This policy guarantees compliance with current legislation and social inclusion and transparency policies and incorporates criteria for responsible behavior in the social, economic and environmental aspects. As a result, COP25 has obtained the certification of sustainable event management system (UNE-EN ISO 20121: 2013), being the second COP to receive this certificate, after COP22 held in Marrakech. However, we are working to obtain two more certificates (EMAS and ISO 14001), so the COP of Madrid will be the first to have three sustainability certificates.

This standard introduces sustainability criteria throughout the life cycle of the management of an event ensuring that it has a certified sustainable management system in accordance with this standard.

Among the fundamental axes of this sustainable management system, it has been ensured that, to the extent possible and given the dimensions of an international summit of these characteristics, as well as the imminence in its celebration, all aspects of sustainability related to COP25 organization have been identified in each of the phases of the event and for all the entities involved in its celebration.

Compliance with social inclusion and transparency policies has also been guaranteed and the use of sustainable practices has been encouraged, such as:

Saving and energy efficiency

  • Water management and efficient use
  • Waste minimization and separation
  • The promotion of sustainable mobility
  • Good social and economic practices
  • Promote the offer of local and seasonal products

On the other hand, communication and training and sensitization actions have been carried out for an effective dissemination of the sustainability commitments assumed, to train and sensitize the personnel involved in the organization of COP25 and for continuous improvement and to conclude of the Summit legacy of sustainability.

Finally, the organizers have set a priority to avoid greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as much as possible. Once the summit is over, GHG emissions that are unavoidable will be compensated by acquiring and canceling certified emission reductions recognized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for projects that benefit local communities in impoverished areas. They are going to acquire twice as many reductions as generated emissions.

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