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Sustainability Technical Subcommittee

CitrusBR supports transparent communication of important data related to indicators of sustainability, working to find solutions that include all stakeholders and promotes the adoption of scientific knowledge to support strategic decisions and face eventual barriers to international trade.

The carbon footprint study of the orange juice produced and exported by CitrusBR members represents a pioneer initiative in the Brazilian industry and now, after 4 years, is one of the few long term studies in the orange juice sector.
CitrusBR has a commitment to increase transparency, seeking constant improvement in terms of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

The study of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the carbon footprint of the orange juice produced and exported by CitrusBR members together arose as a demand from the AIJN (European Fruit Juice Association). In 2010, companies associated to CitrusBR (Cutrale, Citrosuco/Citrovita and Louis Dreyfus) worked with expert advice of the consultancy DeltaCO2 - Environmental Sustainability for calculating the carbon footprint of the orange juice produced in the year of 2009.

The pioneering study in Brazil and the pursuit of CitrusBR of a better understanding of issues related to the sustainability of the production of orange juice exported to Europe, has made the study an annual commitment, with the last results presented for the year of 2012.

During the process, the results were reported annually to AIJN and were continuously evaluated by the Sustainability Team of CitrusBR. Since orange juice is a product of agricultural origin, GHG emissions were evaluated by a minimum of four years in order to neutralize variations related to climate and market conditions. Thus, CitrusBR reaches the year 2013 with one of the most comprehensive studies of emissions associated with the orange juice production in Brazil.