There are currently three installations in Gibraltar producing energy. Two of these installations namely Waterport and OESCO power stations supply electricity to the civil population, whilst the third one supplies electricity to Ministry of Defence establishments and some civilian properties. Waterport Power Station is operated by the Gibraltar Electricity Authority on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar and has a thermal power output of 40 MW whereas the OESCO power station is operated by the Ormrod Electricity Supply Company (private contractor to the Government of Gibraltar) and has a thermal power output of 58.9 MW. The GMES Station,supplying the Ministry of Defence, has a thermal power output of 48 MW. Preparations are underway to replace these facilities with a new power station.
H.M. Government of Gibraltar (H.M. GoG) continues to strive to improve its energy efficiency throughout all sectors and recognises that this is one of the most effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint. In order to achieve this, efforts will focus primarily on the building sector as well as plans to introduce renewable energy. Improving energy efficiency means that we can reduce our energy bills, reduce energy demand, increase energy security, reduce ourgreenhouse gas emissions through cost-effective means, and contribute more towards an environmentally sustainable way of life.
The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) came into force in 2012 and is the most comprehensive directive on energy efficiency. The EED establishes a common framework of measures for improving energy efficiency throughout the European Union (EU) Member States and to ensure that the EU achieves its energy saving target of 20% by 2020. Gibraltar's energy efficiency target will result in a reduction in primary energy consumption of 222GWh, which is 16% below the business-as-usual' scenario and is estimated to be an achievable target. At present, Gibraltar is very dependent on the importation of fossil fuels for energy production and in order to reach the 2020 targets, strategies and measures based on sustainability, improved efficiency and security need to be implemented. Guidance documents are also available to aid in the implementation of Articles within the EED.
- EED Guidance Note
- EED Procurement Policy Note
The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan looks at the necessary measures that need to be put into place in order for Gibraltar toachieve its energy saving targets of 20% by 2020, as set by the EU. Measures are distributed across varying time scales and sectors ranging from public, commercial, building and transport sectors, each of which are considered and discussed throughout the plan. H.M.GoG is committed to continue to improve Gibraltar's energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
- National Energy Efficiency Action Plan