Long-Term Goals

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.

Waste

Reduce by 70% the industrial solid waste sent to our own or third-party landfills, transforming them into by-products

Context

The waste that today only generates costs and environmental impacts, may have different destinations, enabling a universe of more sustainable possibilities. They could, for example, be transformed into new products, such as soil acidity correctives in agriculture, providing greater circularity to the economy and reducing the pressure on natural resources.

 


Scope:

The goal considers non-hazardous industrial inorganic waste, such as grain and lime mud, and organic waste, such as primary and biological sludge.

Baseline:

44.3 kg/t¹ (ano: 2018²)

Horizon:

Reduce to 13.3 kg/t the volume of industrial solid waste sent to landfills by 2030.


Results in 2020:

We reduced to 31.7 kg/t the total volume of solid industrial waste sent to landfills, which represents an advance of 40.6% in relation to the baseline for the goal. Individually, the Limeira and Jacareí units stand out for not having sent waste to landfill. We also invested R$ 72 million in the construction of waste treatment centers at the units in Três Lagoas, which has been operating at full capacity since the end of 2020, and in Imperatriz.

 

KPI Tracking:

2018 2019 2020
Industrial waste sent to landfills (kg/t) 44.3 37.0 31.7

Our plans for 2021:

The expected result is to reduce to 28.05 kg/t the volume of waste sent to landfills, which will represent an advance of 51% in relation to the baseline for the goal (2018). In order to achieve this goal, in the first quarter we will begin operations at the waste treatment center in Imperatriz so we can transform the materials generated into inputs that provide productivity gains in agricultural areas.

In addition, we will conduct engineering and technical-economic feasibility studies at the Mucuri (BA) and Suzano (SP) units, in order to keep the waste generated at these units at its highest usability level.

 

¹ The KPI for the goal is measured by dividing the volume in kilograms (kg) of industrial solid waste sent to the company’s own and/or third-party landfills by the pulp and paper production, in tons (t).
² When the goal was created in 2019, we did not yet have data for the entire year. Therefore, data from 2018 were used to formulate the goal, establishing a 12-year cycle for its achievement.