Since committing to a «SmartCity» plan in 2009 whose goal was to create cities that are smarter and more efficient, the city of Malaga has become one of the most energy efficient in Spain. For example, in just five years, Malaga has reached an energy savings of up to 20 percent, reducing its levels of carbon dioxide by 4,500 tons.
It is thanks to measures like these that Malaga has became a leader in energy efficiency in Spain, complying with the requirements and directives given by the European Union.
These requirements are commonly referred to as «the rule of 20». This entails reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent, increasing the use of renewable energy by 20 percent and increasing energy efficiency by 20 percent. All of this should be achieved before the year 2020.
Malaga has undoubtedly made great strides toward its goal of meeting this European directive, but there is still a lot of ground to cover. In order to continue complying with the rule of 20, they should use automated meters to efficiently manage public lights and invest in renewable energy, the costs of which are not affected by market fluctuations.
The project «Malaga SmartCity» will extend four kilometers to the Playa de la Misericordia. 11,000 homes, 1,200 industries and 11 businesses in the energy sector will participate, incurring a cost of 31 million Euros for Endesa.
As you can see, the EU is placing a heavy emphasis on European cities becoming healthier and cheaper places to live, making use of a correct energy management and taking advantage of renewable energies. Without a doubt, Malaga has made excellent progress in reaching this goal. In the rest of Spain, however, it is something that needs to be worked on.