Portugal is mainly characterized by a warm temperate, mediterranean climate with a distinct wet season in winter.

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As billions of people across the Northern Hemisphere prepare for an expected colder-than-average winter, coupled with skyrocketing energy prices, not even sunny Portugal will be spared this season, as detailed in the article below.

One swallow does not a summer make, especially when it’s winter, but a lot of freezing cold and presumably dying people will certainly make for a major tragedy over the coming months, as millions enter into full energy poverty due to (completely avoidable, if sensible policies were in place) price increases while trying to somehow warm their houses.

Unfortunately, despite being a developed economy in Europe, renewables do not seem to be coming to the party for old Portugal either (not that it would be a problem if they were – they just aren’t…)

If only all suitable energy sources, including those that add plant-food CO2 to the atmosphere (even if it is clearly overheating, right?…), were being fully developed and employed to help actual humans out, today, free from policies designed to quash and discourage their use… Many, many lives, including those of millions of children, would be improved, if not saved…

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“Energy poverty is a widespread problem across Europe, as between 50 and 125 million people are unable to afford proper indoor thermal comfort”, reads the European Commission’s website.

In addition, Portugal is at the top of the countries in Europe where it is necessary to spend more energy on heating houses as the buildings are not well prepared for the cold. Perhaps that’s why in Portugal it is cultural accepted to be cold at home. A problem that DECO predicts could increase.

DECO has been following the entire process of consumers’ transition both at national and European level, anticipating some difficulties in this change given the current factors that directly affect this sector, namely “the increase in carbon prices, the increase in gas demand, economic recovery and delay in infrastructure maintenance during a pandemic”.

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Energy poverty threatens Portuguese in the winter – The Portugal News