The Balsas project, located in Maranhão state, is a ceramics factory which produces about one million bricks per month. For decades, the factory had been using deforested native wood from the Cerrado to fire its kilns. Today, 100% of the fuel used by the factory comes from local agricultural waste. Moreover, the factory held public consultations to involve the views of local stakeholders regarding the carbon project. The project area lies within Brazil’s most deforested region in the Cerrado biome as of 2008/2009, according to the Ministry of Environment. The Balsas project has been awarded The Gold Standard ® certification, supported by WWF, which is currently the most rigorous certification worldwide for GHG emission reductions projects.
The Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs to ensure that projects that have reduced carbon emissions exhibit the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contribute to sustainable development. This ensures that projects using the Standard meet the Sustainable Development Goals, maximizing impact and creating value for the people and communities involved.
“We have known and supported Sustainable Carbon projects for 5 years, including visits on site. This enabled us to verify the high quality of the projects, and the relevant impacts they have on climate, environment and community."
— Simon Köppen (Head of Carbon Offset Services na ClimatePartner)
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