Waste management is also an integral part of Odebrecht Businesses’ sustainability programs. The programs carried out at Braskem, Odebrecht Agroindustrial, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International and Odebrecht Oil & Gas are most representative of the amounts and nature of the waste involved.

The reduction and correct disposal of waste is part of Braskem’s Security macro-objective in its Sustainable Development Strategy. In 2015, the company achieved its best results in reducing waste generation: 32,900 tons of solid, liquid and pasty waste, a 10.3% reduction compared to 2014.

The index of waste generation was 2.01 kg per ton of marketable product produced, a result 12.6% that was lower than in 2014 and 8.6% better than the target established for the period - 2.20 kg/t. The achievement of that goal meant savings of BRL 3.7 million in 2015. Since 2002, the amount generated has shown an overall reduction of 65%. On average, Braskem’s waste generation is 2.2 times lower than the average for the chemical industry in Brazil. GRI G4-EN27

At Odebrecht Agroindustrial, waste management is one of the factors for achieving cleaner production and the zero waste target established for the 2016-2017 Action Plan. Measures include better sorting of materials, training of teams and development of alternatives for the disposal (sale) and reuse of non-contaminated materials. Despite a 23% increase in production, the 2015-2016 harvest achieved a reduction of 15.0% in the amount of hazardous waste produced, compared to the previous harvest.

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht and Odebrecht Engineering & Construction International monitor all waste generated to reduce production, promote reuse and recycling, and ensure proper disposal at each construction site. In 2015, 90% of the waste generated in engineering and construction works was recycled.

Each Client is legally responsible for the management of waste arising from the operations served by Odebrecht Oil & Gas, in accordance with the environmental licenses. The company is responsible for monitoring and controlling the sorting, storage and transportation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste from these operations. The Environmental Management System prepared by Odebrecht Oil & Gas determines the disposal method for each type of waste.

Oil spills

Marine oil spills are one of the main risks identified in offshore operations at Odebrecht Oil & Gas. For this reason, the priority focus is on prevention and maintenance and the integrity of equipment and operating systems. The environmental monitoring program complies with a strict protocol to ensure the quality of the results. In 2015, the company did not report any significant oil spills.  G4-EN24Click for more information on this aspect in the GRI Content Index

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Member of Odebrecht Agroindustrial

WASTE, PER TYPE AND DISPOSAL METHOD (in tons)¹ G4-EN23Click for more information on this aspect in the GRI Content Index

Disposal method Construtora Norberto Odebrecht Engineering & Construction Oil & Gas2 Agroindustrial
Hazardous waste
Recovery 0 0 0 186
Co-processing 31,631 41,023 1,014 780
Co-processing/re-refining 0 0 1,278 0
Reverse logistics or recycling of specific components 14 20 6.15 0
Decontamination 0 0 2.4 0
Incineration/detonation 450 487 0.1 1
Recycling/reconditioning 0 0 4 237
Industrial STP 0 0 1,466 0
Other3 0 0 3,430 0
Non-hazardous waste
Landfill 63,063 227,777 3,386 332
Recycling 837,412 1,722,061 130 2,684
Recovery 0 0 26 434
Co-processing 0 0 1 1,193
Composting 0 0 0 240
Fuel source 0 0 278 0
Crushing/maritime disposal 0 0 76 0
Incineration 0 0 0 25
Other 0 0 0 106

1 - Data from companies in which the waste generation is derived from the productive process and is significant. No data is presented from Braskem because in 2015 the company did not calculate weights per disposal method
2 - Waste from Odebrecht Oil & Gas Offshore Production area is managed by the Client.
3 - Other: autoclave; vacuum thermal desorption of mercury; co-processing of waste in rotary kilns for the manufacture of cement; soil decontamination by thermal desorption and medical waste (decontamination/coprocessing/industrial landfill).
Note: The factor of 900 kg/m3 was used in the conversion of oil