Given the complexity of the existing challenges and opportunities, Suzano built its Sustainability Strategy in a collaborative manner, considering the numerous visions of its stakeholders. We are committed to expanding our role in the value chain and in society through our long-term goals, that guide our path over the next ten years, a period that the United Nations (UN) calls the Decade of Action.
Net removal of 40 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere
Climate change is a major global challenge. According to the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks report¹, in the next ten years, the most likely risks are associated with extreme weather events, failure of climate action, and human-caused environmental damage. The planet has been experiencing temperature increases, especially due to human actions that cause the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG), which result in a series of impacts² on natural ecosystems, communities, and on the development of economic activities.
Suzano has a significant forest base, with a total area of approximately 2.4 million hectares, which includes eucalyptus forests and one of the largest private protected native forest areas in Brazil, with approximately 960,000 hectares. Together, native and eucalyptus forests directly contribute to removing and storing CO₂.
For this reason, we are committed to doing more than neutralizing direct and supply chain emissions. Our goal is to remove significant additional amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, thus contributing to mitigating the effects of the global climate crisis.
Net carbon removal resulting from the balance between Scope 1 (direct), Scope 2 (electricity purchase), and Scope 3 (indirect emissions) emissions, and CO₂ removal by planted eucalyptus forests and conservation areas.
Remove 40 million tons of carbon by 2025.
Resultados em 2020:
Considering the balance between our Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions and the removals from our planted and conservation forests, we reached a balance of 15,200,311.6 tons of CO₂e removed from the atmosphere in 2020, which is 38% of the goal. It is expected that in the first years we will have the highest volumes of tCO₂e removal given that the expansion of our plantation base and conservation areas should also occur in this period. The volume of removals will tend to decelerate in the second half of the time frame for goal execution, but we will continue to accumulate the results in order to fully meet our commitment to remove 40 million tCO₂e.
|Balance of CO₂||-15,200,311.6|
Our plans for 2021:
Our goal is to once again achieve a significant balance in net carbon removal, thus maintaining our positive balance between removals and emissions. To make this happen, we will expand conservation areas and planted base areas, in accordance with the actions designed for the first years of the goal.
It should be noted that these areas will provide large gains for the goal in the early years due to a significant expansion of the planted base, and that in the later years of the goal, the level of removals will decrease, and will be supported by the continued removal by the conservation areas. By 2025, Suzano will also work to reduce the intensity of its Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by reducing the consumption of inputs that generate greenhouse gases throughout our operation. We are also looking into possibilities of generating carbon credits by forestry (eucalyptus and native) and engineering projects, which can contribute to the process of reaching the goal.
¹ Learn more at: http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_Global_Risks_Report_2021.pdf
² Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
3 This does not mean that Suzano has not removed carbon from the atmosphere before. It only means that, for the purpose of the goal, removals will be accounted for as of 2020.
The calculation of greenhouse gas inventories and removals in planted forest areas and areas of native vegetation for the year 2020 and its respective methodologies were audited by a third party in accordance with NBR ISO 14064 standards and the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, as well as the recommendations of the Good Practice Guide for Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (2003) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). For more information on the accounting methodology, click here. For more information on this context and on Suzano’s relationship with Climate Change, see the page on this topic in our Indicators Center.
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