Porto is the epicenter of a region with more than 1.7 million inhabitants – the Metropolitan Area of Porto.
It is the 4th most populous municipality and the 3rd most densely populated in the country.
In the last few decades, the city is getting more attractive for living, studying, and hosting businesses.
One in every five startups nationwide are in Porto and the city’s connection to academia and research centres contributed to the creation of a hub known for generating, attracting, and retaining knowledge.
Porto is an ecosystem of innovation and environmental sustainability in areas as climate action, circular economy, and protection of natural heritage.
The stability of the global climate system is at risk as a result of the high concentration of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the global atmosphere. Mitigating these emissions is urgently needed to avoid unpredictable consequences on the natural, economic, and social systems. The European Union has been leading the way: member states should set a target of 55% reduction in 2030 and neutrality in 2050. At a national level, the Climate Framework Law of 2021 sets a reduction in emissions of at least 55% by 2030, 65% by 2040, and 90% by 2050. Reducing GHG emissions requires ambitious measures and high public and private investment, but at the same time represents an opportunity for competitiveness, employment, and social justice.
Carbon emissions in the city from the building, residential and service sectors
Carbon emission in the city from the transports sector
emissions in the city
in 2004 (kton. eq.)
The path towards carbon neutrality in Porto is demanding and calls for collective action for collective benefits. Porto’s neutrality can only be achieved with concrete actions carried out by all stakeholders, regardless of their size, previous action or legal personality.
The Municipality of Porto believes that a common vision and goal for decarbonization can help all stakeholders move in the same direction to fulfill a common purpose.
Therefore, with the Porto Climate Pact we intend to awaken citizens and organizations to action and to create a large community of learning, sharing ,and mutual support. Signing the Pact is voluntary, non-binding and free of charge.
The ambition is that Porto becomes the national leader in climate action, anticipating carbon neutrality.
Porto was selected by the European Commission to be part of the group of 100 Climate neutral and Smart Cities, and as a Mission City, Porto has the ambition to be a leader, at national and European level, in climate action, anticipating carbon neutrality to 2030.
Municipal ambition to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 (compared to 2004).
Reduction of carbon emissions achieved in 2020 in Porto (compared to 2004).
The Promoter of the Porto Climate Pact is the Municipality of Porto.
The Municipality of Porto has been monitoring Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions since 2008, through the Porto Energy Agency, and has advocated a 60% GHG reduction by 2030.
The role of the Municipality of Porto in the decarbonization of the city has been systematic, but limited, as municipal assets are only responsible for 6% of total GHG emissions. Most GHG emissions in the city come from the buildings, residential and services sectors (~50%) and transports (~40%). Hence the importance of the collective action that the Porto Climate Pact seeks to accelerate the energy transition and achieve an emissions neutral balance by 2030.
Porto Energy Agency
Adhesion to the Mayors’ Pact
(- 45% GHG by 2030)
Porto joins the Mayors’ Pact for Climate and Energy
(- 50% GHG by 2030)
There are innumerable reasons.
The Pact allows signatories to:
- Show leadership and commitment for the economic and social development of the city.
- Cooperate in a network of ambitious stakeholders with common goals, leveraging opportunities.
- Get recognition in the sustainability and climate action areas.
- Assess the results of the proposed measures for decarbonization.
Whoever you want.
The Pact can be signed by any person or organization, regardless of size, previous action or legal personality. By subscribing one commits to:
- Establish and share concrete actions to reduce emissions.
- Involve different networks in the process of reducing GHG emissions in Porto.
- Work with local and national governments to define an enabling framework.
- Monitor and report on the progress of implemented measures to reduce emissions.
One should just check the Porto Climate Pact and if there is an agreement with its principles, fills it out and sends it to:
Membership is voluntary, non-binding and free of charge.
Joining the Porto Pact for Climate can be done at any moment.
The Porto Climate Pact was designed to serve us all, with the goal of defending the global climate system. However, it subsists largely based on adherence among the different entities operating in Porto.
Thus, we are extremely proud of the high number of subscribers who, with confidence and sense of commitment, have agreed to align themselves with the principles defined in this document.
At PBS we take on our commitment to the Porto Climate Pact in a spirit of mission. We commit to reinforce and create new cross-cutting actions, internal and external, to develop the social and environmental responsibility of organizations and individuals. We are also committed to setting concrete targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and engaging our student community and organizations to be an active part of the decarbonisation journey. We are aware of the challenge of carbon neutrality, but its inevitability and unquestionable benefits for the future hold us accountable for empowering our community to be more resilient, prosperous, fair and aware of the limits of our planet.
FLUP is associated with the Porto Climate Pact, as it has also been carrying out several similar actions and because it considers that this is a cause that must involve all citizens and institutions that have social responsibilities in their public mission.
Director of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto, 2022
We sign it because we believe it will have a greater impact on local society by empowering the community to drive innovative solutions for circular economies, both locally and globally. We give access to a global network of skills and tools to create impactful solutions for the world.
Co-founder and Chief of Innovation & Sustainability at VIVA Lab
Portugal is one of the European countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Local authorities, which are closest to consumers, are the ones who know their reality best and can implement measures to protect citizens and ecosystems more effectively. DECO, as the voice of consumers, subscribed to this Pact because it considered that this great plan of anticipating carbon neutrality should call for everyone.
FC Porto's commitment to the protection of the planet is old and the City Council's challenge to sign the Porto Climate Pact was assumed with all the inherent responsibilities to contribute to our city being an example in this area.
Pinto da Costa
FC Porto President , 2022
Life is a system of relationships, says Grimaldi, and Coccia recalls that against science, we have dug a chasm between the different species. Because we are part of a world that we all belong to and depend on, the protection of biodiversity, ecosystems, human and non-human rights is essential. To sign the Porto Climate Pact is to participate in the protection of the city and in a vital cause.
Dean of Universidade Lusófona do Porto, 2022
We want to be a more resilient, more conscious and more efficient institute. We are committed to actively contributing to Porto anticipating the European Commission's carbon neutrality goals and thus taking national leadership in this matter.
Director of i3S
LIPOR and its Municipalities believe that knowledge, mobilization and cooperation are essential to achieving carbon neutrality. In our area of activity, by giving new life to waste, we are also contributing to this new vision of the future, with a view to fulfilling a common cause.
José Manuel Ribeiro
Chairman of the Board of Directors of LIPOR
The Porto Climate Pact is an opportunity for the University to put its critical mass, scientific resources and technological innovations in the area of the environment at the service of the sustainable development of the city, in particular its goals of carbon neutrality.
António de Sousa Pereira
Rector of the University of Porto, 2022
This Pact reinforces the organizational commitment of Misericórdia do Porto to promote the sustainability of its activity, with particular attention to climate action. Thus, it intends to contribute in an integrated way to the response to the impacts of climate change, by the city of Porto.
Ombudsman of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto, 2022
Caring for each other and the planet: challenges of global education.
José Luís Gonçalves
By signing the Porto Climate Pact, I assume the social commitment of the Ilídio Pinho Foundation and the companies in which I have responsibilities, IP Holding, Amener and EcoAmbiente, to contribute to environmental protection, in an effort that must be shared by all citizens.
President of the Ilídio Pinho Foundation
It is with great pride that we reaffirm our commitment to reduce the number of car trips in Porto with our electric vehicles, decongesting car traffic and contributing to achieving the necessary carbon neutrality in the city.
Country Manager Bird Portugal, 2022
Domus Social is aligned with an integrated vision of sustainability that is now embodied in the "Porto Climate Pact". Our commitment is to the people of Porto today and tomorrow. We want to provide them with a quality of life, in an increasingly green city, in an increasingly sustainable Porto.
President of the Board of Directors of DomusSocial, EM, 2022
The path of sustainability is only possible if it is done at all levels of action. The Porto Pact is a unique example of promoting a collective local coordinated action, with global impact and potential for replication.
President of the Board of the Common House of Humanity
Metro do Porto is proud to adhere to the Porto Climate Pact. Respect for the environment, through sustainable mobility, is one of our central concerns. Public Transportation is the backbone of a city's decarbonization. In addition to the environmental dimension, at the level of positive environmental externalities, by the net effect on the CO2 emission balance for the atmosphere, a rail operation in the urban context, scaling up collective mobility solutions.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
As creators of the 'living environment' and leaders of a Europe-wide agency, we employ our creativity and expertise in a spirit of sharing in response to the challenges of sustainable development, inclusion and multiculturalism.
Jean-Michel and Martin
President ANCV Board, 2022
The path towards the carbon neutrality of Porto is demanding and calls for an attitude of union for a greater common good: the sustainability of the country. Altice Portugal fully identifies itself with this purpose believing in the importance of sharing knowledge and good practices.
Executive President of Altice Portugal
“Sustainable Development” commits us seriously and rigorously to improving the quality of life. We assume as pillars of action the circular economy and the reforestation of green space, training children and young people with skills to walk towards carbon neutrality.
Earth is our home and nature is all of us. Our actions today will decide the future and survival of mankind. The School adhered to the initiative of the Porto City Council and signed the Climate Pact, in the exercise of its duty/right of citizenship, as a socially responsible organization.
Managing Director, 2022
The Smart Waste Portugal Association signs the Porto Climate Pact, as it believes that it is together, working on the themes of the circular economy in the most varied sectors (waste, construction, plastics, food, among others), that we will achieve carbon neutrality in this region.
Chairman of the Board, March 2022
Isabel Sá Costa
CAP President, 2022
Sustainable development is one of the priorities of the French National Education and the Lycée Français International de Porto. From kindergarten to Senior year, we work daily to inform our students about the challenges of climate change.
What actions are being held by the Pact’s subscribers.
When discussing carbon neutrality, it is irrelevant to make commitments if there is not an intention of fulfilling the goal. Therefore, in this space we will soon offer some recommendations and information to systematize your plans and results and measure your degree of compliance with your goals and actions.
This way, you will be able to perform your self-assessment and communicate your results and learning.