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02 / 06 / 2004
Ernesto Macías: “Only once society awknowledges the seriousness of the energy crisis will they change their mentality”

The dialogue “Energy and Sustainable Development” dealt with the use of energies in our society and what may be the possible solution to alleviate the lack of resources. Cristobal Burgos, Ernesto Macías, and Jaume Domingo participated in the session, “Are developed societies energy hungry?”

The director of the company Isofotón, Ernesto Macías, expressed that the seriousness of the situation of climactic change is due to a lack of energy resources, and society’s lack of information. In this sense, Macías explained that “only once society acknowledges the seriousness of the situation which we are living will they change their mentality and assume the expenses of the Kyoto Protocol.”

Macías also spoke about the situation that we are dealing with in developing countries and said that “a third of the world doesn’t have access to electricity and this implies a negation of development, of information, education, and sanitation. For Macías, a solution could be solar and photovoltaic energy “that can be viable for both developing and non-developed countries.” He concluded, “This energy can help put an end to the vicious cycle of poverty in developing zones.”

The Councilor of the General Management of Energy and Transportation of the European Commission, Cristóbal Burgos, explained what the current energy state of the European Union is and in this sense, expressed “that there is a disproportionate use of fossil fuels such as petroleum, carbon, and gas.” Burgos spoke about the document “The green book of the European Union” of 2000, that promoted the renewable energy and a reduction of the energy demand. Burgos explained that “the legal framework needs to be changed and the new EU legislation should try to promote renewable energies and take a side on energy issues in developing countries.”

Jaume Domingo, expert in cooperation in developing countries in terms of energy, criticized the current energy model given that “it condemns underdeveloped countries to poverty and a sustainable appropriate model needs to be exported to every zone.” He concluded, “We need to export renewable energies, our contributions will make people freer and more self-sufficient, not more dependent.”