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Production of renewable energy in Ibiza stagnates in 2022 and fails to reach the levels of 2020

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Production of renewable energy in Ibiza stagnates in 2022 and fails to reach the levels of 2020

2022 report of IbizaPreservation’s Sustainability Observatory points to a slight increase in the production of renewable energy, still far from the target established by Balearic law

Ibiza, 15-03-23 – Despite its excellent climatic and territorial conditions, the penetration of renewable energies in Ibiza remains stagnant. The reduced production of this type of energy during 2022 shows that the island is far from meeting the objectives of energy self-sufficiency, according to IbizaPreservation’s Sustainability Observatory, which is currently preparing its 2022 Sustainability Report with financial support from the Consell of Ibiza.

The data, sourced from IBESTAT (the Statistical Institute of the Balearics), reflects a stagnation in the production of renewables that the Sustainability Observatory considers to be unjustifiable. Although last year the production of electrical energy in Ibiza increased by 52.9%, from 245,750.2 MWh to 375,661.3 MWh, only 0.34% of this total came from photovoltaic renewable energy, 1,288 MWh. This represents an increase of 39.2% compared to 2021, but nevertheless IbizaPreservation considers this progress wholly insufficient. “We could consider this percentage increase important if it meant a significant rise in gross values, but that is not the case. We have not even managed to reach the 1.01% of renewable energy production capacity in 2020,” stated Itziar Arratibel, technical coordinator of the Sustainability Observatory,

The data also highlight that Ibiza continues to be the Balearic Island with the lowest percentage of clean energy production. In Mallorca 5.4% of the energy generated is renewable, in Menorca 2.3% and in Formentera, the island with the most favourable conditions, the figure is 16.5%. In absolute terms, it is interesting to note that Formentera reaches 2,866.8 megawatt hours, more than double that produced in Ibiza.

In terms of electricity demand, the year 2022 saw a significant increase, exceeding pre-pandemic consumption in 2019 by 3.8%. Ibiza’s electricity consumption rose by 10.3% compared to 2021, with the month of August seeing the greatest demand, i.e. 13% of the yearly total. Of the aggregate energy demand for 2022 (956,478.4 MWh), only 0.13% came from renewable energy generated on the island, a figure that fails to reach the 0.19% of total demand represented by renewables in 2019.

Inma Saranova, director of IbizaPreservation, underlined the urgent need to improve the situation: “We value the steps that are being taken by both the Balearic Regional Government and local institutions here in Ibiza, but time is running out.  The progress made in 2022 appears totally insufficient to reach the 35% penetration of renewable energies established by the Balearic Law on climate change and energy transition for 2030, or to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 to significantly increase the proportion of renewable energy in the supply.”

Saranova insisted on the urgency of taking effective measures and expressed her hope that the implementation of the Investment Plan for the Energy Transition of the Balearic Islands “can generate a structural change in the much-needed penetration of renewable energies on the island of Ibiza.”

In light of the 2022 data, IbizaPreservation’s Sustainability Observatory renewed its call for all public, private and social entities in Ibiza to work towards ensuring that renewable energies make up a greater proportion of the energy mix, supporting both self-consumption and energy communities, and for urgent measures to be implemented (technological, infrastructure, changing habits, etc.) to reduce consumption and build an efficient, sustainable and eco-social energy model.