The BBF’s projects were developed based on a vertical structure, which means the company is utterly involved in all process steps: cultivation and raw materials handling, oil beneficiation, biodiesel production and generation of electricity.
The vertical structure presents competitive and socio-economic advantages, like full utilization of palm and promising results on investment return and a qualified attendance, which supplies the demand and promotes the sustainable development of the served regions.
From the socio-environmental point of view, palm cultivation contributes to the improvement of life in rural areas and plays an important role regarding deforestation, from the recovery of degraded areas.
It monitors and certificates sustainability and security in the whole production chain, ensuring an uninterrupted energy supply.
It allows the full utilization of raw materials and dramatically decreases waste generation.
It shows promising results on investment returns and a qualified attendance
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Family farming is an economic activity provided in Brazilian law. There are four criteria that citizens must fit into to be classified as it: having a property of up to four tax modules; using family labour, having family income from rural economic activities and managing it with the family.
To prove the identification of family farming and enabled access to public policies, it is necessary to obtain the Pronaf Statement of Aptitude (DAP in Portuguese) and keep it active. The participation of family farming in the Brazilian economy is significant and its data is released through the Agricultural Census conducted by IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics).
Through the Family Farming program of the Ministry of Agrarian Development, BBF creates partnerships with local farmers and helps the socio-economic development in the Amazon area. Besides that, the company believes in the importance of empowering workers offering technical assistance services, which supports social inclusion in the biodiesel and energy production chain.
It promotes local development from income generation for small farmers.
Strengthen family farmers establishing constructive partnerships.
Recovery of degraded areas
According to the Federal Decree nº 97.632, of April 10th, 1989, environmental degradation is related to the “processes resulting from the damage to the environment, through which some of its properties are lost or reduced, like quality or productive capacity of environmental resources”.
On the other hand, recovery is “return of degraded sites to a form of use, according to a pre-established plan for land use, aiming to achieve environmental stability”.
In the case of legal Amazon, Embrapa (Brazilia Agricultural Research Corporation) carried out the Sustainable Palm Oil Production Program that regulates the expansion of palm oil production in Brazil and offers instruments for production according to environmental, social and sustainable bases.
It is included in the program the Agroecological Zoning of Palm Oil Culture (ZAE in Portuguese), approved by the Decree nº 7.172/2010, that delimited only apt areas (soil and climate) in anthropized areas without environmental restrictions.
Furthermore, ZAE delimits 30 million hectares of degraded areas in apt areas to receive the palm cultivation and contribute to the recovery of these areas.
Also, it is prohibited the removal of native vegetation throughout the national territory to cultivate different species and get the environmental license for companies that use raw materials from these areas of irregular cultivation. This places the country in front of other world producers that expand their production over forested areas.
The BBF’s planting areas in Amazonas and Roraima obey the ZAE, focusing totally on degraded areas. So, they contribute to the environment and carbon balance, soil cover reposition, biogeochemical and hydrological cycles.
Planting that value preservation and conservation of native forest areas and encourage the recovery of degraded areas.
Contribute to the environment and carbon balance, soil cover reposition, biogeochemical and hydrological cycles.
Energy can be found in many ways, such as mechanic, electrical, chemical, thermal, nuclear and radiant, and to be transformed into something different all of them need to go through processes that can impact the environment and society in diverse intensities. These forms of energy are a result of several sources, being renewable or not.
Fossil and nuclear fuels are examples of non-renewable sources of energy, found in limited amounts in nature. On the other side, renewable ones are unlimited or have a high regeneration capacity.
Some of the benefits that can be identified from the use of local renewable fuel are lower fuel logistics costs, energy independence from fossil fuels and strategic diversification of fuel supply sources.
Beyond these economic and political benefits, many social and environmental advantages can be observed such as job and local income generation, safer handling and storage, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reduction of waste generation.
BBF has been working on this and is committed to the establishment of a clean and diverse energy matrix in the North region. With lots of thermal power plants powered by biodiesel, its goal is to enlarge the number of local energy power plants that are powered by palm oil biofuel, as well as biomass – residual from the oil extraction process. Also, through partnerships, to increase investments in solar energy, using the expressive photovoltaic potential of the Amazon.
Reduction of the environmental impacts caused by electricity generation in isolated areas, due to renewable sources.
Decrease of the energy generation cost and increase of independence and safety with the use of the locally available resources.
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