Red Eléctrica has been one of the 21 companies and institutions in the Region of Murcia who received this Monday the Sustainable Development award granted by the Regional Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment of Murcia.
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This award, whose eighth edition was held this year, recognizes companies and institutions whose projects and initiatives promote and carry out actions for the benefit of environmental sustainability. The awards are broken down into five categories: sustainable development; initiative against climate change; corporate social responsibility; environmental education, and company/institution trajectory in environmental protection. Red Eléctrica’s Regional Delegate, Maite Vela, collected the award granted to the Company in the ‘initiative against climate change’ category.
Specifically, it recognizes the efforts of the Company in the generation and maintenance of CO2 sinks, as a result of including the Sierra del Molino in Calasparra within the Company’s "Red Electrica Forest" project, which has enabled to create a carbon sink of 18 hectares through the planting of 22,000 trees and shrubs.
Red Eléctrica promoted this project in 2012 jointly with the Regional Ministry of the Presidency of the Region of Murcia in order to regenerate 18 hectares of this common highland, included in the Natura 2000 network and which was affected by a forest fire in 2010. Red Electrica contributed an investment of 65,000 euros for the recovery of the Sierra del Molino.
Through this project, the company offsets part of their CO2 emissions, collaborates in biodiversity conservation and contributes to the development of local economies, to the extent in which the reforestation work is carried out by local companies or associations in the area
There are now 12 Red Electrica Forests throughout Spain, which have represented an investment of 1,442,489 euros and the planting of 473,622 trees and shrubs, giving way to the recovery of 665 hectares of degraded land and the offsetting of more than 134,000 tons of CO2.