Jorge Moreira da Silva
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|Jorge Moreira da Silva
|Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy|
24 July 2013
|President||Aníbal Cavaco Silva|
|Prime Minister||Pedro Passos Coelho|
|Preceded by||Assunção Cristas (as Minister of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Territorial Planning)|
|Born||Jorge Manuel Lopes Moreira da Silva
24 April 1971
Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Porto
University of Navarra
Jorge Manuel Lopes Moreira da Silva, GOIH (born 24 April 1971 in Vila Nova de Famalicão) is a Portuguese politician and an international expert on climate change, carbon finance, energy and environment policy. He currently serves as Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy in the government led by Pedro Passos Coelho - he was appointed in 24 July 2013.
He was the Programme Manager on Climate Change Innovative Finance at the Bureau for Policy Development at UNDP – United Nations Development Programme. At UNDP, Jorge has worked on the post-2012 climate change negotiations, on the establishment of innovative financing strategies on climate change and energy and on the development of climate change market-based mechanisms.
Jorge Moreira da Silva has been a Visiting Professor and invited speaker on climate change and carbon markets in several Portuguese and international Universities and institutions. He was also a Member of the Advisory Committee of the CIRCLE – Climate Impact research Coordination for a Larger Europe.
Jorge Moreira da Silva has served as: Senior Advisor to the President of the Portuguese Republic, Consultant to the President of the European Commission, Consultant to the European Investment Bank, EIB, Member (elected) of the Portuguese Parliament, Secretary of State on Environment and Spatial Planning at the Portuguese Government, Secretary of State on Science and Higher Education at the Portuguese Government, Member (elected) of the European Parliament, Vice-President of GLOBE-Europe.
He is a member of the Social Democratic Party. From 1995 to 1998 he was the leader of Juventude Social Democrata, the youth organization of the party. Last April 2010, Jorge was elected Vice-President of the national board of the Social Democratic Party and since 2012 he is the First Vive-President and Standing Coordinator of Social Democratic Party, chaired by Prime-Minister Passos Coelho.
He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Lisbon-based think-tank Platform for a Sustainable Growth. 
- 2013 - present: Minister of Environment, Territorial Planning and Energy
- 2011 - present: First Vice-President and Standing Coordinator of the Social Democratic Party, centre-right party;
- 2011 - present: Founder and Chairman of the think-tank Platform for a Sustainable Growth;
- 2006- 2009: Member of the Advisory Committee of the CIRCLE – Climate Impact research Coordination for a Larger Europe.
- 2006-2009: Senior Advisor on Science, Environment and Energy to the President of the Portuguese Republic.
- 2005-2006: Member (elected) of the Portuguese Parliament.
- 1999-2003: Member (elected) of the European Parliament, at European People's Party Group. As Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Jorge became a key negotiator and legislator on climate change, energy, environment and science. From 1999 to 2003, Jorge Moreira da Silva was the Standing Rapporteur on Climate Change, being responsible for producing the European Parliament legislation on climate change and chairing the European Parliament delegations to UNFCCC and to bilateral negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol. Jorge gained recognition particularly for his work as rapporteur on EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). He started leading the European Parliament work on the Emissions Trading from the very beginning, as rapporteur on the Green Paper on the Emissions Trading Scheme in 2000. In July 2003, Jorge Moreira da Silva achieved the political agreement (through a second reading agreement) on the EU Emissions Trading Directive between the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission. From 1999 to 2003, Jorge also chaired the European Parliament Delegations to UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change high-level meetings held in The Hague (COP6), Bonn (COP6)and Marraquech (COP7) and to the Earth Summit 2002 – (World Sustainable Development Summit) held in 2002 in Johannesburg.
- 2000–2003: Vice-President of GLOBE-Europe, Global Legislators organization for a Balanced Environment, a non-profit organization (founded in 1989 by Al Gore and other legislators) that associates members of national parliaments in Europe and members of the European Parliament.
- 1994-1999: University Professor in several Portuguese Universities in Economy and Engineering graduate courses.
Jorge is graduated in Power Systems Engineering by the Oporto University – Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto and he concluded a Senior Management Programme by AESE and IESE Business School, Navarra University.
Co-author of the book "Mediderraneo y Medio Ambiente", published by Fundación Cajamar, 2003.
Co-author of the book "Dicionário de termos europeus", Alêtheia Editores, 2005.
Co-author of the book "Lisbon Mistura", published by Associação Sons da Lusofonia, 2008
Author of the Report "New policy and strategy on biodiversity", European Investment Bank, 2008.
Author of the Report "The new European energy policy in the context of climate change post-2012 regime", Centro de Estudos das Alterações Climáticas e da Economia do Carbono, 2007.
Author of the Report "The global climate change regime post-2012: a set of options", Centro de Estudos das Alterações Climáticas e da Economia do Carbono, 2006.
Author of the European Parliament Report concerning the approval, on behalf of the European Community, of the Kyoto Protocol, European Parliament, A5-0025/2002, 24 January 2002.
Author of the Report on the Commission Green Paper on greenhouse gas emissions trading within the European Union, European Parliament, A5-0271/2000, 11 October 2000.
"Merito Civil" by His Majesty the King of Spain, 2006;
European Parliament biography: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/archive/alphaOrder/view.do?language=EN&id=4454
Composition of the 15th Portuguese Government: http://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/GC15/Governo/Composicao/Pages/Composicao.aspx
Composition of the 16th Portuguese Government: http://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/GC16/Governo/Composicao/Pages/Composicao.aspx
Portuguese Parliament biography: http://www.parlamento.pt/DeputadoGP/Paginas/Biografia.aspx?BID=1012
Social Democratic Party (Portugal): http://www.psd.pt