Ceramic Fuel Switching Project

Location: Brazil
This carbon offsetting project preserves vulnerable areas of the Amazon rainforest from deforestation by facilitating a fuel switch from wood to renewable biomass in ceramic factories.

Project Summary.

This offsetting project brings together several biomass fuel projects in Brazil. It focuses on small enterprise manufacturers of blocks, bricks, and structural ceramic tiles for the Brazilian market.

Manufacturing of these materials requires a large amount of energy which traditionally is derived from burning wood from the Amazon rainforest. This has resulted in poor forest management and the destruction of precious and biodiverse ecosystems.

The project has assisted the factories in switching to readily available renewable biomass such as sawdust, bamboo husks and coconut shells to fuel the ceramic kilns. In turn, this has helped to develop more sustainable business practices.

Alongside this, carbon credits also help to fund social and educational programmes to enrich the lives of local communities.

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Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

The ceramic works are an important source of employment for communities, but the work is labour intensive. The project has enabled the factories to provide better benefits and improve conditions for workers and, by introducing renewable fuels, made the industry itself more sustainable.

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Communities in Brazil, and in fact the entire world, depend on the preservation of the Amazon rainforest. The ceramic works now have more sustainable sources of fuel which make use of the waste products of other manufacturing and agricultural processes. This has ensured that production no longer depletes their environment.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change

Besides the social benefits which are at the heart of this project, emissions of carbon are being reduced through the prevention of deforestation, which would otherwise be contributing to climate change and its impacts.

The results

  • The project is anticipated to avoid 582,036 tCO2e over 10 years.
  • The ceramic factories have implemented a Plan of Control to monitor environmental impacts.
  • The profitability of the factories is improved by making use of waste products as fuel.
  • Working conditions have been improved and factories provide benefits to employees such as medical care.
  • The factories contribute to the local community by donating bricks, supporting a Vocational Training Centre and a rehabilitation clinic.
  • Residues from the ceramic production processes are used for additional purposes such as patching up roads and this is helping to promote sustainable practices beyond the industry itself.
  • The project helps to implement a programme of free classes to community children and teenagers. These are specifically focused on cultural heritage and for families who cannot afford to pay.

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