Faro considers that renewable gases «present several opportunities for the Algarve»

Several Algarve entities discussed in Faro Renewable Gases

«Renewable gases, such as biogas, biomethane and green hydrogen, present several opportunities for the Algarve region. Both in economic and environmental terms", said this Wednesday, May 22, Sophie Matias, councilor of the Chamber of Faro. 

The person responsible for energy and environment was speaking on the sidelines of the Future Communities Conference – “Renewable Gas Opportunities – New Businesses, Skills and Professions”, which took place in Faro.

Stressing that biogas has been produced in landfills in the Algarve for almost a decade, «a region in which we are committed to environmental and energy sustainability», Sophie Matias states that she is certain that «in a region where tourism is so relevant, From the point of view of business creation and job generation, we have in the energy sector an opportunity for economic diversification, the creation of new professions and cooperation" between academia, local authorities and companies, "in the search for more appropriate and efficient solutions from the point of view of from the point of view of energy supply”.

It was, in fact, with the aim of bringing together all these entities that the Faro this conference, after having already visited Aveiro, Leiria, Viseu and Évora.

«The objective [of these conferences] is to discuss, in collaboration with local entities, what the challenges and solutions are with regard to energy consumption and the decarbonization component that can be obtained with renewable gases. And the solutions are different from region to region, both in terms of consumption and production potential», he explains to Sul Informação Gabriel Sousa, executive director of Floene, the company that promoted the conference.

 

 

And why can the Algarve be considered a “good region” for exploring renewable gases?

Gabriel Sousa explains that what was identified is that «it is an area with less industry, with a strong hotel sector, with a strong residential sector, with an important waste component and waste will be a very important contribution to the production of biomethane ».

«Therefore, there is also an effect of a circular economy here, which is that our society, through the waste it generates, can transform this waste into energy, and this is green energy. The Algarve has this potential, both on the consumption side and on the production side of renewable gases», he continues.

Sophie Matias also emphasizes that these new methods “will guarantee environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and replacing fossil fuels, significantly reducing CO2 emissions and other pollutants”.

 

Photo: Cátia Rodrigues | Sul Informação

 

«We cannot forget that the production of biogas from agricultural and urban waste that transforms waste into energy is, obviously, another source of sustainability and will also bring energy security, reducing our dependence on imports of fossil fuels and allowing local communities increase their resilience in this field», continues the councilor.

Sophie Matias highlighted, finally, that these forms of energy will also be an “added value” to promote the Algarve as a sustainable tourist destination and move towards putting into action what is foreseen in the 2030 Agenda, namely through the Sustainable Development Goals .

 

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