These are some of the goals outlined in the climate-based bill presented by the PS Parliamentary Group and which will be discussed in plenary in the Assembly of the Republic in conjunction with the PAN Party.
In a press conference, the vice-president of the socialist bench, Hugo Pires, highlighted that in the transport and mobility sector, the project aims to extend the public transport network throughout the country, not limited to the main cities, and that, from 2035, it should be forbidden to sell in Portugal light vehicles powered exclusively by fossil fuels.
Having at his side the Socialist deputies Alexandre Quintanilha, Nuno Fazenda and Miguel Costa Matos, Hugo Pires said that the PS provides tax benefits “for those who present savings in water consumption and waste separation. We aim to move towards low-carbon agriculture, providing for the replacement of synthetic fertilisers with organic fertilisers,” said Hugo Pires, before referring to the chapter of “green taxation”.
“By 2030, we anticipate the phasing out of fossil fuel tax support, reducing taxes on labour, butincreasing taxes on companies and the most polluting sectors,” he said.
Hugo Pires also sought to highlight the issue of “sustainable financing”, speaking of the European Union’s recovery and resilience fund, with a budget planned for Portugal of €13 billion. “About 40 percent of this amount was invested in the energy transition,” the Socialist leader stressed, alluding to the Recovery and Resilience Programalready presented by the Government. Hugo Pires later stressed that the PS bill “is aligned with the development and well-being of the European Union and the recently passed European climate law.”
“We share the objective of reindustrialising the European Union, moving towards a more sustainable decarbonisation model of economic activities,” he said.