In 2021 Manduvirá conducted a study to measure its carbon footprint throughout the whole production and distribution process. The results were encouraging and showed that their plant’s gas emissions were significantly lower than the norm for conventional sugar manufacturers. Notably Manduvirá’s boiler is fueled with sugarcane residue, emitting less greenhouse gases than if it were fueled with firewood. Yet, the analysis identified the possibility to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions through the implementation of a wet gas scrubber.
The EFTA Climate Justice Fund will support the Coop to optimize the system: Manduvirá will acquire a portable flue gas analyzer and the sugar plant technicians will receive specific training on its usage. During 4 months, the trained staff will test different combustion parameters (air input, humidity in the bagasse…) to identify the best conditions to reduce stack emissions.