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Coffee growers in Cerrado Mineiro are first in the world to receive low carbon label
Thursday, 30 May, 2024, 16 : 00 PM [IST]
In yet another unprecedented milestone for Brazilian and global coffee farming, 20 farms associated with the Cerrado Coffee Growers Cooperative (Expocacer) have received the Carbon on Track label from the Institute for Forest and Agricultural Management and Certification (Imaflora) for low-carbon production. During inspections, an emission value of 0.85 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per acre per year was found. The verification confirms an absolute value of 17,421.00 Mg CO2e or 2.60 kg CO2e per kilogram of green coffee, which is considered low.

Farlla Gomes, technical sustainability manager at Expocacer, said, “This proves the sustainable work our members have been doing for over 10 years. Our intention is to promote, encourage, and nurture a cutting-edge coffee culture tied to positive impact. We are very pleased to be able to support the movement towards a healthier environment.”

The properties together have a total area of more than 3,600 hectares of coffee plantations. For Expocacer, the trend towards reducing greenhouse gases is something that should be followed by other coffee growers around the world.

Maria Aparecida Fernandes Pires Ruiz, a coffee grower, said, “We're proud to have our property verified and to be able to contribute to the environment. We feel like we're doing the right thing, which is taking care of our planet and collaborating with the future.”

For the producer Roger Montanari, the initiative attests to the practices that are already adopted by the majority of coffee growers in the region. He said, “The carbon verification comes to consolidate the work that rural producers in the Cerrado Mineiro region have been doing for decades, which is to reduce carbon emissions through sustainable agricultural practices, serving as a model protocol for the world in environmental, social and economic terms. With this label, we can prove that we are protagonists in this crucial role of contributing to a more sustainable future, with a reduced impact on climate change.”

Alessandro Rodrigues, Imaflora's ESG and Carbon on track services manager, said, “Expocacer's pioneering spirit is fundamental to opening doors for the coffee-growing sector to move towards low-carbon production, since verification processes play a fundamental role in adding impartiality and greater reliability to the process.”
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