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Ceramic facility uses renewable biomass

To improve its production process, the Kamiranga ceramic, located in São Miguel do Guamá, in Pará state, has replaced the consumption of wood sourced from the Amazon Forest to renewable biomass such as sawdust from wood residues from reforestation projects and açaí palm seeds for their kilns that produce red ceramic products.

For years, the ceramic had supplied its kilns with wood from the Amazon forest, harming the fragile biome through deforestation. This practice was common among facilities in the
ceramic sector. It unbalanced arguably the world's most important ecosystem that combats climate change, being that the Amazon Rainforest is called "the lungs of the world." Pará state was the state in Brazil that had an increase in its rate of deforestation, increasing 1% over the previous year that led to a loss of approximately 5,569km² of forest. This corresponds to 50% of all Amazon deforestation.

Kamiranga ceramic was a pioneer in the replacement of wood to renewable biomass such as sawdust and açaí seeds. The project activity contributes to the reduction of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by eliminating the impact of deforestation to the Amazonian biome.

Since the beginning of the project in January 2007, the ceramic has been making
adjustments with their kilns, providing training to its employees and reforming facilities in
order to improve overall working conditions.

It is estimated that approximately 351,250 tons of CO2 equivalents will be reduced during
the ten-year lifetime of the project.

• The presence of an occupational safety technician that monitors the use of safety equipments and provides occupational health and safety courses improved the performance in the human resource indicator
• The analysis by the Internal Commission for Accident Prevention neutralized the factors leading to the risk of accidents in the ceramic
• Periodic donations of materials and financial resources are made to community organizations
• The carbon resource obtained the best performance in period, showing the consistency if the methods used to calculate the emission reduction and the monitoring carbon project

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