Energy and Environment

Learn more about the projects backed by the Galp Foundation in the fields of ​​Energy and Environment.

Pedestrian and cycling bridge over the 2ª Circular

The cycling bridge over the 2ª Circular was inaugurated in early 2015 in the presence of Lisbon Mayor António Costa and Galp Energia's Executive Vice President Luís Palha da Silva. The bridge, a continuous cycling route of around nine kilometres linking Campo Grande, Benfica and the University Stadium, helps to widen the network of cycling paths, thus promoting sustainable mobility in the city of Lisbon.

This project was born from the international "Bridges for a more positive future" competition, launched in 2009 by the Galp Foundation in collaboration with Experimenta Design - EXD'09. In this context, projects were evaluated for a pedestrian and cycling bridge on Lisbon’s 2ª Circular ring-road, and the project that gave origin to the now-inaugurated bridge by Telmo Cruz and Maximina Almeida, from the MXT Studio architecture bureau, was chosen. The project's chief executive is António Adão da Fonseca, who has been involved in major projects such as the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the Lisbon Oceanarium and the Casa da Música music hall in Porto.

See the project presentation following the Lisbon Mobility Week.

See the project video here

Benfica / Telheiras and Jardim do Campo Grande cycling paths

As part of the protocol that the Galp Foundation established with Lisbon City Council (CML) in 2009, this project is part of the CML’s mobility plan and "Ecological Structure of Lisbon - Green Plan", which aims to promote forms of a more sustainable mobility in the city.

In addition to the 2ª Circular cycling bridge, the Galp Foundation's initiatives include two other complementary interventions: the construction of the cycling route between Benfica (Quinta da Granja) and Telheiras, and the resurfacing of the Jardim do Campo Grande cycling track.

These two routes, which are linked and cover a continuous cycle length of 8.8 km, are complete and equipped with various informative totems and air / water stations for tire filling and full support for cyclists like what is available at any Galp Energia service station.

This facility was inaugurated on September 17, 2011 with a mass bike ride, promoted as part of the Alfacinha Green Movement initiatives for the weekend, which marked the start of the European Mobility Week.

The cyclists gathered at 9:30am in Jardim Amália Rodrigues (at the top of Eduardo VII Park). With the support of the Galp Foundation, the Alfacinha Green Movement enlivened the city of Lisbon with numerous initiatives held throughout the two days.

History

The Alliance for Road Safety was a multi-annual multi-stakeholder program whose mission was to mobilise society with regard to the issues of Road Safety and Prevention. To this end, conditions were created for research, awareness and action in this field, with a view to improving the behaviour of drivers in traffic.

Alongside Galp, the Directorate-General for Health, the National Authority for Road Safety and Sair de Casca, the Galp Energia Foundation was a member of this project’s board, having financed the largest and most complete study in the last 10 years on the declared attitudes and behaviours of the Portuguese with regards to road accidents (developed with the academic partner ISCTE-IUL).

Inaugurated in September 2011, the bicycle paths resulted from a Protocol established with Lisbon City Council. This project aims to raise public awareness, support environment preservation and, at the same time, promote health and sport in the community.

The track, which is located in a residential area near schools and offices, has great potential for use and enables daily work-home travel as well as leisure, linking parks and gardens.

Acknowledging the importance of developing conservation actions and promoting biodiversity, the Galp Energia Foundation supported, between 2009 and 2010, the implementation of the M@rbis-NATURA 2000 Project - Information System for Marine Biodiversity, approved under the Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Affairs of the Sea Action Plan (2008/2020).

This project aims to organise and order existing scientific information on the marine biodiversity of the waters under national jurisdiction, including the creation of an integrated information system on marine biodiversity, databases and a network of information sharing between institutions.

Following the Galp Foundation’s strong commitment to raising awareness among the community to environmental topics and promoting a more sustainable urban mobility, Experimenta Design 09 (a Biennial that took place between September and November 2009) was staged with 40 bicycles distributed throughout the different venues of the event, which were at visitors’ disposal to move freely around the exhibition.

The concept of sharing was also enhanced, as 20 of these bikes had two seats. These bikes were previously the target of an exclusive artistic intervention by young designers selected from the Institute of Arts and Design (IADE), in an attempt to bring the university environment closer to business reality.

Launched in 2009, the Sustainable Mobility Ideas Contest was developed in partnership with MAOTDR - Ministry of Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development, and the APA - Portuguese Environment Agency, in conjunction with national councils.

The contest, under the theme "Brainstorming for a Permanent Project", was intended to reward the best project of a permanent measure that, most efficiently, promoted an improvement to the city (ies) atmospheric quality while also exploring sustainable urban mobility.

An online vote saw the award go to the municipality of Almada’s "Bicla Tejo" project, a pedestrian and cycle route that connects Trafaria and Costa da Caparica, with linking the Belém-Trafaria river crossing and the bike path.

In order to strengthen its relationship with the national scientific community, the Galp Foundation joined the Portuguese Society of Physics and, at the end of 2011, launched the "Mais Energia" Competition.

This contest had the objective of rewarding the best works of students and young researchers of Higher Education in the fields of Energy ​​conversion and management, and the best approaches to themes proposed in classrooms by secondary school teachers.

The works submitted in the competition were analysed and selected by the jury - composed of renowned personalities from the scientific and academic community and experts in the field of energy - and the winners were determined and delivered their monetary prizes in 2013.