LNEG Governing Board consists of a president and two members appointed via government Order. The members of the Governing Board are (from left to right):
Helder Gonçalves, Teresa Ponce de Leão (president) and Mário Machado Leite
LNEG is scientifically organized into two laboratories: Laboratory of Energy (LEN) and Laboratory of Geology and Mines (LGM).
Laboratory of Energy
LEN operates in the areas of renewable endogenous resources of energy and energy efficiency. It has the responsibility of knowing the potential of renewable energy resources and exploring innovative and strategic technologies to support the optimized use of resources. The accumulated knowledge from its research activity allows it to be in a state of permanent readiness to support the implementation of public policies and the business sector.
- Bioenergy and Biorefineries Unit
- Renewable Energies and Energy Eficiency Unit
- Materials for Energy Unit
Laboratory of Geology and Mines
LGM performs permanent functions of the State in the development of geoscientific knowledge of the emerged territory, the continental shelf and deep water zones. It is also responsible for the systematic geological survey of geological risks and resources, including resources in geothermal energy, geological storage, namely CO2, and geological heritage. It performs functions of National Geological Service. The accumulated knowledge from its research activity allows it to be in a state of permanent readiness to support the implementation of public policies and the business sector.
- Geology, Hydrogeology and Coastal Geology Unit
- Geoscientific Information Unit
- Mineral Resources and Geophysics Unit
- Mineral Technology and Science Unit
Management and Organization Department (DGO)
DGO is a support department for LNEG’s R&D Activity Management, in the areas of HR Management, Financial and Patrimonial Management, ICT and Infrastructure Management, Project Management and Contract Management and Legal Support.
Over the past few years, DGO has been focused in improving management procedures in order to strengthen the performance of services and the development of human capital, which has allowed to increase internal efficiency and quality.
The focus on continuing to respond to new challenges will result in the increment of specialized qualification of human resources in different areas of competence and in the dematerialization and streamlining current procedures.
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LNEG’s Ethics Committee, which was created by deliberation of the Governing Board on the 20th of July of 2011, is an independent internal structure which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct and, in accordance with its duties and powers, performs its functions as a collegial body under conditions of autonomy, independence and impartiality.
It is also responsible for proposing procedures and rules that are deemed as necessary, monitoring compliance with the Code of Ethics and Conduct, as well as clearing any doubts that may arise concerning its interpretation or unforeseen cases.
LNEG Governing Board is the body that supervises the proper functioning and implementation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct, based on regular reports from the Ethics Committee.
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The scientific board is the body responsible for supporting the governing board in the assessment and follow-up of LNEG’s scientific research and technological development activities. The board consists of everyone who performs any activities at LNEG, including scholarship holders, national or foreign citizens, provided that they hold a PhD or equivalent degree, or that they work as scientific researchers in a similar or higher category to research assistant or as university teachers in a similar or higher category to assistant professor.
LNEG’s Workers’ Committee (CT) is the institutional body which represents all the workers from this institution regardless of their contractual relationship. Its objective is to promote the defense of workers’ rights and interests before the Administration and other entities, through the legal means at their disposal, representing, according to the principles of freedom of opinion and expression, all workers who are interested in struggling for the emancipation of the working class, ensuring their full and perfect participation, regardless of party affiliation, political opinions, philosophical conceptions or religious beliefs.
The CT must operate with total independence from the State, LNEG’s governing bodies, political parties and religions.
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LNEG’s Energy Manager
According to the Council of Ministers’ Resolution nº 2/2011, which launches ECO.AP programme, all the bodies and departments of the State’s direct and indirect administration, as well as public companies, universities, corporate public entities, public foundations, public or private associations with a majority public shareholding, must appoint a Local Energy Manager (GLE) who is responsible for proposing, stimulating and assessing the measures to improve energy efficiency.
LNEG’s GLE is appointed by its Governing Board, operating under its authority with the main purpose of supporting the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Programme in the Public Administration (ECO.AP) at its facilities.
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LNEG has the purpose of promoting quality through instruments of standardization and control for a continuous improvement of procedures, using tools to measure the efficiency and assess the effectiveness of actions.
As a result, LNEG has obtained the certification for its Integrated Management System – Quality, Research, Development and Innovation in accordance with NP EN ISO9001:2015 and NP 4457:2007 for scientific research and technical and technological development activities aiming at knowledge transfer in the fields of Energy and Geology, including the activities of the Geological Museum, the management of the institutional site and the support to technical-scientific areas.
HR Excellence in Research
This award results from the acknowledgment by the European Commission of the efforts that LNEG has made to ensure stimulant and favorable working conditions, against an adverse background, planning the implementation of the Principles of the Charter and Code for the Recruitment of researchers in the short and medium-term.
Upon LNEG having joined the principles of this European Charter for Researchers, the EU-DG Research and Innovation assessed an internal evaluation report and an action plan and granted the right to use this logo/prize, therefore confirming LNEG as the first institution in Portugal to be awarded the HR Excellence in Research.
The logo of excellence conveys the commitment of the institution towards a fair and transparent recruitment and evaluation procedures, and it can be used to promote a stimulant and favorable working environment and attract researchers from all over the world.
A step in the international recognition of the national research, Portugal is represented for the first time in the list of research-related institutions that hold this logo, one hundred and twenty-five from 21 countries, such as the European Science Foundation (ESF). The list is available at: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/strategy4ResearcherOrgs
Chronology of events and actions is detailed at:
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