—Reduced emissions by 34,000 tons of CO2 in 2015,
equal to the benefit of 890,000 trees—
—19% of the energy consumed is renewable—
—Convened in 2015 more than 8 million people
who collected 50 tons of garbage in Mexico —
—Brought together more than 100,000 volunteers this year
to plant three million trees throughout the country—
MEXICO CITY, Aug. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Salinas, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies, deeply committed to the modernization of the countries where they operate and founded by entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas, is determined to mitigate the environmental impacts in its value chain and develop initiatives that effectively promote the preservation of the environment to generate greater prosperity and welfare in the communities where it operates.
The companies develop processes that optimize the efficient use of resources in their daily activities, thus saving energy in corporate offices, points of sale, production facilities and vehicles, and use more intensive renewable resources.
Likewise, both Grupo Elektra and TV Azteca, Grupo Salinas companies that are listed on the Mexican Stock Exchange and form part of the Sustainability Index, reduced emissions by 34,000 tons of carbon dioxide during 2015, equal to the benefit of 890,000 trees.
The use of renewable energy, primarily wind, was 59 GigaWatts (GWh) per hour in 2015, representing 19% of a total of 308 GWh consumed by the companies. Grupo Salinas seeks to gradually increase this proportion.
In addition to the daily activities in favor of the environment, through Fundación Azteca, Grupo Salinas promotes the largest cleanup movement in the country, Limpiemos Nuestro México, which sensitizes the community about the problem of waste. In 2015, the initiative brought together more than 8 million volunteers to collect and separate 50,000 tons of garbage throughout the country. Similarly, Fundación Azteca promoted the program ¡Que viva la Selva Lacandona!, a drawing contest that educates children about the importance of preserving natural areas. In its last edition, the competition received more than 40,000 drawings.
Grupo Salinas also boosted this year the reforestation program Un Nuevo Bosque, which resulted in the planting of 3 million trees in more than 3,000 hectares throughout the country.
Both Grupo Salinas and its founder Ricardo Salinas have a strong commitment to the environment and seek to advance economic development together with environmental protection, resulting in a higher quality of life and prosperity for current and future generations. For additional information, visit the Sustainability Reports of Grupo Elektra and TV Azteca at www.grupoelektra.com.mx/es/sustentabilidad and www.irtvazteca.com/es/informes-de-sustentabilidad
About Grupo Salinas
Grupo Salinas (www.gruposalinas.com) is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating: economic value through market innovation and goods and services that improve standards of living; social value, to create social capabilities to improve the communities’ conditions; and environmental value, by reducing the negative impact related to its business activities. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: Azteca (www.azteca.com; www.irtvazteca.com) Azteca America (us.azteca.com), Grupo Elektra (www.grupoelektra.com.mx), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Advance America (www.advanceamerica.net), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx), Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx), Punto Casa de Bolsa (www.puntocasadebolsa.mx), Totalplay (www.totalplay.com.mx) and Enlace TPE (www.enlacetpe.mx). Azteca and Grupo Elektra trade shares on the Mexican Stock Market and are part of its Sustainability Index. Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings. The group of companies shares a common vision, values and strategies for achieving rapid growth, superior results and world-class performance.