Fira de Barcelona is committed to promoting sustainability in the design of its function halls

Fira de Barcelona is going one step further so that its events are organised under criteria of sustainability and circular economy. Within the framework of its strategy towards the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it will carry out this initiative in the BBConstrumat and Piscina Wellness Barcelona halls with the aim of converting them into events with zero waste, thus following the steps that Smart City Expo World Congress initiated in its last edition.

Thus, with the advice of the consultancy firm Lavola, these halls will apply circular economy criteria to minimise the environmental impact caused by their activity, such as the reduction of single-use plastic, the use of wood with the Programme for the Recognition of Forest Certification (PEFC) seal, not laying carpet or installing recyclable carpet, or donating food that is not consumed to the NGO Nutrition Without Borders, among other initiatives.

These criteria, which have already been applied in the Smart City Expo and Barcelona Building Construmat, will be intensified in the next editions of these halls and will begin to be implemented in others, such as the next edition of Piscina & Wellness Barcelona, which will take place from October 15 to 18, in which water from the exposed pools will be reused or all excess paper will be collected, among other measures.

Smart City Expo, BBConstrumat and Piscina & Wellness, events towards zero waste

Lavola, Fira's partner in this project, forms part of the international group Anthesis and has a long history of more than 35 years in which it has offered its services to all types of companies and institutions in order to achieve integral sustainability.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the UN in 2015 include in its 2030 Agenda such goals from the elimination of poverty to combating climate change, from education to gender equality, environmental protection and the design of our cities.

In the photo Josep Jonàs, Director of the architecture and construction business unit of Fira Barcelona and Antoni Mansilla, Lavola's General Manager.

The Cruïlla festival is (even more) committed to sustainability

Social commitment and environmental responsibility are part of the DNA of the Cruïlla festival, which this year will take place in Barcelona from July 3-6. Since its inception, the festival has continuously incorporated good practises and established alliances with different social and environmental actors to add positive synergies that contribute to making a better festival for attendees, for Barcelona and for the planet.

Now the festival is expanding and consolidating this commitment by beginning to define a medium-term sustainability strategy, which will be translated into concrete actions already this year.

Cruïlla wants to bet on a global concept of sustainability, which includes both prevention and minimisation of environmental impacts, as well as consideration of social aspects and a relationship with the local community. In addition, this strategy also aims to incorporate the potentialities of the circular economy, not only with the closure of the cycles of materials and energy, but also working on dematerialisation and the collaborative economy.

With all this, the festival's sustainability strategy will be framed in the United Nations Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, an international initiative in favour of people, the planet and prosperity, which also aims to strengthen universal peace and access to justice. Agenda 2030 is materialised in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within which Cruïlla aligns and will contribute to the achievement of concrete goals from its role of cultural event and social loudspeaker.

The novelty of this year’s festival is the Cruïlla Talks, a space for reflection and debate on global challenges, in addition to collaborations with leading organisations such as Open Arms, Amnesty International, Oxfam and Greenpeace. But the festival wants to go further and strengthen its links with vulnerable groups to guarantee their right of access to culture, and fight against discrimination, inequalities and aggressions based on gender or sexual orientation.

Cruïlla commits to leading sustainability in music festivals

On this path, the festival has the support and expert advice of Lavola's corporate sustainability team, within the framework of our Towards Zero Impact service, which helps events of all kinds to minimise their environmental impact and generate a positive social effect.

This sustainability strategy is expected to be deployed this year and in the next three years, in which, with the help of Lavola, Cruïlla wishes to become a reference in the field of sustainability in music festivals and cultural events. This initiative also counts on the collaboration of Gabeiras y Asociados, an ethical firm specialised in environmental law and social and sustainable economy in the cultural field.

In the environmental field, Cruïlla wants to be a festival that works towards zero waste and for the progressive elimination of plastics.

Thus, in this edition we add the substitution of plastic water bottles for reusable glass bottles and the commitment to biodegradable cups. The elimination of plastic soft drink bottles had already been implemented in previous years of the festival.

Other environmental actions will include the promotion of efficient mobility and low-emission energy consumption in order to combat atmospheric pollution and climate change. Additionally it will continue to delve deeper in the reuse of materials, recycling of waste and the prevention of food waste.

On the other hand, Cruïlla will deepen its connection to the local community, both in the direct surroundings of the Forum venue and with the city of Barcelona, also committing to use local suppliers and services/products.

In these challenges, the Cruïlla and Lavola teams work hand in hand with artists, suppliers and collaborators to imbue them with this culture of sustainability and add them to these shared objectives.

BBConstrumat 2019 is committed to innovation and brings together the leading companies in the industry

Totally sustainable buildings, robotics, IoT, BIM, 3D printing, new materials and the latest advances in the industry will be the focus of the 21st edition of Barcelona Building Construmat (BBConstrumat) which, together with leading companies and international technology centres, will promote energy efficiency, digitalisation and internationalisation as levers for transformation. The Fira de Barcelona trade fair is consolidating its commitment to innovation in an edition whose number of exhibitors has grown by 34%.

BBConstrumat 2019 will include the leading companies from all sectors in the construction value chain. Aislux, BASF, Blindbox, Ciments Molins, Cosentino, Durmi, Hager, Jung, Knauf, Kömmerling, Layher, Marcegaglia, Panasonic, Plataforma Passivhaus, Pladur, Roca, Sika, Simon, Sorigué, and Strugal amongst many others will participate.

BBConstrumat, which takes place from 14th to 17th May at the Gran Via venue, confirms the sustained growth of the trade fair in line with that experienced by the industry in recent years. In addition to 405 exhibitors and more than 1,000 brands, BBConstrumat will occupy 14,889 net square metres, an increase of 8%.

Fira's construction trade fair will have 34% more exhibitors

Ana Vallés, president of BBConstrumat and the Sorigué group, states that"our trade fair is the main benchmark for a sector which, at the moment, is once again an engine of our economy and, as such, points to innovation, digitalisation and connectivity as the keys to sustainable growth".

Sustainability, the key to the future

Thus, BBConstrumat will present Sustainable Solutions, an initiative from the companies Evowall and Arquima who will construct two 90 m2 residential buildings that meet the energy efficiency criteria of the PassivHaus concept, showing all the elements required for a fully sustainable house.

In the same vein, the trade fair takes a step forward in promoting the circular economy and sustainability. Thus, and in partnership with the consulting firm Lavola, the Zero Impact programme has been launched to minimise the waste generated during the trade fair with initiatives such as reducing single-use plastic, using wood with the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) seal or donating food that has not been consumed to the NGO Nutrition Without Borders.

The architect Josep Ferrando is designing the common spaces in an ephemeral architectural project in which priority is given to the reuse of materials such as large beams used in the construction of the Sagrada Familia temple.


Latest trends and startups

BBConstrumat is structured around four main thematic spaces (Future Arena, Industry Arena, Talks Arena and Meetings Arena).

The Future Arena, the space for disruptive innovation at the trade fair, will present the most transformative projects over 2,000 m2, being the only European industry event to do so. These projects include Co-working Robots from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), two robot arms that will build architectural components in a live demonstration; Kubik and Digital Twin from Tecnalia, a dynamic and virtual model of physical structure using Big Data; an immersive and remote experience of buildings built through augmented reality from the European Design Institute (IED) in Spain; Phi from the Strelka Institute in Moscow, a platform for distributing renewable energy in residential neighbourhoods; or the three presented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

There will also be a startup area, the Startup Village, which includes Biprocel, who has created a new biotechnological material from cellulose waste; Civigner, a software to design and manage civil infrastructures in a web and 3D environment; or Saalg Geomechanics, a programme to monitor the construction processes of a project. Also, at the Future Arena, the latest developments from exhibitors will be presented in the Showroom and they will explain them in the Technical Corner, an area curated by the Mies van der Rohe Foundation.

Business, internationalisation and knowledge

The Meetings Arena, the area dedicated to networking and commercial relations, will host the first 'Interior Lovers' congress, a conference for interior design professionals from areas such as retail (trade), contract (hotels) or offices.

In terms of international relations, BBConstrumat will have a programme of international visitors from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Israel, Mexico and Peru, who will attend the event with the aim of acquiring products or reaching commercial agreements with exhibitors. The Meetings Arena will host B2B meetings and a programme of conferences and workshops, as well as an advisory area for access to international markets by the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and Acció, the Catalan Government's agency for enterprise competitiveness.

The Talks Arena will host the conference 'Logics of Innovation and Change', which will feature, among others, the Italian historian and architecture critic Mario Carpo or the British architect and professor at Harvard University, Neil Leach, to debate about a new type of architecture based on innovation and experimentation to respond to current social and environmental needs.


New areas for professionals

The trade fair will have a professional services area (The Professional Spot), a pioneering initiative in construction events, where architecture, engineering and interior design companies will be able to offer their services and showcase their projects to both visitors and exhibitors. It will also have a space (The BIM Spot), coordinated by the ITeC, to show new work management models such as BIM technology, LEAN philosophy or IPD collaborative contracts, based on new technologies and increased collaboration between professionals.

BBConstrumat will round off its 2019 edition with the BBConstrumat Awards and with activities such as a workshop organised by the European Commission to promote energy efficiency in the construction industry, a day to publicise the European Union's 'Women can build' project for more women to train for construction work or a Job Market Place organised by Barcelona Activa for professionals in search of employment.

Lavola wins the FEGP award in the category of Social Commitment

On Friday, April 26, the Enterprise Night of the Business Federation of the Gran Penedès (FEGP) took place at the Codorníu cellars, in Sant Sadurní d'Anoia (Barcelona).

Three hundred and fifty businessmen, executives and institutional representatives participated in the 2019 FEGP awards ceremony at which some 17 companies from the three districts of the Gran Penedès were recognised.

Antoni Mansilla, Lavola CEO, collected the prize from the Enterprise and Knowledge Minister of the Government of Catalonia, Àngels Chacón.

Lavola was the winner of the FEGP award in the category of Social Commitment; this commitment is manifested in our projects that strive to achieve a more sustainable society, with citizens and our interest groups benefiting. We also take care of the quality of life of our personnel and we favour social projects with a positive impact in the territory where we work.

Shown in the photo, from left to right: the president of FEGP, Martí Sistané; Lavola CEO, Antoni Mansilla; Enterprise and Knowledge Minister, Àngels Chacón; the mayor of Sant Sadurní d'Anoia, Josep Maria Ribas and the president of Fomento del Trabajo, Josep Sánchez Llibre.

Lavola recognised for its sustainable mobility strategy

The Company Travel Plan (PDE) is a global strategy to optimise the mobility of workers, favouring the use of alternative modes of transport to the private vehicle and rationalising the use of the car, both in the mobility of access to the workplace and on mission.

Lavola already designed its first internal mobility strategy in 2007. Recently, this Company Travel Plan has been revised, updated and processed for the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM) of the Barcelona Area. For this reason, it has obtained the stamp of the PDEs issued by the ATM, with this stamp being the recognition of the companies that have incorporated sustainable mobility in their entire organisation.

As in many other areas, Lavola implements and promotes "cosustainability" also in relation to sustainable mobility within the framework of organisations. Lavola has given technical assistance and has the experience in the development of more than 30 Company Travel Plans to organisations of all kinds, totalling more than 15,000 employees.

At Lavola we can help you design the mobility strategy of your organisation and also in obtaining the seal of the PDE.

Celsia reinforces its commitment to sustainability

Celsia continues to consolidate its commitment to sustainability, seeking a balance between economic profitability, social inclusion and respect for the environment. With the objective of leading sustainability initiatives in the Latin American energy sector, Celsia remains concerned about the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and the availability of natural resources.

Celsia, an energy company of the Argos Group, has a presence in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and, recently, in Honduras, and is a leader in non-conventional renewable energies for companies, homes and cities.

The CO2 Management and Circular Economy teams have calculated the carbon footprint and the water footprint for the year 2018

Supporting the company for the second consecutive year, the CO2 Management team has accompanied Celsia in the calculation of the carbon footprint of 2018. In this way, it strengthens this management tool to achieve the reduction of its emissions by 25% in the year 2025, compared to 2015.

The Circular Economy team, meanwhile, has prepared the water footprint of 2018, in order to analyse the volume of fresh water consumed, evaporated or contaminated associated with the processes of the organisation. In addition, the company's water sustainability strategy has been jointly evaluated.

It is very important to continue consolidating the collaboration with leading companies in sustainability, such as Celsia, by providing solutions to address the main environmental, social and economic challenges of our society.

First Carbon-neutral Hotel at PortAventura World

The new hotel at PortAventura World, Colorado Creek, will be the first to offset its gas emissions that cause climate change. This hotel, the sixth of the resort, will open next June as a carbon-neutral establishment thanks to the service of Clean CO2 at Lavola.

Compensation for Colorado Creek Hotel’s emissions is part of PortAventura World's strategic sustainability plan, directly involved with Sustainable Development Goal number 13, Climate Action. In addition to offsetting its emissions, PortAventura has applied other measures to reduce the environmental impact of this new hotel. Thus, among other actions that have been carried out, all the electricity in the resort comes from a renewable energy source.

The Colorado Creek Hotel helps supply drinking water in Malawi with the compensation of the emissions it generates

Clean CO2 is a tool of Lavola through which the carbon emissions of any company, service, activity or product are calculated and the associated emissions are compensated. With the Clean CO2 certification that is obtained, PortAventura World will offset the emissions with the purchase of VER credits (Verified Emission Reductions) in projects for the improvement of the environment and the social environment.

In the case of the Colorado Creek hotel, PortAventura World will contribute to the Malawi Borehole Project, through which wells are being rehabilitated in local communities in Malawi. The objective is to provide drinking water to 450,000 people since almost half of the rural population lives without access to it and currently, they ensure the sanitation only by boiling water.

The development of this project contributes to a reduction of 10,000 tonnes of CO2 each year by avoiding the burning of wood for water sanitation, reduces diseases by reducing the amount of pollutants inside homes and the removal of potentially lethal contaminants and bacteria of contaminated water, and provides workplaces, among others.

The final goal of PortAventura World is that the rest of the resort’s establishments will also be carbon neutral in the future, decreasing their carbon footprint and showing their commitment to move towards a better world and, particularly, in the fight against climate change.


The assistants to the MWC 2019 can individually compensate their emissions with Clean CO2.

For the second year in a row, the Mobile World Congress 2019 (MWC) makes the webshop Clean CO2 available to all attendees.

This is a technological tool committed to sustainability that, voluntarily, allows calculating and compensating the emissions produced by the attendance to the congress in Barcelona.

In order to compensate the carbon footprint that each visitor produces with their travels, the congress sends each assistant the link to a file where they ask for information on personal data, transport used and place of origin. Automatically, the environmental impact is calculated, and attendees can compensate the tons of CO2 generated through projects that favour the mitigation of climate change.

MWC 2019 proposes four projects that, in addition to reducing emissions, have a strong social component in the communities where they are developed. These projects improve the quality of local life by investing in infrastructure, health and education, as well as increasing the supply of work in the area. Two of the projects are in Turkey (Darica, a hydroelectric power project, and Düzova, a wind energy project), another in China (Quinghai Delingha Xiehe, a solar energy project), and the fourth in Malawi (Borehole, a water sanitation project).

As a guarantee of the action taken, attendees who compensate for their displacement at MWC 2019 will receive the CleanCO2 certificate that certifies the neutrality of their carbon footprint.

Lavola joins forces with Anthesis and consolidates its position in the international market

The joint venture establishes itself as one of the main consultancy companies specialised in sustainability

Pere Pous, Founder and President of Lavola added “with this merger, Lavola strengthens its portfolio of services, and will be able to respond to international projects of great magnitude. Participation in the new group will provide expertise, tools, methodologies, knowledge and innovation, and will enable Lavola to access an international market. Likewise, Anthesis will expand into Spain, Andorra and Colombia“.

The management of the company is pleased about “the scope of the agreement as it reinforces the international aspirations of the company” as new perspectives will open up for those professionals who want to develop a career with greater scope because “they will be able to participate in global projects worldwide” Pere Pous said.

Commenting on the merger, Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis Group’s CEO said, “Anthesis is well set to become the world’s leading sustainability specialist and this is clearly an important milestone on the Anthesis journey. We are excited to have found Lavola, a firm that reflects so many of the values and specialisms of Anthesis, based in a market that is increasingly progressive and important in Europe and South America. We see many opportunities to travel Lavola’s expertise to our clients and markets around the world, and to further strengthen their position in their domestic and international markets. We are delighted that Lavola have chosen to join us and we are thrilled to welcome our new colleagues to the Anthesis Group.”

Two companies, one soul

Lavola and Anthesis have followed similar paths. Both companies share the aspirations and model of shared governance.

Lavola 1981 SA is a company specialising in sustainability, which has distinguished itself for seeking alliances with organisations, companies and people committed to making a more sustainable world and accompanying them in their transformation. With a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 people, from its head offices in Barcelona, Manlleu, Bogota and Andorra, Lavola provides solutions that seek to respond to the diverse needs within the spheres of environmental education, consultancy and communication with experience in different sectors, both public and private.

Anthesis, in turn, founded in 2013 (with more than 250 experts across 11 countries), is specialised in the development of financially-focused sustainability strategies endorsed by the technical experience and involvement of innovative teams from all across the globe. Anthesis is proud to be a business majority owned by its employees and many of the Lavola team will also become employee shareholders.  At present, Anthesis has turnover of approximately 20 million Euro, twice that of Lavola, which closed 2018 with a 10 million turnover.

As the third M&A agreement for Anthesis this year, succeeding the acquisition of GoodBrand and the MADE-BY assets, this announcement further supports Anthesis Group’s strong growth ambitions for the next phase of its development.

The joint venture is a scale-up. An opportunity to have a greater impact and to implement a business mission focused on sustainability and the development of an economy that guarantees the future of the planet, reduces the causes of climate change and avoids the social and economic consequences stemming from this.

At the picture: Toni Mansilla, Lavola CEO, Stuart McLachlan, Anthesis Group CEO and Pere Pous,  Lavola President.

The Life Clinomics Project: Improved territorial resilience to climate change

Together, the Montseny Biosphere Reserve and Alt Penedès District Council are working to foster the resilience of local Mediterranean organizations in the Life Clinomics project. To do so, they have calculated their vulnerability indicators and have begun to develop plans to adapt to climate change.

These two organizations, together with the Consortium for Environmental Policies of Terres de l’Ebre, represent the territories where the actions of the Life project will be developed: Montseny, Penedès and Terres de l’Ebre.

The aim of Life Clinomics is for public bodies to set in motion new investment processes to reduce their vulnerability to climate change, anticipate its impacts and increase resilience. By doing so, they improve competitivity and increase employment in agroforestry, fishing and tourism industries.

Plans to adapt to climate change

The development of strategies and action plans to adapt to climate change in the Montseny and the Penedès have benefited from Lavola’s experience in climate change and participatory processes. Among the various actions carried out are the drafting and assessment of proposals for climate change adaptation actions and the streamlining of a series of meetings for MeTACC, a territorial platform for adaptation to climate change.

For every Life Clinomics territory there is a MeTACC platform. The meetings, organized and streamlined with our in-house methodology, Meetfulness, have sought to validate the project’s conclusions, prioritize and define actions, and present the results obtained.

These results will subsequently be included in the climate change adaptation plans of each territory and comparisons will be made between the various plans as well as between a third territory, Terres de l’Ebre, where Life actions are currently being rolled out.