Climate Change


Climate change is an important topic for Gerdau within its business and sustainability strategy. 

Since its foundation 121 years ago, the company has been operating with a production matrix based primarily on recycling scrap and charcoal. 

This environmentally conscious formula has enabled Gerdau to always place among the global steel industry's lowest greenhouse gas emitters.

But we know we need to go further. 

Therefore, we are assuming a goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 2031, going from 0.93 t CO2e to 0.83 t CO2e. This new level will put Gerdau at a volume of emissions less than half the global average in the steel sector. 

In this same movement of decarbonizing our operations, we are also assuming an ambition to make our operations carbon neutral by 2050. We are still developing the plan to reach this goal, but we are committed to bringing solutions to society's challenges to shape a more sustainable future for all.

Learn more about how Gerdau is currently positioned in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the steel industry and the advances we are pursuing to reduce these emissions in the short, medium, and long term.






Carbon Disclosure Project

Our greenhouse gas emissions were classified by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), in the Climate Change module, as B, above the average for South America and its sector in 2020.


World Steel Association

Gerdau units are recognized as among the best performers in terms of intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by the World Steel Association (worldsteel).



Gerdau is the first steel producer to be included in the Carbon Efficient Index (ICO2), an indicator created by B3, the Brazilian Stock Exchange, in partnership with the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES).







Climate Change


Steel is an essential and irreplaceable material, infinitely and 100% recyclable. Steel is present in the lives of millions of people at different moments and locations in their routines, in the houses where they live, and in the means of transport they use. Steel is present in new power generation technologies, as raw material for solar panels and wind towers, and in new infrastructure solutions, making it a crucial material for decarbonizing the planet.