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.

Water in the industry

Reduce by 15% the volume of water withdrawn in industrial operations

Context

Access to water is key to sustainable development and fundamental to the survival of people, the planet, and businesses. Suzano’s eucalyptus forests, native forests, and mills are all directly dependent on water, and the effort to protect this resource is the responsibility of all.

Suzano’s industrial units operate following the standards established by the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The goal in this case is to further improve the performance of our operations and generate a significant reduction in water withdrawn for industrial processes.

 


Scope:

Water withdrawal (m³) per ton of pulp and paper produced at all Suzano industrial units.

Baseline:

29.8 m³/t (ano: 2018¹).

Horizon:

Reduce the industry’s average annual water withdrawal to 25.3 m³/t by 2030².


Results in 2020:

We reached 28.6 m³/t of water withdrawn for our industrial operations, exceeding by 0.6 m³/t our 2020 goal of 29.2 m³/t. Overall, these numbers represent a 26.7% advance in relation to the baseline for the goal, i.e., a 1.2 m³/t reduction in water withdrawal at industrial units.

 

KPI Tracking:

2018 2019 2020
Volume of water withdrawn in industrial operations (m³/t) 29.8 29.4 28.6

Our plans for 2021:

Our goal is to keep water withdrawal² levels stable, aiming for a result that does not exceed the 28.6 m³/t mark in our industrial units. To this end, we are going to implement actions to optimize water use, which include changing equipment to improve water efficiency and using reclaimed water in machinery.

 

¹ 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.
² “A number of positive factors, such as an increase in the pace of production, resumption of efficient operations after shutdowns, and prioritization of synergies between industrial units, made it possible to move ahead with actions and, consequently, achieve better-than-expected results in 2020. This scenario, however, was strongly influenced by exogenous factors and tends to stabilize throughout 2021, justifying the goals for the year. This does not mean that the performance in 2020 will limit our efforts to keep progressing towards the goal. In this case we are only making a feasible and transparent forecast of our expectations. The water withdrawal goal is part of a Sustainability-Linked Loan (SLL) issued by Suzano in February 2021. To learn more about this financial operation, access our 2020 Report. (with a forwarding link in the “2020 Report”).
³ For more information about our actions on water use efficiency, click here.