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Waste


At Citrofrut, we aim to use our resources efficiently, constantly seeking alternatives to reduce our generation of waste. In 2021, we implemented waste collection campaigns and environmental training for all our staff. Currently, we are working with the Human Resources and Social Responsibility Areas to promote and foster environmental protection awareness.

In 2022, we have re-used 151,298 Packaging items (Steel drums and Good pack containers) from our operation.

Number of pieces

Type of material

Category

187,146

VBarrels and tanks

Re-use

269,107

Cardboard

Recyclable

224,985

Sterile bags

Non-recyclable

728,228

Plastic bags

Non-recyclable

2,538,495

Labels

Non-recyclable

Waste management


  • At each site, we have areas of temporary waste management for all types of waste.

  • We have detailed records of waste generated.

  • We contracted specialized waste companies to ensure the correct waste disposition.

  • The special handling of waste is done in compliance with the current regulations.

  • Currently, the orange peel waste is more than the capacity of our site equipment, and in 2021, 73,000 tons were destined for the landfill.

Type of waste

Tonnes

Hazardous

40.8

Special management

786.10

Organic

73,596

Mud

10,289.79

Total

84,713.15

Energy and Emissions

At Citrofrut, concerned about the Climate Crisis, a staff training and awareness program is being placed to reduce fossil fuels and energy consumption that cause a negative impact. The objective is not only to understand how to be aware within the facilities, but also how these tips can be applied in daily activities since it is an issue that concerns us all, and all company members must understand the environmental impact.

In the programs established by Citrofrut, we are committed to increasing renewable energy use. In 2020, the use of 58.8% of energy from renewable sources was reported, but in 2021, our consumption increased to 90%, and we intend to maintain this percentage, in compliance with the Electricity Federal Commission (CFE) provisions.

To become more sustainable, we transformed our energy mix into a higher percentage of renewable energy. This has become a priority for our company, and in 2021, 80% of the electric energy used came from renewable sources, compared to 47% in 2019, which resulted in a reduction of 48% of CO2 emissions, in 2019.



Absolute carbon footprint (tCO2e)

In 2020, we calculated our emissions at 74,827 tons of CO2.
In 2021, our emissions amounted to 49,829 CO2 tons.
This represents a reduction of 24,998 tons, which is equivalent to 33%.

Absolute GHG Emission by Facility
(tCO2e)

We can attribute this reduction to the implementation of our energy efficiency and carbon reduction strategies as well as initiatives, such as:


  • Replacement of fuel oil for natural gas.

  • More product volume which does not require fuel (as concentrate does).

  • We increased our use of renewable energy from 48% to 63%.

  • Consumption of our treatment plants was within the range established in regulation NOM-SEMARNAT-1996, reducing the factor generation of methane by organic discharge.


Internal monitoring of gas emissions is carried out with the baccarat equipment to verify or detect deviations in the boilers’ carburation. There are logs with the measurements taken by the equipment. If deviations are detected, the necessary adjustments are made.

Carbon Footprint


The tons of CO2 equivalent are calculated and divided by the tons processed per plant in a consolidated way. The estimate is made using emission factors and the amount of energy used per plant. Then, a general consolidation is made. During the reporting year 2021, the emission factors issued by the CFE were used. For 2022, the factors that will be applied are renewable energy.

Water (m3/Ton)

Our Huichihuayan facility carries out awareness campaigns on saving water and energy for suppliers and employees.

Environmental
Goals 2022


Investment in our water treatment plants.


Increase the percentage of water re-used to 43%, in 2025


It is planned to implement biogas recovery systems and thermal energy production from the anaerobic treatment of wastewater, focusing on consuming the biogas in the dryers and boilers.


The objectives will be to reduce fossil fuels and energy use in all plants. Citrofrut commits to establish an Energy Savings Plan for 2023, and focus on the fact that, by 2030, the electrical energy will come from renewable sources through contracts with suppliers.

Our processes adhere to the highest water consumption standards, which consider the amount of fruit processed, and, in the last couple of years, the global water consumption index has remained at 1.6 m3/Ton of processed fruit. However, the internal water use has increased from 0.25 m3/Ton to 0.36 m3/Ton, an increase of 11%. In this period, we approved an investment of 120,000 USD for water traceability tests to implement energy generation with wastewater and reduce the use of chemicals.

In 2021, the water re-used amounted to 24%.

Absolute Water discharge
(m3/year)

Biodiversity


Citrofrut is committed to protecting the environment by following the environmental regulations and a preventive approach. We have undertaken studies of the farming land to establish conservation policies and initiatives where needed. Since 2019, we have carried out five assessments of our orchards.

Certifications


Our products have the USDA Organic Certification, which ensures that no toxic chemicals are used on the crops.

In addition, all our orchard are certificated in Farm Sustainability Assessment, and we use pesticides approved by the WHO and accepted in the Stockholm Agreements to protect ecosystems and their biodiversity.

Rancho Bello Orchard


The Habitat of Rancho Bello Orchard has improved and diversified with the construction of 10 micro-dams that shelter a variety of aquatic and amphibious fauna as well as a variety of birds, both stationary and migratory species. We use non-erosive agricultural methods and trickle irrigation to preserve the soil.