The year 2021 marked the launch of the Renove Program, designed to engage and work together with cattle ranchers, that supply Minerva Foods, in the implementation of low carbon emission cattle ranching practices. In its first year, the Program developed three projects with reference partners in South America.
The first project, together with Embrapa, calculated the carbon balance of 22 farms in Brazil (period from June 2020 to July 2021). The study covered 71,400 hectares and more than 250,000 head of cattle. The 22 participating ranch properties supplied 12% of the volume of cattle purchased in Brazil for 2021. The initial results indicate that 21 ranches emit less than the national average for livestock activity and 10 of the ranches analyzed sequester more carbon than they emit through best practices, resulting in negative carbon.
The second project, carried out in partnership with Imaflora, calculated the carbon balance and the intensity of emissions in 5 different ranch properties in each country of operation, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Uruguay; for a total of 25 ranches, 490 thousand hectares, and 232 thousand heads of cattle. The estimate of the intensity of emissions in global beef production, obtained from the analysis of more than 30 scientific papers, was 19.9 tons of CO2e per ton of beef produced. The 25 suppliers of Minerva Foods are ranked between 11% and 69% below the global average of emissions, with the average being 44% below. When evaluating the carbon balance of the production system for each one of them, which includes the emissions and removals that occur on the property, three of the the ranches were found to be carbon negative. The results were presented at the UN World Climate Conference (COP26). All the data are published at https://carbonontrack.imaflora.org/.
The third project, carried out in partnership with Santos Lab and Biofílica Ambipar Environment, used remote sensing technologies to analyze the presence of environmental assets on 382 ranch properties in Brazil and Paraguay. Of these, 60 suppliers were invited to participate in the pilot project, 10 of which were located in the Paraguayan Chaco and 50 in Brazil. The project aims to connect these farms with the voluntary carbon market, green finance, and capacity building, with the intention of creating incentives for the expansion of low carbon practices in cattle ranching.
The Renove Program aims to expand these activities throughout 2022, with constant methodological improvement in order to maintain soundness and scientific credibility, thus contributing to the recognition of the sustainability of South American cattle breeding.
More information can be found in the sections ‘Renove Program’.