Argibem, São Sebastião, and Vulcão
Argibem, São Sebastião, and Vulcão ceramic facilities are small-scale businesses that
manufacture industrial ceramic products, including red ceramic bricks and are based in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
The ceramics are situated in a region that is growing significantly due to its strategic
geographic location, with new businesses opening. With this growth, it places an ever
increasing pressure on energy consumption, and thereby impacting on the amount of
greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere.
Understanding this potential negative impact on the environment, Argibem, São Sebastião, and Vulcão ceramic facilities ceased the use of heavy oil, a non-renewable fuel, and switched to renewable biomass, such as sawdust from wood residues, to generate thermal energy used in their production process. Renewable fuels have a lower impact on the environment, not only decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, but also reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.
It has been estimated that approximately 208,164 tons of CO2 equivalents will be reduced,
during a ten year crediting period (beginning in 2006).
• The ceramic facility has capacity building courses to improve employee's education level and professional qualification
• Good occupational health and safety practices, providing the necessary equipments for the employees
• A partnership with some enterprises in the civil construction sector will increase the consumer market for the company
• Filters in the ceramic chimneys for better energy efficiency won the entrepreneur an award for energy efficiency
• The ceramic facility demonstrated highly automated and efficient processes
• Quality assessments are in place and are supported by the National Service for Industrial Acknowledge, certified by the Sector Quality Program