Ferrovial

Ferrovial - Integrated annual report 2013 / Introduction

Approach to environmental sustainability

Ferrovial is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its activities, taking a preventive approach that will benefit the environment and reduce the company’s global carbon footprint. This commitment is embodied in one of the principles making up the “ground rules” that all decision-makers at Ferrovial and its subsidiaries around the world must abide by1:

  • To satisfy client and user expectations.
  • Everyone participates.
  • Mutual benefit in relations with suppliers and partners.
  • Eco-efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The value of commitment.
  • Continuous improvement.
  • Intelligent dialog with stakeholders, in particular with governments and regulators.

The full text of the company’s quality and environment policies, as well as amendments to the principles, can be found on the Quality and Environment section of Ferrovial’s website.

1 These principles, together with the rest of the sustainability policy, are currently under review. The update will be published on the Ferrovial website (www.ferrovial.com) in the coming months, once the process of preparation and internal approval is complete.

Strategy

Over recent years, analysts have highlighted Ferrovial as a leader in its sectors of activity, and in the area of environmental responsibility and sustainability. In fact, these aspects have taken on an increasingly important role and the company wants to use them as a platform for generating new ideas and models for business in a context of global environmental crisis. In recent years Ferrovial has bolstered its capacity to provide services and infrastructures that address global challenges such as climate change, the energy crisis and loss of biodiversity, with the aim of creating long-term value.

This approach to environmental sustainability has been deployed in a strategy with two basic objectives:

  1. Responsible management of the environmental impact produced by its activities, from an eminently preventive perspective.
  2. The use of Ferrovial’s capacity and know-how in the development of infrastructures and services for a lowemission economy.

Efficient use of energy and natural resources, coupled with a reduction of emissions and waste dumping, are a priority in production centers, but also a source of innovation and development of solutions that Ferrovial can then offer its clients and users; in particular, energy efficiency in buildings, the integrated management of cities (Smart Cities) and low-emission mobility. Conservation of biodiversity is also considered a priority line of action, supported by the improved state of scientific and technical knowledge.