Sustainable Environmental Management and Planning Department, Almada City Council, Portugal
Catarina Freitas is a Chemical Engineer, with PhD studies on environmental sciences and technology.
She has been Head Officer for Energy and Environmental issues at the Municipality of Almada since 1997 – department responsible for the coordination of Local Agenda 21. At present she is the Head of Almada City Council’s Sustainable Environmental Management and Planning Department, as well as an Executive Member of the Board of AGENEAL, Local Energy Management Agency of Almada.
Prior to working in the City Council of Almada and AGENEAL, she was a researcher at the Engineering Institute of the Technical University of Lisbon (1992-1996), where she developed national and EU-funded projects, in partnership with several European Universities and R&D centres.
In 1996 she had a work experience in a regional authority in Scotland (Fife Regional Council, Scotland, UK), where she implemented pollution control programmes and developed an environmental management system under EMAS.
Between 1996 and 1998 she had the opportunity to work as a Senior Officer in the Water and Wastewater Management Services of Almada, a Public Utility Company, coordinating studies on fresh water availability of natural springs and boreholes, as well as designing measures to upgrade Wastewater Treatment Plants.
Among other important activities, she is now coordinating the development and implementation of the Local Strategy for Climate Change and the Local Agenda 21 of Almada, and in that framework, she is responsible for the tecnhical and financial management of several european projects and partnerships.
Author and co-author of several presentations and papers on municipal energy and environmental management, energy efficiency, climate change and urban sustainable mobility. << back