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Clean energy, resilient infrastructure, water management and sustainable cities: ACCIONA'S agenda for COP25 summit

11/29/2019
  • José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO of ACCIONA, will take part in the UN’s Caring4Climate meeting on businesses’ participation in climate mitigation
  • The company will deploy campaigns throughout Madrid to raise climate awareness

ACCIONA will be actively participating in the COP25 climate Summit, that will be held in Madrid from the 2nd to the 13th of December. The company will be taking part in many different forums and meetings sponsored by the United Nations, with the aim of accelerating corporations’ commitments to fighting the ongoing climate emergency. The company will also roll out various campaigns throughout Madrid to raise awareness on this global issue.

José Manuel Entrecanales, Chairman and CEO of ACCIONA, will attend the COP25 inauguration ceremony on Monday 2nd of December. In addition, among other events, Entrecanales will participate in the High Level Meeting on Climate Change as part of the Caring4Climate forum (Wednesday, 11th December). This gathering is a UN initiative directed at high-profile business leaders, which aims to mobilize corporations in the acceleration of our economy’s decarbonization.

Various ACCIONA representatives will speak at COP25 discussions and forums that will address important developments such as clean energy and resilient infrastructure, the progress in sustainable water management and sanitation models, as well as how to reduce the climate footprint of large cities.

Along these lines, the company will engage in the presentation of the Flexibility Solutions for High Renewable Energy Systems report, (Wednesday, 4th December), carried out in collaboration with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. This study offers specific solutions for decarbonizing electrical systems in areas such as storage, demand management, flexible charging of electric vehicles and interconnections.

The formation of investment models for resilient infrastructure in Latin America will be the key focus point of meetings organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (Monday and Tuesday, 9th and 10th December) in which ACCIONA will also participate.

ACCIONA, as an experienced company in electric motorcycle sharing services in Spain, will contribute its knowhow on this business model for the UN Environment Program’s annual report on electric mobility on Thursday 12th December.

The Spanish Engineering Institute will sponsor a conference on Innovation as a driving force behind sustainability on Wednesday 4th December. For this occasion, ACCIONA will showcase its commitment to the future and to technological development.

In an event organized by ACCIONA and the Elcano Royal Institute, a number of global leaders will analyze international regulatory models for decarbonization. The forum, Reaching net zero: Learning from international experiences with climate legislation, will take place on Thursday 12th December, at the COP25 headquarters.

The company will also be showcasing its expertise through the acciona.org foundation, an initiative that provides basic energy and clean water services in rural areas in Peru, Mexico and Panama. Acciona.org’s efforts will be included as one of the best practices presented at the Spanish Companies and Human Rights discussion, organized by the Spanish Global Compact Network (Wednesday, 4th December).

Outreach and raising awareness

ACCIONA will extend its participation in COP25 throughout the entire city of Madrid, carrying out additional parallel initiatives that will point out key aspects in the fight against global warming.

This Saturday (30th November), ACCIONA will install a 16-metre wind turbine blade in the heart of Madrid (at Paseo de la Castellana Nº33). This blade was used in one of the first wind farms developed in Spain 25 years ago, El Cabrito, located in Tarifa (Cádiz). In addition, the company has also installed a 40-metre blade at IFEMA (opposite Pavilion 1). By doing so, the company intends to exhibit the evolution of this renewable technology, which has now been proven to be competitive, economic, and manageable.

ACCIONA will roll out a campaign along Madrid’s metro line 8, which links the city center to the IFEMA grounds, to raise awareness of the global climate panorama. This campaign is a gesture in favor of public transport’s role in reducing pollution and making large cities more livable, while at the same time offering passengers food for thought.

The website https://www.acciona.com/cop25/ will provide relevant information during the summit, allowing users to understand the impact and scope of COP25, a global event that counts on ACCIONA as one of its main sponsors. In addition, ACCIONA's stand at COP25 will encourage visitors to take action towards achieving a sustainable city, through a unique and fun augmented reality (AR) experience.

Homeward Bound, the program sponsored by ACCIONA that promotes women’s leadership in science and sustainability, will close this year's edition with a special encounter in Madrid. A number of Spanish participants that took part in this international training and empowerment program for women in science will give insight on their experience in the two-week expedition to Antarctica, where they learned first-hand about the true effects of climate change.

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