The fifth edition of the Green Latin America Awards began yesterday with an outdoor exhibition of the five hundred best inscribed projects, a sustainable house, a mural made with recycled material and sustainability congresses.
Early on, before the inauguration, one of the halls of the Wyndham Hotel, in Puerto Santa Ana, received specialists in environmental and sustainable issues in the Green Economy Dialogue where the agenda of sustainable development objectives was discussed.
Matilde Mordt, Director of Sustainable Development and Resilience of UNDP, cited several projects with which she collaborates in 170 countries. In the region, she cited the case of Arequipa (Peru), where women’s recycling cooperatives have been formed and in Uruguay they have managed to make renewable energy work in 98% of the country.
“Latin America has 80% of population in cities, through formalization there is access to social insurance, through the policy of solid waste law,” Mordt said about Peru.
In an auditorium full of students and specialists in the subject, Mauricio Velázquez, coordinator of Environmental Management of the CAF, added that to move towards these objectives each financial institution must know the environmental problems and assume plans to avoid future problems in their operations.
“We need to analyze long-term climate scenarios so they know where they can have problems and solve them, report how objectives are met and their disclosure,” the executive quoted.
At the same time, Tadeo García, mayor of Godoy Cruz, said that in his town of 200,000 inhabitants there are clean energy plans to mitigate greenhouse gases. In these actions it has contemplated the creation of a solar farm, forest census and alliances with the private sector.
Yesterday, venture participants made their dissertations and about 150 met with entities and investors, said Bianca Dáger, director of the awards.
During the three days of the event 500 projects of responsible entrepreneurship and ecological innovation will be exhibited. There will be a sustainable house of 54 m² made with plastics. About five tons of plastic waste are made housing, tables, chairs and parks are donated to vulnerable communities, cited Kelly Rodriguez, an exhibitor of the house that is quoted on $ 15,000.
José Xavier Guarderas, general manager of Sambito, organizer of the event, cited that of the first edition in which projects were registered 109 projects from a single country, in this edition received 2,733 projects from 38 countries enrolled in ten categories.
Of the 31 finalists there are two local projects that stand out: one for collecting used oil and Galápagos Verde 2050, which uses water-saving technologies.
At the inauguration, Assemblywoman Dallyana Passailaigue (PSC) presented an ordinance project to regulate the use, commercialization and distribution of single-use plastics, such as glasses, straws, tubs and bags.
Mayor Jaime Nebot added that they project Guayaquil as the leading city in sustainability, so it will welcome this proposal. He also announced that the study includes the inclusion of electric buses and the promotion of an amendment to the ordinance to promote charging points for electric vehicles.
He added that $ 1.2 billion have been invested in potable water and sewerage works.
The event will be until Thursday, from 09:00 to 20:00. (I)