Sustainability

The most significant impact of the events is on the environment, especially through the movement of people, the transport of goods and the high volume of waste generated. To minimise this impact, it is important to establish sustainability criteria throughout the process of organising an event.

Do you want to know how you can help? Write to us at  sustainability@ccib.es

100% GREEN
ELECTRICITY

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CARBON
FOOTPRINT

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FOOD &
BEVERAGE

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ISO 20121

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WASTE
MANAGEMENT

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TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT

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WATER
CONSUMPTION

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USE OF
MATERIALS

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CARPETS

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SIGNAGE

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SUPPLIERS

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MOBILITY

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ACCESSIBILITY

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A COMMITTED WORKFORCE

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MOBILE PHONE CHARGING STATIONS

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100% GREEN ELECTRICITY

In 2023, thanks to green energy procurement, we avoided the emission of 2.004,9 tons of C02 equivalent to 8,197 planted trees.

Electricity is the first source of energy consumed in the CCIB, followed by frigories [a unit of refrigeration equal to 1 (kilogram) Calorie per hour] and calories used for cooling and heating respectively.

Currently, 100% of the electricity used in the CCIB is green energy, of which 40% comes from power generation arrays for the exclusive use of Fira Barcelona and the CCIB.

The CCIB also has 2 sources of renewable energy in the same building: 1 aerogenerator (1 kW) and 5 solar panels (0.25 kW each).

At the same time, it works to be energy efficient, which is why it implements various measures:

  • Taking advantage of the fact that most of the rooms have natural light to keep curtains up during assemblies and disassemblies and at those times when the event allows it.
  • Presence detectors are fitted for bathroom lighting.
  • The traditional lighting of the building is replaced with LED lighting.
  • The temperature of the rooms is maintained in accordance with Royal Legislative Decree 14/2022, which establishes 21° for heating (+/- 2°) and 25° for air conditioning (+/- 2°)
  • Air conditioning and heating are kept off or kept to a minimum during assembly and disassembly.

2023 energy consumption = 9.398 MWh

Electricity
44%

Cold network
34,5%

Heating network
21,5%

CARBON FOOTPRINT

Since 2009, the CCIB calculates the CO emissions generated from its own activity and offsets them by purchasing carbon credits in renewable energy generation projects with a social character.

2023
82 Tn CO2
Pool 3 Catalan Climate Change Office

Catalonia

Biomass, energy efficiency, food waste

2022
101 Tn CO2
Pool 2 Catalan Climate Change Office

Catalonia

Biomass, energy efficiency, food waste

2021
99 Tn CO2
Pool 2 Catalan Climate Change Office

Catalonia

Biomass, energy efficiency, food waste

2020
85 Tn CO2
Pool 2 Catalan Climate Change Office

Catalonia

Biomass, energy efficiency, food waste

2019
211 Tn CO2
Darica Hydro Power Plant Project

Turkey

Hydroelectric power

2018
174 Tn CO2
Darica Hydro Power Plant Project

Turkey

Hydroelectric power

2017
33 Tn CO2
MITECO

Spain

Reforestation

2016
149 Tn CO2
Balikesir Wind Power Plant Project

Turkey

Wind Power

2015
88 Tn CO2
Ay-Yildiz Wind Power Plant Project

Turkey

Wind Power

2014
91 Tn CO2
Argibem, Sao Sebastiao and Vulcao

Brazil

Biomass

2013
87 Tn CO2
Cenol and Telha Forte Ceramics Project

Brazil

Biomass

2012
111 Tn CO2
Argibem, Sao Sebastiao and Vulcao

Brazil

Biomass

2011
97 Tn CO2
Mamak Landfill Project

Turkey

Waste management

2010
100 Tn CO2
CERPA

Brazil

Energy efficiency

 

2009
98 Tn CO2
Monte Rosa

Nicaragua

Increase in energy efficiency

These actions of the CCIB and the sum of the efforts of the clients and the participants themselves, contribute to reinforcing the fight against climate change.

F&B

The CCIB has its own Food & Beverage service that offers a wide variety of menus that cater to the needs of each event, as well as options to provide a more sustainable service. In addition, the kitchens of the CCIB are certified to the standard ISO 2200: 2018 Food Safety.

  • Use of 100% recyclable tetrabriks to replace plastic bottles in coffee breaks.
  • Use of glass bottles for soft drinks and water for buffet, lunch or dinner services.
  • Disposable or recyclable coffee break cups.
  • Disposable, ecological or biodegradable tableware and cutlery (depending on the service).
  • Biodegradable coffee capsules.
  • Reusable bags for bag lunch services.
  • Locally sourced organic coffee.
  • Adaptation to dietary restrictions, healthy menu options, special menus (vegan, vegetarian, halal, kosher).
  • Availability of organic food.
  • Products from local suppliers.

ISO 20121

In 2018, the CCIB obtained the certification of the ISO 20121 standard for Sustainable Event Management, a certification that is the reflection of the commitment to the protection of the environment and the responsibility that the organisation has for the environment, transparency and integrity of its activity.

WASTE MANAGEMENT

As part of the CCIB’s environmental management system, the waste it generates, all of which is non-hazardous, is controlled, measured and monitored.

The CCIB guarantees the correct separation of waste during events by means of recycling bins distributed throughout the building. This waste, together with the large volume generated in assembly and disassembly, is transferred to the containers located in the loading bay to be subsequently delivered to the authorised waste managers.

The collaboration of workers, customers and participants in events is key to good waste management.

Waste generated in 2023 = 713,92 ton

Non-hazardous
36,8%

Industrial wood
19,7%

Carpeting
10.5%

Paper 
8,7%

Glass
5,7%

Plastic
8,1%

Orgánico
3,8%

Metal
6,7%

Reused Waste: 665 ton

TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT

The CCIB plays an important role in contributing to the fight against the climate crisis and promoting energy savings within the current European context. Moreover, since 2022 Spanish law has required the implementation of measures to manage the temperature at venues. The CCIB has therefore drawn up a protocol to guarantee compliance with the standard and, at the same time, guarantee a healthy and comfortable work space for all attendees and events.

WATER CONSUMPTION

Water is a scarce resource, so the CCIB takes various measures to promote its saving and be more efficient in its consumption.

The water consumed in the CCIB for services, cleaning and cooking comes from the public mains supply.

The wastewater that serves the uses of the centre is assimilated to domestic water and discharged into the public sewerage network.

USE OF MATERIALS

Many of the materials used in events can be reused or recycled in parts at the end of their useful life (furniture, audiovisual/IT equipment, fabrics for scenery, modular stands).

Using reusable materials is a priority for the CCIB to minimise environmental impact. At the same time, it offers customers the possibility of choosing sustainable materials for their events.

CARPETS

The roll carpet is the one most widely used in events. Since 2012, the CCIB facilitates its recovery, collecting it and delivering it to an authorised waste manager who transforms it into pellets that are subsequently used as fuel in the cement industry.

Similar to the roll carpet, a more sustainable type of carpet is one that consumes less water, electricity and less polypropylene during its production process.

After the event, additional cleaning staff remove all double-sided tape so that it can be sent for recycling. In its recycling process, it is also transformed into pellets that are later used to make fruit boxes or other plastic items.

A widely used alternative and one that the CCIB also offers its customers, is carpet tiles. Its greater resistance and versatility allows different colours to be combined, so it is a widely used alternative in specific areas or in the corridors of an exhibition.

The carpet tiles are collected at the end of the event and undergo a cleaning and disinfection process that allows them to be reused in perfect condition.

SIGNAGE

Currently, a large part of the items used in decoration and signage of an event have their sustainable alternative, either the type of materials used or the use of inks with eco-friendly certificates.

· Corrugated cardboard totem

· Triangles and frames made of 100% recyclable fabric (eco fabric)

· 100% recyclable polyester banners (eco mesh)

· PVC-free vinyl wrap with plastic-free delivery.

In turn, the CCIB has LED screens in the lobby, at the entrances to the meeting rooms and on the Connecting Walkway.

Additional plasma screens can be a sustainable and complementary option to traditional signage.

SUPPLIERS

In line with its ESG policy, the CCIB contributes to the revitalisation of the economic fabric of its surrounding area and to job creation through the purchase of local products and services, with 98% of the suppliers collaborating with the CCIB being local.

When establishing collaboration agreements with suppliers and, with the aim of orienting the supply chain to the ESG strategy, at the beginning of each year suppliers are evaluated in terms of processes, occupational risks and their environmental and social commitment.

MOBILITY

The CCIB has good transport links to the city centre by public transport (metro, tram, bus and taxi) and provides detailed information on its website. However, it does not make travel arrangements for attendees to events.

In addition, the CCIB makes available to customers, suppliers and workers, four parking spaces with a charging point for electric vehicles. In addition, it has specific spaces with charging points for scooters and electric bicycles.

ACCESSIBILITY

The CCIB facilities are designed to ensure accessibility in all spaces for attendees with reduced mobility. The CCIB is a venue without architectural barriers.

– The accesses to the CCIB are at street level without steps or unevenness.

– The building has several lifts to access all floors.

– The corridors are wide enough to allow wheelchairs to pass.

– The arrangement of furniture in all rooms allows wheelchair users to move around.

– If a wheelchair user has to access the stage, a ramp with the appropriate slope will be installed according to current regulations.

– All bathrooms are adapted for wheelchair users.

– The evacuation protocol in the event of fire guarantees that attendees who cannot use the service ladder are assisted at all times by our staff who will facilitate their evacuation.

A COMMITTED WORKFORCE

The people who work at the CCIB are committed to combat climate change and occasionally participate in environmental and awareness-raising activities on the importance of protecting the environment and reducing waste dumping in nature.

· Day of cleaning the seabed and the beaches of the Mar Bella and the Nueva Mar Bella of Barcelona for a sea free of plastics and waste.

· Day of cleaning of the bed of the river Besòs within the Let’s Clean Up Day, a European campaign of cleaning and waste collection.

· Lavender Day on the occasion of World Environment Day for the fight against food waste.

MOBILE PHONE CHARGING STATIONS

The CCIB has 2 mobile charging stations for events.

Stationary bicycles that, through pedalling, allow energy to be generated to charge mobile devices without the need to consume electricity.

Sport pedalling (150W) allows the battery to be charged in about 1 hour, while gentle pedalling (30W) takes up to 5 hours.

A full battery can charge up to 4 mobile phones and 2 tablets, depending on the type.

All this plus a desk that allows you to continue working while pedalling.