Energy efficiency at service stations

Galp’s Ecoposto project aims to develop and implement energy-efficient measures at service stations.

In June 2009, Galp publicly launched the Ecoposto project. The objective of this project was to develop and implement energy optimisation measures at service stations, through sustainable solutions with a positive impact on energy efficiency and autonomy.

The main measures implemented with Ecoposto project included the following:

  • installation of photovoltaic solar panels for electricity microgeneration;
  • efficient use of lighting, cold and air conditioning equipment;
  • introduction and improvement of domestic hot water heating using solar thermal energy.

Application of the Ecoposto concept in service stations should obtain an energy saving of 20%, based on the pilot project already carried out. In average terms, its implementation enables about 30 tons of CO2 to be neutralised each year.

Integrated energy management system

Ecopostos are continuously monitored using an integrated customised energy management system.

This solution enables real-time measurement of both consumption and generation of electricity through microgeneration, thus identifying the opportunity and impact of the new efficiency initiatives that can be implemented.

The extension of Ecoposto to Galp's direct management network

The Ecoposto project was integrated into the action plan for the Orange project, which is underway in the Tangerina stores. This decision led to operational synergies that combine remodelling of the store concept with a reduction in energy consumption.

In 2010, the concept was extended and applied to another 23 service stations belonging to our own distribution network, and expanded to the Galp retail network across 12 service stations distributed from north to south of the country.

Sustainability in terms of energy efficiency depends on the adoption of new individual behaviours. The Ecoposto project also includes an awareness and training component to change behaviour regarding the use of energy at service stations.