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Climate change 18 May 2018

The BBVA Foundation presents its commitment to the defense of the planet at the Sustainable Finance Forum

For over a decade, the BBVA Foundation has promoted the fight against the two main environmental challenges our planet is facing today: climate change and the soaring loss of biodiversity.  The Foundation’s project to preserve the environment — presented at the BBVA Sustainable Finance Forum — falls within the scope of the bank’s commitment to sustainable development.

Given the importance of these challenges, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards were established as the first international awards envisaged to recognize and shine the spotlight on scientists focusing on further understanding their root causes and finding ways to solve them.

The Frontier Awards, celebrating their tenth edition this year, include two categories to foster excellence among scientists researching Climate Change, Ecology and Conservation Biology, given that they are the fundamental bases for defending life on Earth.

Also, since 2014, BBVA Foundation has also presented the Conservation Biology Awards to recognize environmental awareness-raising activities and initiatives.

With these two families of awards and the ongoing support of scientific research, BBVA Foundation’s goal is to put scientists pioneering the fight against today’s major environmental challenges on the radar of policymakers, key economic players and society as a whole.

The Foundation’s environment-related role falls within the framework of BBVA’s Pledge 2025, which outlines the entity’s climate change and sustainable development strategy, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  BBVA has committed to mobilize €100 billion in sustainable financing over an 8-year period.  The purpose is threefold: to finance, manage and involve its stakeholders.

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