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Formentera encourages smarter consumption by linking municipal facilities to new energy portal

foto 2021 portal d energiaThe Formentera Department of Environment has unveiled a section on the Consell de Formentera website where islanders can get up-to-date details on the energy that is expended by municipal facilities and public lighting. FDE chief Antonio J Sanz described it as a “management and accounting tool to limit unnecessary consumption, cut costs and save energy in order to improve efficiency and make Formentera cleaner, greener and less polluted”.

“Not only does the new system let us monitor consumption and costs, we can also shape strategies for ongoing improvements and pinpoint ways to increase the energy efficiency of our facilities. It also helps us build awareness among facility users and islanders in general about what’s being done”, said the environment chief.

Energy consumption in figures
Over the last twelve months, municipal consumption has accounted for 2,967,673 kW of total energy use on the island, with public lighting making up over 18%. The total figure is comparable to the energy that is used by 494 households, and represents more than 565 tonnes of CO2 released into the atmosphere — a volume which would require 154 hectares of forest to be absorbed. Formentera recently came in seventh in a study of energy efficiency among ten similar municipalities. “There’s clearly room for improvement”, conceded Sanz, while asserting such calculus was “an exercise in transparency”, and served “to show us where we’re at, and what policies and strategies we need to be energy efficient”.

Energy-saving strategies
An array of FDE efforts in recent months have focussed on making the island more energy efficient. First, Formentera joined a host of other municipal authorities in signing a climate and energy pledge to hit the European Union’s greenhouse gas emission targets through improved efficiency and renewable sources. Crews are additionally checking electricity supply meters, readjusting energy levels in facilities to bring contracts in line with real consumption and monitoring existing solar installations and fuel costs.

Moreover, last November Formentera joined VPP4Island, a pioneering European initiative to integrate renewable systems and accelerate the transition to smart and green energy.

Formentera has also fitted public car parks with solar panel-equipped canopies and installed new photovoltaic generation systems at the football pitch and other municipal facilities.

Balearic Energy Systems is in charge of implementing the €12,710 energy-monitoring portal. Article 9 of a piece of 2019 legislation on climate change and energy transition requires that public administrations carry out or contract energy audits, with specific proposals for energy efficiency improvements, of buildings they occupy or own.

21 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Public consultation opens for floating pontoons and low-impact anchorage points at Estany des Peix

The Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to announce the beginning of a period of public consultation around plans to equip Estany des Peix with floating pontoons and low-impact anchorage points. Procurement proceeding rules mandate collection of comments during a 15-day period of public consultation, published from today in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB).

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz described the change as “another clear step toward regulation” and insisted the island’s government remained “committed to enacting a regulatory system during the current legislative term”.

The final plans are available on the BOIB website and at the FDE and Formentera Department of Inspection Services on Carrer Mallorca in Sant Ferran.

Tragsatec was contracted to prepare the final design set. The bid cost was €1,259,204.18. To execute the designs, the Consell de Formentera has a €652,154 subsidy with funds from the Sustainable Tourism Tax (ITS).

15 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera takes Green Flag challenge

The Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to report that this summer, one hundred local restaurants, cafes, pubs, seaside watering holes and outdoor hotel bars will take part in Ecovidrio’s Green Flag challenge — an initiative backed by Spain’s not-for-profit glass-recycling custodians in association with the Consell de Formentera.

The effort will see Formentera join 20 other Balearic municipalities as they attempt to move the needle on glass recycling. To make transport of the discarded glass easier, Ecovidrio is offering restaurant and hotel owners 23 bins. A special scoring system rates businesses’ commitment to recycling and sustainability and rewards increases in recycling.

9 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera’s “Lil’ Recyclers” record 3,457kg haul

foto 2021 ecovidrio2The Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to report that local schoolchildren collected a grand total of 3,457kg of recyclable glass waste as part of ‘Los Peque Recicladores’ (Lil’ Recyclers), an educational push promoted in association with Ecovidrio. Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz said the initiative was about “educating schoolchildren on the importance of recycling glass containers” and claimed it had been successful in terms of both the volume of glass recycled and the number of pupils who participated.

Roughly 614 six to twelve year olds from the island’s four primary schools took part in the initiative, which ran from 19 April to 31 May. The winning school, CEIP Virgen Milagrosa, will get a €500 gift card.

The campaign included a competition which pitted local schoolchildren against each other to see who could recycle the most glass containers.

To help participants reach their goal, each school received a green container emblazoned with ‘Lil’ Recyclers’ graphics and personalised with the school name. The school that collected the most glass per was pupil got the €500 prize.

28 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins push to save sea turtles

cartell 2021 tortuga CAAs the planet celebrates World Sea Turtle Day, the Formentera Department of Environment is pleased to add its name to “Tortuges en el Mediterrani” (Tortoises in the Mediterranean), a campaign by the València Oceanogràfic that will see informational material go up in Consell de Formentera display cases and assorted locations across the island.

Environment chief Antonio J. Sanz explained that campaigners across much of Spain’s eastern coast have set out to teach tourists and residents about the importance of caring for the turtle known by scientists as Caretta caretta. He tied local government’s renewed support for “Turtles in the Mediterranean” by pointing up the loggerhead’s “essential role in the marine ecosystem”.

More than 55 municipalities in València, Murcia and the Balearic Islands have also publicised the initiative.

16 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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