Crystal Lagoons, multinational water innovation company was awarded the “Champion of Champions” award in the 2022 version of the “Green World Awards” in Abu Dhabi, in the Carbon Reduction category and the highest distinction in these British sustainable awards, beating the winners of the categories of Climate Change, Water and Energy Efficiency, Emissions Reduction, Innovation and others, as well as the more than 500 entries received by the organization.
The Public Access Lagoons™ projects that Crystal Lagoons is developing around the world could reduce 14 million tons in CO2 emissions, equivalent to 40% of the carbon footprint of the tourism and transportation industries. Through its contribution to furthering carbon neutrality in different economic and social activities this has led the so-called PAL™ developments to be recognized as “Champion of Champions” in the 2022 version of the “Green World Awards” in Abu Dhabi.
PAL™ projects revolutionize cities by bringing beach life with turquoise waters and white sands to urban areas and reducing by about 50% the number of car journeys and flights to coastal destinations and natural beaches that, globally, total about 35 million tons of CO2 per year.
The “Green World Awards” recognize the countries, companies and organizations that contribute the most to protecting the ecosystem and which are sponsored by reputable British environmental organizations including the UK Government’s Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management.
The PAL™ developments were selected for their pro-environmental concept and the prize was presented at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi. The “Champion of Champions” award is not the first accolade to be bestowed on PAL™ projects. The concept previously received an award at the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament in London, also for its environmental contribution.
A key factor in the nomination was the groundbreaking nature of these complexes, which bring beach life to the cities through large crystalline lagoons suitable for swimming and water sports, surrounded by white sandy beaches and diverse infrastructure of services and entertainment.
As such, the PAL™ developments reduce commuting and generate carbon footprint savings equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 2.3 billion homes or 51.3 billion vehicle kilometers, as they allow people to access the beach by walking, cycling, using public transportation or short car trips.
Crystal Lagoons already has 810 PAL™ developments at different stages of development on multiple continents. Among the most prominent agreements are in: the United States (5 in Orlando with ADËLON Capital and 4 in Atlanta with TSV), Korea (30 PAL™ projects with NexPlan), Pakistan (15 PAL™ complexes in partnership with Ary Group, a leading business holding company), Colombia (13 PAL™ projects with AED Constructores) and Central America (11 PAL™ developments with successful entrepreneurs in the region).