Zero Emission Portugal
Portugal have reached a zero emission milestone as the country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours that lasted from 6:45am on Saturday 7th May 2016 until 5:45pm the following Wednesday.
Costa Rica, the only country in the world without an army, achieved 285 days of 100% renewable energy in 2015. Receiving most of their electricity from hydroelectricity, with additional energy being produced from wind, solar power and geothermic energy. However with a population of under 5 million, Costa Rica uses much less power than most developed countries.
Renewable Energy Sources
Portugal are keen to evolve and improve all aspects of their renewable sources including their sustainable paper industry. Portuguese forests have grown more than 60% in the last 100 years, growing in the production of high quality sustainable paper products.
UK companies such as Bristol based Springfield Papers are supporting Portugals responsible forest management industry. With the additional FSC creditation and EcoLabel certification, companies such as theirs are helping keep the UK in check.
Envirocopy is just one of the products Springfield Papers has produced alongside responsible Portuguese manufacturers and has become a bestseller. They say: ‘Envirocopy thinks for everyone and everything, social as well as environmental responsibility is a key part of the philosophy behind Envirocopy’.
UK renewable energy goals
The UK is on track to meet its renewable energy goals, with wind power reducing the amount of gas and coal use and driving down emissions. The actions of the next government will be crucial in deciding whether legally binding targets can be met.