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FCC Industrial first "Zero Waste" construction company

17/01/2020

  • FCC Industrial has become the first construction company to obtain the "Zero Waste" traceability system certificate, granted by AENOR. 

17 January 2020. The construction company has been able to certify a 99.99% recovery of the waste generated in its construction, industrial and civil works in Torija (Guadalajara).

To achieve this, FCC Industrial carried out a detailed study of the waste fractions generated in the audited project, as well as their flow, carrying out a redesign of procedures and processes for their management in a context of circular economy.

The obtaining of this certification is part of the company's voluntary commitment to integrating and complying with the Sustainable Development Goals.

FCC Industrial becomes the first construction company to offer its customers and stakeholders the development of their projects without the shipment of any waste to landfill. According to Eduardo Yges Peña, Managing Director of FCC Industrial, "in a society that demands an increasing environmental awareness of companies, with visible measures and results, builders must take a stand and not fall behind in the challenge".

Representing AENOR were, Rafael García Meiro, CEO of AENOR, who stressed that "society demands that companies be aligned with the SDGs. Many of them have been promoting specific objectives and the certification of their activity is an effective way of demonstrating this. FCC's commitment to sustainability is long, firm and comprehensive; ranging from energy efficiency to emission management. Now a marked contribution is added to the Circular Economy".

To implement "Zero Waste", FCC Industrial held extensive training on waste management for both its own and sub-contracted personnel; A correct separation of the waste from its different fractions and a use of large containers, achieving the latter's double objective of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by significantly reducing the number of waste transport and making the project profitable, achieved a positive or zero rate for most waste.

In addition, FCC Industrial has developed plans of a social aspect, such as training on waste in the area's institutes; the collaboration with non-profit organisations through the transfer of waste for subsequent recovery or ad hoc environmental actions such as planting native species once the work has been completed.

This new "Zero Waste" certificate is in addition to the environmental (ISO 14001) and energy efficiency (ISO 51001) certifications that the company holds, together with the implementation of international certifications such as BREEAM and LEED in its various projects. All of this is a demonstration of FCC Industrial's commitment to sustainability, making it one of the leading and leading companies in the sector.