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Portuguese citizens are among the Europeans who produce less waste and consume less energy, according to environmental statistics released today by the statistical portal Pordata, which marks World Environment Day.

According to statistics released today by Pordata, which now has a chapter on “Environment, Energy and Territory”, Portugal is “the second country in the European Union whose families consume less final energy ‘per capita'”, with 281 kilograms of oil equivalent, around half of the European Union average (551) and far below those who consume the most, the Finns (1,020).

With regard to waste, the ‘per capita’ production of waste from economic activities and households in Portugal is the third lowest of the 27, despite having been increasing, except in the crisis years between 2010 and 2013.

According to Pordata figures, municipal waste production in 2019 was 5.2 tonnes ‘per capita’, while the European Union average was 224.5.

On the other hand, Portugal has one of the lowest rates of material reuse in new value chains, standing at 2.2 percent, compared to a European average of 11.9%.

Only 8.2% of the food produced in Portugal in 2019 came from organic farming areas, which grew from 5.5% in 2012.

Pointing to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming, Pordata highlights that the commitment of nations to contribute $100 billion a year by 2020 to help low-income countries limit their polluting emissions is out of reach.

The Portuguese contribution, he stresses, is getting smaller, starting with 9.5 million euros in 2014 and reaching 900 thousand euros in 2019.

Pordata highlights that 85% of the Portuguese are served by wastewater treatment plants with secondary treatment, including the removal of organic material, a percentage that tripled between 2002 (27%) and 2017 and is the second highest level of evolution in the 20 European countries that reported data.

A reflection of this improvement is the fact that 96% of all beaches on the Portuguese coast have – in 2019 data – excellent water quality, above the EU average (88.4%), as well as 76.7% of bathing waters. from the inside.


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