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OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011

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Published on April 11, 2011

Also available in: French

This report presents the OECD review of Portugal’s environmental policy performance for 2011. It finds that environmental policies have been consolidated and strengthened since the last review in 2001, but that meeting the post-Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be challenging. With energy and climate policies being closely related, the report points out that with less than 50% of hydro capacity currently being exploited, there is potential for further development in that area. It also describes the challenges regarding coastal zone and marine management.Topics covered in the report include greening growth, implementation of environmental policies , international co-operation , climate change, waste management and the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and nature and biodiversity.Further information about the Environmental Performance Review programme is available on line via 


General notes
Executive Summary
Sustainable Development3 chapters available
Developments since the 2001 Review
Greening Growth
Implementation of Environmental Policies
Selected Issues3 chapters available
International Co-operation
Energy and Environment Integration
Coastal Zone Management
References3 chapters available
Selected Environmental Data
Actions Taken on the 2001 OECD Review Recommendations
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press release

Despite Portugal’s economic and political challenges, it is still committed to improving the environment. The government sees green investment in its stimulus package and green tax reform as part of the solution to the national budget deficit. 

The OECD’s Environmental Performance Review of Portugal highlights Portugal’s environmental achievements and makes 28 recommendations for further improvement, including that more be done to make environmental and economic policies mutually supportive.

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Portugal 2011 - English

 This is the cover of the 2011 EPR Portugal Policy Highlights in French

Portugal 2011 - Français


Portugal 2011 - Português

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