FCC Construcción is aware of the effect the sector has on the natural surroundings. For this reason, since the year 2000, the company has established the company strategy of implementing practices which respect the environment and which go beyond strict compliance with the regulations, since the construction activities interact, although temporary and not especially dangerously with different elements of the environment: air, water, soil, atmosphere, surroundings and bio-diversity.
To this end, the company has an environmental management system which has the UNE-EN ISO 14.001:2004 certificate and is integrated in the General Management System of the company and is applied in all the works and work centres.
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Good environmental practices fall into the following fields:
Relations with people are key to success in the construction industry. Being attentive to the people around us, the experiences we share and from which we learn are all elements that configure the way we conduct ourselves in our environment and are critical to the successful outcome of our efforts.
Moving large quantities of earth, driving machinery and demolishing buildings and other structures are the main causes of emissions of dust and particles.
Some of the good practices we most often implement at our sites consist in sprinkling roads and waste heaps to keep down the dust raised by passing machinery and the work going on at the site. Good machinery maintenance is fundamental.
Noise generation is a temporary problem with varying levels of intensity.
With regard to noise and vibrations, the Company’s efforts focus on both direct actions to reduce sound levels and indirect actions to reduce the inconveniences caused by adjusting hours, usage and customs in the affected areas.
Water is a highly valuable resource, and the impact caused by FCC Construcción’s activities runs the gamut from water consumption to the occupation of river banks, stream diversion and wastewater dumping.
Our measures are aimed at enhancing our efficiency of water use and reducing associated dumping.
Land is a non-renewable resource in the short- and medium-term view and is characterised by its great vulnerability. For this reason it is highly important to use measures to reduce the impact we have on land and soil.
Some of the foremost measures we take are to restore areas where temporary construction facilities have been located and to limit site access and occupation.
Badalona Marina and Fishing Port
Our business has to face the need to optimise our resource use. Not all the resources we consume can be chalked up to the actual building phase, where we process the materials required by the project’s design; we can also optimise our application of resources by managing waste wisely and averting needless losses due to improper storage.
The waste created during construction is one of the main environmental problems of building, because construction waste contributes largely to environmental degradation. In addition to this, dumping space is running short and resource consumption needs to be optimised. Good waste management is therefore critical, i.e., identifying what waste our work is going to create and forecasting the quantity of waste that will have to be handled.
Siete Aguas-Bunyol High-Speed Train
In addition to abiotic factors (water, atmosphere, soil), the construction sector also has a clear impact on biotic factors, such as the plant and animal species living in the environment where the construction site is located. Biodiversity conservation is another one of the big environmental challenges that concern FCC Construcción. The measures we apply aim especially at the physical protection of local species, moving species and adjusting our work schedules to better accommodate different species’ life cycles. In addition FCC frequently institutes practices enabling us to interfere as little as possible in the community’s daily life, such as avoiding spreading dirt when entering and leaving the site and facilitating access when we have no choice but to occupy sidewalks or streets.
List of Protected Species at Our Sites
Sevilla-Cádiz High-Speed Line
Dams of Ribeiradio and Ermida (Spanish)
In 2010, we implemented a Greenhouse Effect Gas Measurement Protocol for construction designed to quantify these emissions and eventually reduce them. This led to the adaptation of our computer applications to improve sample-taking, quantification and statistical processing of the Greenhouse Effect Gas Emissions generated by our construction activities. As a result, our company was the runner up in the category of “Management for sustainable development” in the 12 edition of the European Environmental Awards.
The measurement protocol, which meets the requirements of UNE-ISO 14064-1:2006, also complies with ENCORD, the first standard to receive the “Built on GHG” logo by the GHG Protocol.
In connection with this protocol, emission reports showing the inventory of greenhouse effect gases generated at the construction sites and permanent locations of FCC Construcción in Spain are drafted, verified and published annually.