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Crystal Lagoons will present at the Future Green City Congress the Sustainable Contribution of PAL™ Projects

6 May, 2024 / News

From September 23 to 26, 2024, the Future Green City Congress, the leading global event on urban sustainability, will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This event will bring together over 4,000 experts worldwide to discuss the challenges in developing greener and more livable cities. Crystal Lagoons has been invited to present on the positive impact of Public Access Lagoons™ projects at this prestigious summit organized by the Royal Association Stadswerk the Netherlands and the Royal Dutch Association of Landscapers and Gardeners (VHG), in cooperation with World Urban Parks (WUP) and the International Federation of Municipal Engineering

With the presentation Public Access Lagoons™ projects: Bringing Beach Life to the City and Parks, lowering the World’s Carbon Footprint,” Rocío Valdés, director of Architecture at Crystal Lagoons, will address how PAL™ complexes are achieving significant urban transformations in cities worldwide, enhancing the urban environment and providing a sustainable alternative to the need for water body spaces.

Crystal Lagoons® technology and Public Access Lagoons™ projects, also known as PAL™, have been globally recognized for their urban and social contribution and environmental impact. These developments set a new standard for public entertainment venues and democratized quality recreational spaces. However, they are much more than mere beaches and large bodies of water. From a sustainable standpoint, developing these complexes worldwide would reduce the equivalent of 40% of the carbon footprint in the tourism and transportation sector, amounting to 14 million tons of CO2. This is because bringing beach life with turquoise waters and white sands to any city would decrease transportation to coastal destinations and natural beaches by approximately 50%.

Also, an average one-hectare lagoon consumes 40% less water than a park or green area of the same size and 33 times less water than an 18-hole golf course and can use any type of water: fresh, sea, or brackish. Crystal Lagoons® amenities consume only 2% of the energy required by conventional pool filtration systems and use up to 100 times less chemicals than a traditional swimming pool.

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