Report by Extenda TV
13 April 2020
Report for News 2 of Canal Sur TV
14 April 2020

Antonio María Pino

CEO de Refractaris

People is constantly talking about digital transformation, but we should not forget there is another transformation that is absolutely essential: the energy one. The energy transition is one the strategic main point of the current geopolitical because climate change mitigation is a humanity priority objective.

The traditional energy sources reconfiguration to renewable alternative energy sources and to sustainable infrastructures is an indispensable paradigm change to develop future socioeconomic growth models. This transition is a set of extraordinary scope challenges requiring public ambition and private determination. An individual and collective “consciences” combination capable of mobilizing around an urgent necessity year by year exponential, especially if there are cases in the environmental sphere whose effects are directly linked to these challenges.

The most recent proof we have is the Zaldibar (Guipúzcua) landfill landslide, which remind us an adequate waste management is an essential part of the fight against climate change.

Real Sustainability

European Union is aware of that. The Legislative and Strategic Framework on that subject is one of the most advanced in the world. In particular, the Landfill Directive and specially the Circular Economy Action Plan, whose final proposal is to make us into the “recycling society” to advance in a real sustainability model on “the three R” basis: reduction, reutilization and recycling, squeezing every available resource.

Into this equation is the energy valorization – that is the energy extraction from non-recycling waste – which has advanced in a tremendously innovative way for the last years and now plays a capital role in the circular economy.

New technologies such as gasification, plasma gasification or pyrolysis, eliminate the pollution generated by classic thermal processes as the incineration and ease the production of clean energy, meeting in large part the necessities of waste management. Innovative leaps involved in this area, the energy transition.

National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan

Spain is in the final consolidation phase of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (NIECP) for 2021-2030 period, the main public resource to Spanish energy transition.

Our Plan try to identify the challenges and opportunities of decarbonization, renewable energies, energy efficiency and security, energy domestic market, and as capital, the research, innovation and competitivity of our system.

Challenges and opportunities defining the policies in which different administrations coincide. It can be seen in the NIECP development and in the policies of Junta de Andalucía (the Andalusian Autonomic Administration), which are perfectly aligned with the energy transition in their different programs.

Providing detailed numbers, this Plan estimates the greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced a 23% by 2030; the energy efficiency will increase a 39,5%; the renewable mix will be the 42% and the 74% of that will come from the power generation. Energy transition is a strategic main point because climate change mitigation is the key. In this context, the Sustainability Development Goals (SDG) are an indispensable guide. In the case of the companies of our activity, the SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructures) are essential for the ene