Balsas/ MA, Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Employee Well-Being
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
The Gold Standard®
Gold Standard Registry


The carbon project has enabled tremendous technological progress in the Balsas ceramics factory. Owing to the use of renewable biomass combined with technological innovation, employees are no longer exposed to the severe heat of the furnaces which significantly improves their working conditions. According one of the employees of the factory, it “has vastly improved the firing system: no more heat, no more smoke. We are very pleased, I’m proud of what we’re doing here!”

Project Description

The Balsas project, located in Maranhão state, is a ceramics factory which produces about one million bricks per month.For decades, the factory had been using deforested native wood from the Cerrado to fire its kilns. Today, 100% of the fuel used by the factory comes from local agricultural waste.Moreover, the factory held public consultations to involve the views of local stakeholders regarding the carbon project.The project area lies within Brazil’s most deforested region in the Cerrado biome as of 2008/2009, according to the Ministry of Environment.The Balsas project has been awarded The Gold Standard ® certification, supported by WWF, which is currently the most rigorous certification worldwide for GHG emission reductions projects.

Where does your money go?

When buying carbon credits of this project you are supporting , sponsoring , financing and making possible the reduction of greenhouse gases and various initiatives in the social scope , environmental and economic as the following:

Social benefits

  • Public consultation: Meetings held together with community members and organizations to explain the project benefits and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and express their opinion about the project.
  • Housing for employees: The factory built ten houses for its workers.

Environmental benefits

  • Air quality: Frequent monitoring of atmospheric emissions and control of the generated ashes.
  • Environmental recovery plan for the degraded areas in the clay extraction areas.
  • 100% use of agricultural residues as fuel.

Economic benefits

  • Technological improvements: Installation of an automated biomass feeding system for the furnaces, so that employees are no longer exposed to their heat.
  • New market creation for local suppliers of renewable biomass.
Amount of CO2e 56880
Number of Beneficiaries 55
Forest Hectares Protected 975