Guides to good practices with respect to the environment

Guides for citizens

1. Introduction to Good Environmental Practices

Introduction to Good Environmental PracticesIntroduction to Good Environmental Practices – With better planning, knowledge and management of our every day actions, we can greatly reduce the impact they have on the environment. The implementation of the three “R’s” is fundamental: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse. Furthermore, by reducing the consumption of energy, water and other resources, we are both helping the planet and saving money. In this manual you will find all the terms and definitions you should know about this topic.

2. Water

Guide to Good Practices with respect to Water Water is one of the most precious natural resources that exist on our planet, and it is essential for life.
In this manual you will find information about the water cycle and its characteristics, as well as the amount of water available on Earth, its hydrological cycle, its global consumption as well as its consumption in Spain, the sources of pollution…and advice on how each person can save water.

3. Biodiversity

Guide to Good Practices with respect to Biodiversity Did you know that there are currently 1,600,000 species in existence? Or which ecosystems are home to the widest range of species? Did you know that it is the landscape heterogeneity that provides biological diversification?  It is already known that diversity is the spice of life. Maybe you wrongly thought that everything had already been discovered, however, there are a countless number of areas yet to be explored and discovered. Unfortunately, if the current rate of environmental deterioration continues we will never be aware of many species maybe you have not heard that we are nearing a sixth mass extinctiona.

4. Climate Change

Guide to Good Practices with respect to Climate Change The greenhouse effect and climate change are two terms that go hand in hand, assuming that it deals with negative impacts on the planet. You probably associate it with the melting ice caps without knowing exactly what its affects are. However, did you know that the greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon, whereby life on this planet is possible? Thanks to this manual you will discover why, under which conditions and what role we play in the process. Ultimately, discover why the greenhouse effect has been given a bad name.

5. Energy

Guide to Good Practices with respect to Energy As you already know, there are two energy sources in use, depending on if they are generated permanently, that is to say, they are inexhaustible. These are renewable energies. The others are non-renewable energies, whose deposits are depleting as we use them.   

In this manual you will find the types of renewable energies that exist. You will be surprised to discover that energy can be obtained from waves or from biomass.

If we want to respect the environment, our aim is to completely substitute fossil fuels, so as to stop emissions into the atmosphere.

6. Sustainable living habits

Guide to sustainable living habitsToday, the technological advances are so advanced that we can carry out tasks with great ease that a few years ago seemed impossible to do. This is precisely why our habits are becoming more and more sedentary.

The sustainable development implies the satisfaction of our current needs without compromising our future ones. Nonetheless, each time we carry out any type of action in our day to day lives, we are failing that principle. This manual will help you find out to what extent your actions affect the planet and what you can do to fix this.

7. Waste

Guide to WasteTo recycle or not to recycle? That is the question. This manual will help you resolve any doubts you may have with regards to what you should do with broken mobile phones, where to throw away medicines, or how to dispose of fluorescent tubes. You will also have access to a list of the nearest recycling points, what types of waste exists and how it should be separated. Remember the 4 “R’s” rule: reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.

8. Noise

Guide to NoiseWho hasn’t at some point complained about the amount of noise they hear around them? At present, we are exposed to very high levels of noise that affect our health, for example headaches or gastritis. Check what the most irritating noise levels are and their consequences.

9. Sustainable Transport

Guide to sustainable TransportHow can we save money without destroying the environment? Join the sustainable transport movement. In this manual you will find the best advice, tricks and actions to take to travel everywhere at half the cost, without having to give up your freedom of movement. Read more and learn about the benefits of sustainable transport.

Guides for companies

1. Good environmental practices in the office

Guide to Good environmental practices in the office At present, a large number of professionals carry out their every day work in offices. Therefore, it is important to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible in this sector. Luckily, thanks to the characteristics of these activities, the good practices that should be established are incredibly simple and economical (they do not imply large prior payments). In addition, they have the advantage of having very quick results. This manual demonstrates the incorrect practices as well as the good ones that should be introduced into the office. It also tries to resolve some of the most frequently asked questions.

2. Saving paper in the office

Saving paper in the office Printouts, faxes, documents, files... paper has a myriad of uses inn our working environment. That is why we should be made aware of saving and managing it in order to avoid day to day waste. With some simple steps you can make this possible.

3. Implementation of the ISO 14001 Standard in companies

Guide to the Implementation of the ISO 14001 Standard in companies Guide to the Implementation of the ISO 14001 Standard in companies – It is increasingly necessary to forge a commitment between the company and the environment, whether it is for social or economic needs, or legislative requirements. This commitment can be made by certifying your entity through the ISO 14001 Standard. Here you can find out more about.

4. EMAS Regulation

Guide to EMAS RegulationAll the companies that have introduced an environmental management system can voluntarily submit it to the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme. How will this benefit by company? How can I choose its recognition? What differences are there between EMAS and ISO 14001? Find out here.

5. EFQM Model

Guide to EFQM ModelThe EFQM Model (European Model of Business Excellence) is a certificate that verifies the company’s full commitment to quality and to the environment, geared towards excellence. We have gathered all the main ideas of this new model in this document, as well as the steps to be followed by the company for its acceptance.

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