All of the Odebrecht Group's Businesses are committed to working in an environmentally responsible manner, considering environmental and biodiversity preservation as a value to be considered when operating the entire business chain.
The companies work to prevent, and when necessary, remediate or mitigate environmental impacts. For this purpose, they manage risks and monitor how their activities interfere with nature.
Odebrecht also helps generate and disseminate knowledge in the environmental area as an essential element for dialogue and decision making geared toward sustainable development.
In Ecuador, Odebrecht Infrastructure - Latin America created a fauna and flora study center in the zone of influence of the Manduriacu Hydroelectric Power Plant Project. The program maintains a nature park that offers guided tours, especially for children. The development also encourages tourism in the region.
Located in the green belt of the Triunfo Petrochemical Center in Rio Grande do Sul, the project has catalogued species of animals and plants since 1980. The site, which falls under the leadership of Braskem, also serves as an environmental education center, receiving visits from schools located all over the state every day.
Odebrecht has been working to recover a degraded area in Maceió, Alagoas, since 1987. The Environmental Station, managed by Braskem, was cataloged by UNESCO as an Advanced Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve Center – considered an important global distinction for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
Recovers stretches of Atlantic Forest, forming ecological corridors in Brazil. The initiative was initially focused on the Northern coast of Bahia and its success took it into the regions of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The project is being promoted by the companies from the Camaçari Center, including Braskem and Cetrel – an Odebrecht Environmental asset –, in partnership with the Forest Factory Institute. One of the results was UNESCO's recognition of Sauípe Park as an Advanced Post. Since 2008, more than 800,000 seedlings have been produced, with the goal of reaching 1.6 million by 2020.
Promotes workshops dedicated to environmental education and training to support the restoration and conservation of nature, generation of income for the population and promotion of culture. The initiative is promoted by Braskem in Alagoas, in the area of influence of its Chlorine-Soda unit. Since the start of the program in 2001, over 480 schools from 39 Alagoan municipalities have been assisted, indirectly reaching 236,000 people.
The Porto Novo Concessionaire, which has Odebrecht Properties as a shareholder, is developing a pioneering system for curbside garbage collection in the region of Porto Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro. The new cleaning logic stores the waste in underground vats until it is collected, reducing the bad smell and proliferation of rats and cockroaches. Collect+Rio also encourages recycling.
The SuperVia train company – an Odebrecht TransPort asset – maintains the social-environmental project, which generates monthly work and income for garbage collectors from five Rio de Janeiro cooperatives.
The set of sustainable solutions applied to the Parque da Cidade, located in São Paulo, qualified it to seek out the LEED, Aqua and LEED-ND green certifications, the latter of which was the first of its kind in South America. The LEED-ND validates the Odebrecht Real Estate Developments, development, considering the buildings around it and the neighborhood and emphasizing aspects of sustainable development combined with green practices and buildings. The rational use of resources includes solutions such as energy-efficient windows that allow light to enter, but which keep out heat, thereby reducing the need for electricity and air conditioning. In the gardens, the lights are powered by sunlight and turn on automatically at night. In order to monitor what is being consumed by the construction work, there is a panel accessible to professionals that allows for the real time consultation of important data, such as the energy, water and gas consumption, garbage production and the monitoring of traffic in the region.
Enseada Shipbuilding recovers and conserves water sources, riparian forests and mangroves in the Rural Zone of Maragojipe, Bahia. The goal is to plant some 50 hectares of such types of vegetation, in addition to implementing the environmental education actions that take place at the same time, involving the population of Irriquitiá. The development also has a solid waste and effluent management program and monitors local wildlife.
To cause the lowest possible environmental impact, the Santo Antônio Hydroelectric Power Plant in Rondônia has been built based on high standards of Sustainability. Such care began with the choice of the construction site, which focused on occupying areas with prior intervention, thereby reducing the need for deforestation by 30%. Deforestation wood was reused for most of the construction site's physical structure. When the construction work is finalized by the Santo Antônio Civil Consortium (with the participation of Odebrecht Infrastructure - Brazil), the area will be recovered and once again become part of the forest. Most of the reforestation planned is being undertaken at the same time as the construction work through the planting of 190,000 native seedlings. Approximately 90% of the waste generated is recycled and part of the organic waste becomes fertilizer.
Odebrecht Properties operates sports arenas that adopt ecologically-correct actions. These include Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro, Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, in Salvador and Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, in Recife. The differentials offered by the Rio de Janeiro stadium, for example, are found in the principles of energy and environmental performance, such as the devices that produce energy and save water. There is a rainwater collection system that helps irrigate the grass and supply the public bathrooms, which have intelligent faucets that turn off automatically. Maracanã's lighting is all supplied by LED light bulbs, with 23,500 lights that offer low maintenance and a long useful life. There are also the intelligent stairways and elevators and energy-efficient air conditioning equipment. The stadium also has solar energy panels that can generate 400 kilowatts/peak, equivalent to the consumption of 200 homes. Similar solutions were also adopted at the other arenas.
The United Nations Organization (UN) certified four Odebrecht infrastructure projects in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): in Brazil, the Corredor do Senandes Wind Energy Park, in Rio Grande do Sul, and the Santo Antônio Hydroelectric Power Plant in Rondônia; in Peru, the Chaglla Hydroelectric Power Plant; and in the Dominican Republic, the Palomino Hydroelectric Power Plant. When these projects begin operating, they will generate 6 million tons of CO2 per year in carbon credits. This is equal to double all the greenhouse gas produced in 2012 by the Engineering and Construction developments.