Matosinhos (Portugal)

Matosinhos is a Portuguese Municipality belonging to the Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto. Boasting a dense urban population of around 172,000 (INE, 2021), it is a unique combination of seaside, new architecture, pilgrim and historical monuments, while remaining one of the most industrialised municipalities in the country.

Matosinhos has changed from an industrial based economy to a more service oriented one, largely tourism related, while still maintaining strong fishing activities and over 500 industrial units across diverse sectors.

Matosinhos is committed to tackling environmental and climate challenges using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and numerous environmental projects, including the recovery of green and blue corridors, biodiversity protection, and the commitment to circular economy, among several others.

Sustainability focus: anticipating carbon neutrality by 2030

In 2022, the Municipality of Matosinhos made a commitment to reduce by 85% (taking into  account the base year) the emission of greenhouse gases in the territory, anticipating carbon  neutrality by 2030. The Municipality intends to increase its resilience and prepare its citizens and entities for the  adverse impacts of climate change.

A set of priority action areas was defined to achieve the proposed objective, namely: Energy  Efficiency; Renewable energy; Sustainable Mobility; Engagement of Stakeholders and Citizens;  Financing and Municipal Action.

There are already ongoing initiatives in each of these areas, from the energy rehabilitation of  municipal buildings, public lighting, photovoltaic installations, the promotion of electric mobility,  the creation of the Matosinhos Energy Hub and the granting of tax benefits for the rehabilitation  of buildings.

The need to knows

  • Over 13 beaches with excellent water quality and golden classification;
  • Since 2012 we have planted 7.664 trees under the “100 thousand trees project”;
  • Matosinhos continues to be part of the “Convent of Mayors” and the “Green City Accord”;
  • Matosinhos takes part in several environmental networks, such as “Cities with Nature”,  “ATELIER”, “Eixo Atlântico” and “CDP”.


  • First MCR2030 Resilience Hub in Portugal (2022)
  • New European Bauhaus Prize for the AYR Sustainability Platform (2021)
  • European Enterprise Promotion Awards for “Carbon-zero Living Lab Matosinhos”  (2018)
  • Smart Project for Smart Cities Prize for its Environmental Information System (2015)
  • Special Achievement in GIS from ESRI for its Environmental Information System (2014)

What the city has to say

In Matosinhos the future has already arrived. Climate change is already a reality and does not  ask for authorization to change our lives. Matosinhos assumes a leadership commitment in combating the climate crisis we are experiencing with the ambition to bring forward the carbon neutrality expected for 2050 to 2030. It is an ambitious pledge, but one that the  Municipality assumes with commitment and energy to achieve it.

- Luísa Salgueiro, Mayor of Matosinhos

ICLEI and Matosinhos

Matosinhos works closely together with ICLEI on Making Cities Resilient 2030, Cities With Nature, the Covenant of Mayors, and the Green City Accord.

"We have been very pleased to have Matosinhos join as ICLEI Member. Their innovative, inspiring, and systematic work in resilience and disaster risk reduction, and their role as a MCR2030 Resilience Hub will be an invaluable addition to the ICLEI network and knowledge resources available to fellow cities," says Wolfgang Teubner, European Director, ICLEI Europe.