Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.
Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. (ARAUCO) is one of the major forestry companies in Latin America. It provides employment for 40,000 people, through its industrial operations in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Canada; in addition to its network of sales offices around the world.
Financial Figures (as of December 2012)
· Sales: US$ 4,280 million
· Ebitda: US$ 879 million
· Profit: US$ 141 million
Five Business Areas
Forestry: ARAUCO’s forest land is distributed throughout Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay with 1.7 million hectares of forest plantations, 387,000 hectares of native forest and 192,000 hectares assigned for other purposes.
Woodpulp: Annual production capacity of 3.2 million tons of bleached and unbleached market kraft pulp.
Timber: A total production capacity of 2.8 million m3/year in Chile and Argentina.
Panels: Production capacity of 5.4 million m3/year are produced in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Canada.
Bioenergy: In Chile, ARAUCO provides electric energy for its industrial operations through its cogeneration power plants, with an installed capacity of 606 MW, of which 231 MW are sold to Chile’s energy grid, the Central Interconnected System (SIC in Spanish).
In addition, ARAUCO has 2 cogeneration power plants in Argentina with an installed capacity of 78 MW, which supply electric and thermal energy to its production facilties in Piray and Esperanza.
Our corporate policy considers transparent, long term relations with neighbors, emphasizing dialog and participation; forestry biomass based electric energy generation; designation of high conservation value areas; a commitment to public education through Arauco Educational Foundation; and permanent application of the best technology available in the industry, among other aspects.
Carbon Credits: Since 2007, ARAUCO has issued more than 1.9 million Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) or Carbon Credits, which represent an equal number of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent that are not emitted through the burning of fossil fuel. During this time the company has sold about one million CERs.
ARAUCO owns five cogeneration power plants in Chile that have been registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol, allowing the company to offset about 650,000 tons of CO2. The forestry biomass based cogeneration units are located in facilities Trupán (29 MW), Nueva Aldea phase 1 (30 MW), Nueva Aldea phase 2 (37 MW), Valdivia (60 MW surplus) and Horcones (30 MW capacity expansion).
In late 2012, a sixth emissions reduction project was registered. The Punta Pereira biomass based power plant (22 MW surplus) is located in Uruguay, and operates with the pulp mill of the same name. This project will allow the company to increase its annual GHG emissions offset to 750,000 tons
Conservation: ARAUCO owns 387 thousand hectares of native forest which are protected and conserved for present and future generations. The company conducts conservation, preservation and research in more than 165,000 hectares of land in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. In Chile, there are 60,000 hectares classified as High Conservation Value Areas which are rich in biodiversity and social and cultural attributes.
Education: ARAUCO has been contributing to education for more than 28 years.
1. ARAUCO manages three schools: Colegio Constitución, Colegio Cholguán and Colegio Arauco. All three establishments have achieved outstanding results, ranking among the nation’s best.
2. Through Arauco Educational Foundation, established in 1989, the company contributes to the improvement of municipal education. For more than 20 years the Foundation has benefited 557 schools, 4,700 teachers and more than 85,000 students.