The Agropalma group operates in the Amazon region, the largest rainforest in the world, representing almost 60% ofthe country’s total area and considers its preservation essential to the planet. In this context, it believes that the conduction of the processes - which make up its production chain - is directly linked to the people’s performance in the organization within a context of social responsibility and respect for the environment.
Since the late 1990's, the Agropalma Group has been investing in the improvement of its socio-environmental performance, through:
Among several important environmental aspects, the management of water resources deserves special attention. Agropalma is committed to optimize water consumption and keep its quality. Our consumption target since 2011 is 4.5 tons of water per ton of oil produced. As noted below, since 2013, average water consumption has been rising, and in 2016, the target has been exceeded. This situation was caused by the inauguration of the new mill PARAPALMA, which started in mid-2015.
The large amount of water used in the construction of the new mill in the two previous years, the adjustments period that lasted until 2016 and the fact that the new plant has not yet reached its full processing capacity are the main causes of this situation. However, rather than conforming with this new scenario, Agropalma industrial team is facing the challenge of bringing water consumption under the target by 2018, through the adoption of new technologies and management practices, aimed to reduce water consumption of even while the new mill does not reach its full capacity. We are proud to say that the efforts done so far have being effective and in 2017 our mills consumed 4.5 m3 of water per ton of CPO.
Regarding palm oil mills effluents (POME), we are committed to make the best economic use of them and minimize risks of watercourses contamination. Therefore, we use 100% of the treated effluents as liquid fertilizers in our plantations, what means we have zero POME discharges in the water bodies. In addition, as recorded in our sustainability reports, we monitor phosphorus and nitrogen levels in eight carefully chosen watercourses. This monitoring aims to verify if our plantations or mills are causing any damage to water quality. In this case, the goal is to meet the legal limits of 3.7 mg/L for nitrogen and 1.0 mg/L for phosphorus. Below, we present the analytical results for 2016 and 2017.
Also aiming to prevent negative impacts on water bodies, Agropalma prefer manage weeds, pests and diseases by using non-chemical methods, as biological control, traps, mechanical eradication, mechanical slashing, among others. The only chemical used is glyphosate, for weeds control. In 2016 we used 1.10 liter of active ingredient per hectare and in 2017 we applied 1.18 liters A.I./ha.