Private and commercial transport is the activity that generates the most carbon dioxide in La Laguna

The private and commercial diesel vehicle heads the La Laguna City Council inventory on activities that emit more carbon dioxide. The Environment area completes the study from which an action plan will be designed and applied to reduce greenhouse gas levels by at least 40%. This is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established by the United Nations, which the local Corporation wants to achieve between now and 2030.

Among the results obtained, the sector that contributes the most to carbon dioxide emissions stands out. Transport is followed by residential and tertiary buildings (establishments, service companies), especially due to electricity and liquefied petroleum gas consumption. Of the 733,567 total tons registered in La Laguna in one year, 38.23% corresponds to the first group and 21.05% to the second.

In the case of the City Council, its energy consumption was 43,963.39 MWh (megawatt hour) in 2009. Of the total, 63.98% was generated by the Corporation’s own offices and facilities, 26.95% by lighting public and 4.03% by public centers of Early Childhood and Primary Education. These, therefore, are the main issuers within the local public sphere.

Reduce emissions by 30% in the next nine years

The councilor in charge of the area, José Luis Hernández, explains that since last year “we have been working intensively on an action plan to reduce air pollution to the levels to which we have committed ourselves, as well as energy consumption in at least one 30% in the next nine years. All this thanks to the firm commitment to renewable energy, with its implementation in public facilities and the creation of energy communities in the municipality ”.

In addition, it details that this strategic program, which “is practically completed”, will include all the initiatives and actions to be developed in the territory to meet the objectives set in the 2030 Agenda. “These will involve the Administration, companies and civil society so that, among all of us, we advance in respecting and caring for the environment and in the fight against climate change. Now more than ever, we have to act forcefully after knowing the results of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in which they warn us of the already irreversible damage that humans have caused to the planet ”, he adds.

To progress in the decarbonization of the local economy, through an energy transition process in La Laguna, the Department already has its first emissions inventory and plans to have fully finalized the Municipal Action Plan for Climate and Sustainable Energy of the Pact of Mayors in October. It will be at that moment when the document, with all the measures it contemplates, is made public.

In order to comply with the commitment to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and energy consumption, José Luis Hernández highlights that “our policies go through the promotion of renewables, such as the installation of photovoltaics in all municipal public infrastructures before the legislature ends and the promotion of energy communities formed directly by citizens ”. With our own sources of self-consumption “we will not only reduce air pollution, but also that greater efficiency will translate into significant economic savings for families and the Administration itself,” he emphasizes.

For now, the Environment area already knows exactly what activities are those that produce CO2 in the municipality thanks to the study that has just been completed, which is “key to designing and implementing truly effective actions.”

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