08. Commitment to the environment

Emissions, effluents, and waste

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Waste

In line with our environmental policy, one of the SyV Group’s priorities is to improve waste management by taking steps to reduce, recover and recycle generated wastes and dispose of nonrecoverable material in a suitable way.

Sacyr Vallehermoso’s array of business operations generate different types of waste, all of which are properly handled by authorised waste managers.

The main lines of work in this area are geared towards achieving the best environmental result.

Therefore, the order of priority in waste prevention and management is as follows: prevention, preparation for reuse, recycling, other type of recovery, including energy recovery, and, lastly, elimination. While at the same time seeking the best options from our suppliers. All the while, the company encourages best practices through training and awareness initiatives.

When work is subcontracted, waste is managed by subcontractors. To ensure that subcontractors adapt to best management practices, Sacyr Vallehermoso informs them of the requirements in accordance with the environmental factors and verifies their compliance by conducting audits, visiting them to carry out environmental supervision and requiring documentary evidence that waste is being managed correctly.

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In 2011, the SyV Group went to great lengths to provide information on the treatment method used on the waste generated. The following table shows the treatment received by each type of nonhazardous waste generated in 2011 in each of the Group’s activities.

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Currently, the SyV Group is working to provide data on the amount of hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated, according to the treatment method used, in 2012.

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The following table shows the treatment received by each type of hazardous waste generated in 2011 in each of the Group’s activities.

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When the SyV Group operates in a country where environmental legislation is less rigorous than in other countries or remains unimplemented, we try to apply the guidelines stipulated in stricter jurisdictions, although this practice is not always feasible owing to external difficulties.

Reuse of inert waste

The SyV Group encourages the reuse of inert waste from construction projects and other activities to prevent the waste from ending up at landfills and having to acquire new materials. Therefore, part of its habitual practice is the reuse of surpluses from works in subsequent refurbishing projects, land filling, clearance-embankment adjustments, etc.

71% of excavated land was reused in Sacyr’s construction business in 2011 at its own and other work centres, compared to 58.3% in 2010.

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