Matosinhos is a Portuguese municipality belonging to the Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto. Boasting a dense urban population of around 172,000, it is a unique combination of seaside, new architecture, pilgrim and historical monuments while remaining one of the most industrialised municipalities in the country.
Matosinhos has changed from an industrial-based economy to a more service-oriented one, primarily tourism related, while maintaining vital fishing activities and over 500 industrial units across diverse sectors.
Matosinhos is committed to tackling environmental and climate challenges using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and numerous environmental projects, including the recovery of green and blue corridors, biodiversity protection, and the commitment to a circular economy, among several others.
In 2022, Matosinhos committed to reducing by 85% the emission of greenhouse gases, anticipating carbon neutrality by 2030. The city council intends to increase its resilience and prepare its citizens and entities for the adverse impacts of climate change.
A set of priority action areas was defined to achieve the proposed objective: energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable mobility, engagement of stakeholders and citizens, financing and municipal action.
There are already ongoing initiatives in each of these areas, from the energy rehabilitation of municipal buildings, public lighting, photovoltaic installations, the promotion of electric mobility, the creation of the Matosinhos Energy Hub and the granting of tax benefits for the rehabilitation of buildings.