08. Commitment to the environment

Our commitment to the fight against climate change

Testa, as part of its commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, is implementing technological innovations in the Group headquarters as a first phase to assess first hand the benefits of these innovations and of transferring the most advantageous options to the rest of its assets.

In addition to the improvements made in previous years, the following have been implemented in 2011:

- Installation of devices for tracking and monitoring electricity consumption, enabling the consumption of each area of the building to be monitored and to identify the uses of electricity at any given time through online access from any PC. This installation is a previous essential step for any study geared towards optimising energy consumption and use, and will allow the savingS achieved to be quantified in real time factoring in any modifications carried out.

- Replacement of lighting systems in the car parks and at several plants, with high energy efficiency tubing (LED). This new lighting system consumes 45% less power than the previous one. This saving will increase as it combines with motion detectors to prevent all the lighting from coming on when there are no users. Furthermore, the new tubes can guarantee five times more hours of usage, improving the facility’s efficiency even further.

- Motion detectors in stairways as practically all vertical movements are made in lifts. For this reason, and to prevent lights being turned on unnecessarily motion detectors have been installed in the two staircases of the building as a further energy saving. They were installed at the end of the year and therefore the savings achieved have not yet been quantified.


Proceedings have begun to obtain LEED certification for the Miami and Pedro de Valdivia. office buildings. In both cases, LEED Silver certification is being sought.

LEED (an acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a sustainable building certification system developed by the US Green Building Council.

It consists of a set of standards regarding the use of strategies geared towards achieving sustainability in all types of buildings. It is based on factoring into projects aspects relating to energy efficiency, the use of alternative energies, improving internal environmental quality, efficient water consumption, sustainable development of green spaces in the terrain and the choice of materials. There are four certification levels: certificate (LEED Certificate), silver (LEED Silver), gold (LEED Gold) and platinum (LEED Platinum).

The certification, which is voluntary, is aimed at encouraging the implementation of strategies designed to bring about a global improvement in the environmental impact of the construction industry.


Testa, the property subsidiary of the Sacyr Vallehermoso Group (SyV) has launched two recharging points for electrical vehicles in the private car park of its office building in Avenida Vía Augusta 71-73, Sant Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona) with the aim of extending the service to its customers, protecting the environment, fostering sustainability and fostering technological advancement in its property portfolio.

This building offers other sustainable and energy saving measures, including its second skin - or double façade - that reduces the effects of the sun’s heat, thus saving energy

puntos de recarga para coches eléctricos

Transport and mobility in general are directly linked to climate change, pollution and energy dependence. Therefore, measures have been adopted in the areas of efficient driving, video conferencing meetings, etc.

- Somague’s head office is connected by public transport – mainly buses – which enables its employees and contractors to travel to and from various points in Lisbon. This network was started up in 2010. In 2011, the three public transport routes accessible at the head office carried an average of 57 Somague employees every day. Daily use of public transport in 2011 prevented the emission of close to 132 tonnes of carbon dioxide. This figure is based on an estimated figure of 179 tonnes of carbon dioxide released if individual cars had been used instead, deducting the 47 tonnes of carbon dioxide produced by the buses.

Furthermore, one of Somague’s objectives in the area of construction in 2011 was to reduce the use of automobile fuel by 5%, and to promote defensive attitudes in company drivers through training initiatives.

In 2011, Somague Construcción was once again a member of the ACGE index (Climate alterations and Company management), where it was first in the ranking among construction companies. This initiative studies the performance of a series of business sectors in the national market, assessing companies’ ability to respond to the challenges posed by climate change and a limited-carbon economy.