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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 Princess of Asturias Awards Week. This commitment has resulted in the Princess of Asturias Awards once again being awarded the Zero CO2 emissions Eco-label granted to businesses and organizations that offset their environmental impact, which the Foundation has boasted since 2012.

In general terms, the overall CO2 emissions from the activities organized by the Foundation on the occasion of the Awards experienced an overall reduction of 40 tonnes between 2011 and 2018 with a significant improvement in the indicators being evaluated. Following the downward trend of last year’s Awards, increase in emissions from buses and trains reflecting an increasing commitment to the use of more environmentally-friendly public means of transport.

As in previous years, the Foundation will offset its carbon footprint through the “Small and Micro Hydroelectric Power Plants” Zero CO2 emissions programme project. This initiative allows rural and mountainous areas in China to produce emission-free energy by means of natural waterfalls without containment dams.

Via the Zero CO2 emissions Eco-label and programme, ECODES works to enable Spanish companies and organizations to offset their carbon footprint. The compensation consists of a voluntary monetary contribution for each tonne of CO2 generated to a project that avoids or captures the same amount of CO2 in a developing country.

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