Guaraí, Itabira, Sta Isabel - Sustainable Carbon
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Guaraí, Itabira, Sta Isabel

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

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Location

Project location

Itaboraí (RJ), Brazil

Project Type

Renewable Biomass

Ecosystem

Mata Atlântica

Major Cobenefit

Community

Standards

VCS + SOCIALCARBON

Registry

Verra Registry

SOCIAL INCLUSION

As a corporate social responsibility strategy, the ceramic factories employed women to work in the production process. This pro-social inclusion initiative distinguishes the factories from the rest of the civil construction sector, which shows a huge predominance of male employees. “Employing women is bringing us excellent results. Production losses have fallen, as women have proven to be more careful and responsible”, states Mr. Cardoso, owner of the Itabira factory. Beyond promoting a more just and inclusive society, the factories also contribute to values of diversity in the workplace. Promoting diversity isn’t limited to contracting women; the companies also took on disabled people and ex-convicts, helping the latter to gain a foothold in the job market.

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.

To calculate the Hexagon, the average of the values of each resource per Point of the projects was made.

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— Simon Köppen (Head of Carbon Offset Services na ClimatePartner)

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