Together with the local community and outside environmental organisations, we set the bar high regarding our Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR).
We recognise that our everyday work impacts our environment. Because of this, we decided to take action to fight for a safer and cleaner future by becoming a carbon-neutral company.
In 2019 we partnered with an external environmental organisation to begin calculating and reducing our carbon footprint in the workplace. Our carbon footprint strategy has recently extended into an off-setting plan through reforestation with Bosquia, and we’d love to show you our journey so far.
Workplace carbon emissions and the planetary problem
Over the past century, it has been estimated that global CO2 emissions have risen from 2 billion tons (recorded in 1900) to a staggering 36.8bn tonnes. (by 2022 – International Energy Agency (IEA)).
Energy usage is a part of every company and household. CO2 emissions and energy consumption occur because of natural gas, electricity, heating, propane, servers, employee travel, and daily commuters. However, businesses and households can reduce their carbon footprint by taking simple, intentional actions. Using renewable energy sources, adjusting thermostats, making sure all plugs are turned off at the end of the day, using a laptop instead of a desktop computer, opting for hybrid vehicles, and recycling can all help.
Reducing our CO2 emissions and calculating our carbon footprint as a company
Our company has been actively working with a specialised partner program since 2019. Our partnership with Ambialia has helped us calculate and reduce our carbon footprint – setting us on a path to protect the environment, fight climate change, and help work towards the transition to a clean energy future.
As part of our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, we have implemented the following initiatives:
- The use of hybrid company cars
- Using recycled paper
- Shifting from quarterly to annually printed magazines
- Reducing our office thermostat and using low energy eco-settings
- Offering our clients the service of live video visits of properties so that they do not need to take a flight to Ibiza every time
In the latter part of 2020, we calculated our current carbon footprint. Prestige Properties Ibiza emits approximately 18 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Off-setting with Bosquia – reforestation, actions and environmental policy
As part of our carbon footprint strategy, we’ve started reforestation with Bosquia. Their social enterprise educates companies like ourselves and individuals about the importance of forests. It encourages us to make a difference by increasing our planet’s green space. By funding them, we can compensate for our carbon footprint expenditure and enable them to reforest or create new native forests on our company’s behalf.
As the most significant regulators and balancers of climate, forests favour rainfall, generate oxygen, clean the air, and serve as an essential part of our planet’s ecosystem.As a company, we were particularly drawn to Bosquia as our off-setting non-profit organisation for their passion for nature, human progress and dedication to protecting forests on the Spanish mainland.
Be part of the solution.
Based on our internal statistics and general market trends across mainland Spain and the Balearic islands, we are confident that Ibiza will remain a top destination for buying property in 2023.
Ignoring the correlation between our CO2 emissions and climate change is easy. To address the problem at hand and work towards a clean energy future, we all need to consider offsetting and funding projects such as Bosquia that work to reduce carbon emissions.
In a world where climate change is becoming an increasingly urgent issue, we strive to be a sustainability role model within our industry, working with our specialised partners in innovative ways to combat the global issues at hand.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can be part of the solution, too. Why not start by calculating your carbon footprint?