CAVALCANTE

Sao Miguel do Guama/PA, Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Employee Well-Being
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Ecosystem
Amazon
Standards
VCS + SOCIALCARBON®
Registry
Markit™ Environmental

MORE HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE CERAMIC INDUSTRY

With the extra revenue from carbon credits sales, the Cavalcante Ceramic factory has chosen to invest in a workplace conducive to employee health and safety.

To achieve this, the business owner hired a specialized technician who has been coming to the factory three times a week to ensure correct use of personal protective equipment and implement occupational health programs since 2009.

Furthermore, in 2012, the factory built a modern auditorium where lectures and training courses are offered to employees. According to the health and safety technician, Mrs. Fernandes, “when the safety lectures were held in the factory courtyard, there was not adequate space.

Today’s dialogue has significantly improved; with the new auditorium I now have multimedia resources, such as audio and video, to conduct the training courses more effectively”.

Project Description

The Cavalcante Ceramic is a red brick factory located in São Miguel do Guamá (PA), in the northern region of Brazil. To fire its ceramic products, the factory used to feed the kilns with 1,700 m³/month of wood extracted from the Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world. In attempt to reduce the damage this was causing the environment, the factory implemented a carbon credit project in 2007 and began using only renewable biomass such açaí pits, palm tree fiber and sawdust. In addition to the environmental benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing the threat to the Amazon biome, the revenue from the carbon credits has allowed the factory to contribute to other local social, environmental and economic initiatives. Download PDF

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

  • Community Development: The factory contributed thousands of bricks to build a local community center, recreational club and the cultural development association.
  • Capacity building and training: Training courses are provided for employees.
  • New facilities in the workplace: The factory built and auditorium and health clinic for employees use.

Environmental benefits

    • Reduced consumption of native timber by 20,000 m³ per year, decreasing negative pressures on the Amazon biome.
    • Commitment to the environment: The factory recovers degraded areas where clay is extracted.
Waste management: Much of the waste is recycled into the production process and defected bricks are used to repair potholes on local roads.

Economic benefits

  • Facility Upgrades: Renovated bathrooms and new biomass storage sheds have improved employee welfare in the workplace.
  • Creating new markets for local biomass suppliers.
  • Carbon credit sales have resulted in increased financial resources for social and environmental investments.
Amount of CO2e 0
Number of Beneficiaries 0
Forest Hectares Protected 0