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SAAM Towage Brazil's operations are 100% carbon neutral

SAAM Towage Brazil is making milestone for being the first towage company in Brazil to be 100% carbon neutral by neutralising the totality of its scope 1 and 2 (direct and indirect) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2022. Last year, the company generated 33,806 tonnes of CO2e.

“This milestone and effort are part of our sustainability strategy, looking to continue to press forward towards increasingly eco-friendly management. In addition to internal measures to control and reduce diesel consumption, which seek to improve operational efficiency—a key corporate focus—we decided to take another step and offset the footprint of our operations with carbon credits from the Estre Pedreira biogas project,” said SAAM Towage Brazil Country Manager Renata Ervilha.

“Being carbon neutral means achieving net zero emissions, but it is also a concrete demonstration of our team’s commitment to offering better service for foreign trade, seeking alternatives to be an ally for our customers with more sustainable development,” she added.

The biogas project captures and destroys methane gas (CH4) generated by household garbage at a landfill in São Paulo. The site receives 1,200,000 tonnes of solid waste annually from some twenty municipalities in the region.

And instead of being released into the atmosphere, this gas is captured through drains and then filtered and cooled to be used as fuel to generate energy.

These carbon credits are certified by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

SAAM Towage is one of the leading towage service providers in Brazil where it operates 68 tugs at 19 ports.