Sustainability: a word that is in the mind of those who are concerned with the environment and with the future of the planet. At Petrobras, environmental responsibility is part of our mission, and it is deeply connected to the business. We work, today, to ensure a sustainable future for the next generations.
Our focus is on ecoefficiency. To us, it does not suffice to produce, refine and distribute oil within the strictest safety standards. With rational water and energy use, in association with the generation of the least possible amounts of effluents, residues and emissions at all of our units, we reduce our impact on the environment and reinforce our commitment to pursuing excellence in our operations.
The Capuava Refinery, in São Paulo, is a concrete example of water reuse; it is the first unit with zero effluent disposal. Nearly all of our units around the world are ISO 14001 (relative to the environment) and BS 8800 (relative to safety and health) certified.
The Maximum Admissible Limit (MAL) for hazardous solid residue generation in our processes is another practical action in environmental responsibility, as is monitoring atmospheric emissions.
From 2000 to 2011, we invested R$43.5 billion in Safety, Environment and Health. Part of this amount was used to deploy Environmental Defense Centers (EDCs) at strategic points of operation. They complement the existing local contingency plans at the terminals, refineries and other units to ensure maximum protection and flexibility in an emergency.