Três Rios e Itaboraí/ RJ, Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Education and Culture
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Atlantic Rainforest
Verra Registry


With the goal of promoting healthy food and cultivating good values among employees, GGP offers a vegetable-growing course for its employees and the surrounding community. The course lasts six months and four groups have graduated to date. According to Alice, Partner at the GGP factory, “The course’s aim goes beyond teaching gardening techniques, we also want students to have the entire gardening experience, from preparing the soil to consuming the food”.

The produce is used by the school and its pupils, who can take food home with them. GGP also provides a literacy course in the same school for interested workers and community members. The first group, consisting of 20 students, graduated in 2013. “For me, the satisfaction of knowing that we have improved quality of life for our workers is something that I can’t put a price on”, concludes Alice.

Project Description

The GGP and Sul América ceramic factories, located in Rio de Janeiro State, previously used heavy crude oil 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. In response to this, in 2006 the ceramic factories decided to switch their kiln fuel to renewable biomass (a clean source of energy). As well as reducing GHG emissions and 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

  • Literacy and basic education courses offered to young adults from the community.
  • Social inclusivity: Women and physically disabled people employed.
  • Housing provided for approximately 20 workers.
  • Supporting sports: Sponsorship of community sporting activities.

Environmental benefits

  • 100% renewable fuel used: All biomass comes from factory/ local associations’ waste.
  • Reuse: All ashes generated in the production process are reused to seal the kiln doors.
  • Air quality: Gas filter installed in the chimney.
  • Rainwater used in the production process.

Economic benefits

  • Ceramic products gaining access to new markets.
  • Technological improvement: Investment in technology representing best practice in the sector.
  • Investment in employee training: An annual training programme for all employees is in place.
Amount of CO2e 277710
Number of Beneficiaries 290

Testimonials about this project

Alice Vicente
Director of GGP Ceramic

(Português do Brasil) O Carbono Social é um projeto bem legal, pois está mostrando oportunidade para nós e a gente gera oportunidades para as outras pessoas. Com o projeto, ao invés de fechar uma escola, conseguimos revitalizá-la, isso é muito bom para nossa comunidade.

Linda Murasawa
Director of Rocha Werneck School

(Português do Brasil) A Cerâmica dá suporte para essa escola, esse espaço é deles e eles cederam para ter essa escola há muitos anos. Tudo o que precisamos, falamos com eles.
Eles sempre estão apoiando.