As part of the selection of Porto as one of the 100 cities in the European space with the ambition to lead the climate transition of the territory, a working session took place for three days with the objective of developing the beginning of the implementation of the Climate City Contract. The workshop took place on April 19 and 21 and was attended by several entities from the municipal universe and some partners of the Porto Climate Pact.
The working day began at the Porto Innovation Hub with the presence of the vice-president of the Porto City Council, Filipe Araújo, who highlighted the active participation of partners and a strong network articulation to keep the city at the forefront of the decarbonization process. “The Porto Climate Pact today has more than 300 participants, among very relevant organizations of the city and citizens, in a positive synergy and that we want to take advantage of to accelerate the fulfilment of the ambitious climate objectives of Porto”, he said.
Dedicated to the strategic alignment between partners, the first day included the sharing of results achieved and objectives of several entities, including the Municipality of Porto, Misericórdia do Porto, STCP, Centro Hospitalar Universitário São João, Fundação de Serralves, REN Portgás, LIPOR, Futebol Clube do Porto, INEGI, SONAE, Elergone Energia and CITTA/ FEUP.
The remaining sharing moments were dedicated to identifying and assessing the city's diverse climate needs, especially focused on concrete measures to be developed, with a view to carbon neutrality by 2030. They took place at the Casa de Cinema Manoel de Oliveira, with Serralves Park as a backdrop (the second day), and the last day took place at the Porto Energy Agency.
European project ASCEND aims to accelerate decarbonization
The workshop involved the dynamization of local actors of the ASCEND project, which aims to accelerate the implementation of Positive Clean Energy Districts (PCED) to make cities more sustainable, inclusive and carbon neutral.
This project aims to develop large-scale demonstrators in the eight partner cities – Porto, Munich, Lyon, Budapest, Alba Iulia, Charleroi, Prague and Stockholm - and has as local partners in the city of Porto the Serralves Foundation, the Porto Energy Agency, the Empresa Municipal Águas e Energia do Porto and the Porto Digital Association.
In the city, the implementation area encompasses the Serralves area, several housing zones, such as Pasteleira and Pinheiro Torres, as well as several schools in the surrounding area, taking advantage of the synergy with the Porto Solar project. The intention is to constitute the first positive district in terms of energy, that is, an area capable of producing more energy than is consumed, betting on renewable production, namely through solar sources.
The event was facilitated and accompanied by European partners Energy Cities and Dark Matter Labs, both members of the NetZeroCities consortium, which accompanies the implementation of carbon neutrality in the chosen cities of the Mission Cities. The results of these working days are fundamental for the articulation between various entities, to achieve the climate objectives proposed by the Municipality of Porto.