Environmental Commitment

JBS has a strong commitment to the environment and the efficient use of natural resources. In practice, this commitment manifests itself in three different areas:

The first is the establishment of targets and the daily monitoring of environmental indicators; performed by a qualified technical team, trained and dedicated to the environmental management of each business unit of JBS.

The second reflects the annual investment plan for environmental improvements, through which investments and priority projects are defined and, finally, team member and supplier engagement on the corresponding matters that are sensitive to this issue.

The third area is related to the raw material supplier chain, which must be in total conformity with the company’s social and environmental policies and criteria.

Eco-efficiency in Industrial Processes

JBS Brazil has an annual investment plan for environmental improvements focused on wastewater treatment, the management of solid waste, atmospheric emissions and greenhouse gases (GHG) and the management of water use. This plan is drafted based on a comprehensive environmental assessment performed by the company to identify opportunities to improve the environmental indicators of the processing units in Brazil.

The Investment Plan has been updated on an annual basis, since 2011, and has many completed projects.

The Company’s compliance with these principles in its day-to-day activities is guided by the Environmental Policy, which provides the standards and best practices to be adopted, as well as the environmental monitoring and control points to be implemented to ensure uniformity in actions and routines across all production plants. Find out more in the link below:

The Company’s information technology system manages the various environmental and sustainability indicators at production units, which include water consumption, wastewater generation and analysis, energy consumption, steam generation, solid waste generation, transportation, and refrigerant gases, greenhouse gases emissions data, and production data. Data is inputted into the system by environmental analysts at each unit on a regular basis. This allows the company to track the performance of plants and monitor targets for reducing consumption and minimizing the generation of solid, liquid and gaseous waste in support of strategic efforts to prevent and reduce environmental impacts.

In Brazil, the JBS units at Nuporanga/SP, Itapiranga/SC and Campo Grande/MS all hold ISO 14001 certification. In Mato Grosso do Sul, the certificate refers to the Campo Grande II unit and the certified scope is “Production of cuts, trim cuts and offal, frozen and chilled products; tripe, casings and sub-products (meat and bone flour, tallow and fresh blood). Production of meat-based frozen products, hamburgers, meat balls, kibbeh and minced meat”. These units created the company’s environmental management tools in Brazil and they disseminate best practices to other units.

Water Management

Water is one of the most important aspects of JBS production processes, which means water usage must comply with our corporate guidelines and targets to reduce water usage at our industrial units.  Our work routines also comply with the Sustainable Water Management Program, which is supervised by a Committee representing all the Company’s businesses.  Program activities include:

  • Identifying critical and priority JBS units and hydrographic microbasins;
  • Developing projects, defining investments and setting targets to reduce water consumption in production processes;
  • Engaging management and employees;
  • Liaising with government agencies and lawmakers;
  • Developing projects that go beyond the company’s operations and include the supply chain in efforts to rebuild and protect water resources;
  • Develop innovative water recycling solutions.

Waste Management

All JBS units manage the solid waste produced by their operations with a view to:

  • Reducing the volume of waste generated and minimize environmental impacts;
  • Reusing recyclable materials;
  • Providing environmentally appropriate disposal methods for disposable materials.

Over 80% of our post-industrial waste is used for composting, recycling or energy reuse.  JBS complies with the National Solid Waste Policy (PNRS) which involves investing in best practices, such as reverse logistics for post-consumption packaging, in order to increase the percentage of recycled materials and reducing the volume of landfill waste.

Waste management is carried out by our environmental teams at each unit, or by JBS Ambiental, the business division that manages, recycles and appropriately disposes of post-industrial waste and guarantees that all waste can be tracked throughout the process.  Find out more about JBS Ambiental here. 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The company has been carrying out annual GGE emission inventories of at JBS operations since 2009 in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GGE) across all production processes.  The following year, the survey included all our global operations; the resulting data generated was by a computerized system and we now use sustainability and production indicators to monitor each unit’s performance based on the emissions logs produced each year.

This information is reported via the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program and on the CDP – Driving Sustainable Economies – Climate Change module.  Click here to read the reports. JBS is also one of the companies making up the BM&FBovespa Efficient Carbon Index (ICO2).

Energy

JBS prioritizes the use of renewable energy sources, such as hydro and biomass (sugarcane bagasse, reforested wood and organic waste from its operations, among others) in all its operations.

It also runs Biolins, a thermoelectric and steam power plant, which produces energy using waste biomass from sugar and alcohol factories and other sources.  Biolins is based at the Lins Industrial Park, in the state of Sao Paulo, and operates a thermal plant capable of generating around 45 MW of energy per hour, sufficient to supply a city of 300,000 people. Most of the energy goes to supply the company’s industrial complex and the remainder is distributed to other units and sold on the domestic market.  The steam produced at the plant supplies the adjacent JBS units. The company also owns JBS Biodiesel, the world’s largest verticalized producer of biodiesel using beef tallow.

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