The Cavalcante Ceramic is a red brick factory located in São Miguel do Guamá (PA), in the northern region of Brazil. The factory used to feed the kilns with 1,700 m³/month of wood extracted from the Amazon, the largest rainforest in the world, to fire its ceramic products. In an attempt to reduce the damage caused to the environment, the factory implemented a carbon credit project in 2007 and began using only renewable biomass. The renewable biomass that has been used is composed of açaí pits, palm tree fiber and sawdust. In addition to the environmental benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing the threat to the Amazon biome, the revenue from the carbon credits has allowed the factory to contribute to other local social, environmental and economic initiatives.
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.
“When the safety lectures were held in the factory courtyard, there was not adequate space. Today, the dialogue has significantly improved; Now, with the new auditorium, I have multimedia resources, such as audio and video, to conduct the training courses more effectively”.
— Dona Fernandes (Health and safety technician)
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