Itaboraí / RJ, Brazil
Major Cobenefit
Cobenefits Related
Project Type
Renewable Biomass
Mata Atlântica
Verra Registry


As a corporate social responsibility strategy, the ceramic factories employed women to work in the production process.

This pro-social inclusion initiative distinguishes the factories from the rest of the civil construction sector, which shows a huge predominance of male employees. “Employing women is bringing us excellent results.

Production losses have fallen, as women have proven to be more careful and responsible”, states Mr. Cardoso, owner of the Itabira factory.

Beyond promoting a more just and inclusive society, the factories also contribute to values of diversity in the workplace.

Promoting diversity isn’t limited to contracting women; the companies also took on disabled people and ex-convicts, helping the latter to gain a foothold in the job market.

Project Description

The Guaraí, Itabira and Santa Izabel Ceramic factories, located in the Itaboraí municipality of Rio de Janeiro state, previously used fuel oil to fire its ceramic products.Fuel oil is a fossil fuel derived from petroleum, which releases soot causing damage to the respiratory system when burnt.Furthermore, it is a highly polluting fuel and contributes significantly to global warming. Faced with this challenge, the ceramic factories decided to switch from oil to renewable biomass (a clean energy source) as fuel.More than just reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating carbon credits, this change also 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

  • Encouraging sports: Renovation of the local public sports ground.
  • Social responsibility practices: Building materials and funding donated to local schools.
  • Good relations with the local community, for example donation of 150 basic food rations to victims of landslides in Teresópolis in 2011.

Environmental benefits

  • Environmental management: Installation of systems for water collection and residual oil collection from the production process.
  • Air quality: Chimney height increased to reduce concentration and improve dispersion of pollutants.
  • Reuse: All ashes from the production process are reused to Seal the kiln doors.

Economic benefits

  • Product quality: Investment in third party certification of the ceramic products.
  • Access to new markets for the ceramic products.
  • Technological development: Investment in technology representing best practices in the sector, such as higher efficiency kilns and automation of the production process.
Amount of CO2e 423036
Number of Beneficiaries 539