Coconut shells and sawdust instead of firewood

Our Carbon offset project Bandeira and Capelli in Brazil

Biomass at Bandeira and Capelli, Brazil

Bandeira and Capelli are two ceramic factories located in the state of Alagoas in North-eastern Brazil that produce roof tiles and bricks for the local market. Here, kilns for ceramics are traditionally fired with wood, which causes significant amounts of carbon emissions and is one of the key reasons for massive deforestation in the Caatinga, a species-rich forest area that is already under threat. Therefore, the two ceramic factories have switched to renewable biomass such as coconut shells, sawdust, sugar cane waste and sustainably grown bamboo. 
Additionally, the project has received verification according to the Social Carbon Standard, which requires social and ecological improvements alongside the CO2 criteria.

Bureau Veritas
VCS, Social Carbon
Certificate type
Annual volume (tons CO2)

Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Zero Hunger
This project supports „Kitchen Brazil“: meals made of saved food are distributed in the communities.

Good Health and Well-Being
Medical and dental care for the employees, construction of public housing.

Quality Education
Fighting against illiteracy of the employees, daily lectures in Portuguese and mathematics classes.

Decent Work and Economic Growth
Focus on safety, health care and education of the employes: technical trainings are provided, machines are updated and cafeteria and bathrooms were renovated.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Active sensibilisation of the local community for environmental issues, e.g. by promoting field trips of local schools and hosting cultural events.

Responsible Consumption and Production
The kilns for ceramic are fired with renewable biomass. The ashes are used for road covers in the factories.

Climate Action
Renewable biomass instead of wood safes the forests as a CO2-sink.

Life on Land
Preserving the Caatinga ecosystem and its biodiversity and mangrove forests, afforestation of 3,000 trees.

How do biomass projects help fight global warming?

Biomass projects involve energy being created from renewable biomass, which could be coconut shells, sawdust, wood chips, the residue of sugar cane processing, bamboo or wood from sustainable sources. No trees are felled, or fossil fuels burned, so no CO2 is emitted.
As an additional greenhouse gas reduction measure, such projects mostly involve preventing biomass from rotting in the open air, so that no methane (CH4) is released.