Portugal submitted its recovery and resilience plan to the European Commission, as part of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility.
The plan is composed of 20 different components that are structured in three main dimensions (Resilience, Climate transition, and Digital transition).
The dimension of climate transition includes four components that can be considered as directly relevant for the energy sector. This initiative is part of the component related to energy efficiency in buildings (Component 13).
The proposal for the long term national strategy to combat energy poverty was under public consultation until 17 May 2021, and will enter into force once it is published in the Official Journal. It establishes a first step towards a strategic pathway to end energy poverty by 2050. The short-term targets are the following:
- To allocate at least EUR 300 million of European funds to energy efficiency actions in residential buildings, between 2021 and 2025
- To allocate 100,000 "efficiency vouchers" to families in the situation of energy poverty, for them to substitute their appliances and adopt efficient solutions. Each voucher will have an average value of EUR 1,300.