(*) Considers direct energy to be electricity generation, use of fuel in steam generation and thermal heating (stationary combustion) and fuel consumption to operate the Company’s vehicle fleet (mobile combustion).
(**) Data changed in relation to the last report
JBS Ambiental unit in Lins (SP)
Waste and packaging
GRI 103-1, GRI 103-2
Waste management is done at every JBS unit around the world, based on a commitment to reduce waste generated, appropriately dispose of waste, lower the amount of waste sent to landfills and decrease costs, always in accordance with current laws in the countries where it operates.
Management of solid waste generated during internal production processes at JBS is part of the strategy to reduce GHG emissions. The creation of methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas, is a byproduct of waste that the Company works to carefully dispose and treat to lessen its environmental impact.
JBS has undertaken a commitment to recycle or reuse the greatest possible amount of waste, so as to reduce waste sent to landfills and other destinations, in addition to supporting initiatives to promote recycling of post-consumer packaging in Brazil, using reverse logistics programs.
For JBS, the closed cycle system of reusing and recycling waste is fundamental to the sustainability of its operations. The Company develops a variety of initiatives to identify these opportunities.
Packaging is essential, especially when it comes to JBS’ responsibility to protect food and keep it safe from processing to the consumer’s table. That is why the Company promotes returning packaging to the production chain, in an effort to contribute to recycling and diminish the impact of landfill disposal.
All Company operations invest in research and development to find ways to reduce and optimize the use of packages, lowering the amount of waste generated by customers and consumers.
In 2019, JBS reused over 121,000 metric tons of waste to generate energy, which is 9% more than the previous year. This reinforces the Company’s commitment to optimize the use of resources in processes, using the circular economy as a premise. Over 1 million tons of waste generated by the Company were also reused, accounting for approximately 50% of all waste generated. This volume was used in composting, recycling, energy reuse and cogeneration.