Sao Paulo, February 20, 2019 – After posting successive quarterly records, JBS Biodiesel posted its best ever full-year figures in 2018. The company sold 260 million liters of biofuel, approximately 25% up on its 2017 volume of 210 million liters.
“The outlook is very favorable for biodiesel and, as a result, for our business as we approach implementation of B11, which will start a gradual increase in the diesel fuel mix starting at the next auction (ANP’s L66), until we reach B15 in 2023”, said Alexandre Pereira, JBS Biodiesel director.
JBS Biodiesel’s mission is to transform waste from the animal protein production chain (beef, poultry and pork) into biofuel, adding value to these subproducts. “Furthermore, we have boosted output using recovered cooking all, which already represents over 12.5% of our raw material, making biodiesel production even more sustainable”, he explained.
Much of the cooking oil the company uses comes from its Friendly Oil project, an initiative to increase society’s awareness of the importance of correctly disposing of used cooking oil. Launched in March 2017, the program is available in more than 40 cities in the state of São Paulo via a partnership with the Municipal Education Department in Lins and other neighboring cities. More than 17.5 thousand state school students are involved in the project, which has over 300 collection pints at schools, businesses, hospitals, churches and universities.
“We recently invested more than R$ 5.5 million to increase our capacity to reuse cooking oil and increase the flexibility of our raw material mix. Support by our community engagement efforts, we managed to reuse over 3.5 million liters of used cooking oil, which is twice as much as last year, and stop it reaching the environment”, said Pereira.
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 15 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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