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ECC Undertakes Benchmarking of Environmental Performance

The environmental performance of Estoril Congress Center (ECC) in Portugal has been recognised by EarthCheck, the environmental management, benchmarking and certification company.

EarthCheck's scientifically rigorous benchmarking programme measures key indicators such as energy and water consumption, total waste production, and community commitment to provide a holistic picture of operational performance.

Benchmarking involves submitting a year’s worth of operational data to EarthCheck, and this is in turn compared with industry data collected from more than 1200 organizations in over 65 countries.

By taking such a scientific approach to measuring the effectiveness of their sustainability practices, the ECC has been able to identify where they were out-performing others and where room for improvement remained.

The Director of the ECC, Pedro Rocha dos Santos, said that this achievement is part of a long term commitment and a journey that the centre started back in 2007, to build a more responsible and sustainable business model.

Estoril Congress Center rated at or above Best Practice levels for Energy Consumption, Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2), Potable Water Consumption, Waste Sent to Landfill, Waste Recycling Rating, Paper Products Rating, Cleaning Products Rating and Pesticide Products Rating.

For economies reliant on travel and tourism, EarthCheck’s benchmarking data provides the only historical record of the global environmental impacts of the industry over the past 12 years. More importantly, it rates the effectiveness of industry efforts to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) and conserve natural resources at a project-by-project level.

“I am delighted that Estoril Congress Center have Benchmarked their operations,” stated Stewart Moore, EarthCheck CEO. “They have recognized the need to be responsible for the impacts of their operations and transparent in their environmental statements.”