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No specific target has been set for the heat energy as such, however, a combination of programs have been designed to help meet Portugal targets and international protocols that Portugal has signed.

Seeking an increase in energy efficiency, for 2020 horizon, Portugal sets a 25% general reduction target for primary energy consumption by the end of the decade, and 30% reduction target for public administration. In pursue of the proposed targets, the government designed two national programs, (1) Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan (PNAEE) and, (2) Renewable Energy Strategic Plan (PNAER).

Heating and Cooling in figures

Share of renewable vs non renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector PTFinal energy consumption broken down by sector PT

No question that Portugal is doing well concerning the integration of RHC. The most important thing that needs to be done is to promote a national scheme for the certification of RHC technology professionals, and a follow up scheme for the installations developed in the country.

Energy Consumption- RES Final Energy PT

Support Schemes and Best practices

The latest important scheme implemented in Portugal was named “Medida Solar 2009”, designed by the Government to help improve the economic situation of the country.

This scheme also helped improve both energy efficiency in the country as whole as well as the conditions to attain the goals of the National Plan for Energy Efficiency 2015. Only certified equipment with SolarKeymark or CERTIF brands were to be accepted.

This year, three new schemes have been launched, with 2 of them covering building envelope improvements and solar thermal energy. One scheme is for the renovation of solar thermal installations which are more than five years old. It excludes the solar collector, hot water deposit and piping.

About Us

ADENE, the Portuguese Energy Agency, is a private non-profit making organisation with administrative and financial autonomy established in September 2000 by the Portuguese Government. Since July 2013, the main shareholders in ADENE are organisations under the Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Energy.

ADENE’s main purpose is to foster projects of national interest under the scope of energy policy, developing its activity within the different economic sectors and resourcing, for this purpose, to the support of public or private entities and specialised market agents.

At ADENE we are focused in promoting energy efficiency in Buildings, Industry, Transport and Public Sector. The Agency is also able to act in relevant areas for other political sectors when related to the energy policy and in close cooperation with the appropriate public entities. ADENE works for the benefit of different economic sectors to improve energy efficiency, adopt new energy management systems and introduce new technologies and innovation.

ADENE coordinates WP2, Integrated support schemes for RHC, which tries to develop a set of key success factors for support schemes focused on RHC, that are based on a financial retribution to the energy produced. A manual of good practices setting up RHC integrated support schemes will be developed.


Contact person

S T Spencer


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