José Luis Martínez-Almeida, mayor of Madrid, unveiled a wind blade turbine, donated by ACCIONA, in central Madrid to commemorate the beginning of the COP25 Climate Summit, being held in the Spanish capital. The unit will be on exhibit throughout the duration of the summit. Located on Madrid’s central Paseo de la Castellana avenue, it symbolizes the revival of the city's commitment to the fight against the ongoing climate emergency.
During the unveiling, a group of artists with disabilities, coordinated by Spain’s Fundación Once, decorated the blade with messages of encouragement against global warming. At the same time, the general public was also invited to ink their messages in favor of a better planet. At the event, Martínez-Almeida was the first to leave his commemorative "graffiti" on the blade, signing: “COP25. Madrid stands for a climate agreement”.
With this initiative, Madrid City Council and ACCIONA together promote citizen involvement in the fight against global warming, reminding them of their required commitment in the integration of diversity and sustainable growth.
Beside the 16-meter blade, ACCIONA set up an on-site information panel on wind power to educate visitors and passers-by on how wind energy generation has evolved over the last quarter of a century in Spain.
Grupo Social ONCE and ACCIONA, who have collaborated on a number of previous projects linked to the inclusion of people with disabilities in society and the workplace, teamed up with the Spanish Association of Employment with Support and Laborvalia to organize the participation of the disabled community at this event. By doing so, these companies aim to emphasize the inclusion of every social collective in sustainable development. The graffiti presented by these attendees with disabilities depicts the slogan of the summit "Time to act", the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an hourglass, symbolizing the urgency for change amid the global climate emergency.
The wind blade was originally part of the 30MW El Cabrito wind farm in Tarifa (Cadiz, southern Spain). The facility generates clean energy equivalent to the consumption of 15,000 homes per year, which offsets the emission of 60,000 tonnes of CO2 annually.
ACCIONA repowered the El Cabrito wind farm in 2018, replacing the original turbine towers with state-of-the-art wind turbines.
Along these lines, ACCIONA aims to raise awareness about the evolution of wind energy’s generation capacity throughout the years in Spain.
ACCIONA also installed another 1.5MW wind turbine blade at the IFEMA grounds, where the COP25 is being held. This second blade is 40 meters in length.