Kitambar - Sustainable Carbon
Caatinga

Kitambar

Health and Sports

CONTRIBUTION TO
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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CONTRIBUTION TO
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT GOALS

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Kitambar is a small producer of ceramic bricks and tiles located in the countryside of Caruaru (PE), in the northeast of Brazil. The factory historically used native timber from the Caatinga, an endangered and unique Brazilian ecosystem, as fuel to produce ceramic parts. However, in 2007, the factory chose to create a more sustainable production process to reduce its environmental impact. They invested in equipment to feed the kilns with renewable biomass, such as cashew tree residues and coconut husks. The switch significantly reduced GHG emissions into the atmosphere and also generated carbon credits. Furthermore, since the implementation of the project, the factory has invested in improving the workplace and supporting social projects that benefit the surrounding community.

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Location

Project location

Caruaru (PE), Brazil

Project Type

Renewable Biomass

Ecosystem

Caatinga

Major Cobenefit

Health and Sports

Standards

VCS + SOCIALCARBON

Registry

Verra Registry

INVESTORS IN HEALTH: SUPPORTING THE CARUARU COMMUNITY

Kitambar works in partnership with the Agreste Region's Childen's Cancer Institute, which provides medical treatment for children with cancer. According to the hospital's Executive Director, Sra. Suarez, "Kitambar is a marvelous partner if only in terms of relieving the worries relating to constructing buildings, they are already a huge help". Besides this initiative, the factory built a rehab center for drug users in the neighboring community. "Since the very beginning Kitambar has been with us, all the housing, the whole constructed area was built by them," says Sr. Wagner, the representative of the center. Sr. Barbosa, the factory Owner, concludes, "this work affected us deeply. These are people with no financial wherewithal, carrying out a project of such great import".

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.

We carry out a lot of lectures and training, there is also the survey with the employees through questionnaires, it is good because on paper they are not shy to express themselves. Besides, because of the carbon project the factory was all computerized, which also enabled better working conditions. We have much more control over the all the processes.

— Severino Francisco (Administrative Manager)

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