Sustainability programme of Portugal is about becoming carbon neutral, and has a high priority for the coverment. It started a program called PO SEUR, Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficient Use of Resources. The program is launched in 2014 and ends in 2020. It is funded by the European Commission. Portugal shall be awarded 25 thousand million euros until 2020 to achieve these goals. The primary purpose is to become total carbon neutral before the year 2050.
Within PO SEUR, 16 goals were defined to stimulate growth and the creation of Employment. João Pedro Matos Fernandes, the Environment Minister for Portugal, has announced:
"Is Portugal on track to achieve the goals set out under the 2020 sustainability programme?
Yes, we are all very committed, we have achieved all of our previous goals in Portugal and we will achieve these ones. We are trying to do more than the 2020 sustainability programme goals as we have committed to being carbon neutral by 2050, which means that we are now in the process of developing a carbon neutral roadmap. The sustainability goals will be achieved before 2020 and I believe that in order to be carbon neutral in 2050, we will have to surpass them. I think with the right policies Portugal and other countries can achieve the same goals and make Europe clean and sustainable."
Until now September 2018 most investments where around Lissabon and Porto. Mainly at mobility and transportation. They will change over 500 busses into electrical ones for example. As for creating sustainable energy,
the biggest one is solar power. But portugal get a lot of electricity from the wind.
"However it's a very sunny country, and we need to use this to our advantage and generate more power from this. We are launching a significant programme to have more energy coming from solar."
According to the minister.
Why more energy from wind power then solar power?
Portugal does not have its own solar panels production. Investment in this sector produces few employment opportunities. In contrast, we have large manufacturers that produce windmills.
The Algarve has a strong specialisation in the tourism and real estate sector, the region has not been able to diversify its productive structure and to guard against the risks of conjunctural variations in demand and the market. As the Region with the highest unemployment rate, with a rise in long-term unemployment and youth unemployment, the Algarve is experiencing an increase in the seasonality of its activities and inability to capture and generate value in the chains of the transformation of its endogenous resources. The Algarve seeks to strengthen integrated approaches to Sustainable Urban Development with 11.5% of the total funds of the Program.
More about the Sustainability program of Portugal, PO SEUR. Read at https://poseur.portugal2020.pt/en/po-seur/about-the-programme/