Palma.—The first Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Tourism Convention opened in Palma this morning.

Organised by the Balearic Ministry for Finance and Competitiveness, Palma City Council, publishing group El Instalador, Segittur, ITH and AENOR the two day convention at the Auditorium is being attended by over 300 delegates.

The congress was officially opened this morning by the President of the Balearics, Jose Ramon Bauza, the Mayor of Palma Mateo Isern, the Minister for Finance, Joaquin Garcia Martinez and the Director General of El Instalador, Iñaki Garcia-Ocejo.

The main aim of the convention is to discuss ways in which the Balearics can reach the new 20/20/20 Plan approved by the European Union which encourages the use renewable and alternative energy, such a wind power and the reduction in the use of energy consumption by promoting the use of electric vehicles which are perfect for the Balearics because of the region’s size.

What the authorities want to do is transform the Balearics into a leading sustainable tourist destination which will set an example for the rest of the world,

Bu 2020, the European Union wants CO2 emissions reduced by a further 20 percent while the use of renewable energy is increased by a similar amount making Europe 20 percent more energy efficient.

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