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Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, the technical secretariat Ercisa and the LOC have worked together to make HTAi 2012 Bilbao a 100% sustainable meeting HTAi 2012: A sustainable meeting
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HTAi is making a deliberate commitment to ensure that all environmental aspects are considered in the planning and execution of the Meeting. An event of this magnitude (which expects to draw one thousand participants) has the potential to generate large amounts of greenhouse gases but also provides an opportunity to make a difference as an activity conducted with environmental responsibility.
Within this context, the Local Organizing Committee of HTAi 2012 has
signed a partnership with Bilbao City Council with the aim of turning
the event into an example of sustainability. As a result, Bilbao City
Council is laying a new type of paving tiles in pedestrian areas.
Traditional in appearance, the tiles feature the logo of this year’s
Meeting and incorporate an additive (GeoSilex®) capable of absorbing
carbon dioxide, the major contributor to the greenhouse effect. Each
square meter of this ecological tile cleans 5,000 cubic meters of air
over its lifetime (12 to 15 years). The tile in contact with carbon
dioxide will harden and gain weight but not volume.
As part of our environmental policy we aim to fulfil the following commitments:
We have also made our best efforts to work with hotels and conference facilities that implement environmentally friendly policies.
Since it first opened its doors, the main focus of the Euskalduna Conference Centre and
Concert Hall has been not only to provide optimum facilities, but to address the strategic
challenges linked to implementing a management system based on environmental commitment
(understood as the adoption of all the necessary measures to guarantee the right to a safe,
healthy and ecologically sustainable environment), among others.
The Hotel Meliá Bilbao, as the official conference hotel, also has a
Global Sustainability Policy in place, implemented through an
environmental management strategy. Among the actions taken is the
observance of the principle of "think globally - act locally".
It seeks to preserve the natural environment of the destinations in
which the company operates, and to contribute to the reduction of
environmental impact (management waste, control of discharges into
drains, energy and water efficiency, air emissions control,
presence of native plants in the green areas of the hotel).
THE EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL AWARD 2012
Vitoria-Gasteiz has been appointed European Green Capital 2012. A triumph that has taken over three decades of environmental policies developed over the years and the commitment of a citizenry that has become an example for the entire European Community in relation to recycling, mobility or water consumption.
The European Commission wishes to recognise the efforts of European cities to solve environmental problems and improve the quality of life of their citizens, at the same time reducing the pressure on the global environment. The European Green Capital Award was created with this in mind. The Award was launched by the European Commission in 2008. The winners were Stockholm (Sweden) for 2010, and Hamburg (Germany) for 2011.
In 2010 the second edition was launched to select the cities that would become the capitals in 2012 and 2013. Vitoria-Gasteiz has won the title for 2012, and the French city of Nantes for 2013.
Vitoria-Gasteiz is an environmentally advanced city thanks to its ambitious plans to combat climate change through its air quality, its Green Belt, water conservation plan, waste management, energy efficiency, sustainable town development, its parks and gardens, cycling lanes and its modern public transport system.
Click here to see Vitoria-Gasteiz Tour and Salburua Park.