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The meeting on energy efficiency will be held this Thursday.
The meeting on energy efficiency will be held this Thursday.

The climatic battle is fought in the cities. More than 50% of the world’s population is concentrated in urban areas, the percentage is expected to reach 70% in 2050, and more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions are produced there. So promoting the generation of renewable energy sources and improving energy consumption has become a challenge. Especially if one takes into account that Spain has one of the most obsolete buildings in terms of energy, since they consume 30.1% of the final energy.

The challenge is enormous. The residential stock in the country is made up of some 16.6 million homes: 50.8% were built before 1980 and, therefore, without applying energy efficiency considerations, according to the Roadmap for the Total Decarbonization of Building in Spain of the Green Building Council Spain (GBCe). But improving efficiency in buildings is only part of the equation. To this should be added the management of public services. What are the energy efficiency goals to be achieved in cities? How to take advantage of the resources of the Next Generation funds to give the change of direction? How does the life of citizens change in a more efficient city?

To answer these questions, EL PAÍS and Acciona Energía will hold an event this Thursday, July 14, to which various experts have been invited to provide their point of view on the priorities to follow to improve energy efficiency in cities. The appointment, which can be followed live through the website of this newspaper and social networks from 9:30 am, will take place in Gijón (Asturias).

Pedro Zuazua, Director of Communication at EL PAÍS, will be in charge of opening the event: Keys to achieve energy efficiency in our cities. Also participating will be Elena González, Director of Energy Services at Acciona Energy; Ana González, mayor of Gijón; Juan Pons, director of Public Administration of Edison Next; José Antonio Ferrer, head of the CIEMAT Research Unit on Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Sonia Puente Landázuri, general director of Territorial Planning and Urbanism of the Principality of Asturias; Olalla Pena, Head of Economy in Television of the Principality of Asturias, and Juan Cofiño, Vice President and Minister of Autonomous Administration, Environment and Climate Change of the Government of the Principality of Asturias.

This is the second event of the Cycle Global Citiesa series of meetings organized by EL PAÍS in collaboration with Acciona.

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