ALLCOT, one of the participants of the CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GLOBAL TOURISM Conference, organized by University College of Tourism of Murcia

“Every million tourists that Spain receives consumes 11 million liters of fuel, 2 million kilos of food and 300 million liters of water. And at the same time, they generate 300 million liters of wastewater, 25 million kilos of carbon dioxide and 1.5 million kilos of garbage. If Spain received almost 78 million tourists in 2017, draw your own conclusions … ”

These were some of the data explained by Federico Glikstein, Sales Director of ALLCOT, in his speech during the CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GLOBAL TOURISM Conference, organized by University College of Tourism of Murcia.

Renowned businessmen participated in this event in which they talked about how to face the new challenges and opportunities that tourism presents today, a booming sector that has to adapt to new technologies, offer new experiences to the clients and adapt to their needs and requirements.

And, precisely, as Glikstein commented, customers are increasingly demanding in terms of sustainability and care of the environment. Therefore, companies in the sector can calculate, reduce and offset the carbon emissions they generate to meet these new needs.

The other participating companies were IURBAN, ITREM, AEPT, BIOSPHERETOURISM, Grupo ORENES and WAYNABOX.

ALLCOT, one of the Gold Sponsors of Sustainable Innovation in Sport 2018

ALLCOT, one of the Gold Sponsors of Sustainable Innovation in Sport 2018

ALLCOT will act as one of the Gold Sponsors of Sustainable Innovation in Sport 2018, an event organized by Climate Action which will take place on the May 2-3 2018, in the Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Following the success of its two previous editions, Sustainable Innovation in Sport is returning in 2018, to bring together leaders in the global sports scene; sports leagues and clubs, federations, sports venues, broadcasters, governments, the United Nations, private entities and NGOs among others, to discuss how the sports industry can inspire and encourage the fight against climate change.

Launched during COP21 in 2015 with the support of the French Ministry of Cities, Youth and Sport, Sustainable Innovation in Sport began to drive serious stakeholder engagement and action on reducing the impact of sport on the environment.

The aim of this forum is to encourage stakeholders and galvanize action to guarantee that sporting event operations are sustainable and to ensure they are engaging, educating and positively influencing fans’ behavior and choices in favor of sustainability.

ALLCOT is very committed to this aim and that is why we chose to be a participant in this event, the only high-level European meeting that brings together stakeholders and influencers innovating in the sports sustainability sector.

ALLCOT will attend the third annual CPLC High-Level Assembly (HLA) in Washington to advance climate action through carbon pricing

ALLCOT will attend the third annual CPLC High-Level Assembly (HLA) in Washington to advance climate action through carbon pricing

Kevin Fertig, Director of Business Development of ALLCOT Americas, will attend the third annual Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) High-Level Assembly, which will take place in Washington DC on April 19th, with the aim of advancing climate action through carbon pricing and reaching commercial agreements with companies interested in this issue.

The High-Level Assembly (HLA) will take place as part of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings, and will bring together leaders from government, the private sector, and civil society organizations.

The HLA provides an opportunity to report back on the achievements of the CPLC and to recognize new developments, commitments, or plans for new action. It also provides an opportunity to discuss strategic issues that will shape the continued advancement of the carbon pricing agenda.

The event’s discussions will focus on two main questions:

  1. How can we effectively communicate the opportunities and benefits of carbon pricing across regions and sectors?
  2. How can we address the concerns of business and industry, especially those that are energy-intensive and trade-exposed, relating to carbon pricing in their sectors or regions?

In addition, Kevin Fertig will participate in the CPLC Technical Workshop which will take place on April 20th. In this event, the CPLC work plan and strategic outlook will be discussed, as well as developments in carbon pricing in the maritime sector.

For more information, you can click here. Should you wish to contact Kevin Fertig before, during or after these events, you can reach him at kf@allcot.com or +1 (646) 764-1799.

 

CPLC HLA 2018 Activities Summary:

April 19, 2018 | 12:00 – 13:30 | CPLC High-Level Assembly

April 19, 2018 | 17:00 – 19:00 | Cocktail Reception

April 20, 2018 | 10:00 – 16:00 | CPLC Technical Workshop

 

 

 

ALLCOT and AitherCO2 enter into a partnership in the European Compliance market

ALLCOT and AitherCO2 (from Milan, Italy) have entered into a strategic partnership for East European markets. Through this collaboration, ALLCOT is now able to extend its services in the EU-ETS compliance market.

The first milestone in this alliance was the winning of a tender organized by Electrocentrale Bucharest (ELCEN) for “The acquisition of 1,300,000 European Union Allowances (EUAs), greenhouse gas emissions certificates for compliance purposes”.

European Union Allowances (EUAs) are the main carbon allowances traded in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and the limit on the total number available gives them a value. Each year, the emissions of facility operators are audited, after which they have up to the end of April to surrender the entire number of permits covering emissions for the previous year.

Those organizations that emit more carbon than their cap must buy additional EUAs, while those that are able to reduce their carbon emissions below their cap are allowed to sell their excess EUAs.  Through this partnership, ALLCOT is able to rapidly respond to EU-ETS installations’ needs.

“ALLCOT Group is a well-established environmental market leader with an extensive global presence.  Our Carbon Trading operations provide instruments for our clients to efficiently and effectively manage their carbon exposure. This agreement with AitherCO2 will help us to continue with this philosophy”, Alexis L. Leroy, Founder and CEO of ALLCOT, says.

AitherCO2 is a provider of financial services to the world’s environmental and energy markets offering consultancy and trading solutions supporting companies subject to compliance as well as in the voluntary sector. AitherCO2 is a major trading house within environmental markets with an extensive presence worldwide.

Marbella, center of the international debate on sustainable development thanks to the VII InterEcoForum

Marbella has once again hosted the InterEcoForum, which, as in previous editions, addresses sustainability as the central theme of its meetings. The meeting, which for two days has addressed the Sustainable Development Goals around energy and blockchain technologies linked to this area, has been configured as a meeting space to generate opportunities from the historical challenges that arise, in addition to making it possible to contact international leaders, investors and professionals from different countries with local actors of the Costa del Sol interested in opening a business.

The forum, promoted by Anna Solod, was attended by Alexey Borisov, Chairman of the Executive Committee of World Federation United Nations Association, who from his post as director of the UNESCO Department of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) has acted as the organism collaborator since the first event.

In the field of sustainable energy business, InterEcoForum addressed the treatment and management of CO2 emissions and carbon funds as a new climate financing instrument. Sergi Cuadrat, technical director of the ALLCOT Group, presented his work as an adviser in the green growth strategy of the state of Sonora (Mexico); while Alexey Shadrin, CEO of the Russian Carbon Fund, showed his low carbon solutions for regional development that make sustainability a business accelerator.

Another one of the presentations that more expectation raised was the one of Nordgas Trading that realizes remote geologic prospections with a magnetic-nuclear resonance technology to identify mineral deposits and aquifers that has an effectiveness of the 80/90% and that reaches depths of 5,000 meters.

In the field of new technologies, the head of How2Agency, Ed Baginskis, introduced the use of ‘blockchain’, its current use in the ‘mining’ of cryptocurrencies and advanced future applications. On this same field, was hold an online presentation of the Belorussian Technological Park that is developing from a decree that offers total tax exemptions during the first 5 years.

On the other hand, the Castellón startup Klenergy presented ‘Pylon Network’, the first Spanish renewable energy distribution platform that connects communities and the market using blockchain. The system also has its own payment method, the pylon-coin.

As the mayor of Marbella pointed out in its closing, InterEcoforum “is a meeting that once again positions our city as a privileged destination for the celebration of international events”. Knowing that many of the participants of the meeting are Russian, Ángeles Muñoz also promised to speak in their language next year.

 

Corresponsables Yearbook 2018 becomes carbon neutral thanks to ALLCOT

Corresponsables Yearbook 2018, the reference publication in the field of CSR and Sustainability, is carbon neutral for the second time, that is, emissions generated in the production process have been calculated and offset.

To achieve this seal, Corresponsables counted on the services of ALLCOT group, an environmental consultancy specializing in the calculation, reduction, and offsetting of the carbon footprint.

The total carbon footprint for the activity developed by the production of the Corresponsables yearbook 2018 is 8 tons of CO2 equivalent once rounded. Since the number of copies produced in 2018 has been 3500 yearbooks, the carbon footprint of one unit is equal to 2.11 Kilograms of CO2 equivalent.

Once this information was known, Corresponsables decided to offset those emissions. Offsetting CO2 emissions is based on the voluntary contribution of an amount of money proportional to the tonnes of CO2 emitted which have not been able to be reduced by other means. This economic contribution is dedicated to projects in developing countries. Corresponsables has chosen a project located in Argentina, in the province of Tucumán, to replace fossil fuels with biomass.

The proposed project activity aims at reducing GHG emissions through the installation of a new biomass-fired boiler for steam generation in the boiler room of the La Providencia sugar mill, which currently fires some bagasse and fossil fuels (mainly natural gas and, to a lesser extent, fuel oil).   Since the overall energy demand of the sugar mill will remain constant following the installation of the new boiler, the increased use of bagasse as a fuel will result in a reduction of fossil fuel consumption for steam generation.  The project activity has the capacity to reduce approx. 417,000 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions over a 10-year time frame

ALLCOT registers the first LatAm TIGRs project with APX

ALLCOT has registered the first TIGRs project from Latin America certified by APX, a leading provider of infrastructure solutions to the environmental and energy markets. The project is a hydro plant situated on the Guatemalan highlands of San Marcos.

Tradable Instruments for Global Renewables or TIGRs℠ are a new product for the voluntary renewable energy markets launched by APX last year, because companies had expressed the importance of utilizing renewable energy to meet their sustainability goals, and having market infrastructure to support these efforts globally. Different regulatory and energy policies at the national level create a need for a standardized instrument to track renewable energy production and ownership of the accompanying environmental benefits.

With the launch of TIGRs, companies now have an instrument to help them document their sustainability efforts while also providing transparency to the market, making it easier to find renewable energy projects and sellers.

ALLCOT is a firm believer in the development of a mix of tools to meet the climate challenges we face, as such, it feels that TIGRs provide an attractive and robust mechanism for businesses to demonstrate sustainability commitment and perform towards leading initiatives like the RE100.

The project

The San Rafael Hydroelectric power generator has a 4,2 MW capacity. Situated on the Guatemalan highlands of San Marcos, it is a run of river with no negative environmental impact.

In addition to providing renewable energy, the project owners are engaging with the local communities through various actions to improve the living standards of the locals at San Rafael de la Cuesta.   Some of which being, the financing of Guatemala’s first call center outside of the capital city, with a language school to teach locals English and train them for this industry, creating jobs in the rural area.

Further, the project owner has also financed 80% of the LED lamps in the town, built a water tank for Chayen village, built a new social area, and refurbished the access road for the people of Palo Quemado village.

The project has been operating for little over a year and currently 26930 TIGRs have been generated.

ALLCOT will be presenting at VII InterEcoForum 2018 on low-carbon solutions for climate change mitigation

Sergi Cuadrat, Technical Director of Origination and Sustainability of ALLCOT Group, will be giving a presentation entitled “Low-carbon solutions for Climate Change Mitigation: from Kyoto to Paris” at the VII InterEcoForum 2018. This annual international event dedicated to Sustainable Development will take place on 1st and 2nd of March in Marbella (Málaga, Spain), in Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe (José Meliá, s/n).

ALLCOT presentation will be on the 1st of March at 14:00, within the framework of the showcase “Best low-carbon solutions and technologies in Clean Energy Sector”. Mr. Cuadrat will explain the main technologies used internationally for the mitigation of climate change under the Kyoto Protocol and will describe the keys for their application under the Paris Agreements conventions.

About InterEcoForum

This annual international event will take place for the seventh time and will be focused on current aspects as

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Use of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Green and Photovoltaic Energy
  • Carbon Emission and its Reduction
  • Use of Innovative Technologies
  • International Cooperation and others

Over the years, InterEcoForum has become an effective platform to exchange contacts with new partners for future cooperation, discuss the current problems of the sector, know or introduce new technologies, trends, achievements and innovative designs. 8 agreements and memoranda of cooperation between the participating companies were signed. More than 150 companies and organizations from 16 countries participated in the Forum, more than 500 references to the event were published in the media of several countries. The forum expands the geography of the participants each year.

ALLCOT stakeholders can get a special discount of 15% for participation

For getting this offer, all the interested can write to info@interecoforum.org, or request information by phone (+34) 951 20 30 90.

Every million tourists generated 25,000 tons of CO2 in Spain in 2017

“For every million tourists who arrived in Spain in 2017, 25,000 tons of CO2 were emitted into the atmosphere.” This was one of the data highlighted  by Ignacio Sojo, Managing Director of ALLCOT, in a speech at the International Tourism Fair 2018, (FITUR), entitled “Application of the Sustainable Development Goals to the tourism sector: focus on the hotel sector”.The presentation took place within the framework of ‘FitrutechY’, a forum organized jointly by FITUR – IFEMA and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH).

Sojo explained how the tourism industry canreduce these emissions and help meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The SDGs are a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. There are 17 in total and each objective has specific goals that must be achieved in 2030. Everyone has to do their part: governments, the private sector and civil society.

Sojo said companies in the tourism sector can help by “calculating, reducing and offsetting the CO2 emissions they generate through their business activity”. Many hotels are already doing it, he pointed out.

“You have to try to reduce the carbon footprint as much as possible and for this you can count on the advice of companies like ALLCOT. But no matter how many changes are made, in the end it is impossible to have zero emissions. However, there is a solution: when hotels cannot reduce their emissions further, they can offset them”.

“Offsetting CO2 emissions is based on the voluntary contribution of an amount of money proportional to the tonnes of CO2 emitted. This economic contribution is dedicated to projects in developing countries. Carbon offset projects produce positive social and economic co-benefits. Popular technologies include renewable energy, forest protection, recycling plants and energy efficiency. A hotel that offsets its carbon footprint receives a Carbon Neutral Seal and a certificate, helping this to rank better within the sustainable hotel sector and eco leader’s programs”, he commented.

Sojo pointed out that more and more customers want hotels to be sustainable: “30% of consumers buy with sustainability in mind and 60% of millennials consume responsible products,” he said

 

ALLCOT will be presenting at FITUR about Tourism and the Sustainability Development Goals

Ignacio Sojo, Managing Director of ALLCOT, will be giving a speech about tourism and the the Sustainable Development Goals at the International Tourism Fair FITUR 2018 in Madrid, held from 17 to 19 January at IFEMA.

The speech, entitled Application of the SDGs to the tourism sector. The focus in the hotel sector “, will take place next Friday19th of January at 11:00 am, within the framework of ‘FiturtechY’, organized jointly by FITUR – IFEMA and the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH, Hotel Technology Institute).

The FiturtechY space is in Pavillion 10B and it consists of four simultaneous conferences, centered on the world of business, destination management, sustainability and future trends, where technology will remain a constant co-protagonist. These conferences are #techYbusiness: “Building the foundations of a new tourism”, #techYfuture: “The start of a new cycle”, #techYdestination: “How to make tourists fall in love” and #techYsustainability: “Stimulating responsible tourism”. The reading of ALLCOT is framed in the latter.

ALLCOT will be at The 9th edition of INVESTOUR

Ignacio Sojo will also be at the 9th edition of the Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), organized jointly by the UNWTO, FITUR and Casa África, which will take place on 18 January 2018 at the International Travel Trade Fair (FITUR).

The structure of this important event is organized in two sessions: The first one is devoted to round tables and the second session consists of business-to-business (B2B) meetings. This constitutes a strategic platform that puts African tourism project leaders and potential international partners in direct contact with one another.