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Ceramic fuel switching project

This project will reduce 306,421 tons of CO2 equivalents, during a ten year period.

Situated in Presidente Epitácio municipality, in the state of São Paulo, Irmãos Fredi ceramic is a small facility that produces red ceramic products such as tiles and structural blocks.

Initially, Irmãos Fredi ceramic consumed trees from old growth forest as its power supply for kilns, which destroyed natural eco-systems and consequently increased greenhouse gas emission (GHG). Irmãos Fredi ceramic was one of the first in the industry to eliminate the use of old growth forests in the region and have switched to more sustainable forms of energy such as renewable biomass from reforested, eco-friendly wood, such as algaoba wood, grown from sustainable management areas, and residues from cashew trees, bamboo husks, rice husks and/or others.

The Irmãos Fredi project started in December 2004 and the crediting period in April 2006. It is estimated that 306,421 tons of CO2 and its equivalents will be reduced, during a ten years crediting period.

• Though not a part of the current SOCIALCARBON report, Irmãos Fredi donated the construction materials and helped to renovate a school/association that helps many kids and adolescents in the community
• Improved working conditions since last report has been correlated to a lower worker turnover rate
• A new burning system captures ash and other residues and uses it as fetilizer for agricultural purposes
• Upon exhaustion, clay extraction sites are recovered with native trees and grasses
• Due to the improved production process, the working conditions are now safer for employees, resulting in a low staff turnover index
• The ceramic held several courses on effective ceramic production procedures for its employees, as well as health and safety initiatives such as lectures and workshops
• Implemented a new burning system for its residues that reduces the air pollution and reuses ashes as fertilizers in agriculture
• A quality analysis and monitoring system is in place, assisted by SENAI (National Service on Industrial Learning) to improve the quality of its ceramic product

Full details of the case study can be downloaded.

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