Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Education and Culture
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Atlatin Rainforest
Verra Registry


Ever since its foundation, Nova Dutra factory has been working in partnership with the ECFA NGO to transform the future of people in communities of Rio de Janeiro state.

The factory has already impacted more than 800 community members through organization of cultural activities. Today, the factory gives free artisanal crafts lessons to the community through two teachers, employed under the “Ceramics Lessons” project.

According to Ms. Ione, one of the teachers, “I was unemployed, and I decided to do an one-year ceramics course, which Nova Dutra provided to me. This way, I had the chance to begin working, and today I am employed by the factory, teaching ceramics artisanal crafts to other people from the community”.

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Project Description

The Nova Dutra, São Silvestre and Vila Nova ceramic factories, located in the State of Rio de Janeiro, previously used heavy crude oil as fuel to fire their ceramic pieces.The latter is a fossil fuel derived from petrol, which emits soot when burnt, damaging the respiratory system. Furthermore, heavy oil is highly polluting and contributes to global warming.Faced with this situation, in 2006 the ceramic factories decided to switch their kiln fuel to renewable biomass a clean source of energy), such as wood residues. Apart from reducing GHG emissions and, consequently, generating carbon credits, this switch promotes sustainable development in the surrounding community.

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

  • Social inclusion: Women and physically disabled people employed.
  • Social Responsibility: Funds and building material contributed to community members and institutions in various RJ municipalities.
  • Cultural activities: Free artisanal crafts classes given to members of the community.

Environmental benefits

  • Environmental education: Reforestation project developed with children from a local school.
  • Re-use of waste products: Partnership with rubbish collectors association to use wood waste products from the various Rio de Janeiro communities for use as renewable biomass.
  • Air quality: Installation of filters in chimneys to reduce the particulate matter generated.

Economic benefits

  • Technological development: Construction of new driers for the ceramic pieces and more efficient kilns.
  • New markets opened up to the ceramic products.
  • Refurbished facilities: Construction of new bathrooms, leisure area and refectory.
  • Creation of new markets for local biomass suppliers.
Amount of CO2e 195987
Number of Beneficiaries 478

Testimonials about this project


Através da cerâmica eu estou empregada, graças a Deus.