Banacol: pioneers in sustainability with carbon-neutral certification


With a commitment to sustainability, Banacol leads the way in the banana industry, standing out for obtaining the carbon-neutral certification for two consecutive years.

In the Urabá region, Banacol stands out for its agricultural production and leadership in sustainable environmental practices, an effort aligned with its mission to cultivate well-being for the community and the environment. This commitment has been recognized with carbon-neutral certification by the Colombian Institute of Technical Standards and Certification (ICONTEC) in 2022 and 2023, marking Banacol as a benchmark in Colombia's fight against climate change. Banacol has implemented effective strategies to measure, reduce and offset its carbon footprint, following the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol methodology. Since 2018, the company has focused on optimizing its processes to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and Colombia's carbon neutrality and climate change management goals.

This clarification underscores Banacol 's long-term commitment to the environment and proactivity in adopting sustainable practices.

Banacol has implemented effective strategies to achieve and maintain its carbon-neutral certification:

Carbon Footprint Measurement: Rigorous assessment of Scope 1 and 2 emissions using the GHG Protocol methodology.

Voluntary Mitigation Plans: Implement concrete actions to reduce emissions, optimizing resource use and energy efficiency. Emission Offsets: Investment in carbon credits and external forestry projects to neutralize residual emissions. Banacol's outstanding environmental achievements Banacol's dedication to sustainability has resulted in significant achievements:

Reduced Water Consumption: There is a 5% decrease in water consumption, thanks to awareness programs for efficient water use. Increased weeks of recirculation of water used in banana washing, achieving a 10% reduction in water use compared to the previous year. Natural Resource Conservation: Allocation of 202.69 hectares for the conservation of water sources and forests and planting 10,829 trees in 2023, more than 4,000 of these focused on conserving water sources. "Our commitment to sustainability and Carbon Neutral certification reflects the essence of Banacol in cultivating well-being for our communities and the environment. We will continue to lead by example, demonstrating that it is possible to harmonize agricultural productivity with care for the environment," says Victor Manuel Henriquez Restrepo, spokesman for Banacol. Banacol is positioned not only as an agricultural leader for its quality and efficiency but also for its commitment to sustainable practices and environmental responsibility. Its holistic approach to sustainability, which integrates environmental protection with social and economic development, establishes Banacol as a role model in Colombia and the global industry, setting a path toward a more sustainable and responsible future.