Sustainable Industry

More balanced ecosystem

All of Raízen’s production units are self-sufficient, co-generating power from the burning of biomass

Combining production and sustainability is increasingly urgent for the future of the planet. Therefore, the industry needs to develop processes that contribute positively to all ecosystems, linking fundamental social, environmental, and economic aspects.

With this in mind, Raízen, one of the largest energy producers and distributors in the country, and a global benchmark in bioenergy, took on the challenge of managing positive and negative impacts throughout its production process. It is investing in the energy transition pillar.

Hence, the company’s initiatives are in line with the strategy of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) towards a low-carbon economy in Brazil based on four pillars: energy transition, carbon market, circular economy, and forest conservation.

Biomass – Aiming at energy transition towards a low-carbon economy, all of Raízen’s production units are self-sufficient, co-generating power from the burning of biomass – 13 of which export surplus bioelectricity. Biomass is widely used as a raw material in a cleaner and more renewable matrix.

In 2021, six of the company’s production units (Caarapó, Ipaussu, Maracaí, Jataí, Rafard and Univalem) achieved the Green Energy Seal certification, which attests to the use of renewable energy in bioelectricity production.

Sugarcane bagasse is used to generate bioelectricity, ensuring that plants are self-sufficient in energy. In addition, the material is also used to produce second generation ethanol – E2G. Using sugarcane bagasse as a raw material takes away the need to increase the sugarcane planted area.

Biomass is also used to produce pellets (a solid biofuel) with a smaller carbon footprint than its conventional substitutes (coal), in addition to being 100% renewable. The filter cake ash and vinasse are used as natural fertilizers and to produce biogas. Biogas is still converted into biomethane, which is used as a substitute for diesel for fleets and already commercially sold as a raw material for fertilizers.

Quality ethanol – Currently, Raízen has 35 bioenergy parks, totaling an installed capacity of 105 million tons of sugarcane and approximately 1.3 million hectares of cropped area. Moreover, the company continues to expand biomass availability to expedite energy transition and monetizing of the ethanol ecosystem, increasing their share in the sugar value chain.

The company produces quality ethanol, a benchmark as a source with lower environmental impact. Mixing up to 27% of ethanol in gasoline (E27) affords a 15% reduction in CO2 eq emissions per travelled kilometer in relation to pure gasoline – and of up to 35% if hybrid vehicles are considered. The avoided greenhouse gas emissions from the consumption of Raízen made products represents 5.2 million tons per year, which is equivalent to about 2.5 million fewer cars on the streets.

Raízen has a broad portfolio of renewable products and more than 40 thousand employees, and 15 thousand business partners spread throughout the country. In addition to Brazil, the company also operates in Argentina.