This study was prepared by the Working Group (WG) of the Business for Climate Platform (Plataforma Empresas pelo Clima - EPC) with the purpose of influencing public policies that culminate in the effective implementation of the Sector-Based Plan of Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change for the Consolidation of a Low-Carbon Economy in the Industry, hereinafter referred to as the Low-Carbon Industry Plan, coordinated and published by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior – MDIC). The WG considered the following drivers: the urgency of strengthening the competitiveness of the Brazilian industry; the modest progress in the implementation of the Industry Plan; current economic conditions; and the substantial reliance on energy as input for industrial production. This project’s premises are based on the commitment to propose a structural agenda with ongoing development; the notion that economic and financial incentives and instruments are indispensable to boost less carbon-intensive industrial production; and that the proposed solutions do not work in isolation, but rather as components of coherent and synergetic public policies.
Therefore, based on the work carried out over the course of 2015, this study presents a framework for the operationalization of the Industry Plan and the proposition of instruments to make energy efficiency actions feasible within the domestic industry. This document is an executive summary incorporating an overview of the complete study, also published in November 2015.