The Native Urban Forests of Porto (FUN – Porto) project is an initiative of the Municipality of Porto that aims to promote knowledge and expansion of urban forests in the city of Porto under the motto ‘Because the trees are good for the territory, people and the economy of the city‘
This project unfolds in five axes, which complement each other:
Nursery of Native Trees and Shrubs of Porto – space where native species of the Porto region are produced that will feed the processes of reforestation of the areas allocated to the FUN, but also for free yield of species to neighboring municipalities in projects for ecological restoration of burnt areas. At the moment have been produced more than 60,000 trees.
If you got a garden we got a tree for you – free provision of native trees and shrubs to residents with garden, yard or own land (whether residents or organizations) by application. The goal is to plant 10,000 native trees in private spaces by 2020, and 5,966 native species have been distributed to residents.
Porto Biospots Network – is a partnership of the Municipality with Infraestruturas de Portugal, that aims to allow the reforestation of the adjacent transit routes to the main nodes and routes of circulation in the city, transforming expectant and environmentally poor lands into green areas valued and providing multiple ecological services. This initiative foresees the reforestation of 14 areas and the planting of 10,000 copies by 2021, having already started with 2 roads, Regado and Francos in a total of 1305 native trees planted.
Porto Trees Route – enhance of a set of themed visits to farms, green spaces, historical gardens, with the purpose of giving to know and to valorize the extraordinary arboreal patrimony of the city, namely centenaries trees and with incalculable historical value. The initiative has 2 annual editions and 417 participants.
Porto Biolab – intends to create forest laboratory service on an degraded area of the city with 4ha. It brings together the best of the knowledge and creates opportunities for new knowledge, establishing a space for dialogue and sharing of the knowledge.
The Municipality of Porto, in line with its Municipal Strategy started an ambitious process of renewal of its municipal fleet, involving a total of 390 vehicles, of which more of 70% will be fed by electricity, contrasting with the fossil fuels used currently by municipal fleet. This paradigmatic shift of the municipal mobility of Porto enhances the relevance of Porto for the electrification of the transport sector at national level.
It is the intention of the Municipality to replace all of its combustion vehicles by electric propulsion ones. However, some combustion vehicles should be only in the modalities and typologies for which there is no viable alternative electric.
The Municipality of Porto bases its commitment on the growing environmental concern and the promotion of the decarbonization of the travel modes, with the awareness that the transport sector constitutes one of the great contributors of the pollution in the cities, not only by the noise but the by the volume of emissions and other atmospheric pollutants. For this reason, the Municipality also feels responsible and considers its its duty to contribute to the electrification of the mobility systems in the city.
This behavioral shift was supported by a set of studies carried out by Ceiia (Center of Excellence for Automotive Innovation) that helped the Municipality to evaluate and decide on the viability of this paradigm shift.
This change is expected to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in the order of 450,000 liters / year which will result in an estimated saving of 585,000 € / year. The use of a mostly electric fleet will also enable an estimated reduction in CO2 emissions in the order of 2,350 tons within the term of the four years contract, which shows the commitment of the Municipality to combat climate change, drastically reducing the contribution of the sector transport to global warming.