Francisco Ferreira, President of the Board, on why they joined RGI:
“In the beginning of 2016, after the Paris Agreement, ZERO intensively lobbied, both the Portuguese Parliament and government, in order to develop plans to enable Portugal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Indeed, it was a successful work, with the announcement of this objective by the Prime-Minister of Portugal in COP22 in Marrakech and the consequent work towards this ambitious goal where renewable sources have to play a major role. ZERO has been instrumental by its policy and institutional work to position Portugal as one of the most ambitious country in the international context related with renewable electricity production with clear results – providing support for the Portuguese positions on interconnections, an informal target to achieve 100% renewable electricity before 2040, and carbon neutrality before 2050. With this goal in mind, RGI is a key opportunity to support us exchanging views and helping solving problems to build a more resilient energy system in line with climate change mitigation needs.”
ZERO – Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System is a Portuguese environmental non-governmental organisation that was founded in 2015. ZERO emissions, ZERO waste, ZERO loss of biodiversity, there are several goals our buzz word stands out. ZERO is recognised has one of the most credible and active NGOs, with close contacts with decision-makers, the Portuguese government and parliamentarians to support the best policy decisions. At the national level we are particularly active in the area of sustainability, with an emphasis on energy and climate, with a wide group of connections and projects at the European level, and as members of several federations/networks.
We welcome Francisco and his team to RGI and look forward to the collaboration!