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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/08/2019

The Princess of Asturias Foundation is to calculate and offset the carbon footprint generated during its activities

ECODES has awarded its net zero emissions eco-label to the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards, the eight year in which it will boast this certificate

The EDP Foundation will provide six electric vehicles for the movement of staff during Awards Week

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The Princess of Asturias Foundation reaffirms the commitment it made in 2011 to reduce the environmental impact resulting from its activities. To this end, the Foundation works with the Ecology and Development Foundation (ECODES) to offset the carbon footprint resulting from the activities carried out during the 2019 Princess of Asturias Awards Week. This commitment has resulted in the Princess of Asturias Awards once again being awarded the net zero emissions event eco-label (CeroCO2), a certificate ECODES awards to businesses and organizations that offset their environmental impact, which the Foundation has boasted since 2012.

Between 2017 and 2018, the Princess of Asturias Foundation achieved a historic decrease in overall carbon dioxide emissions, with a reduction of 120 metric tons, despite the significant increase in activities carried out during Awards Week. Also noteworthy is the notable increase in the use of recycled paper, from 6.36% in 2017 to 38.4% in 2018. There has likewise been a significant increase in the emissions of buses and trains that reflects more frequent use of public means of transport, which are more efficient in terms of environmental impact.

The Foundation will offset its carbon footprint via the “Small and Micro Hydroelectric Power Plants” project, which allows rural and mountainous areas in China to produce emission-free energy. The plants use natural waterfalls –which do not require a containment dam– in order to generate sustainable energy.

Via its net zero emissions eco-label and programme, ECODES works to enable Spanish companies and organizations to calculate, offset and reduce their carbon footprint. The offsetting consists of a voluntary monetary contribution for each metric ton of CO2 generated to a project that avoids or captures the same amount of CO2 in a developing country.

Besides the aforementioned offsetting, the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s environmental commitment includes reducing its carbon footprint. As a result, this year it will have at its disposal six fully electric vehicles on loan from the EDP Foundation, which will be used by Princess of Asturias Foundation staff in their displacements.

The main shareholder of the Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico electricity generating company, EDP is a member of the Foundation’s Princess of Asturias Board of Trustees.

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