Intergia has chosen as its motto "Energy and Sustainability", and as its main field of application, the rural environment
Energy is necessary for the survival and well-being of humanity. After millennia of scarcity, for just over two centuries, we have had relatively cheap energy, based on fossil fuels. Today, three main causes are driving the energy transition towards renewable energy sources: on the one hand, pollution produced by the intensive use of fossil fuels, as well as the unsustainability of their consumption; on the other hand, technological advances in the production and use of electricity as an energy vector, which far exceed the possibilities of, for example, combustion engines; and finally, the lower cost of new renewable generation technologies.
The energy transition is going to be a real revolution. New energy technologies, accompanied by information and communication technologies, will profoundly change industrial and urban environments and mobility.
In these times, science first and society second, have become aware of the need to incorporate sustainability into all human activities, especially economic activities.
An early definition of sustainability, dating from 1987, is “meeting the needs of the present generation without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Today, sustainability is seen as encompassing multiple aspects. In addition to the environmental aspect, at Intergia we also pay special attention to the economic aspect. In this way, we contribute to making economic activities environmentally friendly while producing long-term benefits.
Since the industrial revolution, the rural environment has been marginalized in terms of wealth creation, suffering from a lack of energy, industrial and transport infrastructure. However, the technological and social changes that are taking place are going to give the rural environment very special possibilities and a leading role. On the one hand, it contains natural and semi-natural areas that must be given the maximum respect for the environment. On the other hand, there is a privileged access to renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydraulic, biomass and others. The new technologies of generation in situ on a medium and small scale make it possible to avoid dependence on an energy supply that until now has had a high environmental impact and has been very costly. New and profitable possibilities of access to energy in the rural environment are opened up. This will have a very positive impact on economic activities and the quality of life of the population.