Linhares da Beira

Linhares da Beira is located at 810m of altitude in one of the slopes of Serra da Estrela, in the
Municipality of Celorico da Beira on Region Centro of Portugal. It has an urban structure of medieval characteristics, with buildings of remarkable patrimonial and historical value. Many references from the local history are linked to ancestral legends. The receding of forestry was one of the factors of the village's economic recession, in addition to the desertification caused by emigration. The current population is scarce and aged, maintaining, however, traditional activities such as agriculture, pastoralism and dairy production. Linhares da Beira is one of the 12 villages of the Network of Historical Villages of Portugal (Collective) Efficiency Strategy (CES) - a policy instrument of the EU Cohesion Policy for the economic
development in low-density territories), recognized and awarded as a tourist destination of excellence. The material and immaterial identity of the network’s territory, referring to architectural, historical, cultural and natural heritage (activities, traditional techniques, customs and traditions), as well as its physical environment and geographical location, differentiate it from other territories. The network, and the collaborative system that sustains it, has taken on a clear alignment with the Europe 2020 Strategy - Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive growth and embody an unequivocal
commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030, along with the EU Green Deal. In this scope it has been identifying Axes of Smart Specialization in the ECS underway and has been developing a set of common actions in the 12 villages, based on priority key areas leading to a renewed economy anchored on the concept of green growth, supported by inimitable resources with the ability to enhance integrated and sustainable local development.

Learning community in Renewable Energy

In line with the strategic rational with a view to the adoption of sustainable energy policies, the Network of Historical Villages, together with the municipalities that integrated it subscribed to the Pact of Mayors and developed an Action Plan for Sustainable Energy and Climate, that includes 24
correlated measures. For this purpose, a partnership protocol was defined between the Network of Historical Villages, ADENE (entity with public utility status, responsible for the operation of programs to promote resource efficiency and the management of certification, labeling and energy
classification systems), e-REDES (operator and concessionaire of electricity distribution networks in Low Voltage) and Greenvolt Communities (company dedicated to the promotion, development, operation, maintenance and management of power plants and renewable electricity self-consumption facilities, including the creation and operation of decentralized energy production and sale solutions, in complementarity with the national electricity system). There are several activities and actions planned for each of the entities of the partnership protocol for the promotion of the rational use of energy, namely energy efficiency, environmental protection and rationality of use of resources. After conducting a prior study on energy needs and the analysis of the potential for energy production from renewable sources and possible constraints, taking into account the objectives to be achieved, the state of the art of electrical infrastructure is being diagnosed, with a view to identifying technical solutions to be applied.




inner peripheries, mountains, sparsely populated areas

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Village Solutions

Collective self-consumption of energy through renewable sources

Implementation of a pilot project for the installation, operation and maintenance of collective selfconsumption of energy solutions through renewable sources and creation of a computer panel with the objective of monitoring the performance of the village with regard to its commitment of reducing the level of CO2 emissions about 45% by 2030.It is expected that, in the near future, the project will be replicated in the other villages of the Network, provided that the results demonstrate the evident promotion of sustainability, energy transition and resource efficiency towards carbon neutrality and the classification of the villages as Sustainable Historical Villages.

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Contact Information

Historical Villages of Portugal – Tourism Development,

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