AseBio and MNCN-CSIC bring together nearly 1,000 people to raise awareness of role science plays in protecting the planet
- This 2022 Environment Week also falls under the framework of the European Climate Pact, for which AseBio is the national coordinator and has over 130 ambassadors
- Over 100 biotechnology companies are looking for solutions to help the environment, such as cutting CO2 emissions, water treatment and improved crops
The Spanish Bioindustry Association (AseBio) and the CSIC National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) joined forces this month to organise 2022 Environment Week, from 5 to 10 June, with more than 1,000 participants. This joint initiative arose from World Environment Day (5 June) as a way to raise awareness of the role the life sciences, and especially biotechnology, play in protecting the planet. “We want the celebration of this date to become a benchmark in the capital. We’re very excited about this festival and the associated science talks, and invite everyone to participate. This year, we have AseBio on board, which is also the coordinator of the European Climate Pact,” notes Rocío de Iriarte, MNCN coordinator of activities.
Biotechnology has a direct impact on at least 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and AseBio member companies are working every day to tackle climate change, one of the biggest challenges facing our society. The various actions will help raise awareness among adults, children and families of their effect on the Earth and help consolidate their criteria on this global challenge.
There are at least 100 Spanish biotechnology companies looking for solutions to help the environment, according to the latest survey by the National Statistics Institute. At AseBio, we have 25 members working on water treatment and management, waste valorisation, cutting CO2 emissions, improving air quality, reducing soil erosion and decreasing the need for arable land, among other things.
Some of these companies, like AlgaEnergy, ADL Biopharma, Natac, Spanish Algae Bank, Biomar MT, Tebrio and Nucaps, took part in the activities this week to present their products and the biotechnology process from start to specific solution. “Our members are providing solutions to climate change, as well as helping achieve 13 of the 17 SGD proposed by the United Nations. With 2022 Environment Week, we are taking another step forward in our close collaboration with the National Museum of Natural Sciences, sharing the work of our members with the general public and specifically with the younger generations, given their deep commitment to the environment and the future of the planet,” said AseBio Chairwoman Ana Polanco.
A special programme
On Sunday 5 June, AINIA and CLaMber hosted an interactive workshop for families to explain how organic waste like an orange or lemon peel can be turned into a container (or bioproduct).
As part of this initiative, this Tuesday there will also be an event on the future of food with Year 6 and 7 students in the MNCN-CSIC auditorium, which you can listen to here. This chat will feature renowned experts like Adriana Casillas, CEO of Tebrio, an AseBio member and global leader in raising mealworms, which have gained EU approval for human consumption; Dr Marta Miguel Castro, a researcher in the Bioactivity and Food Analysis Department at the Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL, CSIC-UAM); María José Celada, journalist and coordinator of “Hazte Eco” at Atresmedia Neox; and César García Aranda, one of the 130 Spanish Climate Pact ambassadors.
Next Friday, we’ll talk about plastics in the ocean with Andrés Barbosa, researcher at the National Museum of Natural Sciences in ecology, evolution and conservation; Rosa María Tristán, journalist specialising in science and the environment; and Marian Vinuesa Navarro, head of the Mycology Department at Biomar MT, an AseBio member company. More than 60 students will attend the event. You can connect here.
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AseBio brings together more than 290 entities and represents the Spanish biotechnology sector as a whole. Its mission is to lead the transformation of the country, positioning science, innovation and especially biotechnology as an engine of economic growth and social welfare. Its members include companies, associations, foundations, universities, technology and research centres that carry out their activities directly or indirectly related to biotechnology in Spain.