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.
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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