08. Commitment to the environment

Day-to-day environmental management


The Sacyr Vallehermoso Group’s Quality and Environment department is involved with external task forces working at various associations, such as:

• SEOPAN Quality Committee and Environmental Committee: The Sacyr Vallehermoso group plays an active role in these committees belonging to the Association of Spanish Construction Companies (SEOPAN), whose mission includes, inter alia, promoting compliance with environmental legislation.

• It also participates in ASEFMA, forming part of different work groups (e.g. environment), whose objectives include the identification of sustainable systems and methodologies.

• Spanish Technological Roads Platform (PTC). The company took part in the environment and energy working groups.

• Sacyr Vallehermoso is a member of the Advisory Board for the certification of construction companies (made up of the Ministries of Justice, Environment and Development and representatives of construction companies).

• Member of the AEN/CTN 198 Sustainability in Construction Committee.

• Sacyr Vallehermoso also takes part in the SEOPAN CSR Committee, through which Corporate Social Responsibility is promoted among companies belonging to the association.

• Member of the BREEAM Certification Advisory Board, responsible for defining the development strategy of BREEAM Spain and representing all parties in the building sector including planners, developers, builders, foundations and environmental institutions, financial entities and public administrations.

• The company is active in the PLANETA platform, one of the objectives of which is to foster the exchange of knowledge, information and experiences relating to environmental technologies, propose lines of cooperation and promote initiatives to improve the qualification of Spanish professionals in the field of Environmental Technologies.

The active participation of SyV in these working groups contributes to the development of documents, standards, etc, which will subsequently be shared with society. Sacyr Vallehermoso, S.A. has been a full member and trustee of the Andalusia Technology Corporation (CTA) since June 2007. CTA is a private foundation formed by the Andalusia regional government’s department of innovation, science and enterprise to support cooperation between the science and business communities in response to the innovation and development needs of Andalusian society. This body brings together researchers from universities and research centres, innovative companies, financial entities and public entities in an alliance for innovation, research and development. Sacyr, S. A. has agreements in place with the University of Granada, GIASA (public infrastructure management company belonging to the Andalusia regional government), FERROCARRILES DE LA JUNTA DE ANDALUCÍA and another four construction companies aimed at “Research into new technologies applied to civil engineering projects”.


On 1 April 2011, the Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales Corporate Chair in “Technology for the Environment” was presented. The objectives of the Chair are based on cooperation in technological development and innovation activities, teaching, research, dissemination and the transfer of technology in the field of popular sciences and technologies.

Specifically, in the development and innovation of environmental technologies, and, in particular, the new waste recycling technologies (recovery with biological processes, waste and special management; recovery of waste for energy purposes; and the development and innovation of technologies for the management of municipal services in general).

The activities carried out by the chair will relate to training (courses, field practices, end of course projects, training for grant holders, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral grants) and carrying out research and development projects (development of joint lines of research, carrying out of research projects and works, doctoral theses relating to R&D+I projects, study of environmental and technical subjects which could pose problems for the company, research competitions and awards, assessment and mutual support in projects, drafting of articles and publications for the transfer of research results, carrying out dissemination seminars/workshops).

Somague formed part of the Installation Committee created in June 2010 with the aim of carrying out all the actions necessary to set up the Portuguese Technological Construction Platform (PTPC). Together with other sector companies and entities of the National Scientific and Technological System, Somague played an active role in defining the association bylaws, their guidelines and in defining the activities plan for 2011/2012.

Sacyr Chile S.A. belongs to the Chilean Construction Chamber and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Chile. The Chilean Construction Chamber (CChC) is a union association whose chief aim is to promote the development of construction activity, as a fundamental driver for the country’s development in the context of a social market economy based on private initiative. Sacyr Chile takes part in those areas which CCHC has developed to promote the construction industry, particularly in the Concessions, General Contractors and Public Infrastructure committees.

Environmental guidelines vis-à-vis collaborators

Sacyr Vallehermoso is aware of the impact its goods and services suppliers have on its environmental efforts and therefore encourages these companies to adhere to the Group’s environmental regulations and values.

As established in its Quality and Environmental Policy, the Group’s aim is to have a select team of collaborators in place who share its environmental values. To this end, when contracting services, besides assessing their resources and experience, it also assesses the supplier’s degree of compliance with certain other prerequisites, including:

• The existence of environmental management systems certified in accordance with ISO 9001 or EMAS and of quality management systems certified in accordance with ISO 9001.

• Their degree of compliance with environmental and quality standards set out in documents relating to the activity performed - i.e.: tender specifications, construction procedures, inspection programmes, etc.

• The adoption of environmental initiatives including the use of advanced, environmentally friendly technologies, minimisation of waste, restoration of land occupied by installations, etc.

• Evidence of compliance with legislation related to the activities to which the contract relates.

• The achievement of objectives to improve environmental impacts and prevent pollution.

• To make partners more aware and committed to environmental protection through training initiatives.

Suppliers are evaluated at regular intervals and their environmental performance assessed on the basis of both environmental practices adopted and compliance with the required environmental documentation (authorisations, waste management, etc.).. The assessment considers whether suppliers undertake their work applying their own environmental practices, whether their employees are genuinely committed to compliance with these practices, and whether the firm satisfies the SyV Group’s environmental requirements and good practices. The assessment process evaluates compliance with environmental regulations and requires candidates to provide supporting evidence in documentary form.

Candidates are also assessed on the basis of quality criteria such as adherence to deadlines, service quality, contractual performance, etc.

In 2011, a total of 1,102 suppliers were evaluated in the construction business in Spain, 23 suppliers in the construction activity in Chile and 1,690 suppliers in the construction activity in Somague.

A total 563 suppliers were assessed within the scope of the services business in Spain. 548 candidates passed, 6 were awarded passes subject to the fulfilment of further conditions, and 9 candidates failed. The results for each activity were as follows:

In 2011, there was an increase of 22.39% in the number of suppliers assessed in the services activity compared with 2010, with the number rising from 460 to 563.

In Somague Ambiente’s water business, 148 suppliers were assessed on the basis of both quality and environmental criteria. Assessment criteria included good environmental practices and compliance with environmental regulations. The average result of the assessment was 3.4 (between good and very good). In Somague’s waste business, Hidurbe carries out two different actions.

Every year, all key suppliers are identified and assessed on the basis of product/service performance; 77 of these suppliers were assessed in 2011.

The second action concerns environmental performance; selected suppliers whose activities may have a significant impact on the environment are sent a code of conduct encouraging them to adopt good environmental practices. Following receipt of the code of conduct, each supplier signs an acknowledgment of receipt of the information provided. In 2011, the code of conduct was sent to 11 suppliers.