In a dynamic meeting of industry leaders and environmental enthusiasts, the EVG-Panasonic Sharing Sustainable Success event took place on January 18, 2024, at Gibraltar’s Europa Sports Park.
Organised by The Energy Vision Group (EVG) and Panasonic Heating and Cooling Solutions Europe, this event served as an open invitation to all those passionate about sustainable tools and practices. The workshop was conducted by Panasonic Europe engineer Antonio Salido and attracted 30 professionals from diverse industries, including AMA Services, Consulting Buildings, Ecopark/Metalrok, GJBS, AKS, Montague Group, Calpe Electrical, Macmillan, OTWO, Sustainable Development Limited, Intec, First Impression, and Orfila Architects.
The workshop covered Panasonic’s Commercial-Industrial Range, Air-to-water Heat Pumps Aquarea range, PACi (Packaged Air Conditioning) range, VRF range, and Chillers range. Additionally, participants delved into Panasonic Design Tools, including Aquarea Designer/Hydraulic Scheme Generator, DX Designer (VRF tool), and AC Select (Chillers tool). Each participant received certificates of workshop completion from Panasonic.
Gibraltar’s Minister for Industrial Relations, Civil Contingencies and Sport, Leslie Bruzon visited the area during the workshop and engaged in insightful discussions on sustainable success with Panasonic and EVG Management.
In the afternoon session, Javier Rabanal, key Account Manager for Panasonic Heating and Cooling Solutions Europe, delivered a compelling presentation on Panasonic’s Green Impact Plan. This plan structured around four key scopes – own impact, contribution impact, future impact, and influence, aims to reduce 300 million tonnes of CO2 by 2050. Underlining the urgency, Panasonic’s motto, “The Climate is changing, so should we,” sets a bold agenda for a sustainable future. The highlight of Rabanal’s presentation was the official plaque awarded to Europa Sports Park, acknowledging it as the best sustainable project in Europe for 2023.
Dennis Cardona, Managing Director of EVG, shed light on EVG’s sustainable success and their impactful projects, emphasizing the implementation of sustainable energy practices in Gibraltar. He outlined the four key areas of focus for EVG: renewable energy, responsible business practices, sustainable policies, and work methods. The projects highlighted in the presentation showcased EVG’s commitment to making Gibraltar a more sustainable place to live. Mr Cardona proudly announced a significant milestone – the company’s receipt of PRO Awards from Panasonic for their exceptional work on the Europa Sports Complex. This complex stands tall as the most sustainable project in Europe, a testament to its innovative design and construction that seamlessly integrates functionality and environmental responsibility, paving the way for a greener future.
The OTWO team didn’t miss the opportunity to speak to Dennis Cardona, Managing Director of EVG, asking him to feature his insights on why the Europa Sports Park became the best sustainable project in Europe.
“When faced with the opportunity of redefining the infrastructure for legacy projects such as Lathbury and Europa Sports Park, our technical director Francisco Lopez and I agreed that we would do so if we could introduce cutting-edge technologies to make sure that the installations run as efficiently as possible ensuring the building’s carbon footprint could be as minimal as possible. These types of installations are normally very energy demanding because of use. In our view it was critical to take on the challenge and a golden opportunity to demonstrate that if could be done here, it could be done everywhere, in any other project, whether you have residential and commercial mixes, the demands are not as great as they are in this complex. That’s why we are committed to. We therefore tendered for the project on a design and build basis. I am proud to say we were awarded the project as the most economical offer. Dispelling the generally held belief, that sustainability and energy efficiency systems cost more than traditionally designed installation.”
The event’s grand conclusion was marked by a powerful speech on sustainability and significant achievements by Minister for Education, the Environment, Sustainability, Climate Change, Heritage, Technical Services, and Transport, John Cortes. His inspiring words served as a fitting finale to an event that not only celebrated past accomplishments but set the stage for continued collaborative efforts towards a more sustainable future. The EVG-Panasonic event emerges as a beacon of innovation and collaboration, fostering a shared commitment to environmental responsibility.