Replacing fossil fuels with oilseed husks has generated approximately 50% in cost savings for the unit.
Sao Paulo, January 18, 2017 – JBS Couros in Cascavel (CE) is switching from fossil fuels to a mix of cashew nut and babassu palm husks to heat its boilers. By substituting its current fuel with organic material, the planted expects to save around 50% in costs and help support the company’s sustainable responsibility values.
“Using the cashew nut husk not only generated significant savings, it also brings major environmental benefits. We avoid sending the husks to landfills and emissions of harmful gases are considerably lower compared with fossil fuel emissions”, said Fernando Bellese, Marketing and Sustainability manager at JBS Couros.
Around 500 tons of cashew nut husk and 60 tons of babassu palm husk are consumed monthly to supply the unit with energy. The unit makes semi-finished and finished leathers for furniture and car manufacturers in the European, Asia and US markets.
JBS, a company with over 60 years’ experience, is a food company that manages production platforms and commercial offices in over 20 countries. The company has over 230 thousand staff worldwide, exports to more than 150 countries and serves over 300 thousand active clients globally. JBS has a diverse product portfolio that includes dozens of brands that are known throughout the world. The company is also active in other sectors related to its core business, such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, soaps, glycerin and casings and owns waste management, metal packaging and shipping businesses that support its global operations.
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