• Project type: Renewable biomass
  • Location: Brazil
  • Coordinates: 14.2350°S, 51.9253°W
  • Overview: 1,773 hectares of forest are protected by substituting wood with renewable biomass

summary of the project.

In Brazil, making bricks requires 45,000 tons of wood per year, and this exploitation of wood is a major contributor to the deforestation of the Amazonian forest.

The Serradura project has developed a new biomass brick design with two factories located in the municipality of São Miguel do Guamá in Brazil.

Willing to reduce their impact on the environment, these companies have chosen to use biomass residues based on Açai seeds and sawdust, thus reducing pressure on the native forest and protecting biodiversity.

In addition, the project focuses on the social impact of these plants and the benefits they can provide to local communities.

Key impacts for local communities

  • The project reduces more than 890,000 t CO2 emission through the use of biomass in the bricks manufacture;

  • 1,773 hectares forests are protected through the replacement of wood with renewable biomass;

  • 285 people benefit from the development of this project;

  • Specific rooms for employee training have been set up in the companies;

  • Wellbeing of the employees is a major issue for these companies: care rooms have been set up in the factories and caregivers are employed to provide advices to staff on safety and health.