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Águeda: The first Portuguese smart city?
Can a small municipality of 50,000 inhabitants in central/northern Portugal be at the forefront of sustainable urban innovation despite the crisis and the lack of opportunities at the national level? Águeda points to a positive answer thanks to the vision of its Mayor Gil Nadais, who has been instrumental in involving the civil society in energy-saving initiatives.

Now home to an electric bicycle sharing-scheme, the city has also installed energy-saving lighting in houses, public buildings and public spaces, and developed successful partnerships with the private sector. As part of its commitment under the Covenant of Mayors, Águeda has already achieved a reduction of 20% of green houses gases emissions. The objective of the municipality is to reach a 33% decrease by 2020.

Recently the Covenant of Mayors Office visited Águeda to produce a videoabout the key energy-saving actions that are being implemented as part of the city’s sustainable energy action plan. The video caught the attention of the Portuguese press that has been widely covering the issue since then. “SIC” channel broadcast a television report on the topic and daily national paper “Público” covered the issue in an article. Águeda is definitely a Covenant success story !

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