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Spain

Queen Letizia hands out first sustainability prize

Queen Letizia at FEDEPE meeting
Casa de S.M. el Rey

Queen Letizia of Spain has presided over the first edition of the Retina Eco Awards in Madrid. 

The prizes consist of four categories and reward businesses and enterprises that have brought significant results in sustainability and the climate change fight. 

The prizes were organised by the Spanish newspaper El País and consulting firm Capgemini to reward the best project that takes firms into a more sustainable future. 

Queen Letizia presided over the act and was in charge of handing out the prizes. Other authorities present were the Minister for Science and Innovation Diana Morant, the Secretary of State for Energy Sara Aagesen and the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence Carme Artigas, as well as board members of both El País and Capgemini. 

Repsol received the Green generation Prize for their project for the creation, storage and distribution of clean energy through technological innovation. Cellnex received the Efficient Consumption Prize for its focus on the creation of sustainable buildings and the technology to monitor the systems in place. In addition, Airbus received the Smart Mobility Prize for their efforts to create more sustainable options for travelling and moving goods and people. Finally, Técnicas Reunidas was awarded the Sustainable Economy Prize for their efforts in promoting circular economy and sustainable practices throughout the industrial sector or in accords among multiple enterprises. 

Under the rule of King Felipe, the Royal Family has been very much focused on the fight against climate change and the building of a more sustainable world. 

Their Majesties have supported various sectors that have taken steps in that direction, with their participation in the building industry, the farming sector, art, technology and even military advances. 

These prizes specifically must be close to the Queen’s heart since they are organised by Spain’s largest newspaper, and she has taken every occasion to show her support for her former colleagues in the information industry. 

This was Queen Letizia’s first engagement since she said goodbye to her daughter Leonor on the 30th of August when she left for UWC Atlantic in Wales.