- Renewable Future
We broadened the focus on innovation and high technology to meet market demands and seek new
growth cycles in order to launch initiatives geared towards sustainable management and operational excellence.
5 research and development routes
Innovation is part of our DNA and permeates all the operational areas of Klabin
as an important driver of our business growth.
plantations, as well as the quality of raw materials
and the wood, such as basic density
and fiber content. This front consolidates knowledge
about soil and climate in the regions where the
company operates, the impacts of climate changes,
use of water, study of pests and diseases that
could affect plantations, and other aspects that could
affect the forestry business.
pulp (produced from eucalyptus), softwood pulp
(produced from pine) and fluff pulp.
paperboard, sack kraft and kraftliner by developing
properties that help reduce the density of these
papers, improve print quality and develop
applications that provide barriers to water, air,
steam and oils, for example.
as the multiple use of wood components (pulp,
hemicellulose, lignin and extractives), to develop
new products and markets for Klabin in the
medium term (5 to 10 years). The company has invested
in both the biorefinery (biofuels) line and
the development of products based on lignin, in wood
hemicellulose and the application of pulp
fibers in micro and nano fractions – microfibrillated
and nanofibrillated cellulose.
from climate change to reduced use of inputs in
the process, such as energy, water, steam and chemical
products. This front is more deeply connected
to minimizing the impacts of the company’s operations
on the environment, thereby contributing
Our Research & Development + Innovation (R&D+I) area focuses on improving practices and processes to ensure the development of products that are unique, more competitive and biodegradable, at lower operating costs. For this, we have a team of researchers with master’s and doctorate degrees, who seek every day the most innovative solutions in the sector.
Klabin has a research team working at two research facilities focused on improving its production chain. The first - the Forestry Research Center in Lagoa, Telêmaco Borba (PR) - is dedicated to studying everything related to the forestry chain, such as genetic enhancement, wood quality, soil and climate studies, genetic adaptation, pest control and biotechnology, among others. The mission of the other Technology Center, also located in Telêmaco, is to improve the quality of products, while anticipating trends and developing new technologies and sustainable applications. The professionals seek solutions for an increasingly more efficient consumption of inputs in order to minimize environmental impacts.
We believe in the bioeconomy. That is why we want to promote this system, in
order to develop and use products with lower environmental impact and which are
part of this closed loop production chain.
Don’t know what it means?
Bioeconomy is an economy that focuses on using bio-based or sustainable resources.
What is Circular Economy
Circular Economy is sustainable development. Everything that is extracted from nature is reintegrated into the ecosystem without generating losses.
100% of our fibers come from planted and sustainable forests. Our forest management ensures the integrity of the ecosystem and the regeneration of renewable resources, besides protecting biodiversity and helping to fight global warming.
As a manufacturer of products based on renewable sources, Klabin advocates the replacement of fossil-based packaging with biodegradable alternatives made from wood pulp fibers. Our products are tailored to the needs of clients, using high technology and complexity by combining virgin and recycled fibers, encouraging rational use and maximizing natural resources.
The adoption of our renewable, recyclable and biodegradable materials offers consumers the best and more sustainable options for lower-impact consumption. Klabin’s bio-products are key to the development of a low-carbon circular economy, in which society’s constantly changing demands are met in consonance with the planet’s challenges and limits.
At the end of the life cycle, Klabin’s bio-based products can be safely reintegrated into the ecosystem with no impacts on the environment, restoring a part of energy, water and nutrients extracted from soil used in growing pine and eucalyptus forests.
And how do we do our part?
90 trees planted per minute and 216,000 hectares of native forests – more than the sum of the areas of the cities of São Paulo and Curitiba.
We maintain 48% of the forest area earmarked for the conservation and maintenance of biodiversity.
Recycling of 91% of all waste generated at the Monte Alegre and Puma (PR) plants by the waste facility, with a capacity to process 44,000 thousand tons per month.
We consume 27 m3 of water per ton of pulp produced, against the average of 30 m3 per ton usually consumed by a traditional mill.
Capacity to generate 270 MW of clean energy from the steam produced from the black liquor and biomass boilers, making Klabin self-sufficient in energy at the Puma unit, as well as offering up to 120 MW to the national power grid, contributing to a cleaner Brazilian energy matrix.
Differentials in treatment and discharge of wastewater
Inclusion of a third stage in treatment at the Puma unit, guaranteeing emission levels that are easily absorbed by water bodies. In addition, the discharge pipe is located before the withdrawal pipe.
The share of renewable fuels in our energy matrix is 89%, which shows that sustainability is one of the main pillars of business management at Klabin.
We identified in our forests in Paraná about 898 species of animals and 2021 species of plants, with 3,200 km of ecological corridors. The intense efforts to preserve biodiversity, the use of environmentally correct forest management practices and proper landscape management ensure for Klabin an excellent use of the production potential of the forests and the protection of natural resources.
Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)
Klabin has devoted tremendous efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels and, consequently, reduce GHG emissions into the atmosphere. In the last 15 years, we reduced the emission of CO2eq/t of product by 58%. Our CO2 balance is positive, that is, we capture more CO2 from the atmosphere through our forests than is emitted by our industrial operations. We have a balance of 5.4 million tons of CO2eq.