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Cartagena, 6 August 2019.- Since 2005, the European Commission has been organising the EMAS European Awards, distinguished as the most prestigious in environmental management. The European Commission presents these awards in order to identify the best strategies and measures carried out by the entities registered in the EMAS Community instrument, an eco-management and eco-audit system to which companies can voluntarily be members of. The awards are given to organisations that have demonstrated outstanding environmental excellence in their category.

 In this edition, the competition is inspired by the motto "EMAS as a driving force for change towards a sustainable transition". A jury made up by experts and representatives of the organisations awarded in the previous edition will decide the winning entities, which will be announced in the award ceremony that will take place in November in Bilbao.

 The Port Authority of Cartagena, which holds the Presidency of the EMAS Club of the region of Murcia, is nominated for the EMAS awards for its environmental commitment.

 The Port of Cartagena is a benchmark in the Spanish port system for its efficient and sustainable management of its services. It carries out a multitude of actions in different areas of environmental sustainability, such as, for example: efficient use of energy, responsible water management, cleaning and control of port waters, reduction of fuel consumption, efficiency in waste management, control of atmospheric emissions, creation of the Environmental Chair with the UPCT and the UMU, organisation of school and institutional visits to the port of Cartagena, motivation, awareness-raising and environmental training for APC staff, the Port Community and society in general, and, finally, it presides over the EMAS Club of the Region of Murcia, the main dissemination engine of EMAS in the Region.

 Rafael Cano, head of the Sustainability department has shown "his deep satisfaction at being nominated for such a prestigious award, the actions launched over the years are showing results. The commitment of the Port Authority is to continue involving all the companies that work in the Port in being more and more responsible in environmental management".

 The five national candidates selected to compete at European level by the Directorate General of Biodiversity and Environmental Quality, the Directorate General of Water and representatives of some autonomous communities, are: Laboratorios Servir S.L., based in Castilla-La Mancha, in the category of large private companies; Victoria Eugenia Hospital, based in Andalusia, in the category of medium-sized private companies; Agrian Prodal, S.L., based in Galicia, in the category of small private companies; Port Authority of Barcelona, based in Catalonia, in the category of medium-sized public organisations; and the Port Authority of Cartagena, based in Murcia, in the category of small public organisations.

 The main strategic area of the EMAS Club in the region of Murcia, chaired by the Cartagena Port Authority, is the promotion of "Business Excellence" in environmental matters in the region of Murcia, through the EMAS register (Community system for environmental management and auditing). This EMAS environmental management and audit system also contributes in a very significant way to the implementation of the circular economy, to the achievement of the EMAS Goals  Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals Sustainable Development Goals. EMAS-registered entities are able to carry out pioneering measures in making a sustainable transition.

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