Miguel Arias Cañete inaugurates the new phase of the All-gas R & D project at the El Torno treatment plant

The European Union Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete on Friday 1st December inaugurated the new phase in the All-Gas project in the El Torno treatment plant in Chiclana (Cadiz) in a major event attended by the Councillor for the Environment and Land Planning of the Government of Andalusia, José Fiscal, the Deputy Central Government Representative in Cadiz, Agustín Muñoz, and the Mayor of Chiclana, José María Román, together with other representatives of the authorities. Aqualia was represented by Félix Parra, General Director, and Frank Rogalla, R&D Director.

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.”

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.