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The Palma Congress Center, committed to circular economy

29-09-2022

Today, September 29, is International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste. The circular economy, which comes into play as one of the solutions to this problem of serious social, economic and environmental magnitudes, has become an important driver for Palma Congress Center to improve waste management and reduce its environmental footprint by 2.5 tons of C02 per year.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), around 14% of the world's food is lost after harvest and another 17% is wasted in retail and at the consumption level.

We are not only facing a social problem (more than 800 million people in the world go hungry according to FAO), but also serious environmental consequences.

Food production is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. Agriculture and farming account for more than 20% of the planet's CO₂ emissions, while food loss and waste account for 8%.

Therefore, reducing food waste is one of the most impactful climate solutions, and circular economy comes into play as a key solution. Moving from a linear to a circular production model means optimizing the use of resources by putting the 4R rule into practice: reduce, reuse, redistribute and recycle.

Within the framework of the Palma Congress Center’s responsible management model, circular economy remains one of the cornerstones of its actions. As member of Finhava project by Tirme (the waste management local company in Mallorca), the Congress Center is improving waste management and minimizing its environmental footprint. Organic waste is collected, converted to compost and donated to a local farmer, whose agricultural produce is then purchased back by the Congress Centre within its existing supply chain.

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