Brazil: Braskem reduces GHG emissions with Wilson Sons logistics solution in Rio Grande

  • 27/09/2021
  • 4 minutes

More sustainable and safe, the river modal is attracting more and more the attention of the large industries of Rio Grande do Sul. In the first half of this year, Braskem, the largest petrochemical company in the Americas, reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 83% with container transport through the river terminal Wilson Sons.

“The calculation of emissions uses the methodology of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program and takes into account the amount of fuel used by trucks and barges to transport the same volume of cargo on the Triunfo – Río Grande route,” he explained. Cleiton Lages, SMS manager of the terminal.

Between January and June 2021, 49% of all containers loaded with Braskem products were moved by Tecon Santa Clara and transported by barges to Tecon Rio Grande. There they embarked on long-haul ships for export and cabotage.

In 2016, the alliance between Tecon Rio Grande and Braskem reactivated Pier IV at the Santa Clara Terminal and marked the resumption of cargo transportation on the Jacuí River. The initiative continues to be seen by the market as an environmentally cleaner and more important alternative to reduce logistics and operating costs.

“The alliance with Tecon Rio Grande, through Tecon Santa Clara, is one more initiative to fulfill Braskem’s commitment to become a carbon neutral company by 2050. The reduction in gas emissions achieved with the use of the road modality fluvial shows that it is possible to adopt measures that generate positive changes that impact people, society and the environment, ”he said. Daniel Fleischer, Manager of Institutional Relations of Braskem in RS.

Today, the Wilson Sons operation between Tecon Santa Clara and Tecon Rio Grande is the one that moves the most cargo in containers by river in Brazil, according to a ranking in the Yearbook of the National Agency for Transportation by Waterways (Antaq).

In the first half of this year, 7% of the TEUs handled at Tecon Rio Grande come from inland navigation. With two barges, Tecon Santa Clara has four weekly calls in Rio Grande. The products – import, export and cabotage – have as their origin or destination the cities of Farroupilha, Carlos Barbosa, Garibaldi, Caxias do Sul, Veranópolis, Cruz Alta, Lajeado, Taquari, Serafina Corrêa.

In addition to resins, the main cargoes transported are wood, rubber, and frozen chicken. Among the services offered by the terminal is the possibility of loading and dumping products in containers.

“Tecon Santa Clara is a project that has proven to be an excellent alternative, since the market identifies inland navigation a good opportunity to move its cargo in a sustainable and more efficient way,” he evaluated. Paulo Bertinetti, CEO of Tecon Rio Grande.