Sustainability: a word that is on the mind of those who are concerned with the environment and with the future of the planet. At Petrobras, environmental responsibility is part of our mission, and it is deeply connected to the business. We work, today, to ensure a sustainable future for the next generations.
Our focus is on ecoefficiency. To us, it does not suffice to produce, refine and distribute oil within the strictest safety standards. With rational water and energy use, in association with the generation of the least possible amounts of wastewater, waste and emissions at all of our units, we reduce our impact on the environment and reinforce our commitment to pursuing excellence in our operations.
The Capuava Refinery (Recap), in São Paulo, is a concrete example of water reuse: it is the first unit with zero wastewater disposal. Nearly all of our units in Brazil and abroad are ISO 14001 (relative to the environment) and BS 8800 (relative to safety and health) certified.
The Maximum Admissible Limit (MAL) for hazardous solid waste generation in our processes is another practical action in environmental responsibility, as is monitoring atmospheric emissions.
From 2000 to 2011, we invested R$43.5 billion in Safety, Environment and Health. Part of this amount was used to deploy Environmental Defense Centers (EDCs) at strategic points of operation. They complement the existing local contingency plans at the terminals, refineries and other units to ensure maximum protection and flexibility in an emergency.
We also voluntarily support environmental projects undertaken by civil society organizations focusing on water and climate issues. Between 2008 and late 2012, the Petrobras Environmental Program is expected to invest a total of R$500 million in environmental conservation initiatives in all Brazilian biomes.
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When we look outside of our company, we understand well-planned actions are the secret to a successful environmental policy.
Our strategy is underpinned by three pillars:
We invest in sponsoring environmental projects via public selections. The goal is to support, transparently, initiatives that contribute to Brazil's sustainable development.
Interaction among the Third Sector, the Public Authorities and other companies by forming partnerships and networks. The central themes are water, climate, and marine biodiversity. This action also includes contributions to qualify partner institutions.
Dissemination of information for sustainable development by means of communications actions aimed at discussing the model and the roles to be played by each part.