Since the beginning of its operations, BTP has demonstrated that it is possible to operate a high-performance terminal with safety for people and respect for the environment.
BTP invested in 22 environmental programs to manage, monitor, audit and control the biotic, entropic and physical means of the region where it is located. Out of these 22 programs, 13 are currently in course, while 9 have been completed. Environmental programs are focused on:
Surface and Underground Waters;
Monitoring of Mangroves and Forestry Compensation;
For over five decades, the place where BTP is setup was one of the largest environmental liabilities of the State of São Paulo, and the largest in port area in the country.
Fully monitored by the Prosecutor’s Office, Ibama, Cetesb and other bodies in charge, BTP recovered the area in 30 months by decontaminating the environmental liability, and integrating an important economic player not only to the Port of Santos, but to the country.
In 2009, BTP started to separate waste and wash the soil. Almost 1.2 million tons of contaminated materials were disposed of in the industrial landfill of Caieiras, in the interior of the state of São Paulo – which represents 17.5 thousand truck trips to the landfill.
With investments worth R$257 million, the environmental remediation was completed in March 2012. In June 2012, BTP received a positive technical opinion from Cetesb, confirming the end of the process.
Based on one of the largest syndications of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s arm for financial investments in developing countries, BTP’s project represented initial investments of US$800 million, of which 60% came from this loan.
The syndication was only possible because BTP’s project was in full compliance with the “Ecuador Principles,” which consist of credit granting criteria established by IFC to ensure the sustainability and environmental balance of the project, as well as the social development of the community.