Chile, Cerro Pabellón’s camp earns the Seal of Excellence

Published on Wednesday, 4 October 2017

“We are proud to receive this national recognition of excellence for our commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, using water sustainably and reducing waste in our camp. I am very grateful for the effort and cooperation of Andrés Wolff (Site Manager) and Mario Concha (HSEQ Coordinator) and their teams in the development of this initiative.”

– José Muñoz Arias, Business Development & Sustainability for EGP Chile

A greener footprint

International indicators of ecological footprints formed the basis of the calculations carried out. The results show that the camp reduced the amount of greenhouse gases it was producing by almost 50% as measured through August 2017. This is also because of initiatives made to promote more sustainable mobility. For example, for those who commuted from home to work with additional passengers in the car, were able to win an award and contributed to the well-being of the area as well.

Water by the drop

For water conservation, aerators or flow reducers were installed on the taps in the toilets and kitchen. These are simple devices that insert air to reduce the amount of water used without reducing water pressure. Considering that 6.2% of the water used in local areas is what comes from the taps, this system has allowed waste to be halved by reducing consumption by 3.2%.

“Some of the industrial water, once it has been treated and made drinkable, is reused for wetting roads.”

Flowers that grow from waste

The sustainable actions do not end there. A complete waste management system was created that gives rubbish new life in other forms. EGP participated in the recycling programme of the green city of Calama with 1 tonne of plastic bottles, paper and cardboard. Locals also use recycled wood (pallets or mixed wood), to make flower boxes and real furniture. Thanks to our partner, the NGO Sembra. 75 tonnes of wood that would have gone to the dump now decorates the camp and the local community areas. EGP also dedicated eight cubic metres of compost to fertilise the plants at our camp, donating the rest to local communities to cultivate their land, making Chile even greener.