Naturgy Foundation is offering an innovative virtual journey in Castelldefels as part of a project aimed at raising awareness of the planet’s environmental challenges, energy transition and the circular economy.

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Today, the mayor of Castelldefels, Maria Miranda, visited Energy Challenge, which has just started its route around Catalonia after launching as part of COP 25 held in Madrid.

Renewable gas, responsible energy consumption habits and air quality are just some of the issues visitors are invited to reflect on in an interactive and immersive space journey on board an efficient, 70 m2 vehicle guided by a latest generation robot.

Until Wednesday, in Castelldefels, the Naturgy Foundation is presenting Energy Challenge, an innovative experience bringing young people and the general public up-to-date information about energy transition, the circular economy, air quality and new energy technologies.

Touch screens with 360º projection of hundreds of videos, revolving seats and a smart robot called Energy 360 are just some of the technologies used in the Energy Challenge experience, which is in the city and available to visit for free until Friday.

The mayor of Castelldefels, Maria Miranda, and the Councillor for Social Services and Dependency, Housing and Commerce, Ana Maria Quesada, visited the immersive experience this morning. It is open in Parc de la Muntanyeta in the city today and tomorrow, 9am-2pm and 4pm-7pm.

Jacint Verdaguer school and Institut Mediterrània are just two of the educational centres that are also planning to take the space trip in the next few days. On Wednesday, Energy Challenge will move to the facilities at CEIP Josep Guinovart de Castelldefels school and on the 30th and 31st it will be at Col·legi Britànic de Gavà, where pupils will be able to take part in the educational experience.

A futuristic airship with suggestions on how to solve the energy challenge.

Visitors are invited to take a special journey in a futuristic airship commanded by latest generation robots. They will form part of a space mission to solve today's energy challenge at a time of transition towards decarbonisation.

On their 20-minute journey, crew members observe the Earth and the Cosmos to reflect and gain awareness of the climate emergency the planet is facing and the need to contribute to issues of major importance, such as the circular economy, air quality and new energy technologies.

The initiative shows the key role of innovation and responsible consumer habits in working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to energy.

The Naturgy Foundation has put together this experience in an environmentally-friendly, 70 m2 vehicle, which has a dual natural gas engine. As it travels, it generates 15-20% less CO2 emissions compared to conventional diesel engines. It also contributes to improving air quality, reducing emissions of particles by 39% and NOx emissions by 30% compared to a vehicle that uses only diesel.

The Director of the Naturgy Foundation, María Eugenia Coronado, defines the new project as a ‘disruptive initiative to explain the planet's environmental challenge’. ‘The whole population must be made aware of the challenges we are facing. It is in our hands alone to reverse climate change’, she states. This is why ‘initiatives like Energy Challenge, which is travelling around Spain, can contribute to informing the population and explaining that there are new energy sources, such as renewable gas, that may contribute to the circular economy and energy transition becoming a reality’, says Coronado.

Energy Challenge, which was launched in Madrid as part of COP 25, plans to cover 4,800 kilometres and will visit around 40 towns and cities in Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, Castile and León, Castile La Mancha, Galicia, Andalusia and the Valencian Community. The aim is to reach 100,000 visits by the end of 2020.

The Energy Challenge experience is accompanied by another educational resource from the Foundation, The Circular Challenge, an interactive competition on renewable gas production and the circular economy, which will be set up next to the efficient vehicle at all the stops it makes.

Over the next few weeks, starting from today, the Naturgy Foundation will also be visiting schools in Hospitalet de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat and Sant Boi de Llobregat as part of the Efigy Education training programme. This initiative will provide more than 1,200 students with the most up-to-date knowledge on new energy technologies, such as renewable gas and its role in the circular economy, and the transition towards a more sustainable energy system.