IBERDROLA Renewables and the Biodiversity Foundation, belonging to Spain’s Ministry of the Environment, co-hosted a special preview screening of the BBC feature-length documentary film Planet Earth, of which Spain’s IBERDROLA utility group was a co-sponsor.
The gala screening of the Spanish-language version of the film, called Tierra, was held at the wide-screen Callao cinema in central Madrid, and attended by numerous dignitaries, including Spain’s Environment Minister Cristina Narbona; IBERDROLA Chairman Ignacio Galán; José María Morales, CEO of the film’s Spanish distributors Wanda Producciones; and Keith Scholey, Senior Executive Producer at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
At the screening, Galán said “IBERDROLA’s support for this important project reflects our commitment to sustainability, care of the environment, and the fight against climate change.”
“I think our country is making a huge effort to keep its commitments under the Kyoto agreement,” he said. “Even so, we must step up these efforts if we want to preserve the natural marvels that are shown in this film, and if we want to ensure the balance among ecosystems, and the planet on which we live.”
The ambitious film project by Britain’s public radio and television company had its world debut on 22 September in Spain at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and will be released commercially on Friday, 26 October. The film and television series took five years to produce, and cost $47 million. Directed by Alistair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, Planet Earth was shot in some 200 locations around the world by 40 specialised film crews using the most advanced equipment and techniques.
The film provides a view of the planet based on the sun’s “path” during an entire year, and it focuses on the diversity of wildlife, the climate, and the landscape through its three leading characters, a polar bear, an elephant, and a whale.
The film is the centrepiece of a global project that includes the web site www.loveearth.com/es/, educational material, environmental initiatives, events, and publications.
IBERDROLA Renovables contributed financing to the BBC project in keeping with its business strategy as provider of clean electricity from renewable energy sources, especially wind power. The multinational utility group has won international recognition for its commitment to safeguarding the environment, and has been included for the past two years in the Climate Leadership Index and for the past eight in the Dow Jones Sustainablity Index, because of its enlightened corporate, environmental, and social policies.
The IBERDROLA Group is in the vanguard of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as called for under the Kyoto agreement, and a contributor to the 15% reduction in such emissions Spain achieved in the first three quarters of 2007. Nearly half the electricity produced by the IBERDROLA group worldwide is emissions-free, and in Spain clean energy already represents some three-fourths of the group’s total output.
At the end of September, IBERDROLA Renovables, the world’s largest wind power company*, had a production capacity from renewable sources of 7,342 MW**. The energy it produces from renewable sources is sufficient to meet the needs of some 10.5 million consumers, and spares the earth’s atmosphere from emissions of more than 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 each year.
Access the trailer of the BBC film on the websitewww.iberdrola.es
*Source: New Energy Finance (May 2007)
** Includes 606 MW belonging to a third party under energy sales contract.
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