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The year 2015 represents the start of a new cycle for the Portuguese economy, after an adjustment period that ran from 2011 to 2014, which required external assistance and a rigid financial policy. The economic deceleration of previous years is still felt in important sectors of the economy – construction and transport – and continues to influence the country’s performance in terms of resource efficiency and climate change. Still, there are some positive signs: improvements in foreign energy dependence and environmental certifications, for instance, as well as emerging eco-innovative sectors which came to fruition – in water efficiency and agriculture, for example. A combination of effects – e.g. a decrease in resource consumption and an improvement in “green” R&D spending, both public and private – has placed the country’s performance in the Eco-innovation Scoreboard slightly above EU average for the 2014-2015 period.

However, the results shown by EIO indicators do not translate into a solid policy framework for eco-innovation, and therefore there is still much to accomplish. Despite significant advances in resource efficiency policies – e.g. Green Growth Commitment, Green Fiscal Reform and PERSU 2020 – eco-innovation is still very much approached as a means to achieve improvements in environmental performance, and not as a means to achieve sustainable growth by all stakeholders in the economy.

Initiatives such as the Ecopol project, or the Ecoprodutin project were fundamental to kick start the necessary network and interaction among different stakeholders to identify the eco-innovation champions, initiatives, products and services, and to demonstrate the benefits for business and the society .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Portugal

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MOBI.E Network

altThe MOBI.E network is an intelligent charging network for the deployment of electric mobility. Available throughout Portugal, and accessible to all users, the MOBI.E network will allow an optimal exploitation of the electric grid: in a near future it will also allow grid managers to control the electric vehicles charging process, transferring consumption from peak to low demand periods; later on, it will have the possibility to re-enter into the grid the electricity stored in the electric vehicles (EV) in a simple and user-friendly way, avoiding in this way the peaks of electricity production.

Energy and environment are issues dominating the international arena and urging for innovative integrated approaches. Portugal, with its National Energy Strategy, has now taken the lead in the forefront of renewable energies, transforming a challenge into an opportunity. MOBI.E represents the launch of the first truly National Electric Mobility Network. A landmark in the new world energy era that offers to the world a model of  electric mobility truly integrated and intertwined with sustainable energy policies through the use of renewable and clean sources. This approach stems from the need for more efficient use of energy and all its impacts concerning the environment, mobility and transport, urban development and land use, challenging us to dramatically change the way we move, using more and more the energy coming from renewable sources.

Resting on an adequate infrastructure for the evolution of electric vehicles fleet and on the development of a service model that enables any users and organizations to gain access to any technical solutions for electric mobility offered by any cars manufacturers, Portugal has created new economic and technological opportunities and has been offering an open network, of smart charging, for the charging of electric vehicles.

Drivers
Tax incentives and public procurement, as well as local small-scale projects, are being used to support deployment. Electric vehicles will be exempt from vehicle taxation; the state will provide an income tax benefit for private buyers of about €800 per vehicle and introduce tax incentives for companies that convert to electric-powered vehicles. Additional measures, such as reduced parking rates, preferential access and financing subsidies, are being studied.

Barriers
The dependence on several key stakeholders from several economic sectors could lead to a setback in this ambitious project if their integration is not properly done.

Economic Performance
Expected value added of €500 million and reduction of about €2 billion/year on oil imports by 2020

Social Performance
Development of industrial clusters linked to the electric vehicles and creation of about 3,000 new jobs

Environmental Impact
Portugal expects to reduce its final energy consumption and oil imports: final energy consumption will be decreased by 2% (or 5 million barrels of oil) through replacing 10% of oil consumption from transport with electricity if most of this electricity is generated from renewable sources. Estimate savings of 0.5 Mtoe/year of primary energy supply, 4 Mt CO2 eq/year of GHG emissions

Further Information

Website: http://www.mobie.pt/en/mobie

Sources: ADENE (Agência para a Energia) (2009), Energy Efficiency Policies and Measures in Portugal 2006-2007, part of the ODYSSEE-MURE project on Monitoring of Energy Efficiency in the EU27, Norway and Croatia, ADENE, Lisbon.

MEID (Ministério da Economia, da Inovação e do Desenvolvimento) (2010), Plano Novas Energias – Estratégia Nacional para a Energia 2020, MEID, Lisbon

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