
What is Bonsucro?
Bonsucro is a global certification dedicated to reducing the environmental and social impacts of sugarcane production, its products, and by-products, while recognizing the need for economic viability. In 2011, we certified the first plant in the world, Maracaí. Since then we have been committed to certifying all of our mills in this standard by the 2020/2021 harvest. Read more about our strategy in: Chain Responsibility
How does Raízen manage its greenhouse gas emissions?Since 2011, the company reports its emissions in the public emissions registry and already has a robust and reliable inventory, always remaining transparent. This report follows the international guidelines of the GHG Protocol and goes through a third party verification. Raízen sees vigorous management of its emissions as the first step in reducing GHG's and managing the risks and opportunities associated with climate change and the low carbon economy.
Does Raízen monitor the land use changes on its properties? Is there deforestation for the sugarcane production?
Raízen accesses international markets that have a high level of demand regarding the preservation of native vegetation and land use changes, such as the United States and Japan. This is why it is important that we have rigid management in relation to deforestation of areas and land use changes for sugarcane planting.
We have a geo-processing team that monitors our areas with satellite imaging aiming for the best land use management standards.
Where are the sugarcane plantation areas that are destined for Raízen's production?Today, 24 of the 26 Raízen mills are located in the state of São Paulo and the others are in the states of Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul. All of the sugar cane that supplies these mills comes from nearby areas.
What is the Raízen Foundation?
The Raízen Foundation encourages socially vulnerable young people to discover themselves professionally, and create their own paths. There are 7 offices in the countryside of São Paulo and Goiás benefiting 1400 students, in addition to impacting more than 35 thousand people with local community actions. Find out more about its work at: http://www.fundacaoraizen.org.br/.