Sustainability

Alineados con los objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU, en GrandBay estamos comprometidos a contribuir activamente en la protección del planeta y mejorar las
condiciones de vida de todas las personas.

Strategic Pillars of GrandBay

Commitment: Reduce our water footprint by creating significant improvements in our operations.

Commitment: Minimize our solid waste that cannot be reused or treated properly.

Commitment: Obtain all our virgin fiber from environmentally preferred sources (EPS).

Commitment: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our operations through the efficiency of our processes and the use of less polluting fuels. 

Commitment: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our operations through the efficiency of our processes and the use of less polluting fuels. 

Clean water and sanitation

Commitment: Reduce our water footprint by creating significant improvements in our operations.

We have programs for the efficient use and saving of water and energy. We invest in systems to treat and recirculate 80% of the water we use; doing so, we save between 4,000 and 10,000 liters for each ton of paper produced.

During 2022, in Colombia, we updated the Distributed Control System (DCS) of the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant (PTARI). This automated system allows the reuse of continuous water of 800 gallons per minute of clarified water from the PTARI plant to the un-inked dilution tanks.

With these efforts we reduced the rate of water consumption. This tells us how much water is being consumed for the manufacture of semi-finished products. In Colombia we obtained a reduction of 22% from 2018 to 2022, while in Guatemala we achieved a reduction of 10%, since we started using these new technologies.

Responsible production and consumption

Commitment: Minimize our solid waste that cannot be reused or treated properly.

We have strategic alliances such as Cementos Progreso, in Guatemala, to take advantage of waste by eliminating contaminants from paper. We also have strategic alliances to transform 100% of our industrial waste into poultry litter, supplies for the manufacture of clay bricks, and composting for soil restitution.

We seek to reduce the Plastic Consumption Index. This “Key Performance Indicator” allows us to measure how much plastic we use for the packaging of our products. In Guatemala, the consumption of plastic per ton produced has been reduced by 30% and in Colombia, it was reduced by 12% in terms of kilograms per ton produced in the last 6 years.

Life of terrestrial ecosystems

Commitment: Obtain all our virgin fiber from environmentally preferred sources (EPS).

Our goal is to find that our wood fibers come from companies whose management practices meet the requirements of recognized forest certification standards and with environmental conditions that regulate practices for the use of forests such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®), Sustainable Forestry (SFI®), Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Sustainable Forest Management (CSA Z809).

Our plant GrandBay Papeles Nacionales S.A. (Colombia)is FSC® Chain of Custody certified, which provides credible assurance that products sold with an FSC claim originate from well-managed forests, controlled sources or from recycled materials.

In addition, our GrandBay Papelera Internacional (Guatemala) and GB Trinidad Tissues Limited (Trinidad & Tobago) plants are FSC® certified. (Forest Stewardship Council). This ensures the responsible use of fibers that originate from well-managed forests, controlled sources, or fromrecycled materials.

Along with this, in Trinidad & Tobago we obtained the Green Manufacturer of the Year Award 2019, an award given for excellence in green manufacturing and organized by the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA).

In Venezuela, around 8,200 hectares of plantation forests have been established with various clones of Eucalyptus and Acacia, promising species due to their rapid growth. In addition, the original ecosystem has been respected and we contribute to the conservation of the habitat of the wild flora and fauna of the place, such as the white-tailed deer, giant anteater, collared peccary, leopard and jaguar. To protect the jaguar and its habitat, we are working on obtaining the Jaguar Friendly certification.

Climate Action

Commitment: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our operations through the efficiency of our processes and the use of less polluting fuels.

We carry out the measurement of the Carbon Footprint; that is, the amount of greenhouse gases generated by our activities. In Colombia we have the ISO14001:2015 certification, related to the application of an environmental management plan; and the Recognition of Environmental Management in Risaralda (REGAR) by the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Risaralda, Colombia (CARDER).

During the last four years we achieved a 9% reduction in our Carbon Footprint. This translates into a better environment and air for the communities near our plants.  

Additionally, in Venezuela we apply the silvopastoral system, a practice of integrating trees, forage and cattle grazing in a mutually beneficial way for the climate. This makes it possible to mitigate greenhouse gases (methane) with the planted trees.

Affordable and clean energy

Commitment: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our operations through the efficiency of our processes and the use of less polluting fuels.

Thanks to the alliance with Zacapa Solar, we take full advantage of the plant that provides electricity from sunlight in Zacapa, Guatemala. The Zacapa Solar plant generates 9 megawatts of energy dedicated to our production plant in the Central American country.
The use of solar light at the Zacapa Solar converted into clean energy results in a reduction in the use of oil, preserving resources and benefiting the environment near the plant.

We are constantly seeking to reduce our Energy Consumption Index. This indicates how much electrical energy was consumed for the production of our products. Furthermore, our energy consumption from renewable sources is the highest recorded, thanks to the implementation of the energy provided by the Zacapa Solar plant.

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