The MASS Policy also guides Embraer’s Environmental actions, having among its principles respect for the environment, the pursuit of eco-efficiency and the management of the company’s products’ life cycle .
Since 2012, Embraer has been a signatory party of the aerospace industry’s sustainability commitment that establishes two of the industry’s key goals: carbon neutral growth by 2020 and a 50% reduction in net aviation CO2 emissions by 2050, considering 2005 levels. Each year, Embraer discloses an inventory of GHG emissions certified by ISO 14064 and audited by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) (see emission inventory results in GRI Indicators). G4-EN15, G4-EN16, G4-EN17, G4-EN18, G4-EN19, G4-EN20, G4-EN21
In 2016, energy consumption totaled 176,889 MWh, a higher value than in 2015, mainly due to the increase of installations and work forces in units of the United States and Portugal. A savings of 2,498 MWh/year was also recorded due to initiatives, such as the modernization of hangar lighting systems, installation of photovoltaic panels, and replacement of tubular fluorescent bulbs with LED lights. This year, the company also hired a consultancy in order to identify improvement opportunities related to the reduction of energy consumption at the Faria Lima, Eugênio de Melo, Taubaté and ELEB units (see more about energy consumption and its reductions in GRI Indicators). G4-EN3, G4-EN6
The company’s units discard their effluents in the public network, with the exception of Taubaté and Gavião Peixoto, Brazil, which discard effluents in the Boçoroca and Mulada streams, respectively. This is possible because they have their own Sewage Treatment Plants (ETE, in Portuguese), and the Gavião Peixoto ETE stands out for its removal of nitrogen-based material (ammonium, nitrite, nitrate) and the reuse of water. The volume discarded is less than the supporting capacity of the water bodies and both are outside the Environmental Protected Areas (APA, in Portuguese) (see water disposal broken down by treatment and destination in GRI Indicators). G4-EN22
Embraer waste management is carried out by third-party companies, specialized in processing and decontaminating materials for reuse or responsible disposal (see total weight of generated waste and their destinations in GRI Indicators). G4-EN23
Embraer establishes dialogs with associations, entities, multilateral organizations and voluntary initiatives in order to contribute to the formulation of public policies concerning the aerospace sector. These relationships are regulated by guidelines stated in the Code of Ethics and Conduct and monitored by the Compliance Program (see Compliance).
This year, a topic that involved the sector concerned Brazilian Law No. 258/2016, which instituted the modernization of the Brazilian Aeronautics Code. The current document is from 1986, prior to the current Brazilian Constitution, the Consumer Defense Code, the new Civil Code and the National Civil Aviation Agency. This is an important debate taking place in Brazil’s Senate. The Brazilian Aerospace Industries Association (AIAB, in Portuguese), in which the company participates on the Board of Executive Officers, was a member of the expert committee that analyzed this reform.
Embraer has also been attentive to discussions about easing sanctions on Iran, allowing the sale of commercial aircraft under license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Treasury Department, and on the change of European law to allow the transfer of data between Brazil and the U.S.
The company also favored setting limits for state support in the development and maintenance of aeronautical projects. During the year, Brazil appealed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against subsidies granted by the province of Quebec (Canada) for the development of the Canadian C Series commercial aircraft model, a direct rival of the E-Jets, which aggravated the price dispute in commercial aviation. This is a sensitive issue to maintain a level playing field.
After six years of negotiations between governments, environmental groups and members of the aviation industry, including Embraer, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) introduced the first standard for certification of CO2 emissions in aviation. The standard seeks to promote the reduction of CO2 emissions from aircraft, encouraging the integration of fuel-efficient technologies in the design and development of aircraft. The CO2 standard will be applied to all new aircraft models launched after 2020 and also, progressively, to all aircraft in use starting in 2023, even if designed and launched before 2020.
During the ICAO October meeting, the 191 member countries also agreed to implement a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The agreement will add to other industry efforts to address climate change (see Embraer’s participation in national and international associations and organizations in GRI Indicators).
|Name||Date of adoption||Scope||Stakeholders involved|
|UN Global Compact||2008||Global||Suppliers, manufacturers, transportation companies and organizations from different sectors|
|Initiative Towards sustAinable
Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA)
|2012||Global||Suppliers, manufacturers, transportation companies and aerospace sector organizations|
|Friends of Rio+20||2012||Global||Organizations from various sectors|
|Commitment to reducing GHG
emissions in aviation (ICAO/ATAG)
|2012||Global||Suppliers, manufacturers, transportation companies and organizations from the aerospace sector|
|Call to Action||2014||Global||Suppliers, manufacturers, transportation companies and organizations from different sectors|
|Bio-fuel research center||2015||Brazil (with world impact potential)||Partnership with Boeing|
|EcoDemonstrator||2016||Technology test for improving
environmental performance of product
|Partnership with Boeing|
The Embraer Institute for Education and Research, which celebrated 15 years of operations in 2016, was created in order to manage Embraer’s social private investment in programs focused on education. The initiatives are based on three fronts of action: education, engagement with society and preserving the memory of the Brazilian aeronautical industry. During the fiscal year, in order to encourage good practices, Embraer – through the Embraer institute – embraced four Sustainable Development Goals, established by the United Nations (UN). Learn more at www.institutoembraer.org.br.
Social Partnership | The Social Partnership Program supports educational projects structured by civil organizations. In building its thematic agenda, the Embraer Institute promotes public consultations based on the Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) agenda.
Volunteering | The Embraer Institute coordinates initiatives focused on disseminating a volunteering culture among employees of the company, and establishes partnerships with public and private entities aiming to intensify volunteerism in activities that comply with Embraer values.
Embraer Historical Center | Created in 2006 and incorporated into the Institute in 2014, it is responsible for rescuing, preserving and disclosing the memory of the Brazilian aeronautical industry in four exhibition spaces – São José dos Campos (SP), Gavião Peixoto (SP), Villepinte (France) and Fort Lauderdale (EUA) – and on the website www.centrohistoricoembraer.com.br/en-us/pages/default.aspx. In 2016, the virtual exhibition Women in Aviation was held, in line with the fifth UN Sustainable Development Objective (Gender Equality). See https://goo.gl/EQWdyL.
Guided tours | Launched in 2015 as an experiment, the initiative opens the São José dos Campos unit’s doors to the community. In addition to bringing the unit closer to the community, the program rescues the company’s history and involves employees who work as guides during the visits.
A Flight for Embraer | At the end of 2015 and at the beginning of 2016, the Catavento Cultural Museum, in São Paulo, held a thematic exhibition on Aviation Technology, which had an Embraer Institute collection, including a life size passenger cabin.
Embraer High Schools | Embraer’s Juarez Wanderley and Casimiro Montenegro Filho High Schools, located in São José dos Campos and Botucatu, respectively, offer three years of education (a full high school term) at no cost, for students from the public school system. In addition to the full scholarship, Embraer High Schools also provide uniforms, teaching materials, food and transportation. Their applied educational method focuses on academic excellence and professional orientation, through socio-environmental and cultural education, and is a key factor in achieving high approval rates in public and private university entrance exams. For 2016, the two high schools were listed among the best schools in Brazil, based on the results of the National Secondary Education Exam (ENEM, in Portuguese). Juarez Wanderley College also won the first four positions in the Intelligence Olympics, organized by the Multiple Intelligences Assessment (AMI, in Portuguese) and by the Commercial and Industrial Association (ACI, in Portuguese) in São José dos Campos.
Scholarship Fund | Program for alumni of the Embraer High Schools who had excellent academic performance, financial limitations and who have been accepted into public or private universities with full tuition waiver. The fund is made up of donations from individuals, among them employees, as well as companies and organizations. Supporting the sustainability of the program, former students also become donors, once they find a place in the job market, and a grace period comes to an end. In 2016, the initiative benefited 271 university students.
Entrepreneurship | The Embraer Institute carries out initiatives in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit in students of the public system in the areas where the company is present. Noteworthy, among the highlights of 2016, are the various awards received by the MiniCompany Program, coordinated in partnership with the Junior Achievement organization of the State of São Paulo, including the Best Mini-Company award in the Social Responsibility category.