Braskem, Veolia to build 400M-reais plant to produce renewable energy using steam from eucalyptus biomass in Alagoas, Brazil; plant to start up by 2024 will generate 900,000 tons of steam/year for 20 years, reducing CO2 emissions by some 150,000 tons/year

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February 18, 2022 (press release) –

The renewable energy project will be implemented in Marechal Deodoro (AL), will ensure the supply of steam for 20 years and reduction of approximately 150,000 tons of CO2 annually


Braskem and Veolia signed a R$400 million investment agreement to produce renewable energy using steam from eucalyptus biomass in Alagoas. The project will generate 900,000 tons of steam/year for 20 years, which will mean reducing emissions of approximately 150,000 tons of CO2 per year. In addition, it will create more than 400 direct jobs during the construction phase and approximately 100 jobs in the operation (post-construction).

Expected to start operations by 2024, the plant in Marechal Deodoro (AL) will generate a positive socio-environmental impact for the region and the country and is in line with the companies' global sustainable development strategies. Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the largest producer of polypropylene in the United States, and Veolia is the world's leading company in energy, water and waste management solutions for cities and industries.


As the world reference for ecological transformation, Veolia is committed to implementing sustainable solutions and enabling new alternatives to renew the world with our customers. The partnership with Braskem is proof of this: two companies that come together to lead with actions the transformations that the world and the country need

The new steam production plant that will accompany the exchange of energy matrix to sustainable sources in Braskem's operation in Alagoas is a major step to advance in two of the company's seven sustainability macro-objectives, in the dimension of combating climate change: a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The eucalyptus biomass project introduces a new sustainable way to generate renewable energy within Braskem's operations. In partnership with Veolia, we will contribute significantly to our sustainability plan. We will have a one-third reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in our operation in Alagoas, based on 2020 emissions.

The project will contribute in a relevant way to the social and regional development of the State of Alagoas. It will boost business, and create job opportunities in our facilities and our partners, contributing to the state economy".

An ecoefficient project

Focusing on sustainability, but also on eco-efficiency and productivity, the solution aims to meet the steam demand required for the continuous and high performance operation of petrochemicals. To achieve this goal, Veolia will be responsible for managing most of the project, including the agroforestry management process of more than 5,500 hectares of eucalyptus, the design of the engineering project and the construction of biomass processing and steam production plants, as well as the operation and maintenance of the entire installation during the 20 years of the contract. Braskem will make internal investments to adapt the Marechal Deodoro complex to the new thermoelectric arrangement.

Also, to ensure the high standards of efficiency and quality of the two companies, the initiative covers processes aligned with digital transformation and industry 4.0. With the implementation of Hubgrade, Veolia's solution that integrates digital tools and human expertise to monitor and analyze the operation in real time, the project ensures performance optimization and continuous improvement in plant performance and energy consumption.


By meeting the steam demand required for the uninterrupted operation of its production processes, this project will meet the operation needs and, at the same time, the sustainability challenges in braskem's energy management

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