SPANISH energy company Cepsa will spend €8 billion in a shift to using low-carbon energy sources by 2030.

The plan is for half the firm’s earnings to come from sustainable energy within eight years, as oppose to a projected 14% this year.

Part of the strategy is a major overhaul of its network of 3,000 fuel stations in Spain to promote the use of electric cars and to offer a wider range of services.

Service areas may expand to include restaurants, fresh food sales, pharmacies, parcel collection points, and sustainable washing services.

Over electric cars, chief executive Maarten Wetselaar, said: “In partnership with Endesa, we plan to create the biggest electric mobility ecosystem in Spain and Portugal with an ultra-fast road charging network that includes at least one 150-kilowatt charger every 200 kilometres on the country’s main roads.”

MAARTEN WETSELAAR(Cepsa image)

The Cepsa plan backs the concept of green hydrogen, produced by passing renewably-produced electricity through water to split the element from oxygen.

By 2030, Cepsa plans to have a green hydrogen refuelling station for heavy goods vehicles on all of the main routes that link Spain with Europe.

The firm added that it is targeting net-zero emissions by 2050.

Wetselaar said that he wants to make the most of a ‘historic opportunity’, including developing southern Spain’s wind and solar resources and building plants with a combined capacity of 7 gigawatts, roughly equivalent to seven nuclear plants.

“This will help strengthen Europe’s energy security and independence,” he observed.

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