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Bom Jesus

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The Bom Jesus Fuel-Switching project is a CO2e reduction project that brings substantial social, environmental and economic benefits to both the Bom Jesus Ceramic Factory and the community of Paudalho, Pernambuco - Brazil. It was double-validated with the Voluntary Carbon Standard and SOCIALCARBON® Standard.
Bom Jesus is a ceramic factory located in a small town in Paudalho that manufactures bricks and flagstones widely used by the construction sector in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil.

The facility is located in the center of the Caatinga biome. The Caatinga, a semi-arid forest ecosystem, is an exclusively Brazilian biome that covers an area of 850 square kilometers, or 19% of the national territory. It is rich in natural resources, and it is precisely for that reason that the Caatinga is one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. For decades, Bom Jesus ceramic facility consumed timber derived from virgin forest as fuel to fire the ceramic products it manufactures.

Due to the environmental and social impact of this activity – and to pursue a more sustainable production process – Bom Jesus ceramic facility ceased the use of wood from the Caatinga and replaced it with renewable biomass, such as sugarcane bagasse “brickets” (residues from the sugarcane industry), sustainably-sourced glycerin and wood residues from the construction industry.

The fuel switching project began in 2006, and the crediting period began in January, 2007. It is estimated that this project will reduce approximately 203,580 tons of CO2 equivalents during a ten year period.

Validation + Verification certified by Bureau Veritas according to Social Carbon

Validation + Verification certified by Bureau Veritas according to Voluntary Carbon Standard