"It's completely irrational for a country to be 75% dependent on imports for the energy it consumes," the minister said, at a ceremony in Coimbra.
Portugal’s Minister for the Environment and Energy Transition, João Matos Fernandes, on Friday in Coimbra called for a change in power consumption across the country as a way of bringing an end to Portugal importing 75% of the energy it consumes.
“It’s completely irrational for a country to be 75% dependent on imports for the energy it consumes,” the minister said, at a ceremony in Coimbra, where he spoke about “energy transition involving everyone.”
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) 2016 report, Portugal relies on imports of fossil fuels for most of its energy needs as domestic energy production accounts for around 27% of total primary energy supply.
Fernandes said, “energy transition means greater efficiency, wasting a lot less energy, increasingly electrifying society and the economy, and producing energy from renewable sources.”
The minister was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a ceremony to award the project for stabilising and requalifying of the right bank of the Mondego River, involving an investment of over €7 million.