Portugal received the 2018 Renewable Energy Trophy, a prize awarded by the Union of Renewable Energies, a French association that brings together associations and companies in this sector worldwide. The ceremony was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 6 February this year.
The Minister of Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes pointed out that, since 2005, Portugal has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 22%, and in 2017, 54% of the electricity produced was of renewable origin. Matos Fernandes believes that the commitments made for the future contributed to this distinction, with Portugal being the first European country to commit to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2050. By 2030, the country intends to reach 80% in production of renewable energy and 35% of energy efficiency in energy consumption.
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