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Almada (Portugal)

174,000 inhabitants

Joined Energy Cities in: 1998
Signed the Covenant of Mayors in: 2009

CO2-reduction objective: 22% by 2020 (baseline year 2006)

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See its Sustainable Energy Action Plan


Joaquim Judas
Almada municipality
Mayor


What is the city’s most ambitious target in terms of sustainable energy?

Almada has a long history of working on energy and climate policies which date back to the late 1990’s. The first achievements were the early set-up of the Local Energy Management Agency of Almada, AGENEAL, which enabled the development of the first Local Strategy for Climate Change in Portugal and, most recently, the commitment to the Covenant of Mayors. Under this framework, Almada has committed to a reduction of 22% of its energy-related CO2 emissions by 2020.
Nevertheless, recent evaluations of Almada’s energy system evolution reveal this target has already been reached, as a result of structural changes on economy and electricity production portfolio in Portugal, but also of the effective policies and measures foreseen in the Sustainable Energy Action Plan and implemented at local level. This means that challenges for the future became more stringent with a need to go far beyond the 22% target.

In order to achieve these objectives, Almada has committed to carrying on developing its Local Strategy for Climate Change. This entails the implementation of a set of measures to support a coherent and effective energy transition process, which is done through investments in the municipalities’ buildings (e.g.: efficient lighting and HVAC systems, renewable energy production), public services (public lighting, water collection and treatment system, sewage collection and treatment system), the implementation of Almada’s Sustainable Mobility Strategy. All these hard measures are accompanied by a strong continuous action on environmental education and public participation to consolidate the necessary change in behaviour.

With the combined efforts of all the community leading to the promotion of a greener economy, Almada is working hard to reduce the energy and carbon intensity of its economy.

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What are the benefits of being part of the Energy Cities network?

Energy Cities allows Almada to share its experience and vision, gather experiences from other cities, share common projects and goals and find synergies and partnerships for the development of new ideas.

Energy Cities, besides exerting a strong cities’ advocacy by the relevant EU bodies, is an inspiration for all the local governments, like Almada, concerned with energy and climate, which want to boost and lead the necessary energy transition process, based on the multiple activities developed in their territories.

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