The Valencia Conference Centre: fourteen years leading sustainability

The Valencia Conference Centre:  fourteen years leading sustainability

Since it was opened on 2nd July 1998, the Valencia Conference Centre has hosted around 2,200 events and over 1.5 million visitors. This excellent performance has been enhanced by the Valencia Conference Centre’s firm environmental commitment.

Alongside a design which takes advantage of natural light, the Centre works to a Global Sustainability Plan which includes using low-energy light bulbs, presence detectors, an optical fibre installation for lighting and treating the water in the fountains. 2008 saw the culmination of this Plan with the installation of a photovoltaic roof which has already generated over 1,200,000 kWh. This enables the venue to comply with the Kyoto Protocol and generate notable energy savings. In general, the estimated savings from all these environmental measures is around 1,250,000 kWh a year, compared to the building’s initial consumption. In economic terms, the income and savings generated thanks to these sustainability measures amount to around €1,300,000.

This efficient management of resources was the starting point for the creation of the ECO (Ecologically Committed Organisation) Project, which encourages the holding of “green events” at the Centre.

Valencia Conference Center

Valencia Conference Center

This wholehearted commitment to efficient management and continuous improvement have enabled the venue to obtain the integrated ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 Quality and Environmental Management Systems certifications and the EFQM’s Recognised for Excellence (4 stars) award. The comprehensive control and systematic monitoring of energy aspects and the continuous improvement of performance have also led the venue to be awarded the Spanish UNE-EN 16001 Energy Management Systems certification.

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