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Total Electric Power Consumption

GRI 302-1 GRI 302-2 GRI 302-3 GRI 302-4 ODS 07 SASB FB-MP-130a.1 SASB FB-MP-130a.2 SASB FB-MP-130a.3 SASB FB-MP-130a.4
2019 2020 2021
Electricity consumption (GJ) 1,255,554.36 1,221,337.62 1,245,520.59
Eletric power consumption Brazil (GJ) 589,794.97 563,637.67 536,348.14
Electric power consumption Argentina (GJ) 266,260.62 287,888.86 224,554.59
Electric power consumption Colombia (GJ) 44,969.88 58,134.40 88,841.21
Electric power consumption Paraguay (GJ) 229,943.30 205,355.05 228,031.35
Electric power consumption Uruguay (GJ) 124,585.59 106,321.64 167,745.30

Context

Each unit of Minerva Foods manages energy efficiency on a daily basis and addresses possible performance deviations in dedicated committees. In 2021, operations at the Canelones (UY) unit resumed and operations began at the Bucaramanga (COL) unit, which was acquired at the end of 2020, leading to an increase in energy consumption. However, 100% of the electrical energy used in the Company’s operations in all the countries in which it operates in South America is derived from renewable sources; hydroelectric and wind energy, which are low polluting and have zero carbon emissions.
The Company acquires renewable energy certificates to certify the origin of the energy used and, due to this practice, it is the first company to obtain the Renewable Energy Seal given by the Totum Institute in partnership with the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica) and the Brazilian Clean Energy Association (Abragel). Furthermore, the Bucaramanga (COL) unit contains 1,471 solar panels installed over the area of the corrals, which produces about 1,964.8 kW/h of renewable energy and reduces emissions by 204.75 tons of CO2 annually.

Electric Power Generation (GJ)

GRI 302-1 ODS 07 SASB FB-MP-130a.1
2019 2020 2021
Total of electric energy generated (GJ) - - 2,459.37

Context

Minerva Foods has a source of renewable electric power generation at the Bucaramanga unit in Colombia. This unit is equipped with 1,471 solar panels, installed over the corral area, producing renewable energy and reducing emissions by 204.75 tons of CO2 annually. The unit was acquired at the end of 2020 and the energy generated stopped being accounted for in 2021.

Energy Intensity

GRI 302-3 ODS 07 SASB FB-MP-130a.1
2019 2020 2021
Energy intensity (GJ/ton finished product) - 0.85 0.77

Context

The energy intensity indicator is calculated using as a base the total electricity consumed and the quantity of produced finished product (tons) in the base year. It indicates how much electricity was used in the production of each ton of finished product, factoring in the production of bone-in and boneless meat, processed products, slaughter byproducts, biodiesel, and leather.

Total Water Consumption per country

GRI 303-3 GRI 303-5 ODS 06 SASB FB-MP-140a.1
2019 2020 2021
Water Consumption (m³) 12,936,334.31 11,408,198.59 13,561,551.42
Water consumption for Brazil (m³) 5,112,464.29 4,493,368.59 4,159,789.42
Water consumption for Argentina (m³) 4,526,809.00 3,860,696.00 4,998,365.00
Water consumption for Colombia (m³) 278,144.00 349,257.00 606,201.00
Water consumption for Paraguay (m³) 1,586,756.00 1,417,970.00 1,727,243.00
Water consumption for Uruguay (m³) 1,432,161.00 1,286,907.00 2,069,953.00

Context

An essential part of Minerva Foods’ production management is the handling of water resources in its operations, which in addition seeks to enhance practices such as water recycling, effluent treatment and reductions in water consumption. The use and treatment of water resources are in accordance with legal standards at all our operations and with the licenses and grants obtained. The collection matrix of each facility, varies between surface collection (rivers and lakes) and underground collection (artesian wells). Between 2020 and 2021 there was an increase in water consumption due to the start of the operations at the Bucaramanga unit (COL) and the restart of operations at Canelones (UY). Another factor that influenced the increase in water consumption was the expansion of slaughter and production volumes in Argentina and Paraguay.

Total Water Consumption in water-stressed areas

GRI 303-3 GRI 303-5 ODS 06 SASB FB-MP-140a.1
2019 2020 2021
Water consumption (m³) 12,936,334.31 11,408,198.59 13,561,551.46
Water-stressed areas (m³) 1,183,484.00 982,963.00 208,000.16
% of water capture in water-stressed areas 9,1% 8,6% 1,5%

Context

An essential part of Minerva Foods’ production management is the handling of water resources in its operations, which in addition seeks to enhance practices such as water recycling, effluent treatment and reductions in water consumption. The use and treatment of water resources are in accordance with legal standards at all our operations and with the licenses and grants obtained. The collection matrix of each facility, varies between surface collection (rivers and lakes) and underground collection (artesian wells). Minerva Foods has focused on reducing water withdrawal in areas considered at risk of water stress, and between 2020 and 2021, it invested in the construction of deep wells at the Barretos unit, reducing surface withdrawal at the site. This investment brought a 78.8% reduction in the volume captured in risk areas.

Total Water Disposal per country

GRI 303-4 ODS 06 SASB FB-MP-140a.1
2019 2020 2021
Water Disposal (m³) - 9,384,606.00 11,950,966.06
Water discharge in Brazil (m³) - 3,788,640.00 4,481,647.76
Water discharge in Argentina (m³) - 3,088,557.00 4,248,610.25
Water discharge in Colombia (m³) - 279,405.00 515,270.85
Water discharge in Paraguay (m³) - 1,134,376.00 1,468,156.80
Water discharge in Uruguay (m³) - 1,093,628.00 1,237,280.40

Context

Our effluents are treated and disposed of in accordance with regulatory and licensing guidelines and the Performance Standards of IFC. We maintain our own effluent treatment stations (ETEs) at all industrial units. In 2021, several investments were made to improve the treatment systems. Of particular relevance is the construction of an effluent treatment system using activated sludge technology at the José Bonifácio/SP unit, which will contribute to reducing methane emissions in the effluent treatment process, our main source of Scope 1 emissions. We are also investing in more sustainable methods of disposing of these effluents, such as fertigation systems.
In fertigation systems, the treated effluent is transported to rural properties neighboring the operations where it is used for pasture irrigation. Among the several environmental benefits is the preservation of water bodies and the decrease in the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers that emit greenhouse gases.
Between 2020 and 2021 there was an increase in water consumption and, consequently, in the volume of water discarded, due to the start of operations at the Bucaramanga (COL) unit and the restart of operations at Canelones (UY). Another factor that influenced the increase was the expansion of slaughter and production volumes in Argentina and Paraguay.

Water Disposal in Water-Stressed Areas

GRI 303-3 GRI 303-5 ODS 06 SASB FB-MP-140a.1
2019 2020 2021
Water Disposal (m³) - 9,384,606.00 11,950,966.06
Water stress areas (m³) - 1,165,560.00 176,884.70
% disposal in water-stressed areas - 12,4% 1,5%

Context

Our effluents are treated and disposed of in accordance with regulatory and licensing guidelines and the Performance Standards of IFC. We maintain our own effluent treatment stations (ETEs) at all industrial units. In 2021, several investments were made to improve the treatment systems. Of particular relevance is the construction of an effluent treatment system using activated sludge technology at the José Bonifácio/SP unit, which will contribute to reducing methane emissions in the effluent treatment process, our main source of Scope 1 emissions. We are also investing in more sustainable methods of disposing of these effluents, such as fertigation systems.
In fertigation systems, the treated effluent is transported to rural properties neighboring the operations where it is used for pasture irrigation. Among the several environmental benefits is the preservation of water bodies and the decrease in the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers that emit greenhouse gases.
Between 2020 and 2021 there was an increase in water consumption and, consequently, in the volume of water discarded, due to the start of operations at the Bucaramanga (COL) unit and the restart of operations at Canelones (UY). Another factor that influenced the increase was the expansion of slaughter and production volumes in Argentina and Paraguay.

Generation of Waste

GRI 306-1 GRI 306-3 ODS 12
2019 2020 2021
Total Waste Generated (tons) 72,159.94 87,534.35 103,044.78
Hazardous waste (tons) 18,009.37 29,888.41 31.76
Non-hazardous waste (tons) 54,150.57 57,645.94 103,013.02

Context

In 2021, we earned the Eureciclo seal, which attests to our practices of promoting reverse logistics for product packaging. Minerva Foods is the first company in the meat sector to receive certification for all lines sold in Brazil, attesting to our commitment to offset environmental impacts. By directing waste equivalent to its own, in weight and material, to recycling, Minerva directly compensates cooperatives and collection and sorting operators for the environmental service provided. Each year, we dispose of around 1,500 tons of post-consumption packaging.
Furthermore, we have adopted waste segregation and correct destination in all operations in South American countries. Additionally, we are implementing actions to promote the circular process within our processes, such as the use of bovine sebum to produce biofuel, leather to produce raw material for industries, casings for sausage production, sebum and rumen in boilers to generate energy and use of other byproducts (bone meal, blood meal, etc.) to produce pet food.
We recorded an increase in the amount of waste generated due to the growth in production volume, due to the start of operations at the Bucaramanga (COL) unit and the restart of operations at the Canelones (UY) unit.

Waste Disposal

GRI 306-1 GRI 306-4 ODS 12
2019 2020 2021
Total Waste Generated (tons) 72,159.94 87,534.35 103,044.78
Recycling (tons) 5,111.36 4,244.35 6,060.28
Composting (tons) 45,264.62 47,366.30 60,959.53
Landfill (tons) 21,305.19 34,864.97 36,004.81
Recovery (tons) 477.04 23.00 1.39
Incineration (tons) 1.73 1,035.73 18.77

Context

In 2021, we earned the Eureciclo seal, which attests to our practices of promoting reverse logistics for product packaging. Minerva Foods is the first company in the meat sector to receive certification for all lines sold in Brazil, attesting to our commitment to offset environmental impacts. By directing waste equivalent to its own, in weight and material, to recycling, Minerva directly compensates cooperatives and collection and sorting operators for the environmental service provided. Each year, we dispose of around 1,500 tons of post-consumption packaging.
Furthermore, we have adopted waste segregation and correct destination in all operations in South American countries. Additionally, we are implementing actions to promote the circular process within our processes, such as the use of bovine sebum to produce biofuel, leather to produce raw material for industries, casings for sausage production, sebum and rumen in boilers to generate energy and use of other byproducts (bone meal, blood meal, etc.) to produce pet food. Waste paper and cardboard, colorless plastics, mixed plastics, containers and drums, raffia bags, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, pallets, and grease residue are sent for recycling; rumen content and organic waste from the cafeteria are sent for composting; common waste is sent to landfills and toxic waste is sent for incineration; acidic sebum, acid, and batteries are sent for recycling.

Generation of waste per division

GRI 306-1 GRI 306-4 ODS 12
2019 2020 2021
Total Waste Generated (tons) 72,159.94 87,534.35 103,044.78
Waste generated in Brazil (tons) 48,624.19 41,734.48 19,410.85
Waste generated in Latam (tons) 23,535.74 45,799.87 83,633.93

Context

In 2021, we earned the Eureciclo seal, which attests to our practices of promoting reverse logistics for product packaging. Minerva Foods is the first company in the meat sector to receive certification for all lines sold in Brazil, attesting to our commitment to offset environmental impacts. By directing waste equivalent to its own, in weight and material, to recycling, Minerva directly compensates cooperatives and collection and sorting operators for the environmental service provided. Each year, we dispose of around 1,500 tons of post-consumption packaging.
Furthermore, we have adopted waste segregation and correct destination in all operations in South American countries. Additionally, we are implementing actions to promote the circular process within our processes, such as the use of bovine sebum to produce biofuel, leather to produce raw material for industries, casings for sausage production, sebum and rumen in boilers to generate energy and use of other byproducts (bone meal, blood meal, etc.) to produce pet food.
In the Brazil division, between the years 2020 and 2021, there was a sharp decrease in the amount of waste generated, due to the interruption of operations in some industrial units throughout the year. The increase in waste generation in the Latam division occurred due to the commencement of accounting for the volume of rumen, and the start of operations at the Bucaramanga unit (COL) and the restart of operations at the Canelones unit (UY).

Total Electric Power Consumption

GRI 302-1 ODS 07 SASB FB-MP-130a.1
2019 2020 2021
Electricity consumption (GJ) 1,255,554.36 1,221,337.62 1,245,520.59
Eletric power consumption Brazil (GJ) 589,794.97 563,637.67 536,348.14
Electric power consumption Argentina (GJ) 266,260.62 287,888.86 224,554.59
Electric power consumption Colombia (GJ) 44,969.88 58,134.40 88,841.21
Electric power consumption Paraguay (GJ) 229,943.30 205,355.05 228,031.35
Electric power consumption Uruguay (GJ) 124,585.59 106,321.64 167,745.30

Context

Each unit of Minerva Foods manages energy efficiency on a daily basis and addresses possible performance deviations in dedicated committees. In 2021, operations at the Canelones (UY) unit resumed and operations began at the Bucaramanga (COL) unit, which was acquired at the end of 2020, leading to an increase in energy consumption. However, 100% of the electrical energy used in the Company’s operations in all the countries in which it operates in South America is derived from renewable sources; hydroelectric and wind energy, which are low polluting and have zero carbon emissions.
The Company acquires renewable energy certificates to certify the origin of the energy used and, due to this practice, it is the first company to obtain the Renewable Energy Seal given by the Totum Institute in partnership with the Brazilian Wind Energy Association (ABEEólica) and the Brazilian Clean Energy Association (Abragel). Furthermore, the Bucaramanga (COL) unit contains 1,471 solar panels installed over the area of the corrals, which produces about 1,964.8 kW/h of renewable energy and reduces emissions by 204.75 tons of CO2 annually.