It has been fascinating to be witness of the growth of our businesses of LP Gas and natural gas for the last decade. Outside work, I am very involved in culture and classical music and opera. Since we have a large family, our main preoccupation are our children, six of them in school and one already in university. We also have a vineyard near Santiago called VIÑA PEREZ CRUZ www.perezcruz.com and we love to be involved in the making of our superb red wines of the Maipo Valley.
Any thoughts on the immediate key challenges facing the LP Gas industry in your region.
Latin America is a wonderful continent with a variety of landscapes, climates, diversity of cultures and people. Despite our differences, we have many things in common. The language is divided between Spanish and Portuguese only; we have a strong European influence and inherited values from Spain and Portugal. There is a great deal of wealth and development that contrasts with a significant cultural and economic poverty. The gap between rich and poor is still too high. LP Gas has crucial role in the way we could eliminate poverty in our continent. Millions in South America use traditional fuels such as wood for cooking with disastrous consequences for health and the environment. Pollution caused by use of dirty fuels in transportation is also significant. We see a great opportunity for the LP Gas industry and an obligation to push the use of LP Gas to potentially create a better quality of life for millions. Another important challenge is to increase the standards of security: In many countries we have high standards of security procedures in the industry of LP Gas but in others, security is far too relaxed and this needs addressing.
What do you see as the prime opportunities for the industry in Chile the coming years?
My obsession is to try to convince government authorities to implement and promote the use of Autogas, both LP Gas and natural gas. Now we have tax and other restrictions that prevent us from fully developing the Autogas in the region. Chile depends on imports of LP Gas, natural gas and fuels derived from oil. We have high levels of contamination caused by the extensive use of diesel in engines. Gasco has created a subsidiary called AUTOGASCO and we have been participating in the DAKAR Rally with our own team in order to promote the use of LP Gas in vehicles not only in Chile but in the wider region. Gasco are also leaders in promoting the use of LP Gas in innovative ways such as agricultural wind mills to prevent frost; the use of outboard motors for boats in the salmon industry, etc.
What benefits do you see as being a member of WLPGA and how can the WLPGA support you in Chile?
The WLPGA is the one and only worldwide association that can provide the LP Gas industry, government officials, regulators and customers with the best practices, policies, experience, values and all the knowledge that is required to promote LP Gas as a safe, clean and competitive energy. I strongly recommend everybody who is in a any way related to the LP Gas or energy industry to join WLPGA. It will change the way you manage your business and help change the industry, for the better.