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Básquet Girona and ICRA-CERCA united for sustainability

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

– The board of the basketball club and two players from the first team visited the Catalan Water Research Institute (ICRA-CERCA) today to formalize the collaboration between both entities.

– ICRA-CERCA has begun to study the water consumption of the Fontajau pavilion and will implement its tool, Innowat, to have information on electricity consumption and reduce costs.

One of the main objectives of Básquet Girona since its creation is the reduction of the environmental footprint in all areas of the club. In order to achieve this, the basketball team and the Catalan Water Research Institute (ICRA-CERCA) have signed a collaboration agreement that will allow the area of ​​sustainability of Girona Basketball to be enhanced. In this sense, both institutions have complementary purposes in areas of application of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.

To formalize the agreement, the management of Básquet Girona and the players of the first team, Jaume Sorolla and Pato Garino , visited today the H₂O Building of the ICRA-CERCA, located in the Science and Technology Park of the University of Girona. During the meeting they were accompanied by the management and the team of ICRA-CERCA researchers, they were able to see first hand the research carried out at the Institute and visited some of its laboratories, such as the river channels artificial plants or the hydroponic pilot plant for crop growth.

ICRA-CERCA has begun to study the water consumption of the Fontajau pavilion. The research work includes the realization of an inventory, the control and diagnosis of the water used by the equipment, as well as the possibilities for improvement. In addition, the Institute will implement its tool, Innowat , a technology developed within the European project R3water , which allows to have a control of the energy expenditure of the installations and which has already been applied in wastewater treatment stations and in several municipal equipment, to reduce costs.

For Oriol Gutiérrez , researcher in the Technologies and Evaluation area of ​​ICRA-CERCA and promoter of the agreement: “It was about generating synergies between local agents who share a common interest in the responsible consumption of resources and commitment to sustainability.”

Stefi Batlle , head of communications and marketing at Básquet Girona, has commented that “the addition of ICRA-CERCA to the club’s project is a very important boost in order to reach the optimal levels of sustainability, one of the aspects in which it works the club since its beginnings.”