The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published its fourth review of Portugal’s environmental performance on Tuesday, providing 26 recommendations to help it “strengthen policy coherence to drive a green economic recovery” and make progress on carbon neutrality and sustainable development.
Among the main environmental indicators, for 2021, the percentage of renewable energies in the total energy supply is 29%, with the OECD average at 12% and the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions ‘per capita’, which is 5.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, while the OECD average is 10.5 tonnes. In the average exposure of the population to fine particles (PM2.5), one of the main atmospheric pollutants, Portugal is also better positioned, and it is slightly better in municipal waste per capita.
In the recovery of municipal waste materials, the percentage of composting and recycling in the total treatment is in Portugal 28%, while the average in the OECD is 34%, an average also higher than Portugal in the area of the circular economy. The report highlights the threats posed by climate change, such as droughts, and advises that more should be done to “improve knowledge and monitor progress on adaptation policies, and increase the value of rural areas for climate change mitigation and adaptation.”
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