We are one of Brazil’s largest biodiesel producers. This renewable and biodegradable fuel is produced chiefly from vegetable oils and animal fats. In Brazil, all the diesel sold to the end consumer must include a percentage of biodiesel in its composition. This guarantees that millions of tons of CO2 are prevented from being released into the atmosphere.

Besides reducing CO2 emissions, biodiesel also reduces the emission of several other pollutants, such as carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter, sulfur oxide (SOx) and total hydrocarbons, helping to slow down the increase in pollution and improve the life quality of people, especially those living in major urban centers. As such, the use of biodiesel also contributes to Brazil fulfilling the commitments assumed in the Paris Agreement (COP21) of cutting 37% of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025.

Simultaneously, we have contributed to create demand for many products that were once considered waste, such as recovered frying oil and fat from the animal recycling sector. By absorbing these products, we prevent them from being incorrectly disposed of in the environment, polluting soil and water.

More than a company committed to environmental sustainability, we are focused on making sure our companies generate as much positive social impact as possible. In this respect, and as biodiesel producers, we are proudly recognized with the Social Biofuel Seal.

In 2007, the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA, in Portuguese) awarded Oleoplan the Seal due to the group’s commitment to acquire a major portion of its raw materials from family farmers. Nowadays, we rely on over 20,000 soybean, castor bean and oil palm suppliers, registered in the National Program for Strengthening Family Agriculture (Pronaf, in Portuguese), providing these family farmers with continued technical training and assistance, from planting to harvesting.