7 November, 2019

ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro, sustainable commitment

  • A total of 3,959 kilos of waste were collected, of which 92.93 per cent (3,679 kilos) were sent for recycling, as shown by the WE PROJECT report.
  • The ECO-LOGIC project, of the Praia de Pantín Club and “WE” project born from the association between the Corporation Hijos de Rivera & Vazva, SL, carried out the sustainable development and environmental protection of the event. 

The ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro, which took place between August and September at the beach of Pantín (Valdoviño, Ferrolterra), was confirmed as an exemplary event in terms of commitment to sustainability and environmental protection.  

The Eco-logic project has given continuity to the strategic lines that have been developed during the last editions, whose premise is the reduction of environmental impact, advocating selective collection and recycling as much as possible of the materials that are used for the construction of the site where the contest is held.

During the eleven days that the event lasted (from August 28 to September 7), a total of 75,677 people attended the event, generating 3,959 kilos of waste (Glass (489 kilos); Paper and Cardboard (1,167 kilos); Wood (133 kilos); Metal (27 kilos); Containers (743 kilos); Organic (1,120 kilos) and Rest (280 kilos)), as extracted from the WE report commissioned to the certifying company Ziclos Circular Economy SL. 

It was achieved that 92.93 per cent (3,679 kilos) of the waste were ‘Waste sent for recycling’; while 7.07 per cent (280 kilos) were ‘Waste sent to landfill’. 

This means that, comparatively, despite the fact that the waste collection data in the 2017 and 2018 editions (4,985 and 5,396 kilos, respectively) were superior (also the influx of public was uneven), the selection of the residues likely to be Recycled was lower, having more ‘Waste sent to landfill’, being in 2019 the most positive impact on this aspect.

Taking into account the waste recycling data published by the European agency Eurostat, where it can be seen that the global index of municipal waste recycled in Spain for 2016 is 33.9 per cent and that the objective set by the European Union by 2025 is to reach an index of 55 per cent of recyclable waste, it is concluded that in the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro 2019, both indicators have been exceeded. 

In other words and exemplifying, taking into account that for each ton of recycled paper and cardboard, the cutting of 17 trees and the consumption of 2.5 cubic meters of water is avoided, with the recycling action that was developed during the test, It has avoided cutting down 20 trees and consuming 2,917.50 liters of water. 

If the packaging collection data is taken into account, for each one that is recycled, the emission of 1.10 kilos of CO2 to the atmosphere is stopped and 13.97 liters of water is saved. During the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro, 743 kilos of containers were recycled, which means that 817.30 kilos of CO2 were not emitted and the consumption of 10,379 liters of water was saved.

The report also specifies that the data collected “belong to the waste managed by the organization itself, both those that have been collected during the days of competition and those belonging to the assembly and disassembly of the event”. 

The results, therefore, corroborate that the Praia de Pantín Club, together with the rest of the institutions and sponsors, continues in a good line towards minimizing the environmental impact in the area being developed.

However, the premises to be followed are also highlighted to improve in future editions such as: estimating water consumption and wastewater production; hire electricity consumption using renewable energy; evaluate the emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, related to the transport used and promote the appropriate selection of waste, among others. 

Intending to achieve a higher level of sustainability, the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro organization incorporates GK Projects, to create a medium-term line of work focused on studying how to improve the event in all the lines related to sustainable development.

The biodegradable vessels of Estrella Galicia

Estrella Galicia, the sponsor of the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro, launched a line of biodegradable glasses, in line with the line of environmental protection and avoiding the use of plastic, which surrounds the event. 

The glass, which could be found in all points of food and drink that were in the central square of the facility, was biodegradable at least 90%, that is, the ability of the compostable material to become CO2, water and Biomass under the action of microorganism is high. A biodegradation level of at least 90% must be achieved within 6 months.

Vasos Ecológicos de Estrella Galicia

Cabreiroá Eco-Logic, environmental space

As part of the current activities of ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro, Cabreiroá together with Good Karma Projects deployed a Cabreiroá Eco-Logic stand where different activities were offered, such as workshops and talks, to train and wake up, both in visitors, surfers and in longboarders , a more sustainable mentality.

Attendees and athletes were able to participate in activities open to the public that ranged from ‘Beach cleaning!’, Such as a ‘Plastic recycling workshop’ or ‘How to make your natural wax’.

Round tables were also held to raise awareness about environmental protection, and films and documentaries related to ecology were screened.

Vazva en ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro

Vazva: recycled polyester garments

It is worth mentioning the proposal of Vazva, who designed an exclusive line of clothing for the event, using recycled polyester from the sea to make their garments. 

Their commitment was not only reflected in the number of plastic bottles used in each t-shirt or sweatshirt, or in using a potato starch packaging, but they also care about every detail of the production process, working with renewable energy and hardly emissions of CO2. 


Reusable advertising stands

Finally, the Club Praia de Pantín opted for companies such as Aleux Lettering capable of looking for sustainable alternatives for the production of advertising media, and thus achieve a reduction in single-use advertising media. 

We opted for natural materials such as wood, being used in 75 per cent of them, as well as the use of biodegradable fabrics for making flags and other supports. 

The last measure was to allow the reuse of supports already used on previous occasions, being consistent with the motto: “Reuse yes, manufacture only if it is responsible.”