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.

 

 


Costa Rica launches actions agreed in the Paris Treaty

The government of Costa Rica is working to put into effect the agreements adopted in the Paris Treaty by means of a roadmap that will lead to the achievement of the goals set out in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This roadmap has been financed by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), through its NDC Invest programme.

NDC Invest enables countries in the IDB’s sphere to transform emission mitigation commitments into concrete investment plans. This helps improve access to financing, a factor that can hold back the delivery of the measures laid out in the NCDs.

It was precisely these contributions that formed the basis of the Paris Treaty adopted in 2015. Now the aim is to transform them into tangible actions that favour long-term development that is both carbon-zero and climate-resilient.

Roadmap actions

To accomplish this roadmap, Lavola, as leader of the project, contributes its experience to achieve an effective implementation of the public and private projects and measures identified within the NDCs. This action plan includes an analysis of investments in public projects and measures and guarantees dialogue with the National Council for Public Investment of Costa Rica. Moreover, it will supplement the pre-analysis carried out with the NDC Partnership and include the selection of two pilot actions.

In relation to the two pilot actions – which the Costa Rican government must put into effect immediately – the concept notes will be prepared so that they can be presented to the Private Sector Facility (PSF) in the Green Climate Fund.


Interview with Miki Rubio. "Climate change has to be seen as a challenge and not as a problem"

Miki Rubio is the current Director of Development of Lavola and was previously the Responsible for Climate Change. He has been with the company for 14 years and has seen how the perception of climate change has changed throughout this time. We spoke with him to have him explain what’s happening with climate change, what impacts it has and what can be done.

 

Climate change is a reality and every day more studies confirm it. What are the main impacts that we can expect?

It depends on the geographical area where we are. Because depending on which scenario and point of the planet where we set ourselves, there will be some consequences or others. Thus, if we consider the temperature, which is the impact that people most relate to, it can increase between 1.5 and 4ºC at the end of the 21st century, according to the analysis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). For this reason, the Paris agreement is so important, so that an increase in the global temperature is not more than 2ºC, although currently the efforts are focused on not exceeding 1.5ºC.

The IPCC's research predicts that heating the planet by more than 2ºC will not only cause extreme weather events, such as floods, forest fires, landslides, and hurricanes, but will also cause catastrophic changes in sea level, which will cause the loss of ecosystems and mass migration. As temperatures rise, sea level rises and directly affects coastal areas.

Narrowing the geographical scope a bit, perhaps in the Mediterranean area the effect is not so important because it is a closed sea, but some islands of the Pacific Ocean may disappear because of this rise.

Even so, there will be areas that may be favoured. For example, the area of ​​the northern Mediterranean or central Europe, with countries such as Croatia, Czech Republic or Austria, will see an increase in tourism because temperatures will be better.

For this reason, it is important to be clear that we have to adapt to climate change regardless of the impacts, because it is a reality that we already have today, and we have to live with it.

 

The latest reports show that temperatures will rise and there will be more droughts and torrential rains in Catalonia. How will it affect the territory?

The increase in temperature can affect sectors such as wine or ski resorts. In the former, it could affect the quality of the wine or the grape or it could change the time of the harvest, while in the latter it will raise the level of snow and it will surely shorten the period of snowfall in winter.

In relation to the drought, it may cause an increase in fires and a decrease in agricultural production depending on the crop you want to plant. While the increase of torrential rains will imply an important task of replanning the urban plot to minimise the risks around the streams and the zones susceptible to be flooded as in the last episodes lived in cities and towns of the Catalan coast.

Another possible impact is the rise in sea level. Although probably less than in other places, it could flood the boardwalks of the coastal towns, as well as the Ebro Delta, affecting all the rice production and the people who live on this crop.

At Lavola we have worked with the Catalan Office of Climate Change, conducting a study on the impacts of climate change in Catalonia and defining a system of indicators in order to know the degree of resilience of each territory. Although it is, above all, indicative, it can be used to help municipalities cope with climate change in the framework of focusing the Action Plans for Energy and Climate. Everyone is developing these plans within the international Covenant of Mayors initiative, in order to have a practical roadmap to avoid impacts and consequences such as those mentioned above.

Humans are the cause of this phenomenon. What can we do to act against climate change?

Depending on the perspective, the actions we can do will be different. From the citizen's point of view, we can act on our day-to-day basis: we can help with selective collection, which most municipalities are promoting. Thanks to this, waste can have another use and is reused instead of going to landfills, so that the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere is avoided. At the same time, circular economy is fostered, and the impacts associated with transport and treatment are reduced.

Mobility is a very important point of emission generation and where we can also act; for example, traveling by public transportation, although we know that sometimes there is no choice but to take a private vehicle. In these cases, an electric vehicle or one without emissions is an option that is revolutionising the sector: every time there are more units in circulation. And the impact can be reduced even more if the electricity used for charging batteries is of renewable origins.

On the other hand, with the approval of the new Royal Decree Law 15/2018 of urgent measures for the energy transition and the protection of consumers, a great door opens for the democratisation of the use of photovoltaic solar energy as an engine to generate 100% renewable electricity in most homes. This can be achieved with the implementation of individual or shared photovoltaic self-consumption installations, favouring the creation of micro distribution networks.

From the point of view of companies and industries, we must bear in mind that they are always looking for ways to optimise resources and this usually happens by consuming less, decreasing its impact. At the same time, the pressure of the final consumer on them to act responsibly is also an aspect that has increased in recent years.

This is clearly seen with the commitment of the private sector to policies and initiatives to promote corporate social responsibility: promoting the more sustainable side of business activities allows for building a more sustainable society. Thus, it ends up reaching the consumer, who sees the involvement of each company to minimise its environmental impact and, in this case, the effort to minimise its contribution to climate change.

 

The awareness of this problem is increasing, as shown by the Paris Agreement or the existence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations. What can we expect for the future?

We all have to be more involved in the fight against climate change and the new generations are already growing and educating themselves with a strong environmental sensitivity. For this reason, it can only be improved, with more people involved each time. It is really hard to imagine turning your back on climate change and other environmental problems. Either we all get involved or we don’t.

International agreements signed, such as the one in Paris, go in this line. The will is there and all that remains is to agree and find a way to translate the commitments made. In this sense, initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations show where and how society should work and how it can be collaborated at all levels to achieve the different objectives, including SDG 13 of Action because of the weather.

 

Currently, Catalonia has a Catalan Law against climate change and the city of Barcelona has presented its Climate Plan. Is it important that administrations force changes to fight climate change? What can change?

Administrations are the mirror of society and these steps show that they are an engine of change that can inspire citizens: if my municipality does it, why shouldn’t I do it? Many times, the administration has been criticised for not being active and putting up brakes, but right now it is not like that in this area, endowing itself with tools and resources.

The instrument made by the city council of Barcelona is an action that adapts the characteristics of each one and that many municipalities in Catalonia have done previously through the action plans for sustainable energy and climate (the so-called PAESC). And thanks to municipal entities and European Union aid, resources are being obtained to carry out the actions described in these documents and achieve the mitigation and adaptation objectives set for the year 2030 at the level of all these municipalities.

 

In the 14 years that you have been at Lavola, how has the perception of climate change changed? And how has Lavola evolved to face it?

When I started, climate change was not in the Lavola catalogue and now it would be unthinkable that climate change was not considered among our solutions. We started working on climate change issues in 2008, 10 years ago, at which time the Barcelona council promoted the pact of mayors in Catalonia. Then we bet on this line, advising the administration to create the first PAES.

Currently we advise the administration both at the level of municipalities (be they from Catalonia, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands or the Community of Madrid, to give some examples), as well as national (Colombia, Costa Rica, Sudan), giving a response to the voluntary commitments (NDC) adopted in the Paris Agreements that they signed.

In relation to the private sector, our services have evolved from calculating the carbon footprint of an organisation in a very manual way and with little data, to do it through our own online software to ensure the management, traceability and rigor of the outgoing results, since clients have activities around the world.

On the other hand, from the very beginning we have worked on the concept of emission compensation through our own Clean CO2 brand. Now it begins to be a more widespread and familiar concept among companies, but prior, the purchase and sale of carbon credits was very strange. Through our brand we guarantee that the economic contribution made by our customers goes to a project that is already in operation and that actually reduces emissions, having achieved to date offsets of more than 200,000 tonnes of CO2 worldwide.

Finally, it should be noted that climate change is increasingly at the heart of the business of companies, taking as an example, the carbon management strategies or studies of risks and business opportunities that we develop for our clients to integrate them into their business models or to respond to the requirements of their investors. This is done through valuation indices such as the CDP or the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

All companies, large or small, take into account climate change: either because investors ask for it or because the administration encourages it (such as the programme of voluntary agreements in Catalonia or the State-level Footprint Registry). Thus, the administration and the private sector work hand in hand to encourage a change and reduce the impact we cause.

 

 

Currently Lavola advises companies and administrations to minimise their role in climate change. What measures are proposed?

At the private level, we propose measures ranging from the revision of electricity consumption to the revision of the supply chain, through the calculation of the carbon footprint and the promotion of the circular economy.

Using the supply chain as an example, there is the Lean&Green programme, which assesses the impact on climate change of the logistics activity of any economic activity. At Lavola we are official advisors of the programme, which in Spain is managed by AECOC, and we analyse the impact of the chain of our clients and help them define actions to achieve the commitment of reducing 20% ​​of current emissions.

At a public level we analyse the impact caused by the municipality, both at the level of municipal services and the citizens themselves. Many times, it involves actions related to mobility, but it also helps in the prevention and recycling of waste, the use of cleaner energy or the improvement of energy efficiency in building construction.

 

Do you think that companies are more aware? Will the time come when sustainability and environmental awareness are at the core of the operation of companies?

I would say yes and since we believe in this at Lavola, for this reason we promote it. Most companies already have sustainability as a strategic line, although not all have it as their central axis.

In this sense, from the recent collaboration agreement with the company Minka-Dev, we have a new service to structure sustainable businesses and create market connections that encourage the creation of new activities or business lines both here and in other countries. In this way, we help our clients to identify new business opportunities and create new sustainable business models, through a consulting service or via a market place we have and where we put in contact entities that offer business opportunities and potential entities to develop them.

Sustainability begins to be a key element: who does not have it, hardly leads or is different in its sector. In fact, as a result of our new service, there are those who are born with sustainability in their axis.

 

Can you make a prediction of what society will be like in relation to climate change in the future?

The society that we have will depend a lot on the geographical point where we are. Climate change is a problem for the most developed countries, but if we adapt, we have the option to prosper. In this way we have to pose it as a challenge, since we know that it exists now, that it will exist in the future and that we have to live with it.

But for those who start from more unfavourable situations, climate change has another meaning. There is talk that there will be refugees and climate displaced people (words previously reserved when there were wars). In fact, many war situations take place because resources are lacking (what happens when there is no water, or we do not have access to a resource such as arable land?). For this reason, people will move, and will seek the resources they need.

Even so, I believe that society will be prepared to face climate change and will look for ways to see it as a challenge and not as a problem.