Brazil’s Industrial Decarbonization Strategies

The world is at a pivotal juncture in its fight against climate change, and decarbonization strategies are at the forefront of this battle. The recent initiative by Brazil’s Ministry of Development, Industry, Commerce, and Services (MDIC) to construct the National Policy for Industrial Decarbonization (PNDI) is a testament to the global commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This policy aims to outline strategies for energy-intensive sectors to lower their carbon footprint, aligning with the broader vision of the New Industry Brazil.

A Multi-Sectoral Approach

The PNDI focuses on 11 key sectors, including cement, chemicals, steel, aluminum, Portland cement, paper and pulp, glass, lime, textiles, food, and aviation. These sectors are known for their high energy consumption and significant greenhouse gas emissions. The policy’s development involves a series of thematic seminars, bringing together government representatives, industry stakeholders, and academics. This intersectoral debate is crucial for identifying technological pathways and regulatory instruments that can aid in emission reduction and accelerate the decarbonization process.

Six Pillars of Decarbonization

The PNDI is built on six foundational pillars that will impact emission-intensive sectors, along with cross-cutting initiatives aimed at the general decarbonization of the industry. These pillars include Technological Innovation and Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energies, Circular Economy, Training and Education, Green Financing, and Legislation and Standards. Each pillar addresses a specific aspect of the decarbonization challenge, ensuring a comprehensive approach to achieving Brazil’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets under the Paris Agreement.

The Role of the Decarbonization Hub

In addition to the PNDI, the MDIC introduced the work plan for the Industrial Decarbonization Hub in Brazil during the 9th meeting of the Low Carbon Industry Technical Committee (CTIBC). This hub is a platform for mobilizing partnerships for the decarbonization of the industrial sector, facilitating engagement between national and international actors. It is a result of the cooperation agreement between Brazil and the United Kingdom signed at COP 28, aiming to mobilize support for mitigation, transition, and decarbonization efforts.


Decarbonization strategies like the PNDI are not just environmental imperatives; they are also economic opportunities. By embracing these strategies, industries can become more competitive on the international stage. The collaborative efforts of the CTIBC and the National Council for Industrial Development (CNDI) underscore the importance of a united front in the journey towards a greener, more sustainable industrial landscape. As discussions continue and action plans take shape, Brazil positions itself as a leader in the global movement towards industrial decarbonization. The world watches and learns, hoping to replicate such comprehensive strategies in their own quests for sustainability.