The Guaraí, Itabira and Santa Izabel Ceramic factories, located in the Itaboraí municipality of Rio de Janeiro state, previously used fuel oil to fire its ceramic products. Fuel oil is a fossil fuel derived from petroleum, which releases soot causing damage to the respiratory system when burnt. Furthermore, it is a highly polluting fuel and contributes significantly to global warming. Faced with this challenge, the ceramic factories decided to switch from oil to renewable biomass (a clean energy source) as fuel. More than just reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating carbon credits, this change also promotes sustainable development in the surrounding community.
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.
To calculate the Hexagon, the average of the values of each resource per Point of the projects was made.
“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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