The adoption of a plan for mitigation of greenhouse gases (GHG) at InterCement and the definition of reduction goals are part of the actions of Camargo Corrêa Group to honor the commitments assumed in its Climate Agenda, such as the conduction of periodic inventories of emissions, the continuous search for reduction of emissions and the publication of their results.
Since the conduction of the first inventory, in 2007, information on the consumption of fuels in the several operations of InterCement (cement, concrete, aggregates, railways and preparation of alternative fuels) is registered in a database and audited by independent external consultants, and regulatory frameworks and new technologies for reduction of GHG are also monitored.
Data with the first results of these actions have already been presented in forums such as Rio+20, for government entities, such as Cetesb, and to clients of the Group. One of the most significant figures is the low carbon footprint of cement production in Brazil, 601kg of CO2 per ton produced, and the impact of InterCement is still smaller, 531kg of CO2/ton, 23% lower than the global average of 653kg CO2/ton.
The participation of collaborators in all areas is also key for the proper progress of the plan. To make the data available to all and engage them in the implementation of Carbon Management, over 50 events were held for qualification of employees between 2009 and 2011.
The results in the economic performance of the company include the adoption of alternative fuels to the fossil raw materials used to supply the furnaces. Between 2007, when the use of alternative fuels was 4%, and 2011, when this figure reached 10%, InterCement avoided the burning of over 30,000 tons of oil coke.