Reunidas is a family company which produces various ceramic products in the state of Tocantins, Brazil. In order to fuel its kilns and produce 5 million items per year, the factory used to extract 12,000 m3/year of native firewood from the surrounding Cerrado biome. Reunidas implemented the carbon credit project in 2007 with the goal of reducing its environmental impacts while modernizing technology. The project allowed the company to cease collecting Cerrado firewood in favour of using renewable biomass as fuel, such as rice husks. Apart from creating GHG reductions, the project promotes investment in improving work conditions and benefits for the community due to the income from carbon credit sales.
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 initiative is already generating positive results, I am seeing higher levels of employee motivation and fewer accidents at work. It is no longer a battle to make employees use personal protective equipment, there is much greater adherence to the rules”.
— Mr. Silva (Factory Owner)
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