Environment

CerradinhoBio is committed to economic development, preserving the environment and employing natural and human resources intelligently, thus ensuring sustained growth.

Main Initiatives and Programs

Environmental Awareness Raising

This initiative by the Goiás state government brings together 50 companies with the goal of developing and awakening young people‘s interest in environmental themes. The program, also being developed in other Brazilian regions, was created by Instituto Ambiental Brasil in collaboration with the State Secretary of the Environment and Water Resources. The idea is to expand knowledge about sustainability, favoring more correct practices.

In this partnership, CerradinhoBio has printed over 50,000 primers and ecological games that are sent to students in schools across the state. In addition, it does a survey at schools, classifying the number of students by age group to define the widest reaching promotional strategy. The company acquired 5000 kits from the program to distribute in cities where sugarcane is grown.

Another initiative is the project carried out in collaboration with the Chico Mendes Foundation, through which in addition to supplying primers and ecological games, the company promoted students going to Parque Nacional das Emas, in Chapadão do Céu. The trip includes a Safari, visit to the museum and lectures, aiming to deepen the young people‘s environmental awareness through enjoyable processes.

Mechanized Planting and Harvest

The rate of mechanization is 100% for agricultural planting and harvesting processes of sugarcane, without the use of fires, which has led to significant environmental and quality-of-life gains.

Biological Pest Control

Modern biological pest control techniques are employed, with the goal of bringing about an accentuated reduction in the environmental impacts caused by conventional methods, which consist of the application of insecticides.

The company carries out biological control of the sugarcane borer (diatraea saccharalis), one of the main pests in sugarcane farming. With this pest, caterpillars open up channels in the stalk that allow micro-organisms to penetrate the cane, leading to red stalk rot. This disease leads to inversion of the sucrose, reduced garapa purity and decreased ethanol and sugar yields, and can also lead to drying of the tips. Control is achieved through a tiny wasp, cotesia flavipes. With each sting, the wasp deposits a large quantity of eggs inside the borer. From these, larva emerge that feed on the borer, causing it to die.

With the harvesting of raw sugarcane, the population of another pest, the root spittlebug (mahanarva fimbriolata) has increased significantly. Control has been achieved by developing a fungus, metarhizium anisopliae, on the spittlebug. Its conidiums germinate and penetrate the spittle bug, also causing its death.

Integrated Production of Biofuel and Food

With this practice, greater sugarcane productivity is ensured, replacing organic material and protecting the soil against the action of climatic agents, in addition to increasing the supply of grains (corn and soybeans) in a sustained way that is integrated with renewable energy. The cultivation of soybeans and corn is carried out by partnering farmers and suppliers of raw material, creating opportunities for increased income and revenue.

Water Use, Treatment and Reuse

The company promotes effective management in water use, reuse and treatment. To this end, it uses the installation of closed systems that aim towards minimal capturing and thereby reduced release of residual water. Studies are constant and investments diverse that allow the company to stand out in the sucro-energetic sector as one of the most efficient plants in terms of quantity of water used per ton of processed sugarcane.

Crop Rotation

In a complementary way, to improve physical and biological characteristics of the soil, such as nitrogen fixing and increased incorporation of organic material, the company rotates crops with the planting of legumes (crotalaria juncea, crotalaria spectabilis) and saccharine sorghum.

In rotation, a variety of plant species are planted on a periodic basis in a single farming area. To ensure positive renovation of the sugarcane fields, the species chosen should, at the same time, have a purpose that both serves commercial interests and recovery of the soil.

There are countless advantages to these rotation practices. In addition to providing diversified production of food and other agricultural products, if properly adopted and run, and for a sufficiently long period, it improves the soil‘s physical, chemical and biological characteristics; aids in the control of weeds, diseases and pests; replaces organic material; and protects the soil against the action of climatic agents.

Solid Waste Management

Aiming towards the protection of employees, preserving public health, natural resources and the environment and with the goal of minimizing the production of waste and providing safe, efficient disposal of those generated, CerradinhoBio has implanted a Solid Waste Management Plan (PGRS).

The project includes both solid waste management and the implantation of a recycling program. It consists of a set of management procedures, planned and implanted based on scientific and technical, normative and legal foundations, covering all stages of planning for physical and material resources, and human resources training involved in solid waste management.

Revitalization of Formoso Beach

Located 12 km from the city of Chapadão do Céu, at the Parque Nacional das Emas exit, Formoso Beach is one of the city‘s most beautiful tourist sites and a favorite place for the region‘s families to go for leisure and entertainment. In 2012, it was completely revitalized through a collaboration between CerradinhoBio and City Hall, the Secretary of Tourism, Sports, Culture and Youth, the Ecological Society of Environmental Tourism (SETA) and Novo Encanto Ecological Development Association.

Among the improvements are the construction of an ecological restroom, a natural sewage waste treatment system, grills, kiosks, traffic signs, parking and local signs. CerradinhoBio donated 40 lifejackets, 2 kayaks, 12 oars, 12 helmets and 30 kayak skirts, among others items for the creation of a canoing school.

This investment is considered highly important to the company, due to its impact on sustainable socio-environmental and economic development. The Beach has raised Chapadão do Céu‘s tourist potential, collaborating with its environmental preservation.

Agricultural Fire Brigade

The company makes significant investments in equipment like water transport trucks and tanks. With collaboration from the Fire Department, it promotes a variety of trainings to prepare both the brigades and employees to efficiently fight fires. The focus of these practices is prevention, by creating clearings and harvesting in stages.

Monitoring of Erosion Process

Since 2009, this project is carried out twice a year during the rainy and dry seasons to diagnose stable and unstable erosion processes, indicate mitigating measures and monitor the implantation of actions recommended to recover soil.

Water Quality Monitoring

Also biannually, carried out in the dry and rainy seasons, this program aims to avoid significant alterations in water resources, maintaining their physical, chemical and biological parameters within legal limits. In a partnership with the Secretary of Science and Technology and the State Secretary of the Environment and Water Resources, the company installed digital fluviometric and pluviometric stations to monitor the Jacuba, Formoso, Ribeirão, Água Amarela and Prata rivers.

Wildlife Monitoring

A variety of initiatives that aim to avoid reductions in animal species, important to the biotope, colonization and seed dispersion, and balance in plant population and the ecosystem as a whole. These species suffer from habitat destruction due to predatory hunting and fishing, as well as agricultural exploitation. In the case of sugarcane areas, it has been seen in that in general, wildlife uses fields to feed themselves or find shelter, or to pass from one fragment to another.

Brazil‘s First Eco-Efficient Consumer Gas Station

CerradinhoBio, in collaboration with Ipiranga, built the first eco-efficient station for internal fueling in the country, during the second half of 2012. The station was designed to cause the least possible environmental impact, with rational use of water and energy and reuse of waste. The cost of installation is up to 50% higher than a conventional station.

When setting up the station, specific materials and sustainable methods were employed. For example, structurally, internal lights and those used on the fueling deck are of the high efficiency variety and have extended operating lives. In order to save water, showers and faucets have automatic turnoffs and there are two-stage flow controls on the toilets.

The project includes two 5,000 liter cisterns, with double walls and a monitoring system to check for losses and leaks. In these, rainwater is stored that is reusable after filtering for watering gardens and flushing toilets.

Last Update on November 25, 2014

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