Maguary - Sustainable Carbon
Caatinga

Maguary

Education and Culture

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Maguary is a brick factory located in Nazaré da Mata municipality, Pernambuco State, Brazil, which supplies the regional civil construction industry. In the past the company collected firewood from the Caatinga biome as fuel for firing their products. As of 2008, the factory began a carbon credit project, which consists of switching non-renewable fuel for renewable alternatives, such as mesquite (Nahuatl mizquitl) wood, sugarcane briquettes, sustainably managed wood and wood residues. Since the project’s implementation, the factory has reduced its atmospheric GHG emissions and begun investing in modernization of the factory. Furthermore, Maguari reinvests the income from carbon credits into sustainable development programmes for the region.

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Location

Project location

Nazaré da Mata (PE), Brazil

Project Type

Renewable Biomass

Ecosystem

Caatinga

Major Cobenefit

Education and Culture

Standards

VCS + SOCIALCARBON

Registry

Verra Registry

LIVING CULTURE

The factory sponsors Maracatu music groups from Nazaré da Mata municipality, known as the state capital of this musical style. Maracatu is Pernambuco State’s particular brand of folk music and culture, interpreted by simple workers who play percussion instruments and tailor brightly coloured costumes. The majority of the factory workers and their families are part of these groups and put on shows in the city center twice a year. This initiative helps preserve and propagate Pernambuco State’s culture.

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.

"The Maracatu groups are very important in our region, they show our children the diversity of the Brazilian people and they swell the local economy, mainly through tourism”.

— Mrs. Vasconcelos (Factory Owner)

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