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Factsheet for measure PT-2021-53/2971 – measures in Portugal

Industry Decarbonisation

Descarbonização da Indústria

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 29 December 2021
Context Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments, European Semester
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Paula carrilho (CESIS)
Measure added 02 November 2022 (updated 14 November 2022)

Background information

Under the Recovery and Resilience Programme [Programa de Recuperação e Resiliência - PRR), a set of investments and reforms aimed at restoring sustained economic growth after the pandemic was defined with several components: resilience, climate transition and digital transition.

The Ordinance 325-A/2021 of 29 December approves the regulation of the incentive system for the decarbonisation of industry.

Content of measure

As part of the climate transition dimension, the industry decarbonisation component is intended to leverage the decarbonisation of the industrial and business sector and bring about a paradigm shift in the use of resources by implementing measures of the 2030 National Energy and Climate Plan (Plano Nacional Energia e Clima 2021 -2030 - PNEC 2030) and helping accelerate the transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

The decarbonisation of industry has an investment of €750 million and is led by the Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (Agência para a Competitividade e Inovação, IAPMEI, I.P.).

It is applicable to all activities from 'Mining and Quarring' and 'Manufacturing' sectors that comply with the criteria defined in article 7 of the Ordinance 325-A/2021 of 29 December. The support threshold is €15 million per company and per project, with financial support rate that vary depending on the company size (small, medium and large companies).

The programme is structured for the development of projects in four areas:

  1. Low-carbon processes and technologies in industry, through the introduction of new product processes and business models and the modification of processes to lead to their decarbonisation;
  2. Adoption of energy efficiency measures in industry, allowing for the simultaneous reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions;
  3. Incorporation of energy from renewable sources and energy storage.
  4. Supporting capacity building for enterprises and the development of information and support tools, such as sectoral roadmaps for carbon neutrality in industry.

Use of measure

According to the Ecosapo news (14 September 2022) in the first phase, the IAPMEI received 245 applications for the incentive for the decarbonisation of the industry: 123 from large companies; 84 from medium companies and 37 from small companies. One application was made by a micro-company.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
EU (Council, EC, EP)
Public support service providers
European Funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      B - Mining And Quarrying B5 Mining of coal and lignite
      B6 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas
      B7 Mining of metal ores
      B8 Other mining and quarrying
      B9 Mining support service activities
      C - Manufacturing C10 Manufacture of food products
      C11 Manufacture of beverages
      C12 Manufacture of tobacco products
      C13 Manufacture of textiles
      C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel
      C15 Manufacture of leather and related products
      C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials
      C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products
      C18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media
      C19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products
      C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products
      C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
      C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
      C23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
      C24 Manufacture of basic metals

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2022), Industry Decarbonisation, measure PT-2021-53/2971 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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