Carbon Mitigation

China has launched a national strategy of achieving peak emission levels by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. China faces a significant decarbonization challenge where most of the country’s energy comes from fossil fuel. This is where Suzano comes in once it can offer a spectrum range of bio-based solutions such as microfibrillated cellulose (MFC). MFC can be used as an additive for special paper and cosmetics, energy products, and carbon credits to support China in its transition to a low carbon economy.

In addition to that, Suzano’s business model contributes directly to the removal and storage of carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air, to the preservation of biodiversity, and the regulation of the hydrological cycle, among other environmental benefits. At the same time, the company has a model focused on eco-efficient operations and the supply of products of renewable origin in the substitution of fossil-based products. This places great responsibility in its role in mitigating and adapting to climate change, contributing to governments, civil society, and other parts of the private sector to face this challenge.

Suzano also has a decarbonization plan called “Suzano Climate Plan,” with the objective to incorporate climate change mitigation into its business model, driving its strategic vision towards the transition to a low carbon economy.

We’re embracing the low-carbon era together with China, using innovation and new technologies to unlock our full potential so people can reimagine the products we use every day through a greener and cleaner lens.

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  • Life Cycle Analysis

    A major concern for pulp and paper is to always develop products with the least environmental impact while bringing solutions to the market that are guided by a systemic and sustainable vision, based on concrete facts and data. Therefore, a methodology already being used for the paperboard line is the Life Cycle Assessment.

    Life Cycle Assessments began as a guiding factor in our product development process, providing technical inputs for us to ensure the lowest possible environmental impact throughout its life cycle.

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    Did you know?

    In a Life Cycle Analysis reviewed by KPMG, Eucafluff has demonstrated strong advantage in terms of environment footprint versus the pine fluff produced in the southeastern United States.

  • Measuring Carbon Footprint

    When it comes to measuring and reducing carbon emissions, Suzano follows the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHGP), an internationally recognized framework which classifies the GHG emissions into three scopes: Scope 1 and 2, which are direct and indirect emissions, and Scope 3, which encompasses emissions that arise up and down the supply chain, from suppliers upstream to distributors and customers downstream, among other indirect emissions.

    Suzano accounts for the gases emitted annually in its inventory, which is verified by a third party and made available to the public. In addition to emissions, the inventory also measures carbon removals promoted by our managed forest base (both eucalyptus farms and native forest conservation areas).

    It is through this calculation and measurement that we can act as part of the solution to the climate emergency once the inventory calculates Suzano’s carbon balance. According to the methods used to calculate Suzano’s 2021 GHG Inventory, the carbon balance is currently negative. Due to the company’s extensive forest base, there are more greenhouse gases being removed than issued by the operation of the entire company. Therefore, we can affirm today that Suzano is climate positive.

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    Suzano’s GHG emissions intensity indicators (by ton of product produced) are currently among the lowest in the industry. Nevertheless, the company proceeds with projects and initiatives aimed at reducing these rates.

  • Forests: Climate Positive, Carbon Negative

    Forests are a vital part of the carbon cycle. Carbon is absorbed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis. It then becomes deposited in forest biomass, locked into products such as pulp, paper, and wood. Meanwhile, sustainable forest management ensures this circle can continue for the generations to come.

    We plant, grow, and harvest eucalyptus with great care. To leverage its full potential, we adopt sustainable management practices. Through practices vetted by the internationally recognized certifiers, and the carefully planned harvesting and sustainable management of our eucalyptus farms, we ensure the retention of their carbon-capturing potential, while respecting and developing communities, and protecting wildlife and biodiversity.

    Suzano has a significant forest base, with a total area of approximately 2.4 million hectares, which includes eucalyptus farms and one of the largest protected native forest areas in Brazil, with approximately 1 million hectares. Together, native and eucalyptus forests directly contribute to removing and storing CO₂, and since there are more greenhouse gases being removed than created by the company’s operations, we can affirm that Suzano is carbon negative. Our goal is to remove significant additional amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, thus mitigating the effects of the global climate crisis.

    We are also looking into possibilities of generating carbon credits through forestry (eucalyptus and native) and engineering projects, which can contribute to the process of reaching the goal.

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    According to an article in the International Forestry Review, plantations of Eucalyptus species are a practical approach to capturing carbon and can immobilize at least 50 tons of CO2 per hectare and per year.

  • Green Production Chain

    The green production chain of Suzano’s pulp and paper business comprises forest management and utilization, pulping process, chemical and water recovery, waste management, and sustainable supply chain and logistics.

    Suzano is constantly investing in projects and initiatives to increase its production of renewable energy and its sale of electricity to the grid. By increasing the production of renewable energy and improvements to energy efficiency, we are on track to lead the ongoing transformation of the pulp and paper industry globally.

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    Did you know?

    Suzano announced the plan to build the first fossil-free pulp plant in Brazil. The pulp plant will generate, on average, 180 MW of excess renewable energy every year, which will be sent back to the Brazilian grid.