Commitment to Renewing Life

For planet

Caring for the water

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Our progress

7.3 %

Context

Guaranteeing the water renewal cycle is essential for life on the planet and also for our production process. Eucalyptus and native forests play an important role in this cycle. Our forests cover more than two million hectares in Brazil, and we know that some territories are subject to a lack of water due to natural characteristics. The effort to take care of this resource is everyone's responsibility.

We mapped all the watersheds where Suzano operates and selected three main criteria to classify the critics: historical hydrological monitoring data, occurrences of complaints by the communities in the region, and the relevance of Suzano's occupation in the watershed. Forty-four critical watersheds were selected and a diagnosis was made for each watershed, with technical recommendations for management actions that directly impact the water balance. Among the main ones, we highlight the demobilization that foresees the closure of Suzano's operations in some areas, the application of age mosaics to reduce the pressure of water demand, and the reduction of planting density, which reduces the number of trees in the same area.

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Scope

Implementation of forest management recommendations in Suzano's planting areas, totaling 88,400 hectares, to increase water availability in the 44 watersheds classified as critical in which our operations are located.

baseline
0 (2020¹).
ambition

Implement forest stewardship actions² aimed at increasing water availability in watersheds mapped as critical until 2030 

Results in 2021

In 2021, we carried out management recommendations in 6,492 ha in critical watershed areas, which represents a 7.3% advance of the commitment objective. We made significant progress in the demobilization of some areas and incorporated assumptions for management actions related to the implementation of age mosaics and increasing the size of the forest cycle in our forest planning.

Additionally, we expanded the studies to measure the use of forest water by medium and high-resolution satellites to define the amount of water available in critical watersheds. Despite the technical evolution of water monitoring by this technique, more research is needed to expand the accuracy and indicators of water availability.

KPI Tracking
KPI Follow-up:20202021
% %

Percentage of Managed Areas (%)

0.00%

7.30%

Our plans for 2022

We will continue to implement management recommendations in the areas within the watersheds categorized as critical. Furthermore, we will continue to work with the R&D team to improve water measurement techniques based on remote sensing data and hydrological modeling.

1. Watersheds considered critical are subject to water unavailability due to natural characteristics (such as climate and soil type) and type of land use (such as the implementation of pastures, agricultural crops, etc.). Suzano is focusing on watersheds with significant occupation by the company (equal to or greater than 30%) so that the practices adopted by the forest stewardship can have an effect and generate the best results to reverse the criticality of these watersheds and the consequent unavailability of water.
2. Examples of forest stewardship actions for the target context: 
  i) Extend the diversity of forest ages;
  ii) Reduce the density of forest plantations;
  iii) Reduce the amount of forest in the basin; 
  iv) Extend the growth cycle of the forest;
  v) Extend the period for planting the new forest after the previous harvest.

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Our progress

77.8 %

Context

Ensuring the renewal of water cycles is essential for life on the planet and also for our production process. In the industry, we operate within the international best practices for water use established by the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). We understand that increasingly reducing water consumption in our operations is key to reducing the water footprint of our products and to helping reduce the risk of water scarcity in the regions where we operate. 

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Scope

Specific water withdrawal (m³/t), total withdrawal (m³) per ton of saleable pulp and paper from all Suzano's Industrial Units.

baseline
29,8 m³/t (year: 2018¹).
ambition

Reduce by 15% the industry's water withdrawal per ton of product - from 29.8 m³/t to 25.3 m³/t by 2030².

Results in 2021

In 2021, total water withdrawal by Suzano remained aligned with the volume withdrawn the previous year. In the first quarter of 2021, the Cachoeiro do Itapemirim Unit (ES) started operations. Due to the increase in saleable production volume, the evolution in the governance of water use, and the implementation of projects at the Imperatriz (MA) and Aracruz (ES) Industrial Units, we obtained an accumulated reduction of 11.7%.

It is worth mentioning that there was a mapping of best practices and technologies to be shared among the units. The implementation of these water use management and governance practices contributed significantly to the reduction of specific water withdrawals. The relevance that this theme gained in governance was the result of the linking of water withdrawal reduction targets to variable remuneration of Executive Directors and direct leaders.

It is also important to highlight that the implementation of reduction projects was fundamental in improving eco-efficiency³ because even in a year of production growth, which requires greater water consumption, we could maintain stability in the total volume captured. Furthermore, we had fewer shutdowns, positively impacting the indicator, since in the shutdown periods we have the interruption of production and maintenance of water consumption.  These factors contributed to us ending the year with accelerated achievement of our ambition, but we know that these factors are volatile and, therefore, we need to continue investing in volume reduction projects to deliver consistent results.

KPI Tracking
KPI Follow-up:2018201920202021
m³/t m³/t m³/t m³/t

Amount of water captured in industrial operations (m³/t)

29.80

29.40

28.60

26.30

Our plans for 2022

In 2022, we will conduct engineering studies for the implementation of the best available technologies in the Industrial Units where there are still opportunities for improvement.  Based on these studies, we will define the planning for the implementation of projects until 2030 of the technological solutions that prove to be viable. 

1. At the time the goal was created in 2019, we did not yet have data for the full year. As such, data from 2018 was used to compose the goal.
2. Several positive factors, such as an increase in the pace of production, resumption of efficient operations after shutdowns, and the prioritization of synergies between Industrial Units made it possible to anticipate actions and, consequently, results above those expected for the year. The specific water withdrawal target was linked to financial operations, along with other targets, in the form of a Sustainability-Linked Loan (SLL), issued by Suzano in February 2021 for 1.57 billion USD; and a Sustainability-Linked Bond (SLB), issued by Suzano in June and September 2021 for 1.5 billion USD. To learn more about these financial operations, please access our 2021 Report (linked in the "2021 Report").
3. For further information about our water efficiency actions, acess: Water and wastewater management in industrial operations

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