The Junta de Castilla y León will launch a new Energy Efficiency Strategy, the third since 2002, with an “ambitious objective” that seeks to reduce the final energy consumption by 32.45 percent – some 1,113 kilotonnes of oil equivalent. – and reduce CO2 emissions by 30.24 percent in the 2020 horizon –2.5 million tons – without altering the autonomic mix of electricity generation in which coal maintains a gap “for strategic reasons” with a “preponderant role” for renewable energies.
This was announced by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Pilar del Olmo, in the press conference after the Governing Council that has approved the new Energy Efficiency Strategy of the Board that includes 79 measures to reduce energy consumption and emissions up to 12 percent above the targets set by the European Union.
“It is much more ambitious,” said the counselor who recalled that it is not so easy to reduce consumption and polluting emissions in a stage of economic growth. That said, it has meant the results of the two energy efficiency plans launched in 2002-2007 and 2008-2012 with an energy saving of 20.89 percent in Castilla y León in relation to the 1990 indicators set by the EU .
“This data implies that Castilla y León has fulfilled the goals set by Europe seven years earlier – it urged the regions to increase energy efficiency by 20 percent in 2020 compared to 1990 and to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent. in the same horizon– “, said the counselor, who highlighted the” significant improvement “of business competitiveness provided by these measures.
The execution of the 79 measures programmed up to 2020 will imply an investment effort of 799.1 million that will be contributed by the private sector, with 547.9 million, and by the public, with 251.2 million, both with funds of autonomous character and State and European in this case with the co-financing of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through various instruments such as grants, zero-cost or low-interest loans, direct investments or participation in strategic projects.
According to Del Olmo, the industrial sector will absorb 51.3 percent of the global volume of resources, followed by the construction sector (25.1 percent), transportation (10.8 percent), improvements in services Public administrations (10 percent) and the Autonomous Administration (2.4 percent). The R + D + i chapter will address 0.3 percent of funds and 0.1 percent to initiatives for the dissemination of responsible consumption.
Most of the reduction in CO2 emissions planned corresponds to transport, with 1.10 million, followed by industry (844,500), buildings (447,600), local entities (98,800) and Autonomous Administration (23,600).
Among the measures to improve the competitiveness of the industry and the livestock sector, with the challenge of achieving a third of the estimated savings for 2020, include the promotion of efficiency investments in processes, equipment and facilities of companies and the diversification of the sources used in the production through the call for different lines of subsidies.
The aim is also to introduce “the best available technology”, implement energy management systems UNE-EN-ISO-50001 or apply techniques on conservation agriculture, water consumption reduction and the introduction of higher performance engines and pumps.
The second block of the document focuses on building, which covers the domestic, commerce and services and hospitality subsectors. In the area of households, support measures are established for the replacement of energy-consuming equipment with others of high energy efficiency, as well as incentives for zero-energy buildings (‘near zero energy building’).
With regard to buildings in the tertiary sector, it seeks to promote improvements in the air conditioning, lighting and thermal insulation systems. The estimate is that the decrease in consumption achieved with these actions represents 17.7 percent of the total target, said Del Olmo.
MAIN REDUCING EFFORT IN TRANSPORTATION
Transport is the protagonist of the third section of the plan since it is the first consumer sector of final energy – almost 40 percent of the total in the Community – with the aim of assuming 44 percent of the savings effort projected in the strategy.
In this field, we will work on the transition towards more efficient models of people and goods mobility through sustainable transport plans; in the planning of infrastructures that favor the incorporation of alternative vehicles and in the promotion of the use of fuels other than conventional fuels through aid. For its part, the Board will continue with the development plan for the plug-in electric and hybrid car in the Administration.
The fourth chapter revolves around energy consumption derived from the provision of public services by local entities, both in electrical energy (public lighting and buildings, in addition to the water cycle), and in gas oil for buildings and vehicles, gas natural and gasoline.
Among the foreseen initiatives, stand out the programs of collaboration with town halls and councils to undertake improvements in buildings, systems of exterior lighting and purification and water supply since 4 percent of the goal of reduction of consumption set for 2020 corresponds to this area .
In the Autonomous Administration, fifth section of the plan, optimization measures are articulated through the replacement of boilers, cooling installations and windows, and other improvements in lighting and air conditioning systems in offices, hospitals, schools, health centers and social services.
In this area, the Regional Energy Agency (EREN), under the Ministry of Economy and Finance, will promote the use of the OPTE tool (Optimization of Electric Rates), in order for the Board to contribute 9.4 percent to the estimated energy savings for the whole of Castilla y León at the end of the strategy’s validity period.
The sixth axis is dedicated to R & D & I and aims to guide scientific research, technological development and innovation towards safe, sustainable and clean energy. For Del Olmo, the proposal to seal agreements between the EREN and research groups of the public universities of Castilla y León in terms of energy efficiency deserves a special mention in order to participate in projects and put them in value, both in specialized journals and through the patent registry.
Finally, the seventh area of the Energy Efficiency Strategy of Castilla y León plans information, training and awareness-raising actions aimed at citizens, large companies, SMEs and institutions, which will be channeled through the EREN website, conferences and seminars. the media.