The Portuguese government has launched a sustainable mobility programme for the public sector, aiming to save € 50m and reduce emissions from transport by 20 per cent over five years.
Public sector employees will be encouraged to make use of alternative means of getting to work such as by cycling or carpooling, as well as avoiding unnecessary journeys by using teleconferencing for meetings.
Reducing the size of public fleets and increasing the proportion of clean vehicles will also be a priority. Currently the Portuguese public sector owns almost 27 000 vehicles.
BeÁgueda is an innovative electric bike-sharing project that started in the city of Águeda in 2011, providing the hilly city with a sustainable solution for cycling up and down steep terrain. The electric bikes and related infrastructure were developed by companies in Águeda and were tested by locals. This helped stimulate the local economy and placed Águeda as an industry leader in the development of bicycle technology.
The Portuguese government is to begin switching the cars in its fleet to electric alternatives to reduce its carbon footprint and save money.
Artur Trindade, Portugal's Secretary of State for Energy, made the announcement in the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras, a winner of the inaugural European Green Leaf award.
In 2014 the Aveiro Region concluded the development of its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, known as the Plano Intermunicipal de Mobilidade e Transportes da Região de Aveiro (PIMTRA)
The Aveiro Region hopes the PIMTRA – which is in the first steps of implementation - will reduce the use of private transport and secure proper mobility for people, promote social inclusion, increase quality of urban life and preserve historical heritage.
A Lisbon mobility project has won an international award at the 2015 World Congress of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Milan (Italy).
The ‘Let Us Move You’ project - organised by Lisbon’s transport operator, Trasportes de Lisboa, and metro company, Metropolitano de Lisboa - aims to increase the number of young adults using the metro for everyday journeys.
The government of Portugal is making € 35 million available to subsidise public transport for people on lower incomes across the country.
Access to the scheme, called Social +, will be assessed on the grounds of household income and will come into force in August. It applies to all Portuguese cities and towns except those in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto, the two largest cities.