Empresas Verdes S.A. manages forestry plantations that, as every productive activity produced by men, may have an environmental impact. However, there are ways to develop them to minimize or control possible impacts. This is why, under the concepts of sustainable development and business responsibility, EVASA develops and implements an Environmental Management System (EMS) that enhances the continuous environmental performance achieving a balance between the economic-productive, environmental and social factors.
EVASA takes on this responsibility and to ensure it, adheres to the principles and criteria of the FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council), using in its plantations the higher standards and the best forestry practices locally adapted and guided by the national legislation and international treaties to which the country adheres.
In this sense, during 2011 EVASA successfully certified its plantations under the FSC® seal, which is the most demanding of its kind internationally. Since then, independent audit companies carry out thorough annual compliance verifications of its principles, criteria and indicators in force and that comprise production aspects as well as social and environmental interactions of the productive processes, especially.
The responsible forestry management directed to the protection of the environment implies the commitment as well as the regular controls and regulation of factors such as:
- EVASA is interested in preventing and controlling the fire that may be produced, either naturally or by uncontrolled burnings neighboring lands.
- To fight it, EVASA has 3 land brigades composed by 15 persons duly equipped and trained to prevent and fight possible fires. Moreover, the Company has a network of 7 fire watching towers distributed in its property and has an agreement with a fire fighting aircraft with 2,000 liters of water capacity, based on the field.
- All these efforts and resources are available to help fighting fires in neighboring fields or in agreement with the local authorities.
- In this way, EVASA has protected its own plantations and the communities near them. The last fire originate in one of EVASA’s fields was in 2008, where 24 hectares were burnt..
- The chemicals that the company uses are low impact, with green label and/or are allowed by the environmental organisms and the FSC® seal. They are only applied in planted areas and during the first three years of the plantation. No other chemical is applied during the remaining 16 or 20 years of the plantations.
- The application of the said products implies training and certification of the workers and specification of the necessary safety equipment for the operation.
- EVASA has internal rules that regulate the handling of chemicals, always monitoring that no contamination is produced.
- EVASA is committed to the balanced management of the property leaving representative parts of the ecosystems that coexist in the field, guaranteed by technical studies of independent entities.
- In order to ensure the ecological compatibility of its plantations with the environment, the company is audited with regular biodiversity monitorings of flora and fauna, soil and water, by external research entities like INTA, CECOAL and Habitat and Development Foundation.
- Likewise, there is a local institutional control from the authorities, like ICAA and Parks and Reserves of the Province..
- Care of Water
- The evidence resulting from the water monitorings carried out by EVASA indicate that there are no significant changes in the hydrological patterns in the areas where plantations are, nor in the humid areas, grasslands or nearby ponds.
- Likewise, according to neighbors of nearby communities, there is no or has not been any report about lack of home water.
- Carbon Fixation
- EVASA contributes with a high net carbon fixation with its plantations.
- 100% of the customers generate as final products wood for construction, panels or pallets, which life cycle is considerably larger than, for example, wood used for paper pulp, helping in this way, to a more stable and extended carbon fixation.
- Soil removal is minimum and the working is limited to the plantation area.
- Wastes from operations or domestic ones are managed under strict environmental rules ensuring their correct handling, final disposition and recycling (if possible).