15 May, 2019
Brazilian pulp industry announces record reduction in water use
has announced its best result, breaking the
internal record in reducing the use of water.
The marker was 23.6 cubic meters of water for
each ton of pulp produced. Previously, the
best annual mark had been 25 cubic meters for
each one ton produced. This new marker is the
result of a project developed by the company's
Environmental Control area. With the
improvement of the processes registered in the
last year, there was a 5.6% reduction in the
specific use of water in the industrial area.
The targets were set to reduce the specific
water use of the plant by 10% by 2020, with
the goal of achieving less than 22.5 cubic
meters of water per ton of pulp. By 2019, the
goal of water use is 23 cubic meters / ton.
The consumption reduction initiatives adopted
have had a very low cost for the company and
have brought a significant financial return on
water savings. The solutions to improve
natural resource management in Veracel's
industrial processes focused on the
elimination of water transfers from the tanks
and the reuse of sealing water from the pumps.
Level control logics were implemented in the
tanks, alarms were created in the control
panels, small structural modifications were
made to the pipes and tools were developed for
monitoring and daily management of water use.
In addition to the action plan to reduce water
use, the company has a monitoring routine of
the Jequitinhonha River, from which water is
collected for its operations. In this process,
the quality of the water resource is evaluated
periodically, before and after the point of
release of treated effluents.