National Energy Efficiency Action Plan: Portugal Efficiency 2015

Last updated: 5 November 2017
The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan comprises a set of measures aiming at an increase in energy efficiency equivalent to about 10% of the final energy consumption, implementing the EU Energy Services Directive. The Plan is also geared towards energy demand side management and complements the PNAC, the National Climate Change Programme and PNALE, the National Allocation Plan for Emission Allowances. It covers four specific sectors: Transport, Residential and Services, Industry and State, and three cross cutting action areas: Behaviours, Taxes, Incentives and Financing. Within these areas the plan elaborates 12 action programmes covering several aspects of energy efficiency, aiming to stimulate the use of new technologies, the improvement of organisational processes and the change in behaviour and values leading to more sustainable consumption habits. The Portuguese government estimates that implementation of this plan will allow energy savings of approximately 1792 thousand tonnes of oil equivalents (toe) in 2015, which corresponds to savings of 9.8% for the reference period defined in the EU Energy Services Directive. Collectively, the measures applied to all these sectors will lead to electricity savings of 4,777 GWh in 2015, corresponding to a 7% reduction in national electricity consumption. In terms of energy intensity, the implementation of the present plan will allow Portugal to strengthen its convergence with the current European energy intensity average. Transport Sector targets and measures: -Reduce by 20% the number of light-goods vehicles over 10 years old; -Reduce average CO2 emissions for new cars sold annually by 20% (from 143 g/km in 2005 to 110g/km); -Ensure that 20% of the vehicle stock is equipped with monitoring equipment (on-board computer, GPS, cruise control, automatic verification of tyres); -Establish an innovative platform for traffic management with GPS-optimised routes; -Developing urban mobility plans for district capitals and corporate centres with over 500 workers; -Transfer 5% of individual transport modes to collective ones; -Shift 20% of international goods transported by road to maritime transport modes; -The creation of a fleet of "green" taxis, with low greenhouse gas emission levels. Residential and Services sectors targets and measures: -Sustainable urban rehabilitation programme, with the aim of having one in every 15 households meet an optimal energy class (greater or equal to B-); -Programme to replace 1 million large electric appliances (white goods), providing a EUR 50 bonus for the replacement with an A+ appliance and EUR 100 for an A++ appliance; old appliances must be handed over for recycling; -Phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, large-scale substitution of incandescent light bulbs with CFLs (5 million) -Simplified permits for efficient construction projects -Stimulating small-scale electricity production so as to turn 75 thousand homes into electricity producers (installed capacity of 165 MW) by 2015; -Having one in every 15 buildings equipped with solar hot water heaters. Industry targets and measures: -Establishment of agreements with industry for the rational use of energy -Creation of an Intensive Energy Consumption Management System, extended to medium-sized enterprises (with consumption over 500 toe), with fiscal incentives provided for identified energy management measures to be implemented. Public sector targets and measures: -Energy certification of all state buildings to be completed; -20% of state buildings to fall within energy performance class greater than or equal to B; -20% of the state vehicle fleet to produce CO2 emissions less than 110g/km; -Phase-out of inefficient street lighting; -20% of traffic lights to use efficient lighting (LED). Information and communication measures: -Launch of the "Energy Plus Bonus" to reward excellence in energy efficiency for companies, buildings, schools and others; -"Energy Efficiency Plus" programme: an energy effi

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