Sao Paulo, October 9, 2018 – Biolins, JBS’s thermoelectric plant (TEP), has the capacity to generate 45 MW of power from renewable sources, sufficient to supply a city of 300 thousand inhabitants. All the unit’s raw materials come from sustainable sources, such as sugarcane bagasse and wood chips from reforestation.
Over the past two years, production capacity has increased following over R$ 50 million in investment. In this industry, expansion and equipment modernization (changing the turbine, generator and other items) is necessary, and “we look for solutions from the world’s biggest technology centers. This helps accelerate the return on our capital investment. Following modernization, we have one of the most efficient biomass plants in Brazil”, said Oreste J. Trombetta, a JBS Biolins executive.
The plant supplies the Lins industrial complex in Sao Paulo. Excess power is distributed to the electricity system and used at other JBS units. The company currently has 250 direct and indirect employees and generates over R$ 100 million in revenues across the region.
As electricity costs are rising across the industry, JBS is paying close attention to new opportunities to increase in-house power output using renewable sources in order to cut costs sustainably.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 20 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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