To mark the 20th anniversary of Naturgy’s arrival in Panama, the energy corporation’s country manager, José Luis Lloret Soler, today opened the “Making History in Panama and in the World” exhibition at the Ernesto J. Castillero R. National Library in Panama City. The Managing Director of the Naturgy Foundation, María Eugenia Coronado, explained the foundation's commitment to supporting social development through cultural initiatives and educational programmes that can help people access specialised knowledge in the field of energy and the environment. “Protecting the environment through rational energy use is the responsibility of all, and that is why we feel obligated to share our knowledge through activities that are accessible to all audiences, and especially to the younger generations.”
The Naturgy Foundation exhibition, open to visitors until 12 July, follows Panama’s energy evolution through the social changes produced by the application of new technologies and inventions, and also reflects on the present and future of energy. Entry is free, and there are educational activities available for school groups upon request.
“Making History in Panama and the World” reveals the history and the features of the energy industry in Panama: the introduction of gas street lighting in 1857 and electric street lighting in 1898 placed Panama City on a par with the great global capitals. Following the influence of the United States before Panama became an independent nation in 1903 and a period of nationalisation of energy from 1958 to 1996, the sector was then privatised and Naturgy arrived on the isthmus in 1998. Over the 20 years in Panama the company has provided innovative energy services, promoting respect for the environment and efficiency through a responsible use of energy. The company’s activity on the isthmus has meant the energy demands of over 675,000 customers have been met through the 3,550 MVA installed capacity. It has also driven a social programme designed to benefit vulnerable groups.
The history of energy reveals that it played a leading role in the progress of society. The advent of public lighting in cities lit up the night and broke the agricultural cycle that had previously prevailed. This saw the birth of a new kind of activity which had been previously unthinkable: cities began offering a host of cultural and entertainment options at night.
The exhibition also reflects on the future of energy and the tools available to ensure sustainable energy production. By presenting the different energy alternatives that are available, the exhibition gives visitors the keys to understanding the advantage and drawbacks of all sources of energy to emphasise that there are no magic formulas for solving our energy needs in the future. The coming decades will be marked by security of supply, economic costs and their impact on the environment, as well as humankind's capacity for technical and social innovation. Encouraging responsible energy consumption with minimal environmental impact through savings and efficiency will be among the crucial issues of our future agenda.
Anyone interested will be able to visit the exhibition for free from 14 May to 12 July at the Biblioteca Nacional Ernesto J. Castillero R. (Parque Recreativo Omar, Avenida Belisario Porras “Vía Porras”, Panama City) from Monday to Saturday, between 9 am and 5 pm. For further information and booking guided tours for primary, secondary and university students, you can call the direct line 315-7732 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Naturgy Foundation and its educational vocation
The “Making History in Panama and the World” exhibition is part of the catalogue of dissemination initiatives with which the Naturgy Foundation seeks to convey values on changing the energy model, conserving the environment and consuming energy responsibly. The Naturgy Foundation, founded in 1992 by the power company, carries out social action programmes in the countries where the group operates, with projects adapted to the culture and requirements of the different settings.