Earlier today, the Mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, the Director of Gas Natural Andalucía, Raúl Suárez, and the Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation Gas Museum, Eva Buch, officially opened the exhibition entitled Gas Museum. Energy at the Conference, Trade Fair and Exhibition Centre of this city in Malaga.
The exhibition, which can be visited until 8 May, proposes a journey through the evolution of the gas and electricity industries by revealing the social changes brought about by the application of new technologies and new inventions, and reflects on the future of energy and the tools we have for approaching this challenge responsibly. Entry is free, and there are educational activities available for school groups upon request.
Marbella is the first city in Andalusia to host the complete version of this exhibition organised by the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation Gas Museum in collaboration with Gas Natural Andalucía. Since January, the institution has organised a more limited version – entitled ‘Energy’ – in various municipalities throughout the region. The two exhibitions have a modular format and use recycled materials and low-consumption technology, the goal being to convey the value of energy efficiency in a more visual and education manner by (in the complete exhibition) incorporating a selection of original pieces from the Gas Museum Collection. The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation plans to continue moving the two exhibitions around the region during the course of this year.
Energy as a driving force for social change
Gas Museum. ‘Energy’ reveals the key role played by energy in the development 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, and work days in factories were extended beyond the hours of natural light. In addition to facilitating public lighting, gas was introduced into homes via modern domestic appliances, known in Spain as "gasodomésticos", which brought convenience and comfort to the upper classes.
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 mankind'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.
The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation
The Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, founded in 1992, targets its activity at the promotion of information, training and increased social awareness on improving energy efficiency and technological innovation in the field of energy while respecting and protecting the environment, and promotes cultural activities through the Gas Museum aimed at preserving and spreading knowledge about the historical and cultural heritage of the sector. It also has a programme to support exports for small and medium-sized enterprises. Its international activities are carried out in Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Morocco, Italy and Moldova.
The Gas Museum is a cultural centre combining a permanent exhibition with the organisation of temporary exhibitions, conferences, an educational programme for schools, activities for children and adults, and film and music seasons.
Gas Natural Andalucía in Malaga
Gas Natural Andalucía, the distribution subsidiary of GAS NATURAL FENOSA in the region, invested approximately 11.8 million euros in the province of Malaga in 2014. The company reached almost 86,000 supply points in the province of Malaga, which means that approximately 257,900 local residents are now enjoying this source of energy thanks to a distribution network covering 1,150 kilometres. Hence, Malaga is consolidating its position as the second-largest province in the region in terms of the number of natural gas users.
Gas Natural Andalucía currently supplies a total of 14 municipalities in the province: Alhaurín de la Torre, Alhaurín el Grande, Antequera, Benalmádena, Cártama, Coín, Estepona, Fuengirola, Málaga, Marbella, Mijas, Rincón de la Victoria, Torremolinos and Vélez-Málaga.
Marbella (Spain), 23 Mar 2015