Fuel Switching Project in the Brazilian Cerrado biome, São Paulo (Tapajós Ceramic)
Description: Tapajós ceramic is a small
company that produces building blocks for the western region of the state. Tapajós ceramic regularly produces about 800,000 pieces of ceramic per month. This has contributed to deforestation of the biome in the region.
Tapajós ceramic was one of the pioneers in ceasing the use of old growth forest wood, switching then to renewable biomass, e.g. sawdust (i.e. small wood residues). The project began on August 1st 2005, promoting sustainable development of the region, increasing job
opportunities for the local community, diversifying and improving the generation of thermal energy, contributing directly to ecosystem conservation, and preventing the improper disposal of renewable biomass in the environment. Tapajós will generate thermal energy while promoting the conservation of the Cerrado (i.e., savanna) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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