The operations of Braskem, Odebrecht Engineering and Construction and Odebrecht Agroindustrial use high quantities of raw materials and inputs in their production processes, which makes the subject of Materials relevant in sustainability management.
At Odebrecht Agroindustrial, the main raw material is sugarcane. The units have been significantly improving their production, process quality, and techniques, seeking to extract the maximum from sugarcane fields, which is reflected in the increase of processed cane and higher yield. Other materials, such as herbicides and insecticides, showed increases in consumption due to sugarcane field rework and occasional outbreaks of pests.
Non-renewable direct materials such as naphtha, condensate, ethane, propane, light hydrocarbons, and sodium chloride are basic inputs in Braskem’s operations. Ethane made from sugarcane ethanol is also used to produce ethylene from a renewable source, thus reducing the demand for fossil fuels. In its industrial units, the company maximizes the reuse of raw materials through an internal recycling process.