Ceara has 55% of integrated farms powered by solar energy

January 8, 2024

The company encourages the adoption of electricity from clean, renewable sources by offering rewards to farmers and financing brokerage

At Seara, a JBS company among the world’s leading producers of foods based on poultry and pork proteins, 2023 ended with a significant milestone: 55% of the brand’s integrated production farms already use solar energy in their facilities. The result is more representative when considering only poultry farms, where usage reached 60% at the end of 2023. In some regions, the numbers are very impressive: among integrated farms in Trinidad do Sul (RS), the adoption of photovoltaic panels exceeded 92. percent of farms, while utilization among supply units in the Salvador do Sul (RS) region reached 96%.

Seara has encouraged the implementation of photovoltaic panels on farms, either through rewards for producers who migrate to use solar energy, or through the brokerage of financing the purchase and installation of equipment, with low interest. “The cost of electrical energy plays an influential role in the integrated production process, and it is important to look for alternatives to reduce it. Photovoltaic technology is an option that adds competitiveness to the activity, reducing costs and increasing profit margins for producers. Studies show that electricity expenditure is the third largest cost on a broiler farm, and moving to a PV model can represent a saving of up to 90% on the electricity bill,” says José Antonio Ribas, CEO of Seara Agricultural Company.

“Currently, with the increase of suppliers and the increasing availability and market dominance of PV technology, as well as the annual increase in the cost of electricity for concessionaires, who are often encouraged by water scarcity crises, the ‘green’ lines of credit they have have the most attractive interest rates, representing An increasingly competitive investment,” highlights Fameri Luiz Sens Junior, CEO of Agriculture at Seara. “The initiative tends to cover its costs in up to three years, allowing what previously entered only the cost line as margin by the producer to be integrated. So, it is a solution that, in addition to being more sustainable, is also very economically interesting for the integrated business.” “, adds Famerier.

Seara Checklist for Bonuses for Embedded Employees
Sera has Checklist Which directs compensation policy for integrated poultry and swine partners. In addition to structural and procedural adequacy criteria, Checklist It also includes sustainability elements that account for up to 35% of the total bonus value. ESG standards include, in addition to installing renewable energy sources on farms, such as photovoltaic panels, also implementing a program to properly identify, segregate and dispose of solid waste; And full adoption of animal welfare rules. Farms that adhere to all three elements are now entitled to receive the bonus. Applying sustainability standards in Checklist It was an important step for JBS. Encouraging the use of renewable energy sources by integrated producers contributes to the company’s net zero goal and will be important for enabling reductions in Scope 3 emissions, which are present throughout the company’s value chain.

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