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Brazil: Lages Wood Waste Cogeneration Facility
(Prototype Carbon Fund)

UNFCCC Reference No.: 0268

3 Project Documents

The objective of this project is to use wood waste from wood industry activities to generate electricity and steam for the Lages Cogeneration Facility in Brazil, a 28 MW plus 25 ton/h of steam supply installed capacity plant. The Project will use wood waste from nearby sawmill industries located in the region of Lages, State of Santa Catarina, , as fuel, thus generating a new source of electricity while preventing methane production resulting from decomposition of the wood waste.

In the past, stockpiles of woodwaste would often spend years in the environment, on land or thrown into the rivers, degrading both land and water resources. In this project activity, the woodwaste is supplied from companies in the region to the Lages Facility and is stored under a roof and then fed into the furnace of the boiler, generating steam. The steam generated is sent to a condensation turbine that transforms the thermal energy contained in the steam into mechanical energy, in turn transformed into electric energy in a generator. The output from the Lages Project will be at least 93GWh of electricity every year.

The Project is expected to generate over 2,000,000 tCO2e of CERs by 2012 and is sponsored by Tractebel Energia S.A. A privately held company, Tractebel operates 11 power plants throughout Brazil, and invests more in the enlargement of electricity supply in Brazil. Tractebel Energia operates 75% of hydropower plants and 25% of thermal power plants, responsible for up to 7% of the Brazilian installed capacity, thus being the top private energy producer.

The Lages Project offers significant improvements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through displacing electricity that would otherwise have been generated by thermal plants. Emissions are further reduced through a productive use of wood waste stock piles, reducing methane emissions to the air. Through a renewable alternative to the use of coal, the project also offers considerable reductions in SOX emissions, which contribute to acid rain formation and the consequent depreciation of the local environmental quality. Lastly, the successful generation of electricity and reduction of emissions by the project can serve as a paradigm for several other renewable projects throughout Brazil and across the region.

The Lages Project benefits the community beyond the implicit improvement of local environmental quality by reducing greenhouse gas and SOx emissions. Over the course of the construction period it is estimated that at least US$20 million was directly inverted into the Brazilian economy and at least 400 jobs were created directly from this project during this period.

Project Documents
Open a new window with, which is a 15976 byte x-zip-compressed file      Brazil Lages - Project Idea Note (PIN) (15976 bytes)
Open a new window with, which is a 1171788 byte x-zip-compressed file      Brazil Lages - PDD Package (1171788 bytes)
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