The Chairman of Enagás, Antonio Llardén, highlighted the high potential of hydrogen and renewable gases in the energy mix of the future, during his speech at the National Congress of Industry and SMEs held on 2 and 3 October at the Trade Fairs and Congress Centre in Malaga. “Hydrogen and renewable gases are the future. In Spain we have an excellent opportunity” to be a benchmark enclave in this field, he explained, due to its geographical position and climate, renewable generation capacity, type of industry and a robust infrastructure network.
“I am optimistic about the energy transition, and aware that we are not alone and that we must continue to work together with other countries to achieve our goal”, he said during his participation in the round table “Challenges for industry in the new energy paradigm” together with the Chairman of BP, Andrés Guevara de la Vega; the CEO of Nippon Gases Spain and Portugal, Jose Revuelta; the CEO of Iberdrola Renovables Spain and Portugal, Julio Castro and the Director of the Energy Department of CIEMAT, Mercedes Ballesteros, as moderator. “We are all in a process of energy transition that is very much focused on meeting the targets set by the EU for 2050”, he pointed out.
In this regard, he welcomed the introduction of measures to preserve and increase the competitiveness of European industry on the world map, such as the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. “With this scheme before us, we have to see how we make this transition. We must not forget that the CO2 reduction target set by the EU is global, not just Spain’s target”, he emphasized.
He also stressed the “need for a common European energy policy” that integrates ecological transition, security of supply and fair prices. He highlighted Spain’s contribution, with a high level of diversification of gas supplies, which has allowed it to help and show solidarity with other countries such as Italy and France.