Care for the environment is a social commitment at Votorantim Cimentos' plant in Corumbá. The employee engagement changed reality and brought improvements, which were recognized by Senai in the Green Seal award, which ranks the environmental efficiency of Mato Grosso do Sul (Brazilian Midwestern state) industries and chooses the best actions for environmental preservation of public and private institutions in the region.
The actions were a result of the Environmental Management System, which involves all employees with the objective of reducing atmospheric emissions, energy consumption and reduce the volume of water intake used throughout the production process and increase the reuse rate of solid waste, reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Corumbá's plant signed up for the first time in Senai's environmental seal Eco-Efficiency Program (PSE) and already has won the green seal, awarded to the best- valued industries in environmental performance, with scores ranging from 81 to 100 points.
For the plant manager of Corumbá, Jorge Luis Velasco Maingon, receiving the green seal is the result of the commitment to operate responsibly. "The Green Seal appreciates a serious and dedicated work that the professionals in our factory carry out so the company becomes more and more eco-efficient. It is therefore a victory for all and we are very honored by this recognition", he said. Velasco also highlighted that the commitment of employees and the realization of constant internal environmental training, coupled with a recognition program, assisted in the process of consolidation.
Water management - an example of good environmental management was the reduction of the industrial water consumption by 40 % in the first half of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014, the reduction was through the installation of seven water meters and optimization oh the Treatment Station and reuse of Industrial Water in the unit, responsible for treating and reusing 100% of the wastewater generated by the company.
Reuse of waste - The unit is also working on proper disposal of waste. In the last 12 months, the average rate of reuse achieved by the unit was 75%. During this period, the company secured the allocation of 100% of the organic waste generated in the cafeteria by installing a composting unit to meet the demand for material from the food preparation and rest of food.
Emissions control - To control and reduce emissions, the unit invested in diversifying the energy matrix, replacing part of the fossil fuel (which emits more CO2) for biomass, such as rice husk and sawdust. To ensure transparency and commitment to current legislation, the factory carries out online monitoring of emissions, 24 hours a day, providing access also to the analysis of IMASUL (Environmental Institute of Mato Grosso do Sul). Monitoring is conducted in the oven, cement grinding and grinding fuel, enabling the analysis and full control.
Environmental education - Employees of Corumbá's plant also conduct an Environmental Education Rolling Program in the State School Carlos Castro, where they share the experiences and social and environmental values, contributing to the mobilization for the preservation of local, regional and global environment. Another action that contributes to the dialogue on social and environmental actions was the Environmental Open Doors Program, which received about 70 people this year, to talk about the company's environmental policy and the actions taken in Corumbá plant.
Social development - In Corumbá, the plant also contributes to the appreciation of the local culture, through the partnership in the construction of the Pantanal Museum (Muhpan) and realization of Muhpan Itinerant Project - Sounds and Tones, leading exhibitions, dramatic arts and crafts workshops to schools, associations and communities.
To better manage the actions in the environmental area, the company formed in April 2015, an environmental management committee. The committee consists of 12 employees, and monitors various activities to identify points of attention. From these surveys, practical solutions to prevent and control events will be developed, such as oil leakage, water leakage and gas emissions outside the normal pattern.