Project details
1011 · Biomass
  • Ceará, Brazil
Energy from biomass to protect the Caatinga

Most ceramic factories in Brazil depend on large amounts of firewood for their heat energy supply. The consequence is a massive deforestation of wood areas, including sensitive and important mangrove forests. This also affects the Caatinga in northeastern Brazil, an ecoregion with an enormous biodiversity and more than 900 flora species, which has been negatively affected for decades.

The traditional Tavares Group produces bricks and tiles for the regional market at five production sites. In order to tackle climate change the factories started fueling their kilns with renewable biomass instead of native wood. They use cashew nut shells, coconut husks and wood from sustainably managed forest areas. Grupo Tavares has implemented complimentary measures to improve energy efficiency at their production sites, for instance by optimizing the load factor of their kilns. In addition, the factories treat industrial wastewaters to be used in the production process. This saves fresh water in the region which is increasingly threatened by severe droughts.

How biomass projects help contribute to climate change

Biomass refers to organic residues such as tree branches, leaves, sawdust, wood chips or coconut shells. Those are of a biogenic, non-fossil nature that can be used to generate renewable energy. One way to generate renewable energy, among others, is to fire kilns using biomass. This process prevents harmful smoke and large quantities of CO2 to be released.

As an additional greenhouse gas reduction measure, biomass climate projects mostly prevent biomass from rotting in the open air, so that no methane (CH4) is released.

Contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean EnergyMore efficient energy generation without the use of fossil fuels thanks to modern technology
Decent Work and Economic GrowthImproved working conditions and more safety in the factories
Climate ActionThe project saves an average of 39,550 tons of CO2 per year.
Project standardGold Standard VER (GS VER)TechnologyBiomassRegionCeará, BrazilEstimated annual emission reductions39,550 t CO2Verified byTÜV Rheinland