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Emission trading together with myclimate
This small-scale project was the first worldwide that generated emission certificates on the basis of sustainably harvested biomass from forestry activities certified by the FSC. The woodchip power plant with 9 MW of electric output is located on the site of the sawmill of Precious Woods in Itacoatiara. Precious Woods now owns 40% of the shares.
The plant produces up to 45 000 MWh of electricity each year, for which otherwise about 10–15 million litres of diesel would be consumed. This replaces several diesel generators and provides the neighbouring city's approximately 100 000 inhabitants with climate-friendly power. Thanks to the power plant, the local population benefits from lower energy prices and stable energy supply (fewer outages and transport losses). The waste heat generated during electricity production is used for the sawmill’s wood seasoning plants.
"Sustainable forestry is more than taking care of trees. It is also important for the whole rainforest ecosystem, as it guarantees the protection of its great biodiversity."
João Cruz Rodrigues, Director of Precious Woods Amazon
For the production of the electrical and thermal power, about 100 000 tons of wood are required each year. This restwood is delivered in the form of wood cuttings and sawdust from the sawmill. All this biomass comes from sustainable forestry in accordance with FSC guidelines. Prior to start-up of the plant, this restwood was rotting in large piles on the property or in the forests. The sustainable use of the waste reduces the emission of the greenhouse gases CO2 and methane.