““In this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire… But afterwards there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea.”
Thus Plato relates in the Timaeus the tragic end of the legendary island, swallowed by the sea. This tale serves as both a cautionary story of human hubris and a stark reminder of an island’s vulnerability amidst the vast, unforgiving ocean.
Today, the world’s islands confront a slower but no less devastating cataclysm: the rising sea levels driven by global warming. In addition to this existential threat, many islands grapple with other formidable challenges linked to climate change, including providing drinking water to their inhabitants. Islands and marine archipelagos are paradoxically encircled by vast bodies of water they cannot readily utilize.
ACCIONA is dedicated to addressing both these pressing challenges. We actively contribute to climate change mitigation by promoting the decarbonization of the economy and transitioning to renewable energy sources. Simultaneously, we offer the cutting-edge technology required to ensure a clean and sustainable freshwater supply for island communities, including the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, and Cape Verde.
Our commitment extends beyond those cases; we have pioneered desalination projects for over four decades, providing a life-sustaining resource to more than thirty million people worldwide. Our extensive experience has positioned us at the forefront of desalination technology, boasting some of the planet’s most efficient and environmentally sustainable facilities. Read on to learn more about our work in this field.