Fossil-fuel phase-out in a coal paradise

Our Carbon offset project in Soacha, Colombia

Biomass in Soacha, Colombia

Soacha is a fast-growing suburb in the metropolitan area of Bogotá. Young people from rural areas try their luck there; others had to leave their villages during the civil war. Countless simple mudbrick houses are being built, and brick kilns make a good living. Since coal is cheaply available in Colombia, nearly all of the region's 40 brickworks use it to fire their kilns.

Except for the Santander brickyard, that is. Its owner, Miguel Diaz, has converted his business so that it operates modern, energy-efficient kilns – and he also runs them with up to 80 percent renewable biomass. This way, the brickyard saves 18,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.

This exclusive ClimatePartner carbon offset project is the first project in Colombia to receive Gold Standard certification.

Certificate type
Annual volume (tons CO2)

Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Good Health and Well-Being
Improved regional air quality, high health and safety standards for workers.

Affordable and Clean Energy
The project allows for a more efficient energy production from a free source and is at the same time a positive example of modern biomass technology.

Decent Work and Economic Growth
Creating important job opportunities in the metropolitan area of Bogotá.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Transfer of a modern, clean technology and corresponding vocational training.

Sustainable Cities and Communities 
The project contributes to combating unemployment and the resulting social conflicts in Soacha.

Responsible Consumption and Production
Instead of coal, renewable biomass and waste products are used to generate energy.

Climate Action
Miguel Diaz safes carbon emissions by using renewable biomass instead of wood, and his kilns are modern and efficient.

Life on Land
The project owner is involved in the protection against deforestation of Bosque Andino Biome.

Partnership for the Goals
Our climate protection projects are a bridge for companies in industrialised countries to the population in the poorest countries of the world.

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.