Reduction of Emissions

WHAT MADE NATIVE A CARBON NEUTRAL COMPANY


Between May 2006 and April 2007, Native carried out an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the organic sugarcane plant at São Francisco (UFRA), based on the GHG Protocol, an international model for quantifying emissions. The evaluation considered everything, from the agricultural production of cane, consumption of products, to the industrial phase of sugar and alcohol production on the plant. As part of these products is destined for the foreign market, the energy demands involved in shipment to the destination port were also considered.

The values ​​verified for UFRA are lower than the average emission values ​​for the sector, due to organic production methods. When compared to the production carried out in Europe or Japan using beet, or in the USA using maize and beet, the advantages are even greater. This is because they are production methods that use energy from the burning of fossil fuels, whereas, at UFRA, the energy comes from the burning of sugarcane bagasse.

Fossil energy consumption and GHG emissions in the production of the different products of the plant.

Product Fossil energy consumption
(MJ/t ou m³)
Emissions
(Kg CO2/t ou m³)
Net emissions ª
(Kg CO2/t ou m³)
Processed cane 164,5 35,19 31,97
Brazil Sugar 1.143,4 244,54 222,14
US Sugar (East) 3.597,3 454,87 432,47
US Sugar (West)4.497,3 533,39 511,0
EU Sugar 3.657,3 460,10 437,71
Japan Sugar 5.917,3 657,29 634,89
Alcohol1.896,7405,64368,49

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