1.3 billion euros of fossil fuel imports were saved
Renewable energies have allowed carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to be reduced by 6 million tonnes in 2018 compared to 2017, resulting in a saving of € 1.3 billion in fossil fuel imports.
The environmental association ZERO and the Portuguese Association of Renewable Energies (APREN) indicate that 2018 was a year of "records”, adding that in March of last year renewable production "was enough to satisfy the total consumption of electricity in Portugal Continental ", with special contribution of wind and hydro technologies.
For the year 2019, they "see as crucial" the implementation of a solid regulation that allows to define a strategic plan for the policies of energy and climate.
"These policies should be supported by rules and measures that provide predictability of investment needs and development of low carbon activities, based on the substitution of energy-inefficient solutions with negative impacts on the environment, for more efficient and economically sustainable solutions in a medium- and long-term perspective.