Environmental Management

IRANI has an area of ​​Environmental Management that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining its Environmental Policy.

The area promotes atmospheric environmental management, of solid waste, effluents, of non-renewable resources and the monitoring of the air quality.

It works integrated with Company management, assisting in the identification and treatment of environmental issues, and constantly searching for a participatory activity, and attentive to all involved.

Its mission is to contribute to the pursuit of business excellence as a responsible initiative in relation to IRANI initiatives and its interactions with the environment, reducing risks and streamlining initiatives.



  • Value Sharing Project

    Value Sharing Project
  • Plastic Recycling Plant

    Plastic Recycling Plant
  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education
  • Limnological Monitoring

    Limnological Monitoring
  • Study of the Ichthyofauna

    Study of the Ichthyofauna
  • Reuse of Boiler Ash

    Reuse of Boiler Ash
  • Recovery of permanent preservation areas

    Recovery of permanent preservation areas
  • Reduction and Water Reuse

    Reduction and Water Reuse
IRANI has a project to publicize to its customers and potential customers, projects and sustainability initiatives developed by the Company.

Named as, Value Sharing, the project is administered by the Management for Excellence Department and the Sustainability Management department in partnership with the entire commercial area of the Company. Its main objective is for IRANI to be recognized and valued as a differentiated supplier. .

For the dissemination of sustainability, IRANI provides a team of specialists on the subject to its customers. This work enables the customer to enjoy the experiences that were lived internally and also develop similar projects and actions.

In addition to encouraging sustainability, the project approaches the areas of Sustainability and Supply of customers and potential customers that when buying they can decide together and opt for a company that offers, in addition to quality products and expert technical assistance, exclusive services linked to sustainable development.

Share the commitment with sustainability is a possibility for the Company to generate greater value in the relationship with their customers and get nearer to the prospects.

Being concerned about the environment, IRANI has in its manufacturing area in Vargem Bonita, a plastic recycling plant.

The plant collects waste from the pulp preparation of the Paper Machine # V, washes and centrifuges this waste separating the plastic from the fiber. Then, the fiber returns to Machine V and the plastic is sent off to be sold. 

In 2012, the plant achieved significant results; it recycled 257.21 tons of plastic and recovered 121.41 tons of fiber.

With the plastic recycling, IRANI contributes to the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by the degradation of the material in landfills and reducing environmental liabilities.

Given the commitment to sustainability, IRANI operates an effective program and the ongoing environmental education, directed to all stakeholders, including employees, schools, universities, customers, suppliers and communities from around the neighborhood.

The Cellulose Irani Environmental Education program has been carried out since 2006, and by 2012, it had already provided 8091 hours for employees at the subject. During this period, approximately 23,000 people became involved in the actions that were carried out.

The Program consists of the initiatives taken during the course of the year emphasizing holidays consolidated on the Company calendar, such as the World Water Day, Environment Week, Day of the Tree and Day of the River. These occasions are celebrated with educational activities aimed at awakening involved in habits and sustainable attitudes.

The Cleanse Program is carried out in partnership with Irani and the Confederação Nacional do Transporte (CNT), (National Transport Confederation), Federação das Empresas de Transportes e Cargas Logísticas no Estado de Santa Catarina (Fetranscesc (Federation of Transport Companies and Freight Logistics in the State of Santa Catarina), Sindicato das Empresas de Transporte de Cargas de Catanduvas e Região (SETCCAR) (Union of Cargo Transport Companies in Catanduvas and Region).

The appropriate vehicles receive a green seal " clean up stamp " if the vehicle is rejected the technician will guides the drivers to comply. 

Between 2009 and 2012, there were over 1,440 vehicle inspections, which have improved their percentage of approval over the years. 

This service is offered free of charge and will bring mutual benefits for IRANI, the transportation service provider, the truck driver and society as a whole. 

In Vargem Bonita - SC the Forestry Unit maintains an ecological trail in an area of Legal Reserve.

Known as the Trail of Tree Ferns due to the presence of large numbers of this species, the trail runs for 2,300 m, where one can see springs, streams, vegetation, small animals and the beauty of the Atlantic Forest Biome.

The trail is mainly used for environmental education, where participants receive information on the ecological balance of the ecosystem, food chain, ecological succession, riparian forest and the conservation of native species, especially those threatened with extinction.

One of the main initiatives of the Environmental Education Program is the Ecological Garden, carried out in partnership with the Galeazzo Paganelli School of Basic Education in Campina da Alegria - SC.

The project presents a comprehensive overview, and environmental education in the possibility of developing and disseminating knowledge about the environment involving students in elementary and secondary education in order to raise their awareness and ecological benefits in consuming organic products, besides providing the interaction with natural resources.

To assess the water quality in the IRANI Small Hydroelectric Plant (SHP) reservoirs, the Environmental Management area has continuously carried out limnological monitoring since 1996.

The study consists of the physical-chemical, microbiological and toxicity analyses of the water quality aspects in order to obtain information and to search for a systematic and integrated perception of environmental reality.

The program involves the collection of samples from strategic points in the reservoir at the IRANI Plants, and certain physical, chemical and biological variables in surface waters. Some physical-chemical and microbiological tests are performed in the IRANI laboratories. The toxicity tests are carried out in specialized external laboratories.


The IRANI Environmental Management area carries out in the reservoirs of the Small Hydroelectric Plants (SHP) Flor do Mato, Cristo Rei and São Luiz in Ponte Serrada - SC, a city near the Vargem Bonita industrial park, a study of the species fish to establish an Integrated Quality Index (QI).

In the Flor do Mato SHP data was collected in 2008 and the laboratory and data analysis were extended until 2010.

This was conducted with the authorization of the Brazilian Institute of Environment (IBAMA) and through a partnership established with the University of the Contested (UnC), the study resulted in the analysis of 908 specimens belonging to 11 species in 6 families.

Based on the calculation in the QI most of the sampling points in the reservoir showed good water quality and the mutagenicity testing (observation of the blood cells of fish exposed to the sample, which assesses whether there is genetic mutation) showed a low incidence of micronuclei showing no mutagenic and clastogenic (chromosome breakage) effect of substances in the water.

The fish were caught, counted, measured and weighed. All specimens were placed in formaldehyde for fixation and subsequent identification, performed by a specialist in taxonomy.

The fish were donated to the scientific collection of fish of the Laboratory of Ichthyology of the Zoobotânica Foundation (Natural Science Museum) in Rio Grande do Sul. In 2011, a new fish monitoring program was initiated in the SHP Flor do Mato reservoir.

The project for the use of biomass boiler ash and calcium carbonate is being developed in partnership with Embrapa Forestall and aims to enable the use of such waste as fertilizer in the reforested areas.

Due to its chemical characteristics, the ash can constitute a source of nutrients for plants and serves as a soil conditioner.

Under this project, IRANI joined the Programa Terra Boa (Good Earth Program), of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of Santa Catarina. The program seeks the distribution of acidity correctives to farmers in the state to facilitate the conservation and improvement of soil quality through acidity correction of the soil.

To participate in the Good Earth Program, IRANI obtained for the Paper Mill, the product registration form the Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (MAPA) for the production of acidity correction and registration of product for the marketing for calcium carbonate.

To reverse the fragmentation of remnants of native vegetation, IRANI carries out the project Recovery Permanent Preservation Area (PPA) of Ribeirao da Anta, located near the industrial park in Bonita Vargem (SC).

The project is reconstructing the vegetation in the creek in order to build ecological corridors. The APP, where the work is being carried out, totals 9.75 hectares and 7.28 hectares are being recovered through the planting of native species such as the Brazilian Pepper (Schinus terebinthifolia);

Altschul (Anadenanthera macrocarpa); (Mimosa escabrella) and Araucaria (Araucaria angustifolia), among others.

Between 2007 and 2012, the study allowed the vegetation of 15.22 hectares, 7.28 hectares of the APP at Riacho da Anta and 7.94 hectares in compensation areas with the planting of approximately 13,000 seedlings belonging to 16 species native of the region.

To enable this project, IRANI obtained a specific Environmental Operating License (LAO) with a validity date through to 2013, during which the report will be submitted for site monitoring.

In 2011, the Riacho da Anta APP Recovery Project won the Expressão Ecologia in the category of the Rehabilitation of Degraded Areas. The award is certified by the Ministry of Environment and is considered the greatest environmental prize in the South and the greatest map in the evolution of companies toward sustainability.


The project to reduce the consumption and reuse of water is part of IRANI´s strategic planning. Its main objectives is to involve all employees in the identification of unnecessary consumption and water leaks in all parts of the Company.

To help in the Programmes initiatives, in Irani, there is the Group for the Reduction of Water and Wastewater (Grae). The group's mission is to reduce the consumption of water and capture surface water and develop projects aimed at water reuse in the production process, reducing the effluent that is generated.