18 March, 2021

The companies of the Escombreras Valley will promote actions to face climate change

The Region of Murcia and the Escombreras Valley Business Association (Aeve) will promote sustainable development, a modern, competitive and efficient circular economy in the use of resources, environmental awareness and the application of best environmental practices. 

This was highlighted last Monday by the Regional Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment, Antonio Luengo, after the signing of a collaboration agreement between both parties, which will last for four years. 

This agreement will promote the exchange of information between companies and the Public Administration, mutual advice, the development of joint actions aimed at greater coordination in the monitoring of environmental effects and improvement, as well as joint publications, studies, exhibitions and communication campaigns. 

“It is essential to further advance hand in hand with the businesses in policies and initiatives that improve environmental commitment in the Region,” stressed the Regional MinisterThe companies that make up Aeve represent 3.5 percent of the regional economy and 21.7 percent of the industrial sector. 

In addition, both parties will organize coordinated training activities such as seminarsconferences and congresses on environmental quality and, in particular, a Conference on the Environment, where aspects of common interest will be addressed. The first of the sessions will be held on April 20. 

“The regional government has a clear roadmap that we must follow to face climate change and the advance of desertification, we must do it together with society and the businesses, who must also contribute to improving the care of the environment, “said Luengo. 

Carbon footprint reduction 

Likewise, the Minister of the Environment offered the Association “advice from the Regional Government to promote actions, within the social responsibility of associated companies, to offset the carbon footprint they generate.” 

All this within the framework of the Regional Strategy for Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change, which in one of its lines proposes to promote voluntary environmental agreements for adaptation and mitigation, which promote the voluntary assumption of emission reduction commitments. 

The objective is to estimate the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of direct responsibility and establish measures to reduce them by 26 percent until 2030 and compensate those that cannot be reduced. The compensation can be raised through avoided emissions, or by increasing or managing the sink capacity in the vegetation or in the soil. 

This way, “the companies that decide to join this initiative will be able to use the identifying mark ‘Social responsibility against climate change’, as well as receive the certificates from the Environmental Administration that acts as a notary and guarantor of its veracity”, concluded the Regional Minister.