KSpain Travel and Leisure publish the new Sustainability Policy


The receptive tour operator, KSpain Travel and Leisure, reasserted their commitment to sustainability after updating their Sustainability Policy with two documents: Commitment and Roadmap.

Here they define their mission and vision, revealing strong commitment to the environment. At the same time, the tour operator falls into line with certain SDG and defines the measures it will take in line with these objectives.

For further information about KSpain’s Sustainability Policy, please do not hesitate to consult the Commitment and Roadmap documents at the following link: 

WindEurope closes 2022 edition at BEC


The WindEurope 2022 edition was successfully held at the BEC on 5, 6 and 7 April.

More than 9200 professionals from the wind power sector from 78 different countries attended the event. Moreover, according to the organisers, over half of the participants came from abroad, clearly indicating the importance of this event at European level.

More than 300 talks were given over the 3 days and visitors were able to visit 330 stands. The event is estimated to have had a total impact of 19 million on the GDP.

Millenium opens Radisson Collection hotel Gran Vía Bilbao


The Millenium chain is opening a new hotel on the Bilbao Gran Vía, the new Radisson Collection Gran Vía.

A five-star hotel with 137 luxury rooms, a restaurant headed by the renowned chef Eneko Atxa, a gym and a full spa.

In addition, the hotel has been awarded the LEED Platinum rating, a certificate which assesses quality and sustainability standards.


Initiative to improve waste collection from the NON DOMESTIC sector


As part of the different waste collection and recycling initiatives, Bilbao City Council is firmly committed to improving the waste collection strategy. As a result it is setting up a new initiative for waste collection.

Moreover, the objective is also to promote and raise awareness about the recycling of organic waste for its subsequent composting.

Focussing on major producers such as hotels or restaurants, and in collaboration with the Convention Bureau, following consultation with the participants, it aims to introduce a selective organic waste collection system, as well as for residual waste and packaging.

For this, it has installed new bins equipped with innovative technology (opening controlled by card or with volume control) in the different hotels and purchased new lorries able to weigh the load.

In addition to increasing the percentage of recycled waste, this will permit continuous communication with the hotels, as they will receive weekly data reports.

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Meliá, the most sustainable hotel chain in Europe, according to S&P Global


Meliá Hotels International is ranked second in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), an index which rates the sustainability performance in more than 10,000 companies from various sectors. It considers the social, economic and governance areas. Thus, the hotel chain confirms its leadership with respect to sustainability in the sector. Although ranked in second place, the hotel obtained more points than any other business in the area of Climate Change Strategy.

This recognition has been obtained thanks to the roadmap designed to eliminate single-use plastics, the reduction in food waste or their work on energy savings.

Euskalduna Palace Bilbao is the first conference centre and concert hall in Spain to ratify the healthy organisation management certificate


Euskalduna Palace has managed to ratify the Healthy Business certificate obtained in 2019. Thanks to the Healthy Business Management System introduced in recent years which serves to promote and protect the health, safety, and welfare of employees and the sustainability of the working environment, it has become the first Conference Centre to ratify the certificate.

The certificate aims to promote the welfare, protection and comfort of the workers and their stability at work, with the objective of making progress and improving people management.

Transfer of knowledge, networking and sustainable leadership, the main players at Steel Tech, held at the BEC


Over the last two days (19 to 21 October), Bilbao Exhibition Centre has hosted the first edition of Steel Tech, Congress & Expo, an event organised in collaboration with the Cluster Association of Steelworks, Siderex.

The event achieved the transfer of knowledge, networking and sustainable leadership among the participants, and aims to become the meeting point of reference in southern Europe for the steel sector.

This year there were a total of 576 participants, but the organisation hopes to exceed this figure in the second edition to be held at the BEC from 24 to 26 October 2023.

Azkuna Zentroa nominated for the New European Bauhaus Award of the European Union


The European Commission has selected Azkuna Zentroa as one of the nominees for the New European Bauhaus Prize. The aim of the prize is to give “visibility to examples and concepts that illustrate the beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places in our territories, our communities and our practices and to prepare the way for the future”.

Azkuna Zentroa has entered the competition under the eighth category (Mobilisation of culture, arts and communities, as an example of the impact of art on the sustainable construction of communities) thanks to the project “Prototipoak. International Biennial of New Artistic Forms”.

San Mamés, first stadium to join the Hostelería #PorElClima initiative


San Mames has become the first stadium to form part of the #PorElClima Community, an initiative which aims to encourage people, businesses, organisations and public administrations to be consistent and carry out measures established in the Paris Agreement to reduce Climate Change.

The central ring of the stadium, San Mames BAT is committed to reducing its water consumption, consuming more responsibly and improving waste management, thus significantly reducing their negative impact.

Bilbao’s Azkuna Zentroa certified for universal accessibility


Azkuna Zentroa- Alhóndiga Bilbao, Society and Contemporary Culture Centre of Bilbao City Council, has obtained the universal accessibility certificate awarded by AENOR, the UNE 170001 standard.

This certificate confirms the management system for universal accessibility for everyone, evidence of the efforts made by Azkuna Zentroa to ensure that everyone feels comfortable in the installations and is able to enjoy a complete and satisfactory experience.

When making any change or renovation, the criteria of this standard were considered. In addition, the use of audio guides was promoted for listening to certain exhibitions or guided tours where the different senses such as touch, sight and hearing come into play.
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Renovation of the Hotel Ercilla


Major renovation work has been underway over the last few months at a hotel in central Bilbao, the Hotel Ercilla.

The renovation work took sustainability, a topic in everyone’s mouth nowadays, into account: it was decided to restore a significant number of items of furniture found in the hotel and, in this way, give the objects a second life.

At the Hotel Gran Bilbao we open the doors to sustainability and recycling


The Hotel Gran Bilbao is firmly committed to sustainability and following an audit has detected the areas in which it plans to take action to minimise the hotel’s environmental footprint. The measures adopted include the absolute priority given to materials coming from recycled processes, the elimination of a large part of the single-use plastics used at breakfast and the disappearance of plastic water bottles.
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LEED Certificate for San Mamés Barria stadium


San Mames has become the first European football field to receive the LEED certificate. The certificate in question, awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) measure the degree of sustainability of buildings.

It considers indicators such as water and energy consumption, the installation of renewable energy sources and the environmental impact of the materials used for the construction.

The prize has been awarded in part due to the energy saving capacity obtained by San Mames. Compared to other buildings of a similar size and activity, it has managed to significantly reduce the emission of pollutants and it has used environmentally-friendly materials. 

Euskalduna Palace obtains the LEED-EBOM sustainability certificate


Bilbao’s prestigious conference centre, Euskalduna Jauregia Palace Bilbao, has been awarded the LEED-EBOM certificate. This certificate recognised the options offered by the Palace in terms of sustainable building and resource management, and which are always environmentally friendly. LEED-EBOM is one of the most important building certificates in terms of sustainability in existence.

This is the first conference centre to obtain the certificate and the indicators assessed include energy savings, water consumption efficiency, the reduction of CO2 emissions, the improvement of interior environmental quality and comfort, efficient waste and resource management and awareness policies.
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