World Environment Day 2023 at Myrtha Pools
On this World Environment Day 2023, a look at Myrtha’s Contribution to Sustainability at the Fukuoka World Aquatic Championships
Myrtha Pools, a leading global provider of aquatic solutions, is making waves in the industry with its unwavering commitment to sustainability. As a testament to its dedication, the company has released its Sustainability Report for 2022 well ahead of legislative requirements. This proactive approach underscores Myrtha’s belief in translating sustainability into action across its operations, focusing on three key pillars: Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG). “Investing in sustainability is not just a responsibility, but a core value at Myrtha Pools. Our early release of the Sustainability Report demonstrates our commitment to transparency and driving positive change in the industry,” said Innocenzo Pochini, Myrtha’s Technical Office Director and Sustainability Manager.
Environmental Responsibility: Harnessing Solar Power and Innovative Materials
Myrtha Pools has taken significant strides in reducing its carbon footprint and minimizing its reliance on traditional energy sources. With the upcoming installation of solar panels, the company expects to meet at least 50% of its energy needs through renewable energy starting this summer. This transition to clean energy demonstrates Myrtha’s dedication to combatting climate change and embracing sustainable practices. Furthermore, Myrtha’s Research and Development team has been actively exploring the potential of recycled and recyclable materials for pool construction. By incorporating these innovative materials into their products, Myrtha Pools aims to reduce waste and promote a circular economy.
“The pool of the future must prioritize environmental sustainability. At Myrtha Pools, we are not only investing in research and development of new materials and production techniques but also embracing digitization to enhance pool efficiency and extend the lifespan of our components,” stated Pochini.
A Showcase of Sustainable Practices: Fukuoka World Aquatic Championships
Myrtha Pools has recently made significant contributions to sustainability at the Fukuoka World Aquatic Championships, providing five pools that exemplify two distinct sustainability models: the reuse and the legacy models. Under the ‘Reuse model’, as explained by Mauro Rivetta, Myrtha’s Project Manager Director: “Two main competition pools, set to host swimming, artistic swimming, and water polo competitions, have been constructed using parts from previous events, including Copenhagen 2017 and Gwangju 2019. Notably, two out of the three perlite filters in the competition pool were originally used in Rio 2016. After each event, these filters were refurbished at Myrtha’s headquarters, extending their lifecycle and minimizing waste”. This approach highlights Myrtha’s dedication to sustainability also through water conservation.
In line with their commitment to social investment, Myrtha Pools worked in collaboration with the organizing committees, federations, Japanese authorities, and their distributor APC to configure three warm-up tanks for a multi-year legacy program. “These tanks with depths of 2m and 3m – stated Rivetta – will be reinstalled in various schools across Japan”. By subdividing the panels into smaller height components, Myrtha enables the development of swimming programs in schools, fostering water safety and creating an enduring social impact. Myrtha is at the forefront of sustainability within the aquatic industry. In fact, in addition to their contributions to major sporting events and temporary installations, our company is also making a significant impact in the realm of permanent aquatic facilities. By incorporating sustainable practices and utilizing their innovative modular stainless-steel system, Myrtha Pools has become a frontrunner in achieving Green Building Certification.
According to a comparative analysis conducted by Acor Consultants of Sydney, Myrtha technology significantly reduces CO2 emissions when compared to concrete pools (up to 50%) and welded steel pools (up to 30%). This reduction in emissions is a result of Myrtha’s commitment to utilizing durable materials and innovative construction techniques. In the realm of sustainable building design and construction, various certification systems have emerged as indicators of quality and environmental performance. These certification systems provide a checklist of credits and criteria that are increasingly being embraced by investors and project stakeholders. Myrtha Pools’ commitment to sustainability aligns with several renowned certification systems, including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), and Green Star. These certifications recognize and reward projects that demonstrate energy efficiency, water and raw material savings, long life cycles, indoor air quality, and low emissions. Through their unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship, Myrtha Pools continues to create a lasting legacy that prioritizes sustainability and fosters social development.
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