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Odebrecht Environmental

Odebrecht Environmental was created in 2008 with the mission of promoting public health and preserving the environment by ensuring the correct disposal of waste produced by the population and by industries. In October 2016, Odebrecht S.A. announced the sale of its Environmental Business.

Through partnerships with public and private companies, as well as states and municipalities, Odebrecht Ambiental develops solutions in three different areas: 

  • Water and sewage treatment, complementing government investments necessary to ensure quality services while servicing some 16.1 million people in more than 180 Brazilian municipalities; 
  • Utilities, enabling the outsourcing of utility centers while promoting corporate environmental management;
  • Waste treatment, through the diagnosis and remediation of contaminated areas, atmospheric monitoring, as well as other services.

The business operates water and sewage services in the states of::

  • Bahia
  • Espírito Santo
  • Goiás
  • Maranhão
  • Minas Gerais
  • Pará
  • Pernambuco 
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Rio Grande do Sul
  • Santa Catarina
  • São Paulo
  • Tocantins

In Recife, it established the largest Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the sanitation sector in Brazil, serving 3.8 million people. The company also signed a contract with Saneago for the provision of sewage services and commercial management in the municipalities of Aparecida de Goiânia, Rio Verde, Jataí, and Trindade, in Goiás. It also won the PPP contract for the expansion of the Rio Manso System, which supplies the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais, benefiting 1.6 million residents. 

In the area of Utilities, it manages the following units:

  • Aquapolo Ambiental (video), for Braskem and other companies located in the Petrochemical Center in the ABC Region (in Greater São Paulo) - the largest water reuse project in the Southern Hemisphere for industrial purposes;
  • Santa Cruz, for ThyssenKrupp - Companhia de Siderurgia do Atlântico (RJ);
  • Jeceaba, for Vallourec & Sumitomo Tubos do Brasil - VSB (MG);
  • Otacílio Costa, for Klabin (SC);
  • Cetrel: treatment and final disposal of effluents and waste from the Camaçari Center (BA).

It also manages specialized projects for waste management, such as:

  • Grajaú (SP) civil construction waste treatment plant;
  • Air monitoring services in Rio de Janeiro (RJ);
  • Industrial waste treatment plant in Camaçari (BA);
  • Management of environmental liabilities and remediation in industrial plants in the states of Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte and Rio de Janeiro.

Cetrel
Water supply and sewage treatment services - Limeira (SP)
Water supply and sewage treatment services - Tocantins

Awards and Distinctions

Odebrecht Environmental had its performance recognized when it won the National Quality Award (PNQS) for Sanitation Level 1 in the category of Commitment to Excellence for the operations in Mauá (SP), and in the Bronze Category for the operations in Gurupi (TO). It won the Chico Mendes Socio-Environmental Award for the Taquarussu Project (TO), and was awarded the FIESP Water Conservation and Recycling Award through Aquapolo Ambiental, as well as the FINEP 2013 Innovation award, won by Cetrel.

Timeline

Odebrecht Environmental came on the scene in 2008, but the Group began working in the industry as a pioneer as early as 1995. The city of Limeira, in the São Palo Region, was the first in Brazil to contract a private company for water and sewage services. At the beginning of the concession, only 2% of the citizens had sewage treatment services. Today this number has reached 100% in the urban area, and the municipality has become a benchmark for sanitation in the country.

Cachoeiro de Itapemirim (photo), in Espírito Santo, was also one of the first Brazilian cities to address the issues of water and sewage through a partnership between the private and public sector. In 1998, Odebrecht began its operations in the municipality, being responsible for the management, expansion, and modernization of the water supply and sewage treatment services. The percentage of properties with sewage treatment increased from a mere 5% to 94% of the urban area, and the supply of treated water, which meets international standards, has reached 99.5% of structures.

Over the following years, Odebrecht Ambiental began to operate units in Rio Claro (SP), Rio das Ostras (RJ), Campinas (SP), Jaguaribe (BA), Lumina, CTR Grajaú (SP) and Mauá (SP), among others. In 2009, it commenced activities in the Utilities segment with the utilities center for Vallourec & Sumitomo and Aquapolo Ambiental.