Andalusia “has made a lot of progress” in the “creation of shared value” in renewable energies, a section in which “it is improving more and more”, the general secretary of the Andalusian Association of Renewable Energies, Gemma García-Pelayo, affirmed on Wednesday. , at a meeting organized by Cepsa and Europa Press in which he also highlighted that the autonomous community is betting on the “involvement” of the agents from the beginning of the projects.
In the conference ‘Renewable energies: challenges and opportunities’ organized by Cepsa and Europa Press, García-Pelayo has given the example of photovoltaic plant projects where underneath there are crops for sheep or a renewable beekeeping project as a demonstration that “the creation of shared value is quite important and is getting better and better”. Likewise, he added that Andalusia has a land law that recognizes renewables as ordinary use and that at the local level it is established that only a responsible declaration is needed.
His speech completed an event in which the renewable energy sector valued “the opportunities” that the development of green energy represents as a “source of employment, wealth and industry generation” for the local communities in which they implement and to thus generate a positive impact in the territories.
Thus, the general director of the Wind Energy Business Association (AEE), Juan Virgilio Márquez, has pointed out the need to “communicate” to these communities “how their lives are going to improve” with the development of renewables, “captivating and raising awareness” of the “improvement potential” they represent for citizens.
In this regard, the general director of APPA Renovables, José María González Moya, highlighted that renewable energies have the potential to “create 300,000 jobs” and considered the need to promote their development with “national policies” that allow the whole of society to benefit .
However, he has underlined that the “few” positive impacts that green energies can have are “suffered by the residents of the territories” where they are developed, for which he stated that it is “the responsibility of companies to approach and sell the benefit of renewables”.
BENEFIT THE AREAS THAT FAVOR THEIR DEPLOYMENT.
For his part, the general director of the Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), José Donoso, has defended “benefiting” the communities or territories that favor the deployment of renewables, compared to those that do not. “Help that the renewable revolution must bring with it an industrial revolution in those autonomous communities that are betting on renewables, since that would give real transformation value to those regions,” he said.
CEPSA’S COMMITMENT TO POSITIVELY CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITIES.
Meanwhile, the CFO of Cepsa and head of ESG, Carmen de Pablo, has pointed out “the opportunity to transform the territories” that the energy company’s commitment to renewables represents, since “we seek not only to be a carbon neutral company , but that our activity allows a positive contribution in the autonomous communities where we are present».
The ‘Sumamos Energia’ program is part of this group strategy, where Cepsa aims to involve the different social agents, involving the public and promoting collaboration with the administrations, creating “a space for open and constructive dialogue” with all of them, said de Pablo, who added that one of the initiatives involves the creation of a local sustainable development fund constituted and managed by the municipalities, to finance sustainable investments and actions aimed at job creation, training and protection of the environment in the municipal area.
12 PROJECTS ALREADY UNDERWAY WITH AN INVESTMENT OF MORE THAN 900 MILLION.
In this sense, Cepsa is already working on the development of 12 photovoltaic solar energy projects in Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid and Andalusia, which will mobilize investments of more than 900 million euros and will generate more than 5,000 jobs, according to the director of Commercial & Clean Energies of Cepsa, Carlos Barrasa, who has framed these developments in the group’s new 2030 strategy -which plans to promote 7 renewable gigawatts (GW) for that horizon- to “give a green turn” to its business model and decarbonize the economy.
THE TOWN HALLS, “THE LOCOMOTIVE” FOR THE CITIZENSHIP.
For her part, the vice president of the FEMP and mayor of Toledo, Milagros Tolón, pointed out that the town councils have “a lot to say” in order to convey the message of the benefits of renewables, since it is “the closest administration » to the citizens and must be a «locomotive» for this.
In addition, he has warned of the importance of facing “important repopulation policies” so that the existing imbalance in Spain between “large and small towns”, with 80% of the country’s population in 20% of the territory, “does not occur ».
Along these same lines, the mayor of Campo de Criptana, Santiago Lázaro, has stressed the need “for accompaniment so that the neighbor clearly understands that this is beneficial”, hand in hand with the “effort of the companies to get as close as possible” .
For his part, the Minister for Sustainable Development of Castilla-La Mancha, José Luis Escudero, has reaffirmed that in the current climate emergency context, the commitment to “take action” must be clear and “nobody can be profiled” .
Meanwhile, Jerusalem Hernández, partner at KPMG Sustainability and Good Governance, has questioned the reason that leads the population to “continue rejecting projects that are good for the future” and warned of the need to “help” society to “understand what does this transformation mean and establish the role they have».
BALANCE WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Regarding the implementation of renewable projects in the territory, the general director of Natural Environment and Biodiversity of Castilla-La Mancha, Félix Romero, has indicated that one of the main difficulties is to balance the installation of this type of infrastructure with the maintenance of the environment and its impact on biodiversity.
On this, he stressed that a significant boost in photovoltaic energy is expected in Castilla-La Mancha, especially in agricultural areas with low returns, such as those for rainfed cereals. Thus, he gave as an example that with a photovoltaic installation, yields close to 1,700 euros per hectare can be obtained, compared to 300 for a cereal crop.
Along these same lines, the president of the Spanish Association for Environmental Impact Assessment, Iñigo Sobrini, has expressed his concern about the promotion of this type of installation in rural areas because, in his opinion, “they are trying to sneak through the back door» regulations aimed at eliminating environmental impact assessments linked to this type of project.
For his part, the person in charge of the environment for renewable projects at Cepsa, Carlos Morán, pointed out that the energy company always takes into account the competent bodies in environmental matters when developing its projects, as well as local entities and councils, since “they are the ones who know the territory best”.
Meanwhile, beBartlet’s Ecological Transition Director, Alejandro Labanda, has defended that the energy transition should not generate winners and losers, while the member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Lourdes Lázaro has highlighted that in order to reach the climate objectives it is necessary to bet on renewable energies.