CGM

Crato (CE), Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Community
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Ecosystem
Caatinga
Standards
VCS + SOCIALCARBON®
Registry
Markit™ Environmental

CGM IN ACTION

CGM ceramic factory engages in dialogue with a variety of different actors from the local community, seeking to contribute to the region’s sustainable development. One of its initiatives is in partnership with the Aquase NGO, which it allows to access its Sustainable Forest Management area for the purpose of bird watching and conservation activities. The factory also organizes a tri-annual event called “CGM in Action”, offering a range of free services and entertainment to the public. Another of its remarkable initiatives was the construction of a soccer field for the employees and community to have access to sporting activities, promoting health and wellbeing. The factory’s engineer, Sr. Stephenson, states, “When the factory began to implement socio-environmental initiatives, we realized that our work didn’t have to be limited to activities within the company.”

Project Description

CGM is a ceramic factory that produces bricks and tiles located in the municipality of Crato (CE), in the Northeast of Brazil. CGM previously used native firewood from the Caatinga biome as fuel to produce ceramic pieces, which exacerbated deforestation of the second most vulnerable biome in the country.

With the goal of changing this situation, the factory chose in 2006 to start fuelling its kilns using exclusively renewable fuels, such as cashew tree parings and babaçu palm coconut husks. This fuel switch allowed atmospheric GHG emissions to be reduced, as well as the factory to participate in the carbon market.

Today, CGM generates carbon credits, generating income that is reinvested into modernization of the factory and measures benefitting the workers as well as the local 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

  • “CGM in action”: free educational event offering medical and personal hygiene services for the neighbouring communities.
  • Social inclusivity: Women and disabled people hired.
  • Public open days: Weekly supervised visits.
  • Social responsibility: Event sponsorship and donation of construction material to community members.

Environmental benefits

  • Conservation of natural heritage: Partnership with the Araripe Geopark, helping to conserve sites of geological interest in the Northeastern Sertão region.
  • Partnership with a rubbish collectors’ association to use wood waste products as renewable biomass fuel.
  • Forest Management: Three Forest Management Plans carried out by the factory itself to produce renewable biomass.

Economic benefits

  • Technological development: Investing in technology representing best practices in the sector, such as more efficient kilns and burning monitoring equipment.
  • Advertising environmental practices: Winner of the 2011 FIEC Prize for Environmental Performance.
  • New market opportunities opened up for the ceramic products. < /li>
  • Creation of new demand for local biomass providers.
Amount of CO2e 0
Number of Beneficiaries 0
Forest Acres Protected 0