The Basque Government is committed to the electric vehicle and smart networks as sectors that represent the future of Basque industry
The Minister for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, Bernabé Unda, has participated in the Basque Platform of Forum Europe
Bernabé Unda asserts that one of the "obsessions" of the department that he heads involves "internationalising our business fabric even further". He also believes that it is necessary "to reach out and grow in order to maintain and create employment in the Basque Country."
The Basque Government has identified intelligent electric networks as one of the priority initiatives for the country in terms of technological and industrial development. This was affirmed by the Minister for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, Bernabé Unda, during his address at the Basque Platform of Forum Europe.
The minister spoke of how these electric networks (Smart grids) allow for more efficient energy use, making it possible to integrate renewable energies, distributed energy generation and demand management. In his words, the Basque Country has an outstanding industrial advantage for the development of these technologies in the form of the Energy Cluster coordinated by Iberdrola and EVE. The Basque Government will support R&D projects related to Smart grids, along with "the definition and implementation of a pilot project to implement these technologies and systems in some of the main population centres," Unda stated.
The Minister of Industry also highlighted the Basque Government's efforts to back the introduction of the electric vehicle in the Basque Country. According to the Minister for Industry, this is both "a means to improve the energy efficiency of transport and an element to drive new business opportunities within the Basque industrial fabric."
Bernabé Unda also asserted that one of the "obsessions" of the department that he leads involves "internationalising our business fabric even further." He also believes that it is necessary "to reach out and grow in order to maintain and create employment in the Basque Country." The minister revealed that the Basque Government boasts a program of grants awarded for excellence in internationalisation that "we are going to expand and link to the innovation and technology programs."
Finally, the Minister for Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism shared some figures from what he referred to as "Basque tourism's best year": Between January and August of this year, the region's network of hotels received more than a million and a half tourists, an increase of 13.3% over the same period in the previous year. These are figures that reflect the Basque Government's strong commitment to "sustainable and quality" tourism, he stated.