BARRO FORTE

Tacaimbó - PE
Major Cobenefit
Employee Well-Being
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Ecosystem
Caatinga
Standards
VCS + SOCIALCARBON®
Registry
Markit™ Environmental

FREE HOUSING FOR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES

Barro Forte factory runs an accommodation project for its employees. The company offers accommodation within the factory and pays the bills for the 11 houses inhabited by the workers and their families. The production manager, Mr Oliveira, says, “This initiative has positive impacts on both sides. For the employees it means convenience and the chance to save money, which for the owner is a huge reassurance, because the ceramic factory is no longer isolated”. Mr Silva is one of the employees who has benefited from the initiative, having lived for years in the factory. Today, he still works at the ceramic factory, but no longer needs to use the accommodation provided by the company. Now, with part of the income provided by carbon credits, ten more houses are being constructed with the aim of expanding the project.

Project Description

Located in Tacaimbó, Pernambuco State, Barro Forte factory produces bricks which are sold on the local civil construction market. Up until 2008, the factory used 1,900 m³/ month of native firewood from the Caatinga, a uniquely Brazilian biome, to fuel the kilns which produce the ceramic pieces. As of 2008, the company’s Management chose to produce sustainably and invested in equipment for the fuel switching process.

Since then, the ovens have used sustainable biomass, which has allowed the factory to reduce its GHG emissions while generating carbon credits. The factory’s sustainability initiatives improved working conditions for the 130 employees and involve the surrounding community, which benefits from the sustainable development strategy implemented by the factory.

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Where does your money go?

When buying carbon credits of this project you are supporting , sponsoring , financing and making possible the reduction of greenhouse gases and various initiatives in the social scope , environmental and economic as the following:

Social benefits

  • Social assistance: Financial and construction material contributed to local institutions and the surrounding community.
  • Leisure area: A football field for training was constructed.
  • Benefits: A basic food allowance is offered on the basis of commission for production, and life insurance for the employees.

Environmental benefits

  • Looking to the future: The company reforested an area of more than 80 hectares with eucalyptus trees.
  • Exclusive use of renewable biomass fuel: Mesquite and other wood residues, coconut shell and sugar cane residues.
  • Environmental management initiatives: Installation of chimney filters to reduce particulate emissions.

Economic benefits

  • Technological advances: Construction of a new kiln and new equipment acquired.
  • Job creation: Administration and production employees contracted.
  • New demand created for local biomass providers.
Amount of CO2e 0
Number of Beneficiaries 0
Forest Hectares Protected 0

Testimonials about this project

(Português do Brasil) José Silvestre de Lima
(Português do Brasil) Funcionário

(Português do Brasil) Antes eu pagava aluguel. Morando aqui eu não pago aluguel, não pago água, não pago luz, tenho lugar na garagem. Pra mim foi muito bom.