Campus Repsol is the corporate symbol of Repsol, a worldwide architectural reference that reflects the culture and permanent evolution of the company. The place chosen for its location allowed the development of an old industrial zone and turn it into a work environment that favors the connection of workers and visitors with the local biodiversity. The green areas have a great predominance and are home to more than 30,000 specimens of local flora, including 100 native trees.
Repsol is a multi-energy company with worldwide presence, whose activity ranges from exploration and production of oil and gas, to refining and marketing of derivatives and useful services on a day-to-day basis such as natural gas or electricity. Biodiversity-oriented measures are at the core the Campus, which is the headquarters office of Repsol Group located in the very center of Madrid. Their implementation started in 2013 when the Campus was built, and have been developed and evolved since then with the two-fold aim of not only provide the best possible urban working environment for employees and visitors, but to connect them with biodiversity and at the same time provide an attractive and productive habitat for local wildlife species.
Description of measures
Elements in accordance with demanding sustainability criteria were incorporated for the design and construction of the green areas of the Campus Repsol. Species with low water requirements were selected, and the selection of native plants complying with aesthetic requirements where prioritize whenever possible. Water consumption was optimized by installing elements for the efficient use of water (toilets, taps, showers ...), and the use of rainwater for irrigation. Specifically, low consumption control drip irrigation systems are installed in the Campus. In addition, the complex has an underground cistern (tank) with the capacity to store 300,000 liters of rainwater from roofs and other recycled water. The cafeteria in the central green area has a green roof inhabited by herbaceous species and bushes.
Positive results of measures
The green areas of Campus are home to a wide variety of plant species that offer shelter to specimens of avifauna and insects. There are approximately 100 autochthonous trees, including evergreen species such as the pine grove (Pinus pinastertrees) and strawberry (Arbutus unedo), and other deciduous species such as ash (Fraxinus sp..). Among the shrub species there are several examples of plants adapted to Mediterranean environments such as rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis prostratus), rockrose (Cistus ladanifer), lavender (Lavandula officinalis), Teucrium fruticans, roses (Rosa sp.), yew (Taxus baccata), and boxwood (Buxus sempervirens). Regarding fauna, you can see individuals of sparrows (Passer domesticus), robins (Erithacus rubecula), blackbirds (Turdus merula) and magpies (Pica pica), as well as pollinating bumble bees.
Motivation and goals
The headquarters was designed and built seeking the generation of a positive impact on the well-being of its occupants and the environment. It obtained the LEED-NC Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. For the design and construction of green areas, elements were incorporated according to demanding sustainability criteria, ranging from the selection of species and the efficiency of irrigation systems. up to the storage and reuse of water.
Characteristics of the area
The location of the Campus is in an urban area. Madrid has a continental Mediterranean climate, with cold winters with abundant night frosts and warm summers with average temperatures around 22 ºC. Average annual precipitation is low, slightly above 500 mm per year, with marked periods of summer drought and concentrated maximum rainfall in spring and autumn.
Benefits of BooGI-BOP project
By participating in the LIFE BooGI-BOP project, it is intended to strengthen the previous actions that have been carried out by Repsol following criteria that prioritize the improvement of biodiversity. To involve in these actions and their positive results to employees and people who visit the Campus is another of the Group´s objectives, so that they learn to value the services provided by this urban location.