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 www.oecd.org/env/countryreviews.
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.