VELOTEX

Itabaiana/SE, Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Biodiversity
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Ecosystem
Caatinga
Standards
VCS + SOCIALCARBON®
Registry
Markit™ Environmental

SUPPORTING CONSERVATION OF THE NORTH-EASTERN CAATINGA BIOME

Through its activities in partnership with Itabaiana municipality’s local Falcon Park, Velotex contributes to the conservation of the Caatinga biome. The factory supplies the project with bird food and the material for cleaning and construction of the aviaries.

The park houses over 800 birds and is one of the few places in Brazil with authorization from IBAMA to breed falcons in captivity. According to employee, Mr Luis Carlos, “the factory is very well integrated into the community. As well as donations made to the Municipal Park, Velotex provides space for the Itabaiana community to use for leisure activities”.

Project Description

Velotex is a brick factory located in Sergipe State, North-eastern Brazil. The factory previously used native firewood from the caatinga, a uniquely Brazilian biome, as fuel to produce its ceramic pieces. In order to reduce its environmental impacts, in 2007, the factory opted for more sustainable production methods by ceasing its use of native wood and investing in equipment for use of biomass fuel, such as coconut husks, in its kilns.

This switch allowed atmospheric GHG emissions to be reduced and carbon credits to be generated. Furthermore, since implementing the project, the factory has invested in modernization, generating benefits for the 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

  • Social responsibility: Donation of construction material and funding to various community members and institutions.
  • Encouraging sports: Construction of a football field in the ceramic factory for the employees and community to use.
  • Workers’ wellbeing: Bicycle shed and ambulance made available to employees.

Environmental benefits

  • Reuse of by-products: Partnership with the rubbish collectors’ association for use of wood waste products as fuel.
  • Use of different biomass types: Coconut husks, sugarcane bagasse, sawdust, mesquite and eucalyptus.
  • Serra de Itabaiana National Park: Expansion and refurbishment of sanitary facilities

Economic benefits

  • New technology: Acquisition of new equipment and more comfortable tractors for the employees.
  • Product quality: The factory is in the process of obtaining quality certification for the products.
  • Stimulation of the local biomass market and opening up of new markets for the ceramic products.
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