In 2020, Matosinhos achieved the decarbonisation target set for 2030. Compared to 2009, the year in which the Municipal Energy Matrix was prepared (considered, therefore, the starting point for carbon neutrality), carbon emissions were reduced by 40.2 %. Energy rehabilitation of municipal buildings, housing complexes and public lighting, electrification of the municipal fleet, installation of electric chargers, advice on incentives for the rehabilitation of buildings and the production of renewable energy, promotion of electric mobility, incentive to the use of public transport, are just some of the measures implemented or in progress.
Considering the work already carried out, Matosinhos set in November of 2022 the objective of reducing carbon emissions by 85% by 2030, anticipating the decarbonization target set for 2050. Therefore, a round table dedicated to the theme “The Sustainable Future of Matosinhos”, moderated by the Councillor for the Environment and Energy Transition, Manuela Álvares, was held. Here, important stakeholders in the city took part in the debate such as Pedro Norton, Chief Executive Officer of Finerge, Mariana Silva, Sustainability Director of Sonae MC, Nuno Oliveira, Director of Soltráfego and many more.
At the end of January, during the first session of the “Matosinhos Carbon Neutrality 2030 Open Innovation”, representatives of the four parish unions, municipal companies and various municipal services participated in a working session.
The participants were divided into four tables, each dedicated to a specific theme: energy, sustainable mobility, city action and stakeholder engagement as well as funding. Reflecting on these themes, each group presented suggestions for measures and solutions to be implemented with the objective of achieving carbon neutrality in 2030. At the end of the session, diplomas of ambassadors for the strategy “Matosinhos Carbon Neutrality 2030” were handed out to municipal companies and parish unions by Luísa Salgueiro.
Picture Credits: Francisco Teixeira, CMM