Valdebebas becomes the first Spanish company accredited by AENOR In accordance with the latest modification of the EMAS Regulation, a recognised model of excellence in environmental management, which provides an environmental management and audit scheme open to any type of international organisation, regardless of its activity.
ISO 14001: 2004 certificates and European EMAS Regulation that Valdebebas has renewed since 2008, make this space a model of sustainable urban development thanks to the application of cutting-edge urban, environmental and technological standards. These standards are committed 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 most notable being the Valdebebas Forest Park spanning nearly 400 hectares and containing over 300,000 trees and shrubs.
The green areas are complemented by the Central Park and other smaller parks distributed throughout the urban network, making 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.
Valdebebas is one of the most ambitious European projects in terms of sustainability and environmental quality, with five million square metres set aside for green spaces with low water demand. This design features the highest environmental standards, which ensure 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.
The photo shows – from left to right – Marcos Sánchez Foncueva, Chairman of the Board of Compensation of Valdebebas and Gonzalo Piedrola, the Manager of AENOR for the Central Region and Europe.