Portugal launches plan to cut oil consumption
Portugal's government on Friday approved a 96-point economy ministry plan to fight rising oil prices by reducing national energy intensity and dependence on imported energy. The measures include facilitating renewable energy projects, incentivising industrial and domestic energy efficiency investments, introducing congestion charging in major cities and raising taxes on inefficient vehicles. A ministry spokesperson told ENDS Europe DAILY: "The plan's motivation is chiefly economic, but the aim is [also] to achieve environmental improvements". NGO Quercus accused the government of "acting late and for the wrong reasons". See plan.
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