Ministry of Mines and Energy. Bogota D.C. November 29th, 2017. "Almost eight million and a half homes with access to natural gas and over 550,000 vehicles converted to gas provide proof of the importance of this fuel during the daily lives of Colombians," said the Minister of Mines and Energy, German Arce Zapata, during his presentation titled ‘Towards energy sustainability in Colombia' that was delivered at the Forum organized by Publicaciones Semana on new clean energy sources on this day in Bogota.
"While the entire world sees how oil's share of worldwide energy commercialization has gone from 33% in 2015 to 31% by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), natural gas is becoming the fastest growth fossil fuel, with a yearly increase of 1.4% and reaching a 25% share by 2040," Minister Arce said.
"On this road, Colombia must bet on gas as a clean fuel alternative for vehicles. The country is ranked 8th worldwide and 3rd regionally in this field. It is expected that by 2030 the use of Vehicular Natural Gas in buses will prevent the emission of 61,000 tons of CO2," Minister Arce stated.
And he also added that "we have achieved an increase in gas coverage throughout the entire country by going from 74% in 2010 to 82% in 2016."
The head of the Mines and Energy cabinet position concluded by stating that, according to UPME figures, the transportation sector in Colombia is the largest consumer of energy, with a 41% share of total energy demand. "We are and will continue working on securing gas supply throughout the entire country, and we must establish sector goals concerning the reduction of emissions in order to comply with the Paris Agreement (COP21)," Arce Zapata concluded.