Conference on climate change, 15th november 2016
2016-11-15 at 23:42


The Prime Minister said that Portugal is a country "committed with Paris Agreement" about climate changes, and also in the frontline against global warming, that affects it directly, because of the climb of the sea level. These statements were made during the climate conference (COP22), in Marrakesh, in Morocco.

"We are completely committed in the success of international negotiations about climate changes and also with the political ambition of Paris Agreement", said the Prime Minister.

António Costa referred the need of applying the goals set in Paris Agreement, signed last year by 196 countries, adding that "as soon as international efforts concerning economies’ decarbonisation begin, more resources will be saved in the adaptation needs related to climate changes".

"This is the rational economic option, in the medium and long terms. In the short term, Paris also represents an opportunity to develop and transform economies and to create jobs, goods and services, through new market opportunities linked to low carbon technologies", he underlined.

In a statement to the press, the Prime Minister said the global warming "is a challenge that does not allow further delays, because every day the threat is greater".

"If one country backwards, however important that country is, like the United States, the worst thing that could happen was to let ourselves be contaminated, because then there would be a generalized setback", he stressed out.

It would be "a huge disappointment if one of the most developed countries, notably the United States, now refused the commitment" signed last year in Paris, but "we can not all be blocked by one country's wrong decision".

Portugal is an example

In his speech to the High Level conference António Costa also said that Portugal is one of the European Union countries more affected by climate changes and that "without significant mitigation efforts on a global level to limit global warming, will suffer serious damages in its territory and economy".

"As though, we want to give the example and we are already preparing the revision process of our Low Carbon Guide to 2050, with the goal to be neutral in emissions of gases with greenhouse effects until the first half of the century", he referred.

In the short term, Portugal is adopting decarbonisation policies in transports and assuming "an ambitious agenda related to renewable energies, with the aim of accomplishing the goals established in strategy Europe 2020 and in the EU directive on renewable energies".

"Having no fossil fuels, the application to the electric sector of that ambitious and well succeeded agenda of promoting renewable energies allow us to give great international examples, such as the recent four days with exclusive renewable consume", he said.

Portugal as already realized "more than 87% of the goal set to 2020, after installing 12 300 megawatts of renewable technology, that represent 61% of the potency of all our electricity production", underlined the Prime Minister.

António Costa said that "to increase the impact of the renewables in Portugal is important to assure the energetic connections between Portugal and Spain, and between Portugal, Spain, and the rest of Europe".

And assure the energetic connections "between Europe and other countries such as Morocco, with whom we are working". António Costa met the Chief of Morocco Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, to discuss these subjects.

"This is the only way to optimize renewable energies, without subsidies nor granted rates", he concluded.


Photo: Prime Minister António Costa and Minister of Environment Matos Fernandes at the climate conference Marrakesh, 15th november 2016