Which are the keys to energy transition?
After the recent COP26 of Glasgow and the brutal increase of the light price that has reached its all-time record, the energy transition is constantly in the media spotlight. The road map is made of long term objectives that require an immediate intervention in order to face the climate emergency and get down to the job. So, why not starting right now?
But before pointing out which are the keys for energy transition, first we should know: what is the energy transition? It represents a new energy and socioeconomic paradigm . The energy transition is a change in the current energy model which relies on the fossil fuels and the convencional ways of energy production. Thus it requires the urgent implementation of a new system based on renewable sources. It consists in boosting the energy responsibility and eradicating the carbon emissions to counteract or simply resist the climate change impact.
Now, we can talk about the keys to energy transition:
1. Bet for renewable energies and reduce fossil fuels
Taking into account that we must achieve 0 carbon emissions by 2050, we can guess that the first step is to develop a new energy model in which the energy generated comes from 100% renewable sources. Regarding this factor, the European Union has initiated the program Next Generation EU that allocates large part of the grants to renewable energies and mobility.
In order to guarantee the clean energy generation the plans to boost the solar and wind power are essential. Considering the imminent removal of the fossil fuel subventions and the increase of the photovoltaic self-consumption subsidies, it has come the time to bet for the renewable energy. Also, in Enertika we make it easier to you by managing the incentive programs for fee.
2. The mobility revolution: electric vehicles
Currently, there are already govenmental policies that condemn the vehicles which emit CO2 that must disappear or be replaced by 2050 by electric cars mainly. And, what implies the mobility transformation? It requires the installation of multiple electric charging points.
In Spain the electric mobility market is growing, but in fact the percentages are remarkably below the other pioneer states. For that reason, the investment policy in electric mobility is almost mandatory. In conclusion, the energy transition in the mobility sector starts by abandoning the gasoline and the diesel.
3. Energy democratization
Educating in energy has become a must in the age of the (rightly) catastrophic headlines regarding to the human impact in the climate change. The energy formation doesn’t concert the adults only, the values education must start from the schools in order to shape a responsible, active and participative citizenship.
Information is power, and offering energy learning tools will become an indispensable requirement to develop formation and dissemination programs. In fact, there are laws in the approval process such as the integration of the Environment Education in the academic CV.
The energy democratization involves the individual responsibility that lies in the citizenship itself and its achievement of the fixed objectives. We shouldn’t left out the companies that represent the economic fabric of the state, which must join in the energy transition to boost the new energy model. Some business groups already exist and have adhered to energy transformation leadership manifests as the one that was held last week in the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona, in which Enertika adhered.
4. Energy efficiency as a synonym of saving
In what does energy efficiency consist? In optimizing your energy resources in order to increase your energy bill savings and reduce the environmental impact of your company. Enertika, with its energy efficiency service, offers solutions for: sustainable lighting with LED technology, public lighting, air conditioning or compressed air… there are plenty of options to start saving!
Well, we could talk about an economic-environmental win-win. When we talk about energy efficiency, we not only have to take into account the solutions proposed above, we can start by changing our energy habits in our home such as avoiding red switches, not using appliances simultaneously, adapting to the established time slots, saying no to unused chargers, etc. A case we could talk about is the joint project of Barcelona Energia with Wattabit (start-up of the Enertika group) that through energy management offers personalized recommendations to its customers to save on their electricity bill, managing to save a total of more than 70 thousand euros. We cannot talk about energy efficiency without taking into account energy management through intelligent monitoring and control systems.
5. The energy transition will be fair or won’t be
Eradicating energy poverty is the first step to achieving the energy transition. We must start by protecting and giving access to energy to the most vulnerable population. In fact, access to energy is a basic right of citizens and one of the most important keys to the energy transition. Governmentally, we can apply measures such as: social bonuses, flexible measures in the event of non-payment, checks or offering energy saving and efficiency tools.
But what can companies do to guarantee consumers’ basic energy rights? We can start by contracting together with customer service and knowledge of the origin of this energy.
6. Lead the energy transition by R+D+I
On the other hand, funding for research, development and innovation into sustainable energy technologies is essential to realize the energy transition. In which areas should we boost research? Basically in all of them, since in order to create a solid foundation for the new energy model, none can be left behind. Promoting the design of smart grids for distributed generation, shared self-consumption, storage… Encourage the development of energy storage systems, research for the improvement of efficiency and energy management systems to ensure savings. Investing in electric vehicle research to achieve greater autonomy, both in batteries and charging points, and so on.
To conclude this brief summary of the main keys to the energy transition, you must remember that the energy revolution is within your reach, from the sofa of your home, from environmental responsibility, and therefore, social, from small actions. Of course, taking the plunge and investing in solutions can be a bit daunting at first, but don’t forget that there are many grants and subsidies that will help you along the way. If you have any doubts, contact us and we will help you in any way we can.