08. Commitment to the environment

Our commitment to the fight against climate change

Climate change is one of the greatest environmental, social and economic threats facing mankind, and therefore concerns us all.

For years, the SyV Group’s concern for this major environmental issue has taken the form of an environmental policy that is committed to saving energy and controlling atmospheric emissions, coupled with a business strategy that focuses on developing alternative energy sources.

The production and consumption of energy deriving fossil fuels is inextricably linked to climate change. Accordingly, to combat climate change, the energy model must change and this requires a transition towards sustainable development based on energy efficiency and a firm commitment to renewable energies.

The SyV Group has pursued a business strategy for developing alternative, environmentally-friendly energy sources for many years. Accordingly, Sacyr Vallehermoso aligns its business policy with European Union guidelines for energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energies. This policy is based on a conviction that sustainable development requires more efficient use of energy resources and a significant increase in the contribution of renewable and clean energies to the energy mix.

Valoriza Energía leads the SyV Group’s business centered on energy efficiency and renewable energies, spearheading the development of the Group’s strategy in energy material.

Specific actions are being designed and implemented for the rest of the companies comprising the SyV Group within the framework of the main principles behind Sacyr Vallehermoso’s environmental policy:

• Encourage energy savings and adopt energy efficiency measures
• Promote the use of renewable energy
• Develop technology research and development projects (R&D)
• Encourage education, training and awarenessraising initiatives

Fuentes alternativas de energía

The significant increase in electricity generated, and therefore, exported to the grid, by Bioeléctrica de Linares in 2011 vs. 2010, is because this facility effectively came on stream in May 2010, and so hardly any electricity generation occurred between the months of January-May 2010, while it was operational throughout 2011.

Valoriza Energía’s biomass plants not only use renewable fuel, but they also consume fuel from the olive industry (cut olive branches, trunks and stumps), which were traditionally burned in the fields and caused emissions of particles from uncontrolled burning, not to mention energy waste.

These plants also use another type of biomass, forest biomass from mountain clearings, which helps to reduce forest fires.

All the facilities consume biomass deriving from olive trees, are they are largely located in areas where there is a predominance of olive trees, and due to the commitment made by Valoriza Energía towards generating economic activity around its facilities. Biomass deriving from olives in 2011 accounted for 69.97% of total biomass consumption.

Valoriza is still immersed in the documentary formalities required to build the BIPUGE II plant, a new 10 MW biomass plant to be located in the Puente Genil industrial estate.