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Stakeholders discuss Transport energy efficiency options at Asturias workshop.

Asturias Workshop Information: The Asturias workshop was organised by Fundacion Asturiana de la Energia. It provided stakeholders the opportunity to examine advances in technology and opportunities in renewable energy in a focused  environment.

 

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Number of attendees:

18 from different institutions and companies (4 from the local administrations -3 of them from the largest cities in the region and 1 from a rural area-, 1 from the regional consortium of transport, 1 from the University, and the rest from private companies and FAEN)

Type of attendees:

  • Main: Private companies, transport policy makers
  • Others: Regional/Local authorities

Lessons learned and main conclusions

People from local administrations said that for economic reasons it is very difficult to introduce renewable energies in public transport in the short term apart of any pilot projects using subsidies or grants. They are more interested in new services using ICT, mainly people from the most populated cities in Asturias (Gijón and Oviedo). Other municipalities located in the rural area are most interested in any kind of tool for sharing buses with different uses (for example, use free seats in school buses for other people for coming to the nearest cities instead of using taxis or private cars).There are good small companies that can offer these new services but a support scheme is necessary to work in this field.Also important is the dissemination activities to give useful information to end users.

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