In 2020, Orizon VR receives ~ 4.8 million tons of urban solid waste (RSU) generated by the equivalent of 20 million inhabitants. These undertakings are engineering projects that provide state-of-the-art technology and are arranged to act as instruments for basic sanitation and protection of the environment and public health.
The assets are situated in the municipality of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Paraíba, municipality of João Pessoa, in the state of Pernambuco and in the state of Rio de Janeiro, spread across 7 municipalities (Nova Iguaçu, São Gonçalo, Barra Mansa, Duque de Caxias Rio Bonito, and Belford Roxo).
Waste Treatment & Disposal Units
- 05 EcoParks, 2 of which are being implemented
- 03 Hazardous Waste Treatment Unit
- 01 Waste Transfer Station (ETR)
In the treatment and final disposal segment, we account for roughly 10% of the volume of waste treated adequately in Brazil. Currently, Brazil treats only 3% of the waste generated in the year (generation of 80 million tons of waste / year in Brazil).
Efficient clean energy generation systems in eco parks. Bioenergy plants for capturing and treating gases from the decomposition of waste, for sale or reutilization of methane gas.
The biogas-fueled power plants installed in our eco parks account for more than 540,000 MWh a year of incentivized energy in the grid. Through the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism, we also trade carbon credits on the free market. In 2020, the Company generated 1.7 million CERs generated/year, 0.7 million more than in 2019.
Energy, Biogas and Carbon Credits Units (CERs)
- 05 Carbon Credit Projects
- 03 Biogas Exploration/Sale Projects
- 02 Biogas Energy Projects
All of our eco parks have biogas energy, in contracts that range from supply of biogas to energy generation. Orizon VR is one of Brazil’s main players for carbon credits through methane destruction and displacement of the energy matrix.
In this Division, we develop plants for processing materials from the industrial sector (UBM), plants for recycling solid urban waste (UTM) and plants for the direct burning of waste for energy generation (WTE).
In the case of the UBM’s, we have been investing in highly technological and innovation-driven processes that contribute to the circular economy with companies that want to adopt a positive development cycle. In the case of the UTM’s, the waste undergoes an automated separation process, which is widely used outside Brazil, offering efficient reuse.
The Company plans to invest in UTMs projects in the future, being an important component of its organic growth, increasing the profitability of the waste under management.
In waste-to-energy, the Company develops the first waste burning and energy generation project in Latin America, located in the municipality of Barueri, in the form of a Public Private Partnership in a 30-year contract.
Waste Processing and Industrialization Units
- 02 Waste Processing Unit (UBR)
- 01 Energy Recovery Unit¹ (Waste to Energy) being implemented
In the first half of 2021, Orizon will start to build Brazil’s first Energy Recovery Unit in the municipality of Barueri, in the State of São Paulo, which will transform 870 tons of waste into electric energy a day by means of incineration of the waste. This unit will have the capacity to generate 20 MWh a month.
These are service contracts, with nationwide presence, in the area of environmental services, such as (i) recovery of degraded areas, (ii) remediation of contaminated areas, (iii) environmental diagnosis and monitoring, (iv) waste management and (v) the cleaning of oil industry tanks, along with others.