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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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Martifer Solar

SolartechnologyMartifer Solar focus on the production of PV panels, in its fully automated and robotised facility of 50 MW installed capacity, Engineering, Procurement and Construction development, module distribution of ground based or rooftop systems solutions, and finally on the residential and commercial level through microgeneration kits.

After three years Martifer Solar is consolidating its international presence with the aim of becoming a reference player in the international photovoltaic market.

The business area recorded operating revenues of €130.5min 2009, and employed an average of 290 people. It is present in eight countries. Throughout 2009 the company consolidated its activity in some of the markets where it began activities in 2008, namely Portugal, Spain, Italy, Belgium and USA, and entered in new markets (considered emerging markets in the PV Solar) such as France and Czech Republic. In Portugal, Martifer Solar is present in the residential and commercial segment (<100 kW) with PV module distribution and microgeneration kits through its subsidiary Home Energy, that also participates in the energy certification of buildings, currently mandatory in any residential real estate transaction.

Determinants

Barriers are cost of technology in the market; highly dependent on the price of raw materials

    Drivers are mandatory energy certificates to inform about the energy efficiency of buildings; new markets with few or absent dominant companies

      Sustainability effects

      The implementation of all the renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency services allow the reduction of fossil fuels consumption in the electricity production sector as well as reduction in the emissions of CO2. By providing an integrated renewable energy service with customizable solutions - PVs with different types of assembly, micro-generation kits etc. - opens the possibility for smarter, efficient solutions.

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