General Director of Ihobe,
Public Environmental Management Agency, Basque Government.
supported by the funding programme for Local Climate Eco-innovation
funded through the Circular Eco-innovation call for applications 2021
confirmed in the first call for funding applications for the Basque Circular SME programme
in the process of designing and implementing the Local Agenda 2030
The Ihobe multiplier effect in the private sector has been €6:
for each euro allocated, €6 have been mobilised for environmental investment.
tonnes of greenhouse gasses avoided
tonnes of waste and soil landfill avoided
hectares of land recovered
providing advanced knowledge for decision-making (publications, viewfinders, methodologies, technical guides, etc.)
A public-private alliance set up in 2011 to enable collaboration between large businesses and the Basque Government. Its goals are to develop innovative circular economy projects and to generate and transfer knowledge to Basque industry, with Ihobe acting as Technical Secretariat.
Members of the Basque Ecodesign Center:
We run the Basque Centre for Advanced Circular Economy Services, which is the result of a public-private collaboration involving the Basque Government, Bilbao City Hall, the University of Deusto, the University of the Basque Country, Mondragon University, the Euskadi-Tknika Centre for Applied Research in Vocational Training, and the Novia Salcedo Foundation.
The Basque Circular Hub has brought practical business training to:
The Basque network of sustainable municipalities, of which Ihobe is the Technical Secretariat, is a 20-year-old network comprising municipalities and public administrations that provides a platform for coordinating the sustainability policies of Basque local authorities from a comprehensive perspective.
In 2021, Udalsarea 2030 involved:
The Basque Urban Waste Coordination Body (OCRU), for which Ihobe coordinates the Technical Secretariat, is in charge of coordinating activities for European Week for Waste Reduction in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country.
During the 2021 edition,
European Week for Waste Reduction in the Autonomous Community of the Basque Country supported:
The Basque Country holds the Presidency of Regions4, the global network of regional governments for sustainable development. Its diverse initiatives bring together more than 77 regions representing more than 300 million people to cooperate on climate change adaptation and biodiversity. The 2030 Agenda provides the routemap towards a sustainable and resilient future.
In 2021, Regions4…
The Urban Klima 2050 Integrated LIFE Project is set to be the biggest climate action project in the Basque Country in the coming years. With an investment of 19.8 million euros and the involvement of 20 member organisations, the project will take forward 40 specific actions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Basque Country, split into 5 areas.
Minister for Economic Development, Sustainability and the Environment
Deputy Minister for Environmental Sustainability
CEO of Aclima
Director of Technology and Innovation
Director of Tax Administration
Director of Legal Advice at Ihobe
General Director of Ihobe
Strategy and Innovation
You will always be part of Ihobe.
The entire workforce trained in an empowerment workshop and another workshop on the feminist economy of care.
We take an active role in activities where we can fulfil a social role that aligns with our abilities and values and supports our strategy. We support measures that contribute to environmental sustainability. Above all, we value cooperation, integration and education.
New version of the procurement procedure enables direct hiring from social enterprises.
Donation of 50 computers to ten NGOs via a participative process.
Around 15% of new hires from social enterprises, which is above the 5% established by the Basque Government.
billed by social enterprises and special job centres.
6 social enterprises and special job centres hired.
Review of template documents to ensure social clauses are effective.
budget execution in 2021
on average to pay invoices to suppliers in 2021
We have a collaboration agreement with the Association of Environmental Journalists (APIA). This led to the creation, among other initiatives, of the Environmental Communication School comprising summer courses at the University of the Basque Country to address two key concerns: communication and the environment.
The third edition of the Environmental Communication School, held on 8th and 9th September 2021, looked at the energy and climate transition in the context of a critical period of social and economic transformation that includes the environment.
We work with the Basque Association and College of Journalists (CVP-AVP). Since 2019, it has promoted the Environmental Journalism in the Basque Country Award that recognises journalists working on sustainable development, climate change and natural environment conservation, among other matters.
The 2021 winner was Eva Caballero, journalist and director for the ‘La Mecánica del Caracol’ programme on Radio Euskadi. An experienced journalist, she conducts her work with rigour and responsibility.
The crisis caused by the pandemic highlighted the close relationships between health, the economy and the environment. A view endorsed by the scientific community. Y esto es algo que también refrenda la comunidad científica.
Integrar el medio ambiente en las políticas sectoriales es fundamental para abordar los grandes retos a los que nos enfrentamos como sociedad; retos de una magnitud y urgencia sin precedentes y que trascienden nuestras fronteras: la crisis climática, el cambio de paradigma hacia un modelo circular y la sostenibilidad, en sentido amplio, son los grandes desafíos globales. Nuestro Pacto Verde de Euskadi.
Estas son también las tres líneas de actuación prioritarias en torno a las que trabajamos en la sociedad pública Ihobe. Os animo a conocer los principales resultados alcanzados en 2021.
Este 2021 ha sido un primer año de legislatura intenso, con grandes retos y logros para nuestra sociedad pública. A lo largo de esta memoria anual destacamos los principales resultados.
Pero los logros los alcanzan las personas; las personas que componemos un equipo: el equipo Ihobe. Y que, a la vez, sumamos al equipo del Departamento de Desarrollo Económico, Sostenibilidad y Medio Ambiente del Gobierno Vasco.
Como reto para 2022, nos centraremos en aquellos ámbitos que produzcan mayores beneficios ambientales, mejoren la competitividad de nuestras empresas y nos fortalezcan como territorio avanzado y resiliente.
Avanzamos hacia la mejora de nuestro medio ambiente, la mejora de nuestro País.