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Caring for the environment also benefits companies

It helps saving water and energy and reduces solid wastes

Reducing emissions of polluting gases, saving water and using green technologies are beneficial actions for both the environment and companies, assured Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.

“Protecting the environment is not a matter of poetics, ethics, moral, education or values; it also means saving money”, he said at the ceremony of awards for the companies that participated in the Environmental Leadership for Competitiveness Program.

The Head of SEMARNAT mentioned that since the program was implemented, 130,000 tons of garbage were kept from being dumped, and enough electricity was saved to supply 83,000 homes for a year. Moreover, companies saved a joint amount of 100 million dollars.

Andreas Carlgren, Environment Minister of Sweden, participated in the event. He talked about the benefits his country experienced since the start of its transition to the use of bioenergy. The area with the greatest progress was housing, which went from being 80 percent dependant on oil to only 3 percent.

Representatives from chemical companies BASF and Grupo Tanya, and from concrete giant, Cemex, were also present.

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