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Spanish businessmen and officials seek to move towards sustainable mobility

CEIM (Confederación Empresarial de Madrid-CEOE), NEDGIA (Naturgy gas distributor) and the Madrid Chamber of Commerce organized the conference “Natural gas mobility. The sustainable alternative for business,” was attended by more than a hundred professionals. The meeting served to address the need to move towards natural gas/biomethane and review the offer of vehicles, refueling infrastructure and available aids, in addition to listening to the experiences of various companies that are already betting on sustainable NGV mobility.

During the inauguration, the president of CEIM Miguel Garrido stressed the importance of coordination between public administrations and the sectors involved when planning initiatives that affect business activity. "It is essential to conduct studies and reports of previous economic impact and competitiveness," he said.

For his part, the delegate of Environment and Mobility of the Madrid City Council Borja Carabante highlighted: “Cities have the great challenge of achieving sustainable mobility and making it compatible with the environment, mobility needs and economic development. With the Madrid 360 Environmental Sustainability Strategy, we will combine these variables to achieve compliance with the European directive on air quality.”

The Minister of Economy, Employment and Competitiveness of the Community of Madrid Manuel Giménez pointed out the importance of supporting efficient technologies for sustainability, such as natural gas. "For sustainable mobility there are no shortcuts, no technology can be privileged, nor can the most efficient, which is natural gas, be relegated," he said.

The head of National Accounts of Great Consumption of NEDGIA Miguel Martín was in charge of moderating a round table in which the advantages of this alternative mobility were exposed, such as its contribution to the improvement of air quality, the reduction of noise pollution and a cost per kilometer lower than traditional fuels. This session included speakers from the Iberian association Gasnam, the European Consortium ECO-GATE and Gas&GO.

Finally, on behalf of the Community of Madrid, the Deputy Director of Energy and Mines Carmen Montañés moderated the interventions of representatives from different sectors such as vehicle manufacturers, last mile distribution and public transport, who highlighted their commitment to natural gas mobility for its environmental and economic advantages, something of vital importance for all vehicles entering the central almond of Madrid. Volkswagen, ZAGO Automotive, SEUR, ALSA and Aliara Energía were part of this session.

Source: CEIM / Madrid City Council

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