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    Raizen Seeks To Reduce Ethanol Carbon Footprint

    The goal should be achieved by better managing the use of fertilizers and diesel in the sugarcane and biofuel production process by Raizen, a joint venture between Cosan / Shell, which is the largest producer of cane ethanol in the world.

    The Cosan ( CSAN3 ), Brazilian conglomerate of energy and logistics, made public on Friday ten commitments to sustainable development, including some to combat climate change, such as the 10% reduction in the carbon footprint in the production of ethanol by 2030.

    With efficiency, I can only reduce the carbon footprint if I optimize my harvest, my planting, my grinding, transportation, the use of biomass for a generation. All of this makes up our ability to increase efficiency,” Cosan CEO Luis Henrique Guimarães told Reuters, who took office in April after holding the same post at Raizen.

    Through the objective, Cosan wants to reduce the footprint of a fuel that already emits 30% less carbon than corn ethanol and 90% less than gasoline.

    In addition to Raizen, Cosan also announced a target of a 15% reduction in emissions per ton per kilometer (TKU) of the railway operator Rumo until 2025.

    In 2019, the company that also does the port lifting and product storage handled 60.1 billion tonnes per RTK, according to Cosan’s sustainability report.

    One way to increase Rumo’s efficiency ( RAIL3 ) includes increasing the number of wagons to up to 120 in one train, said the CEO. Typically, a train pulls about 80 wagons.

    In the scenario that Brazil, in the coming years, should supply almost half of the expected growth in the global demand for grains, the expansion of Rumo via rail mode is also favorable for reducing emissions, as it reduces the number of trucks on the roads.

    Guimarães noted that the numerical targets, approved by Cosan’s Board of Directors a few weeks ago, stem from internal work that the company has been doing for some time, but which is now considered important to make public.

    The CEO stated, however, that the company’s first commitment is to “ensure the safety” of employees and operations and to the search for energy efficiency and the elaboration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories in all businesses.

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    Contributing to Brazil’s sustainable development, starting with the locations surrounding the company’s operations, and the promotion of gender diversity in selection and succession processes in the company are also among the conglomerate’s commitments.


    With regard to the challenges brought by the coronavirus pandemic, the executive said that the business environment has been improving after April, the worst moment recorded so far.

    He also said that the company had not stopped any operations since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis.

    “We are very proud to say that we haven’t stopped anything, all the warehouses, trucks, trains. There was no shortage of fuel, no shortage of train, no shortage of lubricant,” he said.

    Guimarães said that the company adopted an aggressive testing strategy to prevent the spread of the disease, acquiring 120,000 tests for coronavirus and that the company has so far recorded a “low level of contamination”.

    In addition to producing sugar and ethanol, Raizen is one of the country’s main fuel distributors. The Cosan group launched in March a new company, Compass Gás e Energia, which will concentrate the company’s existing business in gas, including the distributor Comgás ( CGAS3 ).

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