Keeping global temperature rise below 2ºC is among the biggest global challenges today. We recognize the role of companies in this context by not only reducing their emissions but also engaging public in their value chain so that we can cooperatively contribute to those efforts.
Aware that climate change poses a risk to contemporary economies and is willing to use this scenario as a booster for the development of new technologies and less affected business models, we are continually evolving in the subject in our company. We believe that the low-carbon economy is a path with no return.
Since 2007, we have been managing our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and, more recently, we have included the theme Climate Change in our business agenda, following the global movement to combat climate change, involving governments, companies and civil society.
We are committed to continually reducing GHG emissions from our activities and advancing increasingly in the path of the low carbon economy based on the goals set out in our Sustainability Strategy.
Our main source of direct emissions is the burning of fuels for the generation of energy necessary for industrial operations. Therefore, we continuously invest in increasing the share of renewable sources, such as biomass, in our energy matrix and we are committed to energy efficiency initiatives.
Committed to transparency, we also carry out annually the report of our emissions inventory in Online Platform, according to the guidelines of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, which is a reference in the theme. The information has been audited by an external company since 2011 in order to grant greater quality and credibility to the data. The practice has earned us the Gold Seal of the GHG Protocol, which attests to a high level of transparency in the communication of our information on the subject.
We also have an inventory of forest carbon, based on the guidelines of the GHG Protocol and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which shows that our production processes are carbon positive due to their fixation in our forest areas. This means that during their life cycle, the trees that are part of our forests capture more carbon from the atmosphere than we emit through our production activities, thus ensuring a positive balance.
PARTICIPATION IN MEETINGS
We also participate, voluntarily, on pioneer corporate initiatives in the climate sector – like CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), We Mean Business, Empresas pelo Clima e Coalização Brasil Clima, Florestas e Agricultura –, in order to encourage and contribute to discussion with regard of climate changes response in Brazil and the rest of the world.
OUR FUTURE VISION
Climate change, its impacts, risks, and opportunities have increasingly gained space on the global agenda. We believe that companies have great potential to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating global warming, promoting innovation, incorporating new technologies into production processes, and building partnerships with the value chain and the public sector to the development of collective solutions.
To learn more about our performance on the topic of Climate Change, access the 2016 Annual Report.
Our commitments to the theme of Climate Change up to 2025 are:
- Reduce absolute GHG emissions by 25% (scope 1)
- Reduce the relative emissions of GHGs in Panels by 50% (scope1)
- Reduce the relative GHG emissions in Deca and Hydra by 10% (scope 1)
- Extend the measurement of scope 3 emissions by 50%