Through the Portuguese Environmental Fund, Portugal is using revenue from the EU’s Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to decarbonise the country. Our documentary highlights how this support is encouraging citizens to get on their bikes.

Portugal will invest €300 million until 2030 in 960 km of bike paths to promote cycling as a sustainable and healthy mode of transportation. Cities such as Lisbon and Porto have implemented bike-sharing programmes to make cycling more accessible. Catarina and Laura are local cyclists in Lisbon who have benefited from these measures and have greened their mobility by integrating cycling into their daily routine.

Over a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Portugal came from the transportation sector in 2022. This includes private cars, trucks, buses, air travel and maritime transport. To achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, the country must reduce its carbon footprint by 65%. This includes reducing transport-related emissions by at least 40%.

In this context, the Association for Urban Mobility by Bicycle (MUBI) is a non-profit organisation that aims to create better conditions for cyclists in Portugal by influencing public policies at the national and local levels.


“MUBI will continue raising more and more money to support people who want to travel in other ways than by car, such as by bicycle or cargo bike to take their children to school.”

Herculano Rebordão, MUBI board member.

“We would like to have more detailed information about which projects the revenues from the EU ETS are actually supporting, because this is not yet clear. This will be particularly important in the future because the new EU ETS directive requires all revenues to be spent on climate action.”

Ana Muller, Project & Policy Officer at ZERO

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