IRMÃOS FREDI

Presidente Epitácio (SP), Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Community
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Ecosystem
Cerrado
Standards
VCS + SOCIALCARBON®
Registry
Markit™ Environmental

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Mr. Fredi, Owner of Irmãos Fredi Ceramic Factory, recognised the carbon project as an opportunity to transform his municipality’s situation. “The income from the sale of carbon credits enabled the factory to engage in projects involving the community”, he says. “Only a few small initiatives were carried out before the project, but today we bring significant social benefits to the area”.

Since finding out about the work of local resident Raimunda in 2012, it has been providing the Alpha & Omega association, which she founded, with essential support. Irmãos Fredi factory was responsible for reforming the association’s headquarters, which helps more than 40 child victims of neglect and violence, also providing the milk and medicine they need. Furthermore, the factory helps towards the association’s rent bills.

Project Description

Irmãos Fredi ceramic factory, located in Presidente Epitácio municipality, São Paulo State, produces bricks and construction blocks for the local civil construction market. Up until 2006, the factory used firewood from the surrounding Cerrado biome to feed its kilns, producing one million ceramic pieces per month. As of 2006, the Management opted for more sustainable production methods, investing in fuel switching equipment. Since then, the kilns have been fuelled with renewable biomass, allowing the factory to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and generate carbon credits. The factory implements sustainable development and social investment actions, improving working conditions for the 64 employees’ as well as quality of life for the surrounding community. 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

  • Social responsibility: Funding contributions, renovation and expansion of two education centres: “Associação Espírita, Fé e Caridade” and “Associação Alpha & Omega”.
  • Improvements to the factory’s facilities: Construction of bathrooms, cloakrooms, and a covered garage for employees to park cars, motorbikes and bicycles.

Environmental benefits

  • Exclusive use of renewable biomasses as fuel, specifically sugarcane bagasse and sawdust. The factory avoids using an average of 20,000 tonnes per year of native firewood from the Cerrado, the second biggest Brazilian biome.
  • Creation of an action plan to restore local degraded areas from which clay is extracted.

Economic benefits

  • Modernization: Laboratory built within the factory with cutting-edge technology for product analysis.
  • Creation of new markets for local biomass suppliers.
  • Technological progress: Drier and mechanical biomass feeder acquired to improve the kilns' energy efficiency.
Amount of CO2e 0
Number of Beneficiaries 0
Forest Hectares Protected 0