Production of Sustainable, Renewable Biomass-based Charcoal for the Iron and steel Industry in Brazil

Project Summary

To reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the iron and steel sector in the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais, by (i) developing and demonstrating enhanced, clean conversion technologies for renewable, biomass-based charcoal production, and (ii) implementing an effective, supportive policy framework.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Full-size Project
Project Approved
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
United Nations Development Programme
Executing Agencies
Ministerio do Meio Ambiente
GEF Period:
GEF - 5
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
50,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
7,150,000 USD
Co-financing Total
36,800,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
715,000 USD
Total Cost 44,000,000.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
15 Nov 2011
Preparation Grant Approved
28 Mar 2012
Concept Approved
01 Jun 2012
Project Approved for Implementation
23 Jan 2014
Project closed
01 Dec 2015