Expo 2005 Aichi
Expo 2010 Shanghai
Member from 17.12.1930 to 17.03.1941
Second Accession since 03.12.1971
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Spain has been present at World Expos since the first – the 1851 Great Exhibition in London. Following in the footsteps of London, Paris and Vienna, the city of Barcelona organised its own World Expo in 1888, followed by a second one in 1929. As an active participant and organiser of Expos, Spain is a founding Member State of the BIE, signing the Paris Convention in 1928. Spanish involvement in Expos has continued ever since with active participation in both World and Specialised Expos. Spain successfully organised World Expo 1992 in Seville, as well as Specialised Expo 2008 in Zaragoza.
ThemeSpain, Energy for the Planet
Project TeamCommissioner: Mr. Fernando Benzo Sáinz Pavilion Director: Mrs Carmen Bueno Sánchez
Ahead of the opening of Expo 2017 Astana, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) asks Fernando Benzo Sáinz, the National Commissioner of the Pavilion of Spain, about the country’s participation.
F. Benzo Sáinz: Under the theme “Spain. Energy for the Planet”, the Pavilion will seize the opportunity to showcase to the world, from a Spanish perspective, our singularities, contributions and strengths in the development of renewable energies.
The Spanish Exhibition will present the main renewable energy sources that are being developed and used in the country and will project the image of Spain as a country open to modernity, technologically advanced and deeply committed to the environment.
F. Benzo Sáinz: The Pavilion will bring attention to unique experiences based on the intense relationship with sources of renewable energies, energy efficiency technologies, universal access to energy and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The exhibition will showcase some of the most innovative renewable energy plants and projects in our country and abroad, as Spanish companies are leading some of the most important global renewable energy projects.
Spain is the country with the largest installed capacity of thermoelectric solar energy in the world and Europe’s second country in terms of wind power generation. This has only been possible because of the outstanding R&D&i efforts of Spanish companies.
Moreover, the Pavilion will showcase how Spain is contributing to the goals set in the United Nations Agenda of Sustainable Development at the Summit of Sustainable Development in Paris (September 2015) especially with regard universal access to energy and actions in the fight against climate change.
F. Benzo Sáinz: The Pavilion will showcase Spain as “the country of renewable energies” especially with regard to wind energy, photovoltaic and hydroelectric power and solar thermal energy. The emphasis will be on energy best practices that are taking place nowadays in Spain and abroad, such as the innovative system of integration of renewable energies in the national grid or projects leading to energy self-sufficiency of some isolated territories.
The content of the Pavilion will focus on the contributions and commitments of Spain in terms of research and development in renewable energy sources and technologies.
In sum, the Pavilion will project an optimistic message about the future, reflecting Spanish scientific and technological expertise in the energetic field, with the goal of becoming a Pavilion not only of ideas but also of values.