Embaré’s environmental management policy has been focused on a continuous search of alternatives to reduce the impact on the environment of its dairy products manufacturing, and to contribute to improve the living quality of the population.
Industrial Waste Recycling
Our industrial waste recycling program has as a main goal: the reduction of industrial waste and minimization of its impact on the environment. Technically speaking, it consists in reusing, recycling or landfilling the waste produced by the company. This procedure shows our commitment to the environmentally-friendly policies as well as with NBR ISO 14001 management system.
Embaré invested in the physical structure of the Residue Center, benefiting the selective collection, storage and disposal of waste. More than 90% of solid waste generated is recycled, with more than 400 tons of recyclable material being donated to Ascalp – Lagoa da Prata Wastewater Collection Association. The remainder of non-recyclable waste is sent to companies specializing in residue treatment. Thus, the company guarantees the correct destination of all the waste it produces.
Industrial Effluent Treatment Station
The ETEI was built in 1997 and had its capacity expanded in 2008. In 2016 the station received significant improvements in treatment process technology with the goal of improving the efficiency of the system, improving the quality of water released into the receiving body and producing biofertilizer from solid waste. The effluents are submitted to a physical and biological treatment in anaerobic lagoons and stabilization ponds. Already treated and analyzed in an exclusive laboratory, the water is launched in Lagoa Verde, before its integration into the São Francisco river.
Eco-Friendly Power Generation
In the project of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) developed by Embaré, part of the biogas, composed mainly of methane, generated at the Industrial Effluents Treatment Station (ETEI), is conducted to a generator and from its combustion is transformed into electric energy , Used for the maintenance of the entire ETEI. The other part returns to the factory and it is used as fuel for the generation of steam in the boiler.
The system is considered one of the best alternatives to prevent the advance of global warming.
Embaré has, since 2014, a biomass boiler in its plant, which occupies an area of 1,615m² and has a steam production capacity greater than the sum of the capacity of the three previous boilers.
The gases from biomass burning are free from substances composed of heavy metals. In addition, the boiler features even more advanced safety features, electronically controlled, with noise dampers, thermal and acoustic insulation, preventing heat and noise from interfering with the factory’s internal and external environment.
Embaré periodically monitors the gaseous emissions of the chimneys of the boilers, guaranteeing the levels of sulfur, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides, well below the limits required by Brazilian legislation.
Embaré developed a water vapor recovery system to recover the vapor released during the milk drying process. The system is equipped with conductivimeter and automatic valves that direct the water to the processes that require soft water. Such system reduces the need of pumping water from artesian wells and also reduces the need to use chemical products to treat water, diminishing its impact on the environment.
Another Embaré commitment is the rational use of water resources. In milk production, the company consumes only 1.4 liters of water per liter of industrialized milk, while the national average is 3 to 4 liters of water. To reach this percentage, several measures have been adopted over the last few years, such as installing a level meter in the milk receiving bay and reusing condensed water for steam generation in the boiler.
Recovery of the condensed water vapor
The recovery project is capable to recovers up to 80% of the condensed water at the vapor consumption points. The recovered water is used in the boilers at the temperature of 80°C (176° Fahrenheit) so reducing the fuel and the drinking water consumption.
Alternative to a cleaner economy
Embaré makes a rigorous selection of packaging suppliers. All those who provide paper packaging are FSC certified and undergo annual audits carried out by the Integrated Management System area.
In addition, Camponesa carton products also have both the cap and the plastic that makes up the protective layers of the packaging from sugarcane. The so-called “green plastic”, polyethylene produced from ethanol, is a source of renewable raw material. Even though it is not biodegradable, the material is more environmentally friendly than conventional petroleum-based plastic because it reduces the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that cause global warming.