Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


EU countries met their voluntary target of reducing gas consumption by 15 per cent between 1 August 2022 and 31 March 2023, compared to the average consumption of this period in the previous five years. Portugal ranks 4th in the stringency of measures adopted to reduce energy demand.

According to EEB's Saving Energy for Europe report (Spring 2023 update), Portugal is the only country that regularly and openly reports on the implementation and progress of energy savings. Portugal also stands out for setting up a monitoring committee and providing analyses of specific measures. Portugal is ranked as strong in measures adopted to reduce energy demand. Along with Germany, Italy, France and Spain, Portugal has the most robust measures in place.

"Following our classification, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain have the most robust measures in place. This is particularly relevant, as these five countries alone covered over 60 per cent (equal to 254,12 bcm) of the EU's gas demand in 2021", states the report.

EEB also highlights Portugal's most important measures adopted with stringent measures. These are:

  • Mandates limiting energy use for lighting: Portugal limited lighting in central government and issued recommendations for private households and businesses;
  • Measures by sub-national authorities: 103 municipalities reduced indoor and exterior lighting;
  • Other energy-saving measures: Portugal reduced heating in public pools.

Additionally, the report makes recommendations and short-term measures to continue the energy reduction and saving. These recommendations apply to all 27 members of the EU.

You can find EEB's Saving Energy for Europe report here.