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Valdeboebas is the first Spanish organisation to obtain AENOR certification under the new European environmental excellence requirements

25/07/2019

  • Valdebebas is the first Spanish company to be audited and verified by AENOR according to the new EMAS requirements, the European model of Excellence in Environmental Management.
  • Valdebebas is one of the most ambitious European projects in terms of sustainability and environmental quality, with five million square metres set aside for low water demand green spaces.
  • The Valdebebas Forest Park, with over 400 hectares, the Central Park with 80 hectares and other nearby parks, make Valdebebas one of Europe's largest green areas, even larger than the Madrid Retiro Park, London's Hyde Park and New York's Central Park.

25 July 2019. Valdebebas becomes the first Spanish company accredited by AENOR in accordance with the latest amendment to the EMAS Regulation, a recognised model of excellence in environmental management.
The European EMAS Regulation "Eco-Management and Audit Scheme”, provides an environmental management and audit scheme open to any type of international organisation, regardless of its activity.

With this verification, Valdebebas guarantees the implementation of a rigorous environmental management system, a distinction that joins the other quality certificates obtained in recent years by Valdebebas.

The ISO 14001: 2004 and the European EMAS Regulation that Valdebebas has renewed since 2008, make this space a model of sustainable urban development regarding the application of vanguard urban, environmental and technological standards.

This consolidates the commitment by the urban development to environmental quality, in an area where over 20,000 people live and work, with 7,000 homes already built and 2,000 more planned for 2021.

Valdebebas is the largest extension to the city of Madrid in recent years. Built on the grounds of a derelict site, it was originally conceived as an urban environment based on a sustainable development model.

Of the total 11 million square metres of the development, more than half are green areas, the largest being the Valdebebas Forest Park with nearly 400 hectares and containing over 300,000 trees and shrubs.

The green spaces in this urban area include the Central Park and the various smaller parks distributed through the urban network and which unite in the Central Park. This design ensures that none of the development's buildings is more than 150 metres from a green area. The entire park area is connected by 27 km of cycle lanes that connect the park and the city.