Lumber harvesting at Fibria’s Aracruz unit (Espírito Santo – Brazil) is more sustainable, thanks to the Fuel Consumption Reduction Project, which aims at reducing the use of diesel on the operations, cutting gas emission to the atmosphere in about 20%. It consists in installing a reduction system on the harvesters’ engines (equipment used for harvesting Eucalyptus).
Together with Komatsu Forest, the cellulose manufacturer has renewed all harvesters fleet of the Aracruz unit, reducing 12% of diesel consumption. Besides, they have already purchased 16 new machines for the units in the State of Bahia. The machines are cutting edge, modern, safe and ergonomic.
According to Fibria’s Harvest Manager at Espirito Santo and Bahia Rodrigo Zagonel the initiative is in tune with the operational excellence standard of the company and it comes with advantages. “In addition to the environmental benefits, the project makes us more competitive”, affirmed Zagonel.
Those who operate the new machines notice that the equipment is more efficient and comfortable. “The new machine is stronger and ergonomically better”, said harvest operator Gildasio Oliveira Silva.
With the productive annual capacity of 5.25 million tons, Fibria is the world leader on eucalyptus cellulose production. In October 2012, the company has consolidated an agreement with the American company Ensyn to invest on the renewable fuel sector from wood and biomass.
Fibria purchased 16 new harvesters for Bahia (BR)