Ecocitrus: Quantification of GHG Emissions in Composting and Environmental Services on Citrus Farms
Ecocitrus is a Brazilian cooperative consisting of citrus farmers currently exporting organic citrus juices and oils for industrial use. In 2009, Ecocitrus began producing organic fertilisers on the basis of handling agro-industrial waste from other allied institutions, by means of large scale composting.
Currently, this processing plant is also involved in the production of biogas through the use of biodigesters to treat agro-industrial sludge, which is presently used as fuel for the firm’s fleet of vehicles.
Cam(bio)2 carried out two approaches in the Ecocitrus cooperative for evaluating:
1. Environmental services on the citrus producing farms through soil carbon capture through the contribution of organic fertiliser applications.
2. To quantify Emissions from composting, as a product of organic waste treatment and the potential for placing of carbon credits on the voluntary market.
Due to the huge dimensions of this project, the methodology applied has constituted part of a long and meticulous process, which has been of big importance, since it will allow replicating this model at different scales throughout Brazil, and be able to apply this experience in other countries in Central America where CEDECO is working.