The city of Porto was recognised by the non-governmental organisation CDP as one of 95 cities worldwide that is taking a bold lead in environmental action and transparency, despite the pandemic's continuing pressures on local and national economies and societies.


Just like what happened in 2020, the CDP once again included Porto in the A list of world cities that distinguished themselves in 2021 for their environmental action and transparency. The lot has increased from 88 to 95 and includes 26 European cities.


The criteria for being on the CDP’s A list are tight: cities must publicly disclose and have an emissions inventory, have set an emissions reduction target and a renewable energy target for the future, and have published a climate action plan. They also have to complete a climate risk and vulnerability assessment and have a climate adaptation plan to demonstrate how they will tackle climate hazards.


Porto has, since 2016, a Municipal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (Estratégia Municipal de Adaptação às Alterações Climática-EMAAC), which outlines 52 strategic options that aim to gradually prepare the city to absorb climate impacts, adapt and retroact in order to reduce the exposure of its citizens to effects of climate change. This plan has since been implemented by the various players involved and several of the measures have been included into the new Municipal Master Plan, which came into force in 2021.


Among other measures, the Municipality of Porto has been increasing the city's permeable surface, restore water courses and duplicating green spaces, favouring the sponge-city effect, which is thus better prepared to deal with the effects of phenomena. extreme weather.


Reagarding ​​decarbonisation, Porto has committed itself to the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, but deputy mayor Filipe Araújo revealed in the Municipal Assembly that he is preparing a more ambitious proposal to take to the Executive meeting, still in 2021. In 2019, Porto had already reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 46% compared to the base year (2004).


Filipe Araújo recently participated in a panel organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability within the scope of COP26 (Glasgow climate change conference), in which he presented the city's vision and initiatives in ​​circular economy, under the motto “Porto, a city ​​inspired by Nature”.


In addition to Porto, Braga is the only other Portuguese city included in the A list by the CDP.

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    Last updated 2021-11-23