The Public Access Lagoons ™ projects that Crystal Lagoons is developing around the world would reduce the carbon footprint in tourism-related transportation by more than 40%, equivalent to 14 million tons of CO2, by decreasing by around 50% travel to coastal destinations. This ecological contribution was what led the multinational water innovation company to receive a new award in the sustainable field.
It is the “Green World Environment Award”, a renowned UK environmental prize awarded by The Green Organisation, which distinguishes the countries, companies and organizations that contribute the most to protection of the ecosystem. The PAL™ projects of Crystal Lagoons were selected amongst more than 500 applications for their pro-environmental concept, which promotes carbon neutrality in human economic and social activities.
The “Green World Environment Award” is sponsored by numerous reputable British environmental organizations and heritage conservation bodies, such as the UK government’s Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management.
This award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Dubai in March, adds to the one recently received at the Palace of Westminster, the seat of Parliament in London, also for the environmental contribution of Crystal Lagoons.
The disruptive of these complexes, which bring beach life to cities, was a key factor in winning the award. The PAL developments include large crystalline lagoons suitable for swimming and water sports, surrounded by white sandy beaches and a diverse infrastructure of services and entertainment. Precisely, this attraction makes it possible to reduce transportation to coastal destinations and natural beaches, which, globally, totals around 35 million tons of CO2 per year, mainly due to travel by car and plane.
By lowering the levels of travel, PAL™ developments are designed to reduce carbon emissions equivalent to the annual energy consumption of 2.3 billion homes or 51.3 billion kilometers traveled by car. These projects allow people to access a beach atmosphere on foot, by bicycle, public transportation or via short car trips.
Crystal Lagoons already has 810 PAL™ projects at different stages of planning and development on multiple continents. Some of the most important projects are located in the United States (16 PAL™ projects in partnership with Epic and Mattel, 5 in Orlando with ADËLON Capital), South Korea (30 PAL™ projects with NexPlan consortium), Pakistan (15 PAL™ complexes in partnership with Ary Group, leading business holding), Colombia (13 PAL™ projects with AED Constructores) and Central America (11 PAL™ developments with successful entrepreneurs in the region).