In terms of strategic planning, initiatives to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) have been adopted by Construtora Camargo Corrêa, which introduced socioenvironmental issues in its project analysis methodology; by CPFL, which made investments in core businesses related to the carbon issue; and in the business units that have collaborators with variable pay, who are now using an income multiplier directly linked to the achievement of sustainability goals.
Greenhouse gas emission inventories and emission reduction goals, following the commitment of the Climate Agenda, are already performed by companies and units of the Group, such as InterCement, CCDI, CCR, CPFL and Tavex (read more under Carbon Management Plan), as well as in the 44 works of Construtora Camargo Corrêa currently in progress in Brazil. Such goals include a 21% reduction by 2016 and a 37% reduction by 2020 in the carbon emissions by the construction company, as well as the maintenance of InterCement among the companies with the lowest emissions according to the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) ranking.
To promote the rational use of resources and the use of sustainable power and raw materials, InterCement has developed an extensive corporate plan for mitigation of GHG, while the construction company has prepared a Carbon Reduction Guide with reduction and compensation proposals, including variable pay goals and use of sustainable wood and ecofriendly cement (CPIII).
As a carbon reuse and storage initiative, Tavex has promoted research and created a system to replace toxic and corrosive acids with CO2 coming from the combustion of the boilers as raw material to offset the alkaline effluent resulting from the fabric treatment process (read more under Emission reduction and effluent offset).
The use of sustainable wood from forest stewardship and the valuation of forests - the fifth commitment of the Climate Agenda - are a result of the purchase of legal raw material certified by the Construction Company (read more under Purchase of Sustainable Use) and by CCDI; of the reduction in the use of coke as fuel by InterCement; and the planting of native trees and the regeneration of green areas by CCR; of the purchase of carbon credits by CPFL; and of the actions to offset emissions at events and operations of HM.
The search for sustainable innovation in the public and private sectors is being practiced by InterCement in partnerships with IPT – Technology Research Institute, in studies on the use of demolition and construction residues, and with UFMG - Federal University of Minas Gerais, in a study on the addition of carbon nanotubes to the raw material of cement.
The building of awareness among employees, the seventh commitment of the Climate Agenda, is being discussed at the construction company, with a specific training program for collaborators; at InterCement and CCR, through the training of managers engaged in the management of climate changes; and at Camargo Corrêa S.A., holding company of the Group, with the conduction of courses that integrate the Sustainable Academy in Brazil and Argentina.
As a way of acting in the value chain of its businesses, the Group companies encourage the adoption of sustainable practices among employees. The initiatives include programs and partnerships to identify suppliers qualified to work with Construtora Camargo Corrêa and CCR, in addition to training of service providers of the Camargo Corrêa Institute and sustainability lectures to HM clients.
The other commitments of the Climate Agenda of Camargo Corrêa Group are the strong contribution to set regulatory frameworks and public and sector norms for carbon management, such as the presence of representatives at events such as the Climate Forum, of Ethos Institute, and in the UN conferences on climate changes, including Rio+20, in addition to the creation of an internal group on the regulation of laws related to the issue, of a methodology guide for the conduction of inventories by civil construction companies and participation of InterCement in committees and task forces of ABCP – Brazilian Association of Portland Cement, of SNIC – National Union of the Cement Industry, of CSI - Cement Sustainability Initiative and FICEM – Inter American Cement Federation.