Use of biomass for Rain Forest Protection in Brazil
This project enables the sustainable energy production of small ceramics factories in Brazil. Not only does this reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it also protects the rich biodiversity of Brazil’s rain forests.
Project standard: Gold Standard VER
Prior to this project, five small ceramics factories in Northeastern Brazil generated the energy for their production processes from wood from the surrounding rain forests. These non-renewable wood resources lead to large amounts of CO2 emissions.
In addition, the unsustainable wood use posed a threat to the biodiversity, which is very rich in Brazilian rain forests.
Financial barriers made the transition to a more sustainable energy production difficult: The generation of energy from sustainable biomass requires new processing methods for which substantial investments are needed.
Thanks to project funds, the factories were able to undertake these investments and replace non-renewable by more sustain-able biomass. Today, instead of wood from the rain forests, the factories rely on husks from cashew and coconuts or wood from sustainable forestry as their energy sources.
Hence, large areas are protected from deforestation, while at the same time, native animal and plant species are effectively protected.
Furthermore, the supply of renewable biomass offers many opportunities for local businesses. Thus, this project fosters the sustainable development of the local economy.
Social and economic Benefits
- Meetings are held with attendance of local community members, organizations, and other stakeholders. There, the stakeholders are provided with information about the project and get the opportunity to voice their opinion. This ensures local people’s acceptance of the project.
- A program which encourages workers to use protective equipment correctly was developed.
- The project funds enabled the installation of a mechanical feeder which inserts the renewable biomass fuel into the kiln, preventing workers’ exposition to the heat.
- Thanks to the project, new markets with a larger demand opened up for local entrepreneurs who sell sustainable biomass.
- The reduced deforestation contributes to the protection of rare native species.
- A partnership program to reintroduce wild animals that are illegally removed from their natural habitat was developed in cooperation with the Brazilian government.
- Frequent air quality monitoring controls the atmospheric emissions and the ash generation of the factories.
- A sustainable forest management plan is in operation in the surrounding forests.
- 3’000 native trees were planted in a reforestation effort in a degraded area.