European Decarbonation "Unstoppable"
During the visit to the facility, Miguel Arias Cañete mentioned the great satisfaction of having supported this project and other similar ones and that it is the responsibility of everyone to seek fuels that emit less greenhouse gas. “We are aware that they are complex projects because they involve various companies but once the process has started, decarbonisation in the European Union is now unstoppable.”
"The transport sector is key in this process," he stated, explaining that while emissions in other areas were reduced by some 33% between 1990 and 2016, those from transport increased by some 33% in the same period.
The Mayor of Chiclana, José María Román, focused his speech on the project’s pioneering and innovative nature which, as well as being a clear example of good collaboration among the agents involved, is an example of circular economy. “There’s nothing that closes the circle like waste water used to provide such a valuable biofuel as biogas.”
Aqualia General Director Félix Parra referred to the company’s commitment to supporting R&D projects that help generate added value and sustainable development, stating that a “vocation for them and for undertaking them” is lacking. Frank Rogalla, R&D Director, gave various data showing the project’s dimension and the quantity of the resource that can be generated. “With the space of a football field, biofuel can be obtained for 20 cars.”
The Councillor for the Environment and Land Planning of the Government of Andalusia, José Fiscal, declared that “the climate change law will be approved soon in the Parliament of Andalusia,” which makes this type of project that contributes to reducing emissions especially relevant.
The All-Gas project, supported by the European Union, has started its demonstration phase, successfully exceeding all the objectives and stages set from the start, producing quality biogas that is being tested in various vehicles to check their functioning. The results of all the project’s phases have shown that All-gas is a clear example of circular economy since a waste (the dirty water) is converted sustainably into raw materials with added value, thus providing an innovative and environment-friendly process.
The All-Gas project is co-financed by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme, the "ENERGY.2010.3.4-1: biofuels from algae" project, and was born to demonstrate the large-scale production of biofuels based on the cultivation of low-cost micro algae.
It is an example of successful collaboration between the companies and institutions involved – European, regional and local – in this project of excellence in circular economy. For Aqualia, the company leading the European consortium undertaking the project, it has also meant the driving of leading-edge technology and the accumulation of valuable know-how as well as developing numerous patents, giving this project very high standards of innovation.