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Photo by Luís Pinto, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Respect. (from the lat. respectu) n. 1. respect; 2. consideration; high regard; 3. deference; compliance; veneration; 4. honour; worship; 5. relation; refererence...

We believe that everyone should be respected for their work, for their attitudes, opinions and options.

Photo by Mila Teshaieva, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Rigor. (from the lat. rigore) n. 1. harshness; strength; 2.fig., severity; punctuality; accuracy.

There is no "more or less levelled", "more or less upright”, "more or less clean" or "more or less safe", but rather “levelled”, "upright”, "clean” and “safe". The rigour is reflected in our procedures, in time and in the rules to follow. In the light of moral and principles, being severe means being rigorous.

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Passion. (from the lat. passione) n. 1. intense and usually violent feeling (affection, joy, hate, etc.) which hinders the exercise of impartial logic; 2. derived from a feeling; 3. great predilection; 4. partiality; 5. great grief; immense suffering...

Under the sign of passion – a text of the Portuguese poet Regina Guimarães – is our icon. Passion is to reveal great enthusiasm for something, favourable encouragement or opposite to something.
It is the sensibility transmitted by an architect or engineer through work.
Passion is the dedication to a project. Passion is a state of warm soul.

Photo by Jakub Karwowski, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Loyalty. (from the lat. legalitate) n. the quality of being loyal; fidelity; sincerity.

Respect for the principles and rules that guide the honour and probity. Faithfulness to commitments and agreements undertaken, staunch character.
To remain loyal to the business partners because we depend on them and they depend on us.
Being trustworthy for being loyal.

Photo by Ian Lieske, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Solidarity. (from the lat. solidare) n. 1. the quality of being solidary; 2. reciprocal responsibility among the members of a group, namely social, professional, etc.; 3. sense of sharing another’s suffering.

Being solidary is being a friend, offering our hand with genuine generosity and bringing joy and human warmth to those who, somehow, are marginalized. Being solidary is being more human. A solidary company is recognized as a fair and non-selfish company. A solidary company is a preferred choice in business. It is a more competitive company. Volunteering is a vehicle to solidarity. It is modern, fair, cultured, friend, it is a noble gesture of moral elevation.

Photo by Clarence Gorton, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2012.

Courage. (from the lat. coraticum) n. 1. bravery facing danger; intrepidity; to have audacity; 2. moral force before a suffering or setback; 3. [fig.] to input energy when performing a difficult task; perseverance...

Courage is essential in our life. Courage to face less pleasant situations when complex issues come up, not expecting random resolutions.
It is a value that we must highlight as opposed to the fearful, cowardly and laziness.
The courage to react to criticism not with an attitude of demotivation or sadness, but rather to search for the means and the action to overcome its own reason. This kind of courage, which is also an intellectual courage, is highly recommended.

Photo by Filipa Alves, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Ambition. (from the lat. ambitione) n. 1. vehement desire of wealth, honours or glories; 2. expectation about the future; aspiration; 3. lust; greed…

Vehement desire to achieve a particular goal. Ambition not to resign ourselves. Ambition to take the best potential from ourselves. Ambition to deserve ourselves. Ambition to be athletes in our top-level competitive jobs. Ambition to beat our brands. Ambition to get the best deals with the maximum value, due to the high levels of proficiency and efficiency.

Photo by Scarlett Coten, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Esthetics. ESTHETICS (from the Greek aisthetiké, "sensitive") n.f. 1. Philosophy branch of philosophy that studies the beauty and nature of artistic phenomena; 2. author's own style, time, etc.; 3. harmony of shapes and colors, beauty; 4. set of techniques and treatments that aim to beautify the body.

We decided to build the company's economic foundations under a cultured, cosmopolitan and cool image. Because it is a charming state of being. Good taste because we are sustainable and we respect the planet. Good taste because we are sensitive. Good taste just because.

Photo by Karl Erik Brondbo, finalist of the Emergentes dst Award 2011.

Responsibility. (from the lat respondere) n. the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one's conduct; a form of trustworthiness.

We must be certain that, before a choice, we chose what is best for both of us and not just the best for each one. Each employee is responsible for his negotiated activity and co-responsible if the co-worker does not fulfil his own task, thus preventing the common goal. A team is a set of individuals - is a whole. In the business game, as in social or family contexts, everyone must comply with their own relative position and we shall not permit that one of ours fails to be in our team.

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Gaia to have a living lab in Afurada to test low carbon solution


The Afurada Living Lab, funded by EEA Grants, wants to create a "testing ground for innovative solutions" to environmental problems experienced in the borough, with a special focus on carbon neutrality.

The idea is to create a "test area of innovative solutions that will respond to urban problems in this area, but that is felt throughout the city", so that they can "be replicated throughout the county", or even outside it, explained today to Lusa the head of sustainability and innovation division of Gaiurb, Carla Pires.

This living laboratory will work on the axes of sustainable urban mobility, circular economy and environment, and buildings and energy, she said.

The "major focus" of this project is to "contribute to achieving carbon neutrality" by reducing "CO2 [carbon dioxide] emissions and other greenhouse gases".

The public presentation of the initiative takes place on Thursday and the project "will be developed over three years".

"Renewable energy communities" will be tested, which aim to boost "the production of energy from renewable sources, specifically from the sun, with the principle of responding to the energy needs of buildings", with a battery service for storing surplus.

"We will test it at the level of municipal buildings, but the idea is to scale up to models where other people can benefit from this energy," Carla Pires clarified, pointing to a "model of renewable energy cooperatives".

"Selective waste treatment solutions" and maps "to encourage circular economy in local economic systems" are also being prepared.

For the responsible, although this is one of seven projects financed by EEA Grants in Portugal in this scope, it has "a differentiating characteristic related to the area where it will be implemented".

It is an "area with very specific characteristics, with a fishing dock and a fishing area, with a lot of people living in the area, together with tourist activity, since it is at the mouth of the Douro river, in transition to the beaches".

One of the "strong points that this living laboratory model has" is that it intends, "with these actions, to promote the involvement of the local population", seeking to make "the local community aware of the benefits of adopting more sustainable behaviour", she also highlighted.

The Afurada Living Lab is the result of partnerships between entities such as the Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia, CEDES, Gaiurb, CEiiA, Ubiwhere, the DST Group, Watt-IS and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU in the Norwegian acronym).

It is funded by the Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy programme of the EEA Grants.

EEA Grants are a support programme of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway with "the aim of reducing social and economic disparities in Europe by strengthening bilateral relations with beneficiary states".