We understand that our activities have an impact on the environment, which is why we are committed to constantly seeking ways to minimize it.
We do this by continuously improving processes, soil conservation, crop rotation, as well as controlling Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, air quality, waste management, water treatment and energy saving, always mindful of any other potential impact.
We are pioneers in the Latin American market in measuring the environmental footprint of peanut production, using ISO 14064 and 14044 standards and the Product Category Rule for Nuts (GlobalEPD-RCP-009). At the beginning of 2018, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions were measured for all activities, as well as for the processing of peanuts through a Life Cycle Analysis.
The Carbon Footprint measurement includes an emissions inventory of all the company's activities and incorporates both direct emissions -associated with the activities that are controlled by the company- and indirect emissions that, although not generated from sources controlled by the company, are a consequence of its activities.
The Life Cycle Analysis results indicate that 0.456 kg of CO2 are emitted per kilogram of blanched peanuts. Successive measurements will make it possible to follow its environmental positive evolution, as well as to establish goals for the coming years.
Through strategic planning and investment, we have developed a cogeneration plant for renewable energy (electricity and steam), based on a clean and environmentally friendly system that utilizes biomass. Its capacity was projected taking into account the growing energy demand (current and short-term) of the industrial complex and the population's need for reliable and stable electricity for the development of their activities. Enough energy is generated to supply energy to around 8000 homes, which is ten times the number of homes in Ticino.
The generation of renewable energy is obtained from husks or peanut shells (between 60% and 80% comes from the company's main activity, and the rest comes from companies in the area).
The energy generation process comprises 1) biomass collection; 2) transfer of the fuel material to a boiler where the biomass is burned to obtain high-pressure water vapor; 3) then the steam goes to a turbine that produces rotating mechanical energy that, when connected to a generator, is transformed into electrical energy. Based on the plant's performance, the power made available to the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) is 3 MW, and the annual energy to be injected is approximately 23,400 MWh.
In Lorenzati Ruetsch and Cia., we implement a strict crop rotation policy. We believe that good land management determines productivity and sustainability and improves crop yields.
Our rotation scheme contemplates cycles of 4 to 5 years, in which crops such as soybeans, corn and wheat are involved. Proper crop rotation improves the soil's fertility, organic matter content, and nutrient content. Direct application of fertilizers and pesticides is reduced, as well as water and wind erosion.
The company drives the local economy and anchors the settlement of a good portion of the population, as well as being home to other activities. We actively participate in the community interacting with authorities and public institutions in a lawful and respectful manner.
We respect human rights and democratic institutions and we are committed to promoting them wherever possible.
We collaborate tirelessly with the public administrations and with the entities and non-governmental organizations dedicated to improving the levels of social care for the disadvantaged.
We are convinced that education is a fundamental link for the development of the community. That is why through the Juan Lorenzati Foundation we promote and collaborate with the education and academic research system, supporting formal institutional education at the initial, primary, secondary (core and specialized curricula), tertiary, university and postgraduate levels, as well as remote learning, languages, computing and cultural activities.
Agreements with different institutions:
• Blas Pascal University
• Comunidad Digital Company
• Dante Alighieri Institute
• English Institute