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Portugal’s energy sector no longer the main source of CO2 emissions


Portugal’s energy sector no longer the main source of CO2 emissions - portugal news
Portugal’s energy sector no longer the main source of CO2 emissions - Portugal Business News





Renewable energy news Portugal - Portugal’s energy sector is no longer the main source of CO2 emissions.

 

Portugal has reached a landmark threshold in cutting CO2 emissions since the country’s production of green energy has reduced carbon emissions to such low levels that the main source of CO2 emissions in Portugal is now from the road transport sector, according to the environmental association Zero.

 

Portugal has achieved a number of records in the field of renewable energy in 2023. Renewable electricity production in Portugal supplied 61% of electricity consumption in 2023, driven by hydro and solar energy and the country registered the lowest CO2 emissions ever; while for six consecutive days, between October 31st and November 6th, Portugal's energy consumption was 100% based on renewable energy. In 2024, Portugal ranks 6th EU country using the highest share of renewable energy according to Eurostat.  

 

While CO2 emissions in Portugal were 6.1 million tons in 2022, the country reached a significant record of 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2023, that is the lowest value since 1990. This success story is due to the closure of two coal thermo-electric plants that produce between 9 and 17 million tons of CO2 annually and a 43% reduction in energy production from four natural gas combined cycle plants between 2022 and 2023.

 

Portugal’s success story in the renewable energy sector is such that the country’s energy sector is no longer the main source of CO2 emissions, since the main source of carbon emissions is now the transport sector on which the country should focus next.





 

 

 

 

 

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