Wilson Sons, for the 3rd year running, is awarded the Gold Seal in the GHG Protocol for climate agenda inventory

  • 26/10/2023
  • 6 minutes

For more than a decade, the company has voluntarily and transparently reported
independently audited emission sources

A leader in port and maritime logistics in Brazil, Wilson Sons has been awarded the
Gold Seal under the GHG Protocol for the third year running. The program
encourages corporations to prepare and publish inventories of greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions. The certification is a recognition for corporations that transparently
report their independently audited emission sources. It is an important step towards
fighting climate change. In 2021 and 2022, the company also received the same

For ten years now, Wilson Sons has been voluntarily publishing its GHG inventory.
The indicators are reported on the Brazilian GHG Protocol program platform, via
Bloomberg news website and the global Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) platform.
Information and analyses are also available in the Sustainability Report of Wilson

“Getting the Gold Seal, for the third time, is the result of our journey in the pursuit of
long-term sustainable development oriented towards creating value for our
stakeholders. Along this journey, we have been strategically committed to applying
the best ESG (environmental, social and governance) practices in our business. Our
ambition is to be recognized as a leading company in ESG initiatives in our industry,”
said Wilson Sons COO Arnaldo Calbucci.

To help monitor emissions, Wilson Sons has relied on Cerensa, a sustainability data
management and analysis software application. Automated data control allows
tracking GHG emissions and emitting sources from each business unit, supporting
the development of new decarbonization projects.

In order to ensure energy efficiency, over the past decade, Wilson Sons has taken a
few energy-related actions, such as using electric cranes at the container terminals
of Rio Grande (RS) and Salvador (BA), and modernising the motor and propulsion
systems of offshore and port support vessels. Last June, Wilson Sons expanded its
fleet of yard tractors at Salvador Container Terminal, with 12 new fully electric
terminal tractors, which represents up to 341 tons of avoided CO2 emissions per

Last May, Rio Grande Container Terminal signed a contract to have its energy 100%
derived from renewable sources, starting next year. Toward this end, renewable
energy with I-REC (International Renewable Energy Certificates) certification was
purchased for the years 2024/25/26. Also, the certificate ensures traceability of the
renewable energy source supplying the terminal, and clears carbon emissions from
energy consumption in those years. Under the new contract, all the energy supplying
the container terminal will come from renewable sources, which include wind, solar
or hydroelectric power stations.

Wilson Sons is also in the process of building six more sustainable tugboats at the
company’s shipyards in Guarujá (São Paulo). Four have already been delivered and
the other two will be in 2024. The tugs are the first in Brazil that meet the
International Maritime Organisation’s TIER III standard, which is only required in
emission-controlled areas, such as in some regions of North America, Europe and
the Caribbean. Their new hull design helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
consumes about 14% less fossil fuel.

The GHG Protocol methodology was created in 1998 in the United States. The
Brazilian GHG Protocol Program was developed and adapted in 2008 by the Centre
for Sustainability Studies of Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGVces) and the World
Resources Institute (WRI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Brazilian
Business Council for Development (CEBDS), World Business Council for
Sustainable Development (WBSCD), and includes 27 founding companies. The
program is designed to guide corporate culture towards an agenda concerned with
climate change and to create world-class approaches and standards for the
accounting of emissions and reporting of inventories.

About Wilson Sons
Wilson Sons is the largest port-shipping logistics operator in Brazil, with over 185
years of experience. The company operates across Brazil and offers complete
solutions to more than 5,000 clients, including shipowners, importers and exporters,
the offshore energy industry, renewable energy projects, agribusiness corporations,
and other players in different businesses. Learn more at:

Press Relations
Danthi Comunicação Integrada
Gustavo Villela — [email protected] / +55 21 99124 5158
Sérgio Costa — [email protected] / +55 21 99145 3644

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