Sustainability in the strategy |GRI 103-2|
The challenges and transformations that move society are, for us, the catalysts of the innovations that we intend to boost in our sector. In this context, sustainability takes center stage in all operations.
Each crop year, we improve a circular business model, with maximum utilization of the raw material per planted hectare. The result is our prominent position in the production of Second-Generation Ethanol (E2G), which is the biofuel made from sugarcane bagasse and straw. E2G can increase ethanol production by up to 50% on the same planted area, which is a milestone in the search for efficient land use. In addition, it favors future generations, since the E2G lifecycle emission is 35% and 93% lower than standard ethanol and gasoline, respectively. We have already reached the mark of producing 211 liters of ethanol with one ton of biomass ─ last crop year, we produced 12 million liters of E2G.
We invest in other energy fronts, but biofuel is one of the most significant because we believe in its enormous impact on society. The evolution of global energy demand and agricultural practices makes ethanol a product with a space reserved in the future agenda, especially considering the technological advances in the use of this biofuel.
The gasoline-ethanol mileage ratio
Recently, a study called Análise Estatística de Desempenho e Performance de Combustíveis (Statistical Analysis of Fuel Performance), developed by the Mauá Institute of Technology, with the support of the Sugarcane Industry Union (UNICA), revealed that the average performance of ethanol compared to gasoline3 in vehicles tested, varied, in consumption, from 70.7% to 75.4%. The results show that the economic viability of ethanol may go beyond the more usual 70% ratio found in the Brazilian Vehicle Labeling Program (PBEV), since there are other characteristics of engine performance that should be considered.
3 The study compared regular ethanol and gasoline marketed in Brazil, which contains 27% anhydrous ethanol.
On another front, the same biomass makes it possible to generate clean electricity ─ an operation that allows for self-sufficiency at our 26 production units, of which 13 already market the surplus bioelectricity.
With a key role in stimulating our operations in this segment, biogas assumes another part of the sustainable production chain. The production project for energy generation is under development at the Bonfim unit, in the municipality of Guariba, Araraquara region (SP).
Sugar ─ another product derived from our raw material, if consumed with balance and moderation, is a source of energy and carbohydrate necessary to the human diet. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consumption of up to 5% daily calories from sugar, which is equivalent to 25 grams of a diet of 2,000 kcal/day. The sugarcane industry is very engaged in this whole issue and, through UNICA, we support the campaign called Doce Equilíbrio (Sweet Balance), which, in partnership with health experts, seeks to raise public awareness about the importance of sugar. Click here to learn more.
Improving the portfolio also involves promoting the best journey for our consumers. In this sense, we invest so that our consumers can feel that they can rely on Shell as a point of support - be it for the excellence and quality of its products and services, or for a more humanized service at all our stations.
With business continuity in mind, we have prepared a study to identify risks and opportunities posed by climate change for our business and facilities, encompassing reputational, operational, regulatory, and market aspects. In the study, we used long-term climate models from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and we rely on major involvement of the company's strategic leadership.
The results we have obtained reinforce that we are on the right track, and that our business may seize many opportunities, especially regarding regulatory and market aspects. The study will be used internally in our leadership’s long-term strategic planning.
We are attentive in order to keep ahead of market changes and guarantee the best solutions, capable of gaining the loyalty of clients and partners, generating high returns for shareholders, and maintaining, in employees, the pride of belonging to our team.
In this sense, we envision for the coming years:
- Search for new markets and geographies.
- Strategic business in our entire portfolio.
- Integrated energy company.
- Approach in products and solutions.
- Strategic partners for B2B clients.
- Consumer experience.
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