"The need to boost mobility with clean technologies cannot be postponed": Astrid Álvarez, CEO of GEB
21 September 2017
- Grupo Energía de Bogotá (GEB) is proposing to accelerate the replacement of the existing vehicle fleet towards clean technologies.
- Leaders of the energy sector presented their perspectives on the new challenges of the energy matrix at the First International Mobility Meeting held by the World Energy Council.
- Today the number of electric vehicles in the world is no more than two million and the goal is to reach 150 million units by 2060.
Bogota, September 19th, 2017. Grupo Energía de Bogotá (GEB), within the framework of the First International Meeting on Electric Mobility organized by the World Energy Council (WEC), held in Bogotá, participated in the "Individual Mobility Experiences" panel, in which topics related to new trends in mobility with clean technologies and the big challenges to fight the emission of polluting gases were discussed.
The issue is of great importance, especially in large capitals, given that according to studies by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), pollution claims the lives of 3,5 million people each year, with nearly half of the pollutants in the atmosphere coming from mobile sources. In Colombia, 10.527 deaths were linked to poor air quality in cities in 2015.
Several nations are migrating to clean mobility and have set dates for banning internal combustion engine vehicles. Norway and the Netherlands have set a deadline for 2035, while France has set a target by 2040 and the United Kingdom by 2050. Today the number of electric vehicles in the world is less than two million and the goal is to surpass 150 million units by 2060, which would represent a gigantic effort.
Thus, national and foreign experts, government and private sector representatives drew attention to the need to take measures in the shortest possible time to promote clean mobility. In this sense, Astrid Álvarez, CEO of Grupo Energía de Bogotá, highlighted the challenges faced by companies and governments in order to move forward with new, cleaner sources of mobility.
"More than a public policy to support change, intelligent strategies, both financial and commercial, are required from companies. That is why we at Grupo Energía de Bogotá believe that, as part of the energy sector, we must lead this transformation".
In addition, Alvarez said that "natural gas and electricity do not necessarily compete in mobility. These energy sources have their own and different market niches in the short and mid-term. For example, natural gas can have advantages in bi-articulated and heavy urban and interurban load. Electric power is strong in motorcycles, private vehicles and articulated buses.
During the panel, the CEO also stressed that work must be undertaken on two fronts: The first is to promote a policy and regulatory framework that discourages the use of polluting vehicles, and to this end, she proposed accelerating the replacement of the vehicle fleet towards clean technologies. "Today the tax on vehicles rewards age, and therefore higher levels of pollution. The issue of scrap metal is critical and needs to be accelerated," she said. Secondly, she said that companies must implement measures and strategies to facilitate access to electric vehicles.
On this last point, GEB is betting on clean mobility. To this end, it has been conducting studies to measure the economic and health costs, the policy requirements to define commercial and financial strategies to promote electricity and natural gas programs. In addition, one of its lines of business is Urban Energy Solutions (SEU), which seeks to develop energy infrastructure to meet the demand of large cities.
The panel also included the participation of the leaders of the most important companies in the energy sector and was moderated by Eduardo Behrentz, Vice-Rector for Development and Graduates of the Universidad de Los Andes.
The International Electric Mobility Meeting, organized by the World Energy Council, seeks to generate a forum for discussion and debate that will allow progress in understanding the dynamics and magnitude of the challenges imposed by future developments in mobility. Among the proposals discussed to promote cleaner technologies are to reduce taxes and tariffs for electric vehicles, to encourage mass transport that runs on electricity and to discourage mobility with fossil fuels, among others.
For Grupo Energía de Bogotá, participating in these types of events that seek to show a vision of future energy represents a great challenge and shows the commitment of GEB in promoting the transition processes of the energy matrix, for more sustainable cities.
About Grupo Energía Bogotá
Grupo Energía de Bogotá (GEB), led by Empresa Energía de Bogotá, is a joint stock company listed in the Stock Exchange Market of Colombia, whose main corporate purpose is the generation, transmission, distribution and commercialization of energy, natural gas and liquid fuels in all of their forms.
Grupo Energía de Bogotá is the main Multi-‐Latin power and natural gas company in the region with presence in Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and Brazil, and is focused on three Business Groups: Urban Energy Solutions, focusing on the development and operation of the infrastructure required to meet the power and natural gas demand in large cities. Interconnection for Market Development, which is responsible for connecting power generation sources with large consumption centers and large users and Low Emission Generation, which focuses on seeking new opportunities in renewable energies in countries leading the transition of the energy matrix.
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