The Portuguese government has launched a sustainable mobility programme for the public sector, aiming to save € 50m and reduce emissions from transport by 20 per cent over five years.

Public sector employees will be encouraged to make use of alternative means of getting to work such as by cycling or carpooling, as well as avoiding unnecessary journeys by using teleconferencing for meetings.

Reducing the size of public fleets and increasing the proportion of clean vehicles will also be a priority. Currently the Portuguese public sector owns almost 27 000 vehicles.

As well as the estimated savings, the programme should cut greenhouse gases, particulates, and noise, thereby contributing to the improvement of urban quality of life in Portugal’s cities.