The Technology Park and Vitoria City Council sign a collaboration agreement to become involved in the European Green Capital programme. Other events of interest include the Tenth International Technology Park Conference and sustainable mobility activities. The City Council is committed to running the “Green Capital” project in the municipal area of Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Alava Technological Park, 26/01/2012
Álava Technology Park will be the venue for a variety of initiatives connected with the Green Capital scheme, thanks to the collaboration agreement signed this morning between the Park and Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council to designate the former a “Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital 2012 Patron”. The agreement will be mainly geared to disseminating, raising awareness and involving the entities based at the Park in the European Capital activities programme.
The signing ceremony involved the city’s Mayor, Javier Maroto, and the President of the Basque Technology Park Network, and it took place in the Park’s central building after the signers had presented a conference for companies on business opportunities within the framework of the European Green Capital 2012, in Miñano.
This is just one of the activities set to take place at the Park as a result of the agreement, but it is not the most important, as in October it will be the venue for the Tenth International Conference of the Spanish Association of Science and Technology Parks (APTE). A large group of representatives of Technology Parks in Spain and other countries will meet in Miñano at a week-long conference to debate on issues concerning sustainability and the green economy.
Another of the activities forming part of the “Green Deal Programme” involves embarking on a series of sustainable mobility actions (connected with electric vehicles), energy rehabilitation of the Park’s buildings and investment in energy efficiency for the water purification and supply and waste water treatment facilities.
Vitoria City Council is also committed to running the European Capital project in the municipality and organising connected events at the Park.
Some of the Technology Park’s advantages as a sponsor will be its use of the “Official Patron” designation and the “Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital” name, logo, trademarks and emblems in its advertising campaigns connected with the project. In return for this, and to contribute to the “Vitoria-Gasteiz European Green Capital” sponsorship, Álava Technology Park will be making a contribution in kind, consisting of all the infrastructure required for staging the activities for the project. This will involve an outlay of at least 60,000 euros.
The contract will remain in force until the sponsorship programme ends, on 31 December 2012, although the Park will be able to continue using the European Green Capital logo until June 2013.