Spain managed to reduce its CO emissions by 6,2%2 in 2019. That is what the Advance of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, published by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge at the beginning of summer, indicated. The final data will be produced throughout this fall, this figure supports the viability of using non-fossil energy sources. And it is that, as the document indicates, the main reason that caused this decrease in the volume of emissions was the reduction of the use of coal for the production of electricity, in the face of a greater popularity of renewable energies.
The decrease in emissions is not caused by a recession in the economy, as they are in charge of emphasizing from the Ministry, since the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country grew 2%.
It is necessary to continue promoting more sustainable forms of energy, which allow economic growth and, at the same time, are respectful with the environment. Energies such as wind, solar or hydraulic are the first that usually appear in the mind of society, but there are other types of renewable energy that most of the population is unaware of, such as biomass or biogas.
Biomass: more sustainable heat and hot water (DHW)
Biomass is increasingly present in our country and the trend is for it to continue growing in the coming years. According to data from the Annual Report of the Biomass Observatory, at the end of 2018 - latest available data - there were 298.400 biomass-fueled heating installations operating in Spain, 53.480 more than the previous year, representing an increase of 22%.
Biogas: a very versatile clean energy source
The use of renewable gases as a source of energy is another example of how to implement circular economy models, since it allows to take advantage of certain waste generated to transform it into fuel. In this way, not only are they able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, but also an economic saving in the energy bill of the industries.