ALLCOT Group, Fazenda Terra Boa and Atlântica Simbios CSA sign an agreement to submit to Gold Standard certification a project to restore the Atlantic rainforest

Allcot Group, Fazenda Terra Boa and Atlântica Simbios CSA have celebrated the signature of a very valuable partnership agreement, with the objective of submitting to Gold Standard certification a project to restore the Atlantic rainforests of 391 hectares located inside the limits of Terra Boa farm property through the planting of approximately 392,725 native trees saplings of at least 80 different species per hectare.

Located in the municipality of Guararapes, state of São Paulo, Brazil, the Terra Boa farm is one of the most (if not the most) recognized experiences of sustainability in the Brazilian rural sector. Still in the 1950s, the farm won the “Conservationist Farm of the State of São Paulo Award”, granted by the State Agriculture Secretariat, for the development of best conservationist practices known at that time. In 2004, it became the first Brazilian farm to obtain ISO 14001 certification. Three years later, the Global Gap of Agricultural Practices. At the end of 2012, it began to meet the requirements of Embrapa’s (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) Good Agricultural Practices Program, which aims at animal welfare, as well as the conservation of natural resources.

This enviable history of sustainability concern and actions guaranteed Terra Boa farm to become ‘Champion of the Champions’ of the First Edition of the ‘Sustainable Farm Award’, the highest award of the Globo Rural magazine initiative with the support of Basf, John Deere and Rabobank, in 2014, a national range contest.

Terra Boa farm is located in a transition region between the Cerrado and Atlantic Rainforest biomes, the latter being predominant locally in its Semideciduous Seasonal Forest phytophysiognomy. Vegetation also known as the “Forest of the Interior”, it reaches the banks of the Paraná River and is currently reduced to small remnants of forests being one of the most degraded forest formations in Brazil. Several studies have pointed out that these formations are perhaps richer in vegetable associations than the tropical rainforest itself, which would be more homogeneous. They are ecologically distinct forests, because they vary according to the seasonality of humidity. The accumulation of litter on the forest floor in the dry season makes the biome vulnerable to fire.

Also the Atlantic Rainforest is identified as the oldest of the Brazilian forests. Representing one of the Top Five biomes in the ranking of biodiversity hotspots, among 36 recognized today, the Atlantic Rainforest was one of the first to be identified by Conservation International. With more than 20,000 plant species, 40% endemic, the Atlantic Rainforest now has less than 10% of its original territory and is highly endangered.

In a world where agricultural and livestock farming is of vital importance to the economies of the developing countries and their populations, but at the same time representing the main vectors of deforestation and loss of biodiversity, the need to prove and establish the viability of sustainable land management from actual experiences is urgent. The experience of sustainable land use and occupation developed by Terra Boa farm must serve as a model to inspire, to be disseminated and multiplied.

Credits from Santa Marta Landfill Gas (LFG) project, in which ALLCOT is participating as a climate change consultancy, are already available under Gold Standard

ALLCOT Group continues working on the development of Santa Marta Landfill Gas (LFG) Capture for Electricity Generation Project, located in Santiago de Chile, and now a new phase has been reached: Credits are already available under the new version of Gold Standard, Gold Standard for the Global Goals. This is a next-generation standard designed to accelerate progress toward the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, allowing a broad range of projects and programmes to quantify, certify, and maximise their impacts.

The project Santa Marta Landfill Gas (LFG) Capture for Electricity Generation Project is a landfill gas to energy project developed by Consorcio Santa Marta S.A. The proposed activity involves the collection and utilization of the landfill gas for generation of electricity.

Santa Marta landfill is an existing and operational landfill site. It is located 17 km south of Santiago city and started its operation in 2002. The site is suitable for municipal solid waste management and it is one of the most important landfills in the region.

The main social and environmental impacts of this project are renewable energy generation, reduction greenhouse gases and generation of a positive effect on health and amenity in the local area as the release of landfill gas can have a negative impact on the health of the local population and environment. The project also has a positive impact on employment in the local area. Additionally, the project helps the Host Country to fulfill its goal of promoting sustainable development.

The project has followed a Large-scale Consolidated Methodology: Flaring or use of landfill gas – Version 15.0 and it has issued an amount of Verified Emission Reductions (VERs) of 217,595tCO2 for the second monitoring period, from 01/09/2015 to 11/05/2016 and 479,774 tCO2 for the third monitoring period, from 12/05/2016 to 31/07/2017.

“ALLCOT Group is a carbon project developer leader. We develop greenhouse gas (GHGs) emission reduction projects in several sectors to contribute in the fight against irreversible climate change. We are delighted about our partnership with Consorcio Santa Marta S.A to advise them how to follow all the phases from the transition to the new Gold Standard for the Global Goals and the monitoring of the sustainability and GHG emissions indicators until the verification and issuance of these high-quality carbon credits”, says Alexis L. Leroy, CEO and Founder of ALLCOT Group.