Energy efficiency is an unavoidable challenge across all layers of society. Governments, businesses and citizens must take on this commitment together, promoting the efficient use of available resources and thereby reducing the emission of polluting gases. Doing more with less is possible, and it is Now or Never.
Did you know that, according to the Paris Agreement*, Energy Efficiency must account for 37 percent of the reduction in CO2 emissions by 2040?
*An agreement signed at the United Nations, which outlines measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in order to contain global warming and strengthen the international commitment to sustainable development.
Graduated with a major in Architecture and with a master's degree in Management, she was a fashion stylist and worked in Digital Marketing, in a luxury product company, and in a pharmaceutical company. The documentary Cowspiracy and a conference on Zero Waste generated the first concerns with sustainability. She created the blog Do Zero and today seeks to live with the minimal ecological footprint possible.
João Pedro Gouveia
He graduated in Environmental Engineering from FCT-NOVA, where he also obtained a PhD in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies. He is a researcher and project manager at CENSE and at Project Drawdown. He has been working since 2008 in the field of energy, buildings and climate change, with a focus on energy efficiency and poverty. In 2017, he took on a position at the Management Committee for a European COST Action and he is one of the coordinators of the European Consultancy HUB. He is also a founding member of DERA - Drawdown Europe Research Association, and APEEN - Associação Portuguesa de Economia de Energia.
He graduated in Mechanical Engineering and obtained a Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering from Porto University and Minho University. He worked for about eight years in projects and energy audits at Auditene, and in 2012 he joined EDP as project head in the field of energy efficiency. Five years ago he took on the position of EDP Comercial deputy director for B2B energy services, focusing mostly on energy efficiency, specialized technical services, and solar photovoltaic systems for self-consumption.
A web series that highlights Portuguese families with inspirational sustainable practices
Vasco and Mary Anne d'Avillez are part of a generation for which the collapse of our planet still seemed a distant concern. Only recently, largely influenced by their grandchildren - but also by Pope Francis and his encyclical letter Laudato Si' - did they come to the conclusion that it was their turn to take care of this common home we call planet Earth. The first step was to make their home more energy efficient by installing solar panels, but also by adopting a more rational use of available resources. Meet these grandparents and their grandchildren, and let yourself be inspired by their changes. Do you accept the challenge?