The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation examines initiatives to improve energy efficiency in Palma de Mallorca

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During the seminar "Energy efficiency solutions for transport and services", organised in collaboration with the regional government of the Balearic Islands, experts presented efficiency solutions for transport, the tertiary sector and domestic consumption.

  • Natural gas is a real, effective and viable alternative for reducing sea and land transport emissions, as well as being economically sustainable.
  • Through its foundation, the multinational energy firm promotes improved energy efficiency and technological innovation in the area of energy, with information, training and social awareness actions.

The regional minister for Economy and Competitiveness, Joaquín García Martínez and the director general of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, Martí Solà, today opened the environmental management seminar Energy efficiency solutions for transport and services in Palma de Mallorca. The seminar focused on demonstrating the importance of energy efficiency in key sectors such as transport, services (shops, offices, hospitals, institutional buildings and public highways) and domestic consumption.

The seminar looked at efficient natural gas-based solutions for sea and land transport. In this regard, the Head of Mobility Solutions at Gas Natural Fenosa, José Ramón Freire, analysed the worldwide and European energy scenarios for transport, outlined the current state of the market and infrastructures and presented the environmental benefits of natural gas. He also discussed the features of liquefied natural gas as compared to other conventional fuels. There are currently 37 ships powered by LNG, most of which are based in Norway, and there are more than 30 under construction. In this regard, natural gas is a real, effective and viable alternative for reducing sea and land transport emissions, as well as being economically sustainable.

Juan Ángel Terrón presented a practical example of natural gas being used in land transport: that of the Madrid Municipal Transport Company, where he is the director of engineering. Terrón explained that the company, which uses alternative fuels, introduced compressed natural gas in 1994, a fuel that offers both environmental and economic benefits. Currently some 40% of its 2,000 buses run on natural gas. For his part, José Poblet, Vice President of GASNAM, focused on the new natural gas-based energy efficiency solutions for sea transport.

Meanwhile, Xavier Coll, assistant secretary general of the Catalan Confederation of Commerce, presented the energy saving measures that can be applied to commerce, along with recommendations and practical tips. According to the European Commission, the sector has the potential to cut energy use by 30%. Coll said that if each of the over 700,000 commercial establishments in Spain reduced their consumption by 1kW a year, it would cut CO2.emissions by 245,000 kg.

During the seminar Cristina Paraira, first deputy mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès Town Council (Barcelona) explained how the council has improved public lighting by working with Energy Service Companies. Juan Ramón Morante, a professor at the University of Barcelona, presented the latest developments in an area which is of particular importance for island territories: electricity storage. This is a key element for a society that consumes ever increasing quantities of electricity and, at the same time, it is a technological, business and network management opportunity.

Lastly, the director general of Industry and Energy, Jaume Ochogavía, focused on household energy consumption and talked about the pilot study carried out by the Balearic Islands' Government, the Awareness-Raising and Energy-Saving Plan, launched in 2012, in which 150 households from Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera took part, with different technologies installed in their homes.

The conference was attended by more than 170 professionals from energy, industrial and installation companies and experts linked to energy, energy efficiency and environmental sectors.

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This initiative is another example of Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation's ongoing endeavours to promote information, training and public awareness about improving energy efficiency and technological innovation relating to energy, consistent with respect for and conservation of the environment.

Palma de Mallorca, 30 October 2013.