Municipality of São Carlos
Brazil

Population: 221950
Area of jurisdiction: 1137 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

City Orchard Organic Wastes Composting
Starting in 2003, the São Carlos municipal government prevented nearly 1.5 metric tons of food waste from entering the sanitary landfill. These wastes were instead processed via a composting technique to be used as fertilizer in the city’s municipal orchard, which adopted agro-ecological and organic production guidelines starting in 2001. Much of the compost manufacture is carried out using aerobic fermentation processes, which avoids generating high-impact greenhouse gases such as methane. Start year 2003
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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São Carlos Anti-Burning Campaign
Fire use as a means for clearing urban vacant lots in most of interior Brazil’s cities is an historically established practice that promotes serious and direct harm to human health as it significantly contributes to increased greenhouse gas emissions. The described campaign seeks to combat this practice via environmental education activities, taxation and legal recourse. The campaign is especially active in the dry season, April to September. Participating organizations: The fire department, the State Ministry of Education Teaching Office, the Universidad Federal de São Carlos, Embrapa Pecuaria Sureste. Start year 2000
Sector Waste
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Methane-to-CO2 Conversion at the Sanitary Landfill
This program collects and burns off methane generated at the sanitary landfill, a step originally undertaken to avoid slides and explosions caused by gas-accumulations within the fill. The city landfill was in operation from 1995 until the second half of 2011; methane generated there was captured and burned off following the fill’s third year of operations, as part of landfill management best-practices efforts Start year 2000
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Plantando el Futuro Planting Program
This program seeks to foment local plant and riparian forest recuperation as well as offer incentives encouraging urban forestation, which could reduce average local temperatures up to four degrees centigrade—a quite notable figure in light of the fact that by 2030 the planet’s average temperature may rise as much as 2 degree centigrade. The local government created a program in which every citizen can receive a free sapling in his or her home. A tax incentive was also created for buildings that plant trees sreeetside and reserve a percentage of interior vegetation-covered permeable area. Start year 2001
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Urban Macro-Drainage Master Plan
São Carlos’s Urban Macro-Drainage Master Plan is an important adaptation component for the community given a probable worsening in global climatic conditions that will affect the entire planet differently depending on local environmental characteristics, but also in accordance with which local adaptation preventative measures are adopted. São Carlos is situated in a region of emerging headwaters; increases to precipitation and the frequency of extreme weather events represent one of its principal disaster risks. Start year  
Sector Water Resources
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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