The environmental association Zero today welcomed the integration of the energy portfolio in the Ministry of Environment, considering that this is "the most fundamental element" for the decarbonization of the economy.
"The Zero Association welcomes the integration of the energy portfolio into the new Ministry of Environment and Energy Transition. One of the most relevant areas for the country is climate policy, and energy is the most fundamental element for the decarbonisation of our economy on a path to achieving 100% electricity from renewable energies first, then approaching a total of renewable energy in primary energy, while at the same time investing in energy efficiency, "reads a statement from the environmental association today.
The Prime Minister today made a government reshuffle involving four ministries.
In terms of organic, the Minister of the Environment, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, becomes Minister of the Environment and Energy Transition, with the inclusion of the Secretary of State for Energy in its sphere of competence.
The Secretary of State for Energy, since the formation of the current Government, has been in the area of Economics.
"The designation of the new ministry is also happy, since it is really essential to promote a genuine energy transition covering all sectors, including transport, partly already under the aegis of the former Ministry of the Environment," the statement said. Zero.
The environmental association also considers that "the roadmap for carbon neutrality by 2050 and being developed by the Government is thus likely to be developed in a more ambitious and coherent way, giving clear signals for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions , namely with the early closure of the two coal-fired power plants and the appreciation of investments in solar energy. "
The Prime Minister made the biggest remodeling in the government today, involving four ministries, replacing Azeredo Lopes with João Gomes Cravinho in Defense, and in Manuel Caldeira Cabral's Economy with Pedro Siza Vieira.
The prime minister also proposed the changes of the Minister of Health, Adalberto Campos Fernandes, replaced by Marta Temido, and the Minister of Culture, a portfolio in which Graça Fonseca succeeds Luís Filipe Castro Mendes – nominations already accepted by the President of the Republic.
With the changes now underway, the number of ministers falls from 17 to 16, since Pedro Siza Vieira becomes Deputy Minister and Economy.
In the XXI Constitutional Government the number of ministers from three to five increases.
Graça Fonseca in Culture and Marta Feido in Health join the executive led by António Costa to the ministers of the Presidency, Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Justice, Francisca Van Dunem, and Mar, Ana Paula Vitorino.
Apart from the prime minister, the government has a cast of 16 ministers, five of whom are women (whose percentage increases from 18 percent to 31 percent).
The President of the Republic will inaugurate the new ministers of Defense, Economy, Health and Culture on Monday at 12:00, while the corresponding secretaries of state, still to be named, will take office on Wednesday at 11: 00.