Barro Forte - Sustainable Carbon
Caatinga

Barro Forte

Employee Well-Being

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CONTRIBUTION TO
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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DEVELOPMENT GOALS

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Located in Tacaimbó, the Barro Forte factory produces bricks which are sold in the local civil construction market. Up to 2008, the factory used 1,900 m³/ month of native firewood from the Caatinga, a uniquely Brazilian biome, as fuel in the kilns producing ceramic pieces. As of 2008, the company’s management chose to produce sustainably and invested in equipment to carry out fuel switching.Since then, the kilns have used sustainable biomass, which has allowed the factory to reduce its GHGs and, furthermore, to generate carbon credits. The factory’s sustainability initiatives improved working conditions for the 130 employees and involve the surrounding community, which benefits from the sustainable development strategy implemented by the factory.

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Location

Project location

Tacaimbó (PE), Brazil

Project Type

Renewable Biomass

Ecosystem

Caatinga

Major Cobenefit

Employee Well-Being

Standards

VCS + SOCIALCARBON

Registry

Verra Registry

FREE HOUSING FOR EMPLOYEES AND FAMILIES

The Barro Forte factory runs a housing project aimed at the employees. The company offers accommodation within the factory and pays the bills for the 11 houses inhabited by the workers and their families. The production manager, Mr. Oliveira, says, Mr Silva is one of the employees who has benefited from the initiative, having lived for years in the factory. Today, he still works at the ceramic factory, but no longer needs to use the accommodation provided by the company. Now, using part of the income from the carbon credits, ten more houses are being constructed and the project expansion was made possible.

SOCIALCARBON Standard Performance

The hexagon demonstrates the continuous improvement of the project during all verification periods. The Social Carbon Standard encourages the reinvestment of a percentage of the income from the carbon credits in socioenvironmental benefits, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Social Carbon: far beyond carbon, it is social equality.

“This initiative is positive for both sides. For the employees it means convenience and the chance to save money, which for the owner represents improved security, because the ceramic factory is no longer isolated.”

— Mr. Oliveira (The production manager)

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