BRF cuts 18 thousand tonnes of CO2 emmissions from its logistics operations

Sep, 22, 2022 Posted by Gabriel Malheiros

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Brazil’s food industry giant BRF reduced, in just a year, more than 18 thousand tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from its logistical operations, reflecting the company’s decision to reduce the use of road-based transport methods and adhere to the use of trains and ships. The initiative is in line with the company’s commitment to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas firm by 2040.

Rail tracks became BRF’s primary method of transportation for the company’s long-distance activities. In addition to lower risks of accidents, reduced traffic, and fewer emissions of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, trains take four days to reach their destination and have a greater cargo capacity than road trucks.

“Through a partnership with a logistics company, we were able to transport fresh products, such as frozen chicken and pork, by train to several locations in Brazil’s south and southeast regions, departing from Rondonópolis in Mato Grosso, passing through Sumaré in São Paulo, and completing the journey down south. Doing so is more agile, sustainable, and safe,” argues Luciano Farago, executive manager of transportation at BRF.

Also according to the executive, by using more trains, BRF cut 1,042 tonnes in emissions in the twelve months and avoided the deforestation of more than 7,438 trees.

Maritime transportation

Another method of transportation that BRF has been increasingly using is cabotage shipping, in which the products area placed inside reefer containers to preserve their quality. The use of vessels is financially advantageous to the company since it ensures greater safety standards and swiftness in reaching distant locations in a shorter period of time.

The primary cabotage route used connects Itapoá, in Santa Catarina, to the cities of Fortaleza, Salvador, Recife, in the country’s northeastern coast, and Manaus, in the North region. The maritime modal also includes the transport of raw materials, which supply the BRF factory in Vitória de Santo Antão, in the state of Pernambuco.

In the first eight months of this year alone, BRF reduced 18,046 tonnes of CO₂ through adhering to cabotage navigation. With the use of railways and cabotage combine, BRF annually transports around 100 thousand tonnes of products in Brazil.

Source: Mercado & Consumo

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