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The University of Lisbon’s School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) is one of the most prestigious Portuguese and European engineering and science centres. FCT NOVA has international partnerships with, for example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Texas at Austin. It has broad expertise in cutting-edge R&D, ranging from materials, environment and biotechnologies to conservation and restoration.

The Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research (CENSE) at FCT NOVA is devoted to interdisciplinary research in environmental sciences and engineering. The CENSE research group on Climate Change and Sustainable Energy develops research in the field of energy-environment modelling. It focuses on the assessment of energy and environment policy instruments, cost-effectiveness potential of energy technologies for medium to long-term scenarios, and mitigation options under greenhouse gases emissions caps.



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CIMPOR is a subsidiary of Cimpor Cimentos de Portugal, an InterCement company with operations in Portugal, Egypt, Mozambique, South Africa, Cape Verde, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. It is involved in the production, distribution and sale of cement, and the marketing of white cement, hydraulic lime and dry mortar. In Portugal, it has cement production plants in Alhandra, Loulé and Souselas.

The company invests in research and development by means of a close cooperation with national and international universities and research institutes in specific areas of interest, including climate change.

CIMPOR is engaged in the creation of a Collaborative Laboratory in Portugal for the national cement sector – CemLAB – which will cover topics such as the development of cementitious materials for sustainable solutions, CO2 capture and use, and energy efficiency.




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Portugal’s Directorate-General of Energy and Geology (DGEG) is a public administration body responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating policies on energy and geological resources.

DGEG’s focus includes operational work, such as energy statistics, regulatory measures, licencing of installations, policy implementation, and policy monitoring. It also has responsibility for strategic energy and geology planning as part of, for example, national plans for security of supply (electricity and natural gas), energy efficiency, renewable energy and the national energy-climate plan 2030 (NECP).

The DGEG R&D team has been collaborating for more than 25 years with universities, public laboratories and other research centres on sustainable development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, fossil and renewable fuels, CCS, renewable thermal and electrical energy, design for strategic innovation and life cycle assessment.