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Region: Latin America
Project type: Resource recovery
Standards: Social Carbon, VCS
Working with the Kitambar ceramics factory in north-eastern Brazil, the project has switched the fuel source for the factory kilns from unmanaged forest wood to renewable biomass. The project alters the fuel source fed to the kilns from native wood in the Caatinga biome to renewable biomasses such as algaroba and cashew tree wood. This protects the 895 km2 Caatinga ecoregion from deforestation and delivers emissions reductions by reducing unsustainable harvesting of native vegetation.
In addition to delivering emissions reductions to help take urgent action to combat climate change (SDG 13), the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits. These include:
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I have worked at the factory since January 2005 as a production line worker - much has changed here since then. The change of fuel alone made things so much better. We no longer have contact with the fire, I just have to put the fuel into the feeder and that’s it. With the construction of safety fences, there is also much more protection from the machines. From all changes though, what made the biggest difference for me is the school. In the past, when I wrote my name it would come out all wrong, you know, missing letters. It made me very sad not to know how to write my own name. Now with the classes it comes out perfect, it feels so good! I still cannot read, but I’ll get there! Recently we were told we could invite people from outside the ceramic factory to attend classes with us, so I brought my brother, he is also learning to read.