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Environmental Management System

For the PEG, it is a pride to have an EMS to help guide us in carrying out our activities in the most responsible way with the environment, we hope to improve our environmental performance and we are happy to share this commitment with others.

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Environmental Policy

The PEG assumes the commitment of environmental improvement, constituting its policy in the framework of carrying out our activities.

The key elements of this policy are:

Pollution prevention: respect and conservation of the environment is promoted as an essential element in the development of its activities and we apply the principle, when and where is possible.

Continuous improvement: the environmental programs that are elaborated make possible the continuous improvement of the environmental policy.

Compliance with environmental legislation: comply with legal requirements and any other type of commitment that the Costa Rican State subscribes to in environmental matters.


Staff training and awareness raising: all PEG staff are made aware of their responsibility to the environment through training and awareness programs in environmental management.


Communication and dissemination: all the PEG staff and other entities related to the organization, as well as to the society, the commitments acquired, the objectives and the goals achieved are communicated and the importance of the participation of all the people is communicated to achieve a healthy and environmentally balanced environment.

All human activities make pressure on the environment. This pressure, known as environmental impact can be manifested as pollution, deforestation and climate change among others. Our consumption of energy, fuels and even food, is translated, in environmental terms into production of greenhouse gases.

Of these gases, the most important is Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The Carbon Footprint is a reflection of the impact our activities have on the global environment and more specifically on our atmosphere and the phenomenon of global climate change.

In the Guanacaste Epidemiological Project as an organization aware of the fragility and primary importance of protecting the environment, we have established an environmental management system (EMS) with concrete actions to decrease, measure and compensate the environmental impact and carbon footprint that year after year we are leaving with our activities. We know that our commitment to health and well-being does not exempt us from our commitment to the environment and on the contrary we want to make public our environmental commitment and contribute to the fact that all our members and collaborators acquire more and better environmental practices.

The EMS of the PEG is based on its environmental policy which in turn has been documented in an environmental management manual. This manual details, in addition to the policy; The general requirements, scope, objectives, planning and implementation and verification of compliance with the EMS.

Decrease:

Our EMS seeks to implement measures to reduce our carbon footprint through several programs aimed at reducing pollution and waste, including:

1. A program of rationalization and reduction of the consumption of resources in general and in particular those that entail generation of environmental footprint. This includes energy-saving policies: The use of energy-saving bulbs, efficient and regulated use of air conditioning systems, programming of computer equipment to save energy and avoid waste of electricity in general. Actions aimed at reducing our consumption of paper and using paper made from reforested woods.

2. An institutional recycling program. Through our recycling program we collect aluminum, plastic, paper and cardboard waste that are produced in our facilities or that the staff of the organization collects in their homes and brings to be recycled. These materials are given to the Tierra Sardinaleña Folkloric Dance group, which is oriented to the rescue of typical Guanacastecan dances with which we also contribute to our social commitment to the community.

Photos recycling and dance

3. Awareness and training activities on our impact on the environment as an organization and as individuals and to promote attitudes and actions aimed at reducing that impact. These activities include both talks and concrete actions such as the acquisition of reusable dishes for the activities carried out on the premises while discouraging the use of stereophonic products.

All these actions result in the prevention of pollution and environmental deterioration and help staff become aware of their environmental responsibility and adopt some of these measures in their personal life.

Measurement:

As part of the EMS the PEG has made measurements of its carbon footprint which consists of calculating the amount of CO2 that has been released to the environment as a result of our activities, for this calculation the consumption of fuel, materials and energy necessary to carry out our work are taken into account.

These measurements have been made with the support of the Climate Change Allies program and help us to become aware of the carbon footprint we have left in the environment and to monitor the effectiveness of actions aimed at Pollution.

Compensation:

The PEG has offset more than 702 tonnes of CO2 by planting trees through the Allied Climate Change program. This form of compensation consists of planting the amount of trees needed to absorb the amount of CO2 we generate to the environment. The calculation takes into account the measurement of the institution’s carbon footprint for one year and the average CO2 captured by each tree during its growth over a given period of time. The participation of PEG in this program has contributed not only by compensating our Carbon footprint, but also provides other benefits by contributing to reforestation, protection of water sources and contribution to communities where planting takes place.