Barcelona, city of sun and sustainable energy
Everywhere in Europe, energy consumption increases, yet our supply of fossil fuels will not last forever and we need to find sustainable solutions. Several European cities have focused on renewable energies and have developed global concepts of sustainability. One of these, Barcelona has a unique regulation in the area of solar energy: the "Solar Ordinance". This decrees that all new buildings should use thermal solar energy for their hot water use. But that's not all. Everywhere around the city, the municipality promotes photovoltaic energy, a technology which allows the generation of electricity through the conversion of sunshine. Thanks to a collective political ambition, this Catalan capital is achieving a far more rational use of energy. This kind of initiatives is supported by different programmes of the European Commission, including the Campaign for an Energy Sustainable Europe 2005-2008. This Campaign will give a strong signal to political opinion makers, to private and public investors as well as to European citizens: to invest in renewable energies.
This video report filmed in Spain in june 2005 illustrates the sustainable energy policy of Barcelona, one of the pioneer European cities, which has already achieved a genuine change in its energy supply.
Imma Mayol, Deputy Mayor and Chair of the Sustainability, Barcelona
Toni Pujol Barcelona Energy Agency
Pilar Blanco, une habitante de Barcelona
Fernando Torras, Patronat Municipal
Ignacio Doval, Manager Technologies, Barcelona Infrastructures
Josep Acebillo, Commissioner for Infrastructures and Urbanism, Barcelona
Patrick Genard, Architecte