JBS Starts Issuing International Renewable Energy Certificates

With 45 MW of installed capacity, Biolins supplies 20% of JBS's electricity needs in Brazil.

JBS, the largest food company in the world, took another important step towards its trajectory towards the Net Zero 2040 commitment. REC Standard / I-REC, which prove the generation of electricity from renewable and environmentally responsible sources.


The certification was obtained through Biolins, a thermoelectric plant located in the city of Lins (SP), which belongs to JBS and uses various types of biomass as raw material for energy generation, such as sugarcane bagasse, wood sawdust and eucalyptus residue. The plant has 45 MW of installed capacity, enough volume to supply a city of 300,000 inhabitants. Based on the energy generated by the project in 2021, Biolins can issue 113,400 certificates for last year.


Certified in Brazil by the Totum Institute, the I-RECs can be purchased by industries and commercial establishments to prove that they consume electricity generated by renewable energy sources, such as solar plants, wind farms and biomass thermal plants. As a result, certificate holders are able to neutralize the so-called Scope 2 emissions, which considers indirect CO2 emissions from electricity for own use, contributing to the fulfillment of its decarbonization targets.

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“This achievement is very relevant, because it attests that Biolins is environmentally clean and injects energy from a 100% renewable source into the National Interconnected System (SIN). With this, holders of the I-RECs issued by Biolins will be able to prove that the energy consumed in its operations is clean”, highlights the Director of Sustainability at JBS Brasil, Maurício Bauer. Currently, Biolins supplies 20% of JBS’s electricity needs in Brazil.


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