Environmental management

BTP strives to achieve excellence in its activities, always prioritizing transparency and protecting the environment and people.

- Environmental management

Historical evolution of the recovered area

Lixão interditado pela Codesp

BTP invests in 22 environmental management concerning management, monitoring, auditing, and control of the biotic, anthropic and physical environment of the region where it is installed. They focus on:

  • Dredging;
  • Marine species;
  • Archeology;
  • Surface and ground waters;
  • Wastewater;
  • Solid waste;
  • Wildlife;
  • Mangrove monitoring and forest compensation;
  • Environmental emergencies;

- Environmental remediation

For more than five decades, the land lot located on the bank margin of the Port of Santos - area where the future Brasil Terminal Portuário multi-purpose terminal is located - was considered to be one of the largest environmental liabilities of the State of São Paulo and the largest located in a port area.

BTP entered into an agreement with the State Public Prosecution Office and, after Ibama and Cetesb issued the licenses (both granted in the second semester of 2009), the environmental remediation process was initiated.

The process began with waste sorting and soil washing. Almost 1.2 million tons of contaminated material was transported to the Caieiras industrial landfill, located in the countryside of São Paulo. This means that 17.5 thousand trips were made to the landfill. The remediation process lasted for 30 months. It was concluded in March 2012. In June of that same year, BTP received a positive technical rating from Cetesb. R$ 257 million were invested in the remediation process.

In August of that same year, the Santos City Council held an official ceremony in which BTP was awarded a decoration for the elimination of this large environmental liability.


Mangrove preserved by BTP, located at the margins of the Saboó River.


Southern Crested Carcará. Credits: Gilberto Peres

- Sustainable funding

Almost US$ 800 million was invested in the BTP project. Sixty percent of this sum was sponsored by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), branch of the World Bank responsible for promoting investments in the private sector of developing countries. This loan only came to fruition because the BTP Project was completely aligned with the "Equator Principles", which are a set of guidelines concerning credit operations meant to guarantee the sustainability, environmental balance and social impact of an enterprise. The project was audited and proved to be eligible for funding.