The Autazes Potash Project was spotlighted as a strategically important mineral initiative for Brazil at two recent high-profile events: the Expo & Brazilian Mining Congress (Exposibram 2023) and the International Amazon and New Economies Conference. Both conferences took place in Belém, PA, from August 28th to September 1st. Adriano Espeschit, President of Potássio do Brasil, was responsible for presenting the project. Espeschit focused on the crucial role of potash, particularly in Brazilian agribusiness, which is responsible for almost 10% of global food production.
The company initiated its presence at Exposibram 2023 with an educational booth designed to give attendees a thorough understanding of the upcoming potash fertilizer project in Autazes, AM. The company also participated in the second edition of the Canadian Breakfast Meeting where it introduced the Autazes Potash Project to suppliers involved in the mining sector. The most notable moment for Potássio do Brasil at Exposibram was undoubtedly Espeschit’s participation in a panel discussion about public policies for strategic minerals in Brazil. There, he detailed the role of the Autazes Potash Project in global food security, highlighting its grounding in Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles. According to Espeschit, Potássio do Brasil has the potential to supply up to 20% of potassium chloride to the Brazilian agribusiness sector, which is significant considering that Brazil currently imports 98% of its potassium chloride.
Adriano Espeschit commented: “Potássio do Brasil can contribute up to 20% of potassium chloride supply to Brazilian agribusiness. Consumption that, in agribusiness, we are totally dependent on because we import 98%”. Our project is entirely sustainable. We will produce green potash with 80% less carbon footprint compared to projects in Canada and Russia, thanks to our Brazilian energy matrix, which is 84% renewable. By producing potash fertilizer, we are firmly committed to contributing to achieving the UN’s second Sustainable Development Goal, Zero Hunger.
Following Exposibram, representatives from Potássio do Brasil attended the International Amazon and New Economies Conference, which focused on a variety of topics including new economies, the bioeconomy, and circular economy. Over 130 companies and institutions in the mineral sector, including Potássio do Brasil, pledged to develop environmentally responsible practices to conserve the Amazon. Espeschit stated that the company’s participation and sponsorship of this event was an explicit commitment to sustainable development in the Amazon and bolstering food security globally, without causing environmental or social harm.
Notable speakers at the conference included global figures like South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-moon, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair, and former President of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez. All emphasized the necessity of sustainable development as a means to reduce poverty. Márquez specifically invited the audience to ponder the future of new economies in the Amazon, stressing the importance of incorporating traditionally Amazon-related activities into development plans.
For context, the Expo & Brazilian Mining Congress is an annual event organized by the Brazilian Mining Institute (Ibram) and is one of Latin America’s most significant gatherings in the mineral sector. The event provides a robust platform for discussions about the mineral industry’s key scenarios and trends. The International Amazon and New Economies Conference, also coordinated by Ibram, brings together stakeholders from various sectors, including indigenous communities, academia, and both the public and private sectors, to discuss sustainable development and environmental issues. The conference aims to foster solutions that balance economic growth, inequality reduction, and conservation efforts.