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Princess of Asturias Awards  

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Commitment to the Environment

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 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards Week. This commitment has resulted in the Princess of Asturias Awards once again earning 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. It is also working on the monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN for the year 2030 and their application to its own strategy in this regard.

The global CO2e emissions from the activities organized to mark the Awards Ceremony experienced an overall reduction of 104.47 tonnes between 2011 and 2022, with a significant improvement in the indicators being evaluated. The Foundation managed to effectively reduce emissions per attendee by 79%, from 36.12 kg CO2e to 7.71 CO2e. A 87% reduction in emissions per surface area, from 51.53 kg CO2e to 6.86 kg CO2e, was likewise observed, in addition to a 84% reduction in emissions per event, from 19.59 t CO2e to 3.02 t CO2e. Also noteworthy is the reduction in the use of paper, from 10.76 t CO2e to 0.94 t CO2e as a result of the transformation of informational and promotional supports to digital formats.

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 CO2e generated to a project that avoids or captures the same amount of CO2e in a developing country.

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