- During the second forum on Natural Gas, the Minister Maria Fernanda Suarez highlighted that the use of gas represents great opportunities for improving air quality.
Ministry of Mines and Energy. Bogota D.C. November 22nd, 2018. The Minister of Mines and Energy, Maria Fernanda Suárez, stated that the energy transition is one of the priorities for the National Government and that it will boost clean energy from gas as well as unconventional renewable energy sources.
"This Administration has established its guiding principle of producing while preserving and preserving while producing, because we strongly believe in the importance of mining and energy sector development taking place under a state of harmony with the environment. Clean energy sources can contribute to improving the quality of air, health and life for the citizens," the Minister stated during the second forum on Natural Gas.
According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), 7 million people die every year due to air pollution worldwide. On the other hand, according to data from the National Department of Planning (DNP), there are 982,000 households in Colombia that use firewood in order to cook and 8,000 people die every year nationwide due to the use of coal or firewood. Using clean energies such as gas can reduce these consequences. In addition, gas represents up to 50% lower costs than gasoline and 25% lower than diesel fuel.
In this respect, Minister Maria Fernanda Suarez has underlined the importance of increasing the national reserves of gas, currently estimated to last for 11 years. For this purpose, the sector is working on various fronts including the reactivation of minor fields, improved primary, secondary and tertiary re-charging, and developing offshore projects. In addition, a commission of independent experts will continue to analyze the exploratory phase for hydrocarbons that involve Unconventional Deposits (YNC), which may raise the gas reserves up to 30 years.
"By the year 2021, the demand for gas will surpass the offer. Therefore, Colombia will need more imported gas for the purpose of supplying the domestic use of natural gas or its vehicular use, which would imply greater costs for the users. This Administration has showcased the importance of working on energy security in order to not depend on importation, but rather on the promotion of our own sources," the Minister explained.
Finally, the Minister of Mines and Energy reiterated that the mining and energy sector was the first to prepare and present the Comprehensive Plan for the Management of Climate Change. The goal is reducing CO2 emissions by 11.2 million tons as of the year 2030, equivalent to the absorption carried out by the Department of Amazonas over 15 years. The mining and energy sector will contribute 17% of the compliance with the national goal by the year 2030.
- 9.2 million Colombian households have natural gas service, which is 4 million more than in 2009.
- Over the last 9 years, the yearly average of gas subsidies provided has reached over $322 billion.
- Colombia is ranked 8th worldwide and 3rd regionally with over 570,000 cards operating with natural gas.
- In Colombia, 22% of the population, that is 11.5 million people, uses LPG for cooking, heating or lighting.