Climate Change is a cross-cutting issue in our activity. We develop many reafforestation projects following biodiversity criteria that, in many cases, also contribute to the compensation of carbon footprint. We have participated in the first project in Spain for the compensation of CO2 emissions through a reafforestation project that has verified under the ISO 14064-2 standard and following the “Verified Carbon Standard” Voluntary Carbon Market.
Since 2010 we work on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in the farming sector. We have coordinated in Europe the LIFE “AgriClimateChange project, which was awarded the “Best of the Best” prize by the European Commission. Its objective was to determine and support the most effective farming measures to combat climate change. Different measures were proposed to Spanish administration (e.g. for the Routemap for non-ETS sectors) and European administrations (to the European Commission and to the European Parliament, which led to the elaboration of the report “Measures at farm level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions form EU agriculture”). We currently develop specific projects on mitigation and adaptation in the European farming sector, strategies for the agrifood sector and, in general terms, we promote synergies between farming and sourcing measures regarding energy and climate change, water consumption, soil protection, etc.
In collaboration with local entities, we develop strategies and action plans related to climate change. We have recently coordinated the LIFE “Las Rozas por el Clima” project, in collaboration with Las Rozas city council (beneficiary). This project included adaptation and mitigation pilot actions (CO2 sinks, solar pannels, intelligent irrigation systems, etc), the organization of participation and awareness-raising actions for different stakeholders, such as school students (Ecoschools networking and travelling exhibition) or private companies, as well as awareness-raising actions aimed at citizens (“Green homes”). As a final result, the local government passed the Local Strategy on Climate Change 2014-2020 for the municipality.
We develop reafforestation projects in degraded areas, in order to achieve an ecological restoration. Local species are planted according to the ecological conditions of each land. The first steps include the development of a technical project, with the necessary studies to select the plants, the density and the most appropriate plantation framework.
One of the objectives of some of our reafforestation projects is the compensation of the carbon footprint of different entities and individuals. They are implemented following sustainable and ecological silviculture criteria in the framework of more global ecosystem restoration projects. Local species are prioritized, even if they follow slow-growing patterns, and their conservation is ensured in the long term.
In addition, in the framework of reafforestation projects, different voluntary activities are arranged with staff from interested companies. Reafforestation activities have been developed in collaboration with entities la Banco Santander Foundation, Toyota, Unilever, Línea Directa, L’Oreal, LAR Group, DKV Insurance or Vodafone.
The reafforestation project has been implemented in the municipality of Zuera (Zaragoza, Spain), in an area called Soto de Salz. A total of 9.97 hectares have been reafforestated with local riverside local plant species, with more than 5,000 plants belonging to local species (Populus nigra, Populus alba, Tamarix gallica and Salix alba). These plants will contribute to the absorption of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, by storing it in different carbon sinks (air or underground organic matter). It is estimated that they will absorb an average of 12 tonnes CO2/ha/year for the first 30 years since their planting, which is equal to 119 tonnes CO2/year in the total planted surface.
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