Conservation of Resources
Marfrig Beef adopts measures to ensure the efficient use of natural resources. These initiatives include investments in renewable energy sources, such as peanut hulls, wood chips and waste, sawdust, sugarcane bagasse, etc. As a result, it was able to reduce its per-ton energy consumption and its use of composting systems for treating waste.
It also monitors water consumption at each of its industrial units to identify opportunities for optimizing the use of water resources as well as any need for awareness-raising campaigns targeting employees. Ten of its Brazilian units have already installed Efficient Water Use Management Systems designed to reduce total water consumption at these plants by 2% and to prevent water scarcity situations.
In San José, Uruguay’s main watershed, which is responsible for supplying half of the country’s population with drinking water, Marfrig installed a wastewater treatment plant based primarily on biological processes, which significantly reduces environmental impacts in the region, since the wastewater is not subject to the application of chemicals. The structure also includes own laboratories to continuously monitor and ensure the maximum efficiency of this operation.
To foster sustainable development, Marfrig’s units have implemented plans to reduce their energy consumption by up to 9%. Moreover, the processing units participate in programs developed by the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy.
To strengthen its environmental performance and promote the efficient use of natural resources, Marfrig implemented solid waste management plans at all its operating units. The initiatives include using treated wastewater to irrigate farms and developing organic fertilizers through composting. The efforts feature the participation of local communities, producers and recyclers.
Marfrig invests in clean technologies to capture operational efficiency gains without compromising the environment. The topic is disseminated through training programs for managers and leaders, whose mission is then to replicate this knowledge among their teams.
The wind power generator installed at the Tacuarembó Unit is one example of the division’s environmental initiatives. The technology substitutes between 35% and 40% of electricity consumption with renewable energy sources and complies with Uruguay’s national energy policy.