In May 2019, our headquarters and manufacturing plants were certified as Carbon Neutral.
We achieved this certification through a combination of efforts aimed to reduce our carbon footprints, such as the use of a more efficient lighting system for our facilities, solar panels and energy storage systems to power our operations, ice banks, and a special air conditioning system.
With the implementation of these actions, we were able to reduce our carbon footprint by approximately 17%, equivalent to 244 one-way flights from Paris to New York. Additionally, we compensated for our emissions by contributing to the protection of 6.8ha of forests in the northern areas of Costa Rica.
For these efforts, we received public recognition for our Carbon Neutral certification during PreCOP25. This international conference took place in October 2019 in San Jose, Costa Rica in preparation for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), which was held in Madrid, Spain in December 2019.