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Keys to address the new energy challenges

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It is necessary to address the energy challenges to meet the objectives set by the United Nations (SDG), carbon neutrality in 2050, the volatility of energy and the undoubted need for an increasingly competitive industrial fabric are catalysts for the transition towards energy models more intelligent, efficient and sustainable production and management.

To this we must add the current situation and energy context that is rapidly mobilizing and accelerating the action plans linked to this transformation, forcing companies to reconvert and bet on business strategies strongly conditioned by parameters of sustainability, energy efficiency and digitization.

In this sense, technology, innovation and strategic decision-making play a fundamental role, also constituting an opportunity for Spain to consolidate its technological leadership at a European level, strengthen sustainable economic growth and generate high-value employment (the International Labor Organization – ILO estimates that the transition to a low-carbon economy will generate around 300,000-500,000 net jobs in the country).

A technological and economic revolution that will also attract capital and investment, necessarily necessary to be able to assume the high costs involved in carrying out this energy and digital transformation (worldwide, sources such as IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency, raise the figure to 110 billion euros, which is 100 times the GDP of Spain).

Technology, innovation and strategic decision-making play a fundamental role in meeting energy challenges

To face these challenges, the Platform considers it essential to combine three essential pillars with which to address and overcome this situation of change:

  • Technological solutions, provided by consultants and companies specialized in the development, application and implementation of technologically advanced solutions.
  • The solutions provided by energy companies, based on these technological developments and which seek to improve energy efficiency and reduce consumption, therefore minimizing energy costs.
  • And open innovation, articulated through collaboration and financing mechanisms, such as European funds, where we as a Platform have the role of being promoters and facilitators.
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And for this, it is essential to fully understand this new paradigm that is being presented and to promote collaboration between the different actors involved.

This is where the Platform acquires the role of “facilitator” and “dynamizer” of this change, promoting, with the support of its associated companies, the generation of alliances, stimulating the knowledge economy, mobilizing the different stakeholders and giving voice to the ecosystem.

The Platform currently has more than 80 associated companies and since its creation, more than 10 years ago, it has been working in this line, promoting knowledge and experience in technological and digitization solutions, to improve energy efficiency, be more sustainable and, therefore, more competitive, in key ecosystems to overcome current energy challenges, such as the energy and utilities sector, industries, cities and data centers.

95% of managers surveyed during the 2nd semester consider that digitization has a strong impact on energy efficiency.

A task that it develops by providing spaces for knowledge, analysis and reflection, fostering collaboration through activities such as Sectorial Breakfasts, Trend Forums, initiatives such as the enerTIC Awards, the Smart Energy Congress or the different Technical Committees made up of managers from associated companies, experts in different disciplines.

In addition, all the activities carried out by the Platform are connected with European funds (the Ecological Transition and Digital Transformation lines account for 70% of these funds) through a strategy aligned with the objectives of these funds and promoting the execution of them, promoting collaborative actions.

The Platform is supported by leading partners such as Accenture, AuraQuantic, Capgemini, Endesa, GMV, Ibermática, Naturgy, NTT Data, Software Greenhouse, Telefónica Empresas and T-Systems. Companies and organizations that are also committed to innovation and technological development, to successfully overcome the great challenges presented by the energy and digital transition.

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