Over these last few years, the gas sector has developed a large number of new applications designed to improve the quality of life in our cities. These are surroundings where respect for the environment is becoming increasingly more important, as are efficiency and cost reduction. A modern city should be capable of achieving sustainable mobility; implementing efficient temperature control systems; developing sustainable systems for street lighting; creating sustainable ways of using water carefully; restoring public spaces for its citizens; extending the useful life of products and services for civic service; at the same time as emphasising energy self-sufficiency. All these require the use of sustainable energies, such as gas.
Installing gas in a range of urban settings results in 30% savings on the use of condensing boilers, 50% on the cost of using a private vehicle and a reduction of up to 40% on primary energy consumption, when CHP and micro CHP generation is used.
Furthermore, gas is an energy which still has a lot of growth potential in Spanish cities. Around 76% of the Spanish population lives in towns with natural gas distribution, but only 32% of the population uses it. This potential for growth is possible if we use a modern gas network which already exists.
Article published in: FuturENERGY November 2013