Portugal’s Environment Ministry announced its strategy for 100% divestment from fossil fuels in the energy generation sector by 2030. The effort will start next year.
During the presentation of Portugal's Climate KIC Initiative in Lisbon, João Pedro Matos Fernandes said that "the idea is that these plants will stop using coal, once Portugal is able to do so, while honoring contracts in force".
The focus on a low-carbon economy to be developed from 2017 will focus on two programs: the National Strategy for the Circular Economy and the new Low Carbon Roadmap.
According to Matos Fernandes, the priorities of the roadmap are clear and relate to polluting sectors: transport, agriculture and forests and buildings. The minister added that consumers have to be sensitive to the adoption of behaviors aimed at low or no carbon dioxide emissions.
"We need to work hard to follow-up on the good technical and political decisions and the great awareness of the citizens because they are helping in this victory, there is no other way to do it" the Environment Minister said.
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