During the design and construction of the CCIB as part of the Barcelona Seafront urban renewal project, there were four key environmental strategy points:
integration in the surrounding landscape
Both the city planners and the architects who were entrusted with the construction of the two CCIB buildings (the Convention Centre and the Forum Auditorium) considered these four points very carefully in their design of external as well as internal structural aspects. Their work was highly successful and produced genuinely innovative architectural solutions.
However, following the inauguration of the CCIB as a venue for congresses and events of all types, this original sustainability ‘structure’ would also need to underpin the day-to-day management of the Centre. This was a considerable challenge that would affect the full spectrum of the CCIB’s operations, so to meet it we decided to focus our approach by means of four overriding sustainability policies:
CO2 emissions compensation
certification and process standardisation
At the CCIB we measure our consumption of energy and other resources on a daily basis, in order to keep our consumption as low as possible and to minimise any possible waste factors such as tap-water leaks, lighting of temporarily unused zones or escalators in operation when these are not really required.
Besides the large-scale selection and separation of waste types following a major event, at the CCIB we also apply our Recycling Policy at an ‘individual sustainability’ level. For instance, all the common zones of the CCIB are equipped with waste-container sets with differently coloured lids, making it easy for any visitor to our events or any member of our staff to place waste in the corresponding waste container - paper, plastic, glass, organic, metal and mixed waste. This also facilitates the removal of waste to the temporary waste-storage plant on our breakwater, a pioneering facility on the Iberian Peninsula: here, waste is classified beyond the city’s established norms and is prepared for external shipment. The CCIB has entrusted this final step to Foment del Reciclatge, a local company renowned for its experience and innovation in the collection, selection and reduction of waste.
The CCIB is a sector leader in calculating its own carbon footprint and, alongside the other tools available today, sees this as an essential element in combatting the climate change affecting our planet. The CCIB’s emissions are fully compensated through the purchase of carbon credits (Certified Emission Reduction Credits - CER) in a range of projects that meet the standards of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The goal of these projects is always to replace the consumption of fossil fuels with clean energies.
In this link you can view the latest project in which we have participated, in 2016 to compensate our activities in 2015. The project, which is located in Turkey, is called "AY-YILDIZ Wind Power Project" and consists on generating energy on wind power.
At the CCIB we were not satisfied with merely compensating our own impact, and so since 2009 we have made a voluntary system of emissions compensation for each specific event available to all our clients.
In 2012 we perfected this system, making it simpler and more closely aligned with our activities in our company’s sector and especially by supporting it with subsequent communication campaigns that deliver added value to our clients through publicising their sustainable approach.
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The CCIB’s environmental management system is established and certified in accordance with the criteria and requirements of ISO 14001:2004 and the Eco Management and Audit Scheme EMAS.
We can already look back on a successful track record in applying these methodologies, a fact which was recognised by our inclusion in April 2011 in the new EMAS III register. This includes a series of additional stipulations to the previous system, especially regarding indirect environmental aspects and the active participation of employees.
Notwithstanding the CCIB’s good performance regarding the indicators mentioned, the improvements carried out and our clients’ increasing commitment, our company’s environmental objective remains constant: to minimise the waste we produce, promote energy saving and work to mitigate global climate change.
To achieve this objective, within the framework of our integrated responsible management system our focus remains on the implementation of environmental improvement measures, as well as promoting the search for and incorporation of new operating processes aimed at minimising the ecological footprint of the activities we carry out.