2010 analysis: main findings
The 2010 Climate Policy Tracker highlighted the significant effort to implement new policies to reach the Kyoto target, but noted significant gaps in the country’s path to low-carbon development. Several good initiatives were planned but not yet implemented in 2010. Highlights include:
- Portugal’s well-designed feed-in tariff for renewable energy sources which means it is about to reach the ambitious target of having 45% of consumed electricity powered by renewable energies.
- Energy efficiency policies for the industrial, building and transportation sectors are promising.
- Portugalstill lacks an ambitious, long-term and binding national strategy and target for 2050. The current strategy, in place since 2010, doesn’t look beyond 2020. A 2050 plan would provide long-term certainty to all stakeholders (See for example UK, Ireland).
- Portugalneeds to introduce an environmentally-sound taxation system, that favours renewables over fossil fuel based electricity generation (see for example Denmark)