Environment and climate action: EU supports three Portuguese projects with 7.3 million

European Commission has approved an investment package of 222.7 million € to support Europe’s transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.

In Portugal, three projects were contemplated, two of which (which received 3.9 million €) integrate “LIFE Environment and resource efficiency”. One of them is “LIFE PAYT”, from the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra. This project will create an integrated, economical and extremely reproducible PAYT (pay as you throw) system in five southern EU cities: Lisbon, Condeixa and Aveiro (Portugal), Vrilissia (Greece), and Larnaca (Cyprus).

As for its goals, it involves encouraging families and companies to carry out sorting and recycling, with the aim of reducing waste production, increasing recycling rates of packaging materials, demonstrating changes in the decision-making process at the national level contributing to the implementation of EU waste policy and promoting the replication of the concept in other cities in southern Europe. The project will use software and hardware to show waste producers the quantities generated and design fair and equitable tariffs.

Of this duo that won the European Commission’s funding, there is also the “LIFE Index-Air”, from Instituto Superior Técnico, which intends to create a new air quality management instrument, which will allow local, regional and national policy makers to evaluate quantitatively the impact of policies on levels of human exposure to particles.

The instrument will be applied in some EU cities, where it will be used to assess the contribution of different emission sources to exposure levels and to develop control strategies that take into account the expected impacts of climate change and long-term atmospheric changes. The tool will be developed using data from Lisbon, Porto, Athens, Venice and Kuopio.

The list of projects contemplated by the European Commission ends with another project that falls under the category “LIFE Adaptation to climate change”, with a funding of around 3.4 million euros, the LIFE-MONTADO-ADAPT, of the Mértola Heritage Defense Association.

The project aims to introduce innovative technologies to adapt to climate change in the montados (Portugal) and dehesa (Spain) ecosystems, where the current traditional agroforestry practices have become economically unsustainable. The project will demonstrate sustainable and profitable integrated land-use systems that contribute to re-establishing the multifunctional nature of the landscape, as well as increasing its contribution to socio-economic development, environmental services, biodiversity conservation and settlement of carbon.

The LIFE program is the EU’s financing instrument for the environment and climate action. It was launched in 1992 and has already made it possible to co-finance more than 4,300 projects across the EU and in third countries, mobilizing € 8.8 billion and contributing a total of € 3.9 billion to the protection of the environment and the environment. climate. At any given time, there are about 1,100 LIFE projects running simultaneously.

The LIFE program, which includes an Environment sub-program and a Climate Action sub-program, has a budget of 3.4 billion euros for the period 2014-2020 at current prices.

News originally published in Jornal Económico.