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Brazilian Biofuel

Offset Price: $11.50 per Ton
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Region: Southern Brazil
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Nobrecel is a mid-sized paper producer in Southeast Brazil that is replacing fuel-oil-fired boilers with biomass, and generates carbon neutral excess power in the region. Biomass is a renewable energy source which can be cleanly burned to generate electricity. The new boiler burns wood residues from the paper making process, and turns Nobrecel from a fossil fuel energy buyer into a producer of renewable energy. The new biomass boiler and turbines have the added benefit of avoiding the disposal of wood residues in landfills, which prevents the release of additional harmful greenhouse gasses as they decompose.

The project is an example of how a “waste stream” can be used for economic value. By taking an innovative approach to waste, Nobrecel is creating a solution for waste disposal, maximizing resources, and minimizing dependence on a fossil-fueled grid energy, all while generating meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Carbon credits generated by the project help fund the investment.

Biomass projects are also a newer strategy for sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Despite pockets of wealth, Brazil has a very large impoverished population, and taking advantage of the country’s extremely favorable conditions for providing energy from renewable sources is one strategy for improving conditions. Environmental protection, job creation, security of supply as well as alleviation of external debts are all benefits of non-fossil-fuel-based energy for developing nations like these.

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  1. Go Small! posted on 01.07.09

    Love the full circle nature of this project, from product life cycle to job creation. Inspiring!

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  1. Go Small! posted on 01.07.09

    Love the full circle nature of this project, from product life cycle to job creation. Inspiring!

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