Caixaforum Barcelona hosted this event that brought together experts from the sports industry and the business world to discuss the sector’s commitment to the environment. In addition, during the Gala, the second edition of the Forever Green awards was presented.

Seville, June 5, 2024

Real Betis -through its Forever Green environmental programme- has celebrated this Wednesday the second Forever Green Gala, an event that aims to show the commitment of the world of sport in the fight against climate change and discuss the main challenges faced by the sector to carry out environmentally friendly sporting events in the short term.

This season Forever Green has travelled to Barcelona to celebrate this event at the
in Barcelona, the only one related to environmental sustainability organised by a Spanish football club. The Gala, which was hosted by the comedian and monologuist
Juan Amodeo
and the sports broadcaster
Eugenia Karolyi
, was inaugurated by
Hugo Morán
, Secretary of State for the Environment of the Government of Spain.

After the opening of the Gala, the round table ‘Sustainable initiatives of companies linked to the world of sport’ began. Moderated by Karolyi, Sandra González, Director of Transversal Projects and Sustainable Communication at CaixaBank; José María Galofre, CEO of Volvo Cars Spain; and Pablo Acevedo, Director of Operations of the Barcelona Tennis Club / Conde Godó They told of the initiatives carried out by their companies to reduce their harmful impact on the planet.

The next block of the Gala consisted of meeting the protagonists of entities committed to the environment.
Xanty Elías
, owner and chef of
Finca Alfoliz
, told how they work in his restaurant in Huelva that has an organic garden maintained with the permaculture technique, offers seasonal and zero-kilometer products. A restaurant that already has two Michelin green stars, recognising its commitment to the planet.

The Spanish Olympic Committee was the next protagonist of this block. Manuel Parga, Director of Sustainability of the institution was in charge of explaining to the attendees the Sustainability Manifesto that the COE develops to improve the sustainable development agenda of sport, which is based on lines of action such as sustainable mobility, energy efficiency or the circular economy.

From the COE to Sail GP.
Nicole van der Velden
, strategist of the Spanish team, has told how the Spanish team participates in the Impact League, the competition organized by Sail GP outside the sea to proclaim champion the team that has carried out the most actions to reduce the carbon footprint.

Next, the Sevillian Juan Amodeo put his note of humor with a short monologue after which the work and collaboration of the Media Partners from Forever Green: 2playbook, Ace, Marca, Mundo Deportivo and Relay They collected their recognition, sealing their commitment to the green-and-white sustainability platform.

Filippo Veglio, UEFA’s Head of Social and Environmental Sustainability, explained the commitment they develop to sustainability in events such as football matches through two ways: avoiding and reducing the negative impact of the competition and leaving a positive social and governance legacy for the host communities.

After learning about UEFA’s ESG initiatives, it was the turn of Juan Luis Ramos, biologist, biochemist and researcher at the CSIC and recognized with the Jaume I Award has contributed to the Gala the scientific vision of how work is being done in the fight against climate change, valuing the efforts that are being made from the world of sport.

After him, it was the turn of
Palmira Cardo
, director of Mayumana, who explained how the company transmits a message of sustainability and reuse in each show, using everyday utensils as instruments. Palmira made a small interaction with the group as a preamble to the show that closed the second edition of the Forever Green Gala.

Forever Green Awards

During the event, the first edition of the Forever Green Awards was presented, which recognize the work and commitment to the environment of entities, companies and people in the sports sector and the business world.

Forever Green Sustainable Disseminator Award:
Project Kune was the first winner in the ‘Sustainable Disseminator’ category. Adhered to Forever Green since the beginning of the season and very committed to the social projects of the Real Betis Balompié Foundation, the green-and-white sustainability platform recognizes Project Kune for its work, which consists of traveling around the world exploring initiatives and examples that demonstrate that the transition to a more sustainable world is possible.

Forever Green Award for Social Entrepreneurship and Circular Economy: This award was given to Fashion Re, the non-profit social initiative cooperative promoted by the Spanish Caritas Confederation, which, framed within the Social and Solidarity Economy, is dedicated to the management of the complete circle of used clothing: collection, preparation for reuse, recycling, donation and sale. Recently, Real Betis has installed a clothing container outside the Stadium so that fans can donate their clothes there.

Forever Green Award Sustainable Sports Project:
Forever Green awarded this recognition to the Spanish Water Polo League for its commitment to the environment. This competition works to make its sporting events more respectful of the planet, reducing its carbon footprint. LEWaterpolo has begun the certification process to become the first league in Spain to certify its alignment with the SDGs thanks to the Spanish Olympic Committee’s sustainability seal. In addition, LEWaterpolo joined Real Betis’ sustainability platform last season.

Forever Green Award Sustainable Career and Involvement: We play for Green by Morten Thorsby received this award in recognition of his work for the planet. This project aims, through the power of football, to foster a sustainable world in harmony with the UN SDGs.

Sustainable Innovator Forever Green Award in the Food Industry: the green-and-white sustainability platform recognises the work of Bodegas Torres after five generations as wine producers they work firmly on social, environmental and financial sustainability, combining the tradition we have inherited with constant innovation to face the future. Beyond sustainability, this winery has in its DNA to take care of the Earth for future generations and give back to nature and society what they have given us.

Forever Green Award Sustainable industrial development:
the designer Paula Ulargui Escalonwas the next winner, who, although she could not attend, sent a message of thanks to Forever Green. In charge of Cristina Pedroche’s controversial ecological look at Antena 3’s Chimes on New Year’s Eve 2023, she is a young Navarrese designer obsessed with sustainable clothing, research into new biomaterials, ephemeral pieces that speak of nature and responsible consumption.

Forever Green Award Sustainable Innovative Solution: the last recognition of the event was for the Forever Green collaborator Ecoadvance. Company with more with 15 years of experience in the water treatment and ecological cleaning sector. Through this collaboration agreement, Eco Advance has provided Real Betis with cleaning systems with ozonated water for the disinfection and cleaning of the facilities, as well as for laundry and laundry care.

After the awards ceremony,
Ramón Alarcón
, CEO of Real Betis Balompié, thanked all the speakers and attendees of the Gala for their participation and gave a brief overview of the three years of life of the green-and-white club’s sustainability platform.

The closing ceremony of the II Forever Green Gala was attended by Mayumana, a company that conveyed its usual message of sustainability, using everyday utensils as instruments.

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