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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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MOR Online

The organised waste market is a trading area made up of a number of electronic platforms that can be used to trade waste, as they process market enquiries, expressions of interest and actual transactions. MOR Online is a public limited company formed by Sociedade Ponto Verde, Ambigroup, ACAP and Seminv, to manage the first integrated management platform in the organised waste market (OWM). 

MOR Online is an electronic platform bringing together sellers and buyers in total security, due to the nature of the products traded – industrial, household, construction, demolition and other types of waste. According to the Decree Law 73/2011, June 17th it will be also possible to trade subproducts, recycled materials and toxic waste. This platform has been authorised by Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente. Waste producers can put up their waste for sale at MOR Online and guarantors and recyclers can buy it in a completely transparent process. MOR is financially self-sustaining, asthere is a charge transaction and membership fees. Some of the main goals are:  promote the trading of waste between companies; foster recycling and other forms of waste recovery, prolong the life cycle of materials and save natural resources; provide a direct channel of communication between agents in the sector and place waste producers in contact with operators and logistics services; optimise waste management operations and minimise their cost; encourage the installation of new industries by fostering waste recycling, especially those whose current capacity is poor (e.g. CDW); and encourage the use of materials from recycled waste.

Drivers
The existence of underdeveloped and not very sophisticated flows in the waste market and the paradigm shift of the concept of waste into secondary material

Barriers
Technological and sophisticated system that can be difficult to use by the interested actors

Environmental Impact
Minimize the use of natural resources particularly raw materials and energy sources.

Further Information

Website: http://www.moronline.pt/

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