CENOL E TELHA FORTE

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

WORKER COME FIRST

In 2013, the Cenol and Telha Forte factories decided to invest in improving conditions in the workplace. According to Rosângela, the safety technician for the two factories,“in the past, there was no space available to hold worker safety meetings. We had to assemble groups in the middle of the production process to give them guidance, which was always very hot and noisy. So we had the idea of investing the income from carbon credits into a lecture hall. Now we have space and comfort for myself and the employees to hold meetings and to do my work as well as I possibly can”. The investments didn’t stop there, as the factories also built a medical room. Today, the workers and their families are offered monthly free medical assistance, “as the municipality is very much in need, this initiative truly sets this project apart in terms of standards of living for the workers and their families”, states Rosângela.

Project Description

Cenol and Telha Forte are two brick factories located in the São Miguel do Guamá municipality of Pará State. To produce their ceramic pieces, the factories previously used 45,000 tons/year of native firewood from the Amazon Rainforest, the world’s largest tropical rainforest. Recognising their environmental impacts and wanting to make a change, the factories implemented a carbon credit project in 2007. The project led to the exclusive adoption of renewable biomasses as fuel, including acai seeds and sawdust. Beyond the reduced deforestation pressure on the Amazon biome and accompanying GHG emissions, the project generates income for the factory to invest in social and environmental co-benefits for the workers and surrounding community.

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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

  • Community development: Donation of construction material to local individuals and institutions, including a Professional Training Centre in the municipality, as well as a number of financial donations.
  • Training workers: New hall built in the factory for lectures and courses.
  • Workers’ wellbeing: Health and safety professional employed to deliver improvements in factory practices.

Environmental benefits

  • Fish farming: Fish farm built in the clay extraction area.
  • 100% renewable biomass used: Açaí seeds and sawdust used as fuel.
  • Waste management: Reuse of waste products in the production process and defective products used to mend potholes in local roads.

Economic benefits

  • Modernized facilities: Administrative office renovated and covered garage converted for workers’ use.
  • New market created for local biomass suppliers.
  • Increased availability of funds for socio-environmental initiatives because of credit sales.
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Forest Hectares Protected 0