Copersucar launches campaign to prevent fires in the countryside during the dry season

With the involvement of 37 associated plants, the action seeks to protect around 11 thousand square kilometers of cultivation area and environmental protection in four states

05.07.2023 | 13:53 (UTC -3)
Paulo Mathias Neto

Copersucar and its associated plants, distributed across four states (SP, MG, PR and GO), launched, this month, another edition of Fogo Zero, an awareness campaign to combat fires in the countryside. The work seeks to take care of productive areas of sugar cane and native vegetation that cover an area of ​​approximately 11 thousand square kilometers, including the preservation of water resources, air quality, biodiversity and the communities where they operate.

According to Dalbi Arruda, director of sustainability, people and communication at Copersucar, the objective is to guide the population on actions to prevent fires from emerging, report criminal fires and inform them about the procedures in the event of an occurrence. “It is a broad work that ranges from the thousands of employees at the plants, through the important support from state departments, to reaching local society, showing the strength of communication and the importance of joining efforts in this fight”.

Fires can happen at any time of the year, but mainly between June and October, months that normally feature dry weather, little rain, strong winds and high temperatures, characteristics that enhance the emergence of this type of occurrence. Typically, fires in plantations start in border areas, between the sugarcane field and surrounding roads (streets or highways), caused by inappropriate and illegal actions such as throwing cigarette butts into the bush, incorrectly disposing of garbage and releasing balloons. .

To prevent and combat fire outbreaks, associated plants maintain protocols, training, action plans, teams of firefighters trained to deal with any adversity of this nature, water trucks, in addition to carrying out awareness campaigns in the cities where they operate. It is worth mentioning that Copersucar's production units use mechanized processes in harvesting activities, and there is no burning practice in their sugarcane fields.

Plants associated with Copersucar operate with mechanized harvesting processes
Plants associated with Copersucar operate with mechanized harvesting processes

According to Rafael Frigério, coordinator of inspection and biodiversity at the State Secretariat for the Environment, Infrastructure and Logistics of the State of São Paulo, who recently participated in an event with representatives of the 37 plants associated with Copersucar, the sum of effort is essential to face the dry period. “Fire is something serious, which requires qualified and capable people to deal with it. Prevention, preparation and response are essential to minimize occurrences and their impacts. It is necessary to know what to do before, during and after a fire. Here in the State of São Paulo, we have been working for more than a decade in Operation Firebreak, which is now called Operation São Paulo without Fire, and in 2022, we have the lowest number of fire outbreaks in the historical series, less than 1600 occurrences in the state”, he explains.

According to data from the National Institute for Space Research, the current photograph (data between January 01 and June 22, 2023) indicates a 2% increase in fire outbreaks in Brazil, compared to the same period last year, presenting 20.276 occurrences detected by the reference satellite. In the states where Copersucar plants operate (SP, PR, MG and GO), the combined number of fire outbreaks fell by 12%, from 3287 to 2901 (data up to June 22).

Copersucar Partner Plants

  1. Balbo Group – Santo Antonio Unit
  2. Balbo Group – São Francisco Unit
  3. Balbo Group – Uberaba Unit
  4. Caçu Plant
  5. Cerradão Plant
  6. Cocal Group – Paraguaçu Paulista Unit
  7. Cocal Group – Narandiba Unit
  8. Diana Bioenergy
  9. Ferrari Agroindustrial
  10. Furlan Plant
  11. Maringá Group – Jacarezinho Plant
  12. Improvements – Jussara-PR Unit
  13. Improvements – Nova Londrina Unit
  14. Improvements – Vale do Paraná Unit
  15. Agroindustrial Stone – Buriti Plant
  16. Agroindustrial Stone – Usina Ipê
  17. Pedra Agroindustrial – Usina da Pedra
  18. Pitangueiras Plant
  19. Santa Adélia Plant - Jaboticabal Unit
  20. Santa Adélia Plant – Pereira Barreto Unit
  21. Santa Lucia Plant
  22. Santa Maria Plant
  23. São José da Estiva Plant
  24. São Luiz Plant
  25. São Luiz Bioenergy Plant
  26. São Manoel Plant
  27. Ipiranga Agroindustrial – Iacanga Unit
  28. Ipiranga Agroindustrial – Descalvado Unit
  29. Ipiranga Agroindustrial – Mococa Unit
  30. Ipiranga Agroindustrial – Passos Unit
  31. Umoe Bioenergy
  32. Viralcool – Sertãozinho Unit
  33. Viralcool – Pitangueiras Unit
  34. Viralcool – Castilho Unit
  35. Zilor – Barra Grande Unit
  36. Zilor – Quatá Unit
  37. Zilor – São José Unit
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