In our exploration of sustainable practices within our Good Practice Cases, we’ve highlighted several standout initiatives making meaningful strides in Spain and beyond. These 8 projects, each with its unique approach and impact, deserve special mention for their contributions to sustainability and resilience.

 

ZEROCO2MED

One notable project is ZEROCO2MED, which has developed a carbon footprint accounting, mitigation, and compensation methodology covering who, how, when and what to measure when assessing the carbon footprint in the implementation of projects. This initiative also introduced user-friendly software equipped with the accounting methodology and tools to facilitate the decision-making process for the implementation of cost-effective carbon footprint mitigation strategies and options to offset the remaining emissions.

 

MED4Waste ENI-CBC-MED

This project addressed waste management challenges in the Mediterranean region and focused on promoting sustainable waste management practices, enhancing regional cooperation, and supporting the implementation of waste management projects. Alongside a mentorship scheme, the project also offered a set of political recommendations and a free online course for waste managers.

 

LIFE DEMINE

Addressing the pressing issue of abandoned mine effluents in bodies of water, the LIFE DEMINE project aims to demonstrate and disseminate the technical and economic feasibility of reducing the overall environmental impact. It does so through an innovative treatment process using existing technologies based on membrane processes and electrocoagulation, with the global aim of obtaining a non-polluting final effluent.

 

Interreg MED Green Growth Community

The Interreg MED Green Growth Community is instrumental in promoting green growth in the Mediterranean region by developing sustainable business models, sharing knowledge and best practices, providing policy recommendations, and offering capacity-building opportunities. Recognized in 2019 by the Union for the Mediterranean, this initiative signifies a significant step towards advancing cooperation in transitioning to a green and circular economy.

 

HORIZONTE 2030

A further example is the HORIZONTE 2030 project. This aims to boost economic activity and improve the competitiveness and sustainability in sectors linked to the use of bio-based resources. This in turn promotes the generation of knowledge and its use for the development and application of derived technologies, through collaboration within the science and technology system and Spanish public and private entities. It also contemplates the competitive development of new industrial sectors and professional skills.

 

DestiMED PLUS

DestiMED PLUS focused on improving policy coordination between tourism and conservation departments to promote ecotourism in Mediterranean protected areas through the joint creation and promotion of ecotourism itineraries.

DestiMED PLUS focused on the definition of indicators for assessing the social sustainability of new ecotourism products and for building capacity among local ecotourism stakeholders.

 

DECOST

DECOST aims to develop a new framework of waste management, building a closed-loop system of organic waste valorisation, and integrating decentralised home and community composting systems with urban agriculture. With a people-centred approach, it empowers civil society and enhances institutional capacity building to achieve its goals. Thanks to DECOST, Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management Plans and pilot initiatives will be implemented in four different municipalities to reduce food waste, treat 1,500-2,000 tons of organic waste per year and use the produced compost in urban agriculture projects.

 

2030 Catalan Bioeconomy Strategy

Though not a project in itself, the 2030 strategy deserves a mention as it serves as the roadmap for the transition to a bio-economy. It is a cross-cutting, forward-looking strategy that will make it possible to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of every sector involved, with special attention paid to the primary sector. It focuses on underdeveloped spheres and activities, and it uses knowledge generation as a motor for change.

 

From innovative waste management to promoting green growth, each initiative provides valuable lessons for building a more sustainable future. As we continue our journey towards environmental stewardship, these examples serve as guides along the way.

 

Author: Partners at BETA Technological Centre, UVIC