Publicada el 22 de Abril de 2016
Today is Mother Earth Day, a day to reflect upon what we can do to help protect our incredible planet and to take decisive action for the future. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1970 and is organised by the Earth Day Network whose mission is to build the world’s largest environmental movement.
This year Earth Day coincides with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The vice-president of the Spanish Green Growth Group (GECV) which Ferrovial presides over along with 28 other companies will be in attendance. The binding agreement was adopted at the COP21 in Paris last December and sets out a global action plan to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Ferrovial was one of the leading businesses who came together with investors, cities and regions to show our support of the COP21 agreement by signing the Paris Pledge for action.
How do we monitor our Carbon Footprint
At Ferrovial we take very seriously the importance of the carbon footprint. Since 2009 we have measured 100% of greenhouse gas emissions from our global activities, aiming to reduce our carbon footprint through more efficient energy use. We know that we can´t be credible as a potential low-emission infrastructure and service provider if we don’t make ambitious commitments to reduce our own carbon footprint.
Global targets have been set for 2020, with a bottom-up approach where we will reduce emissions based upon how we manage production processes. Ferrovial has set a target of a 35% reduction in our scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2020 (with 2009 as the base year) in terms of carbon intensity. This means reducing scope 1 & 2, in comparable terms of turnover by 35.41 % in 2020 compared to 2009. We do not have reduction targets for scope 3, because as a construction and services company present in over 20 countries, our suppliers change from year to year and we have no control over them. In addition to this, the products and services offered vary according to the needs of our customers.
We have taken various actions to reduce our emissions, some which are specific to individual business lines and others which have been implemented across the entire company.
What actions do we take to reduce our carbon footprint?
- We use energy efficiency criteria in purchasing and service subcontracting; we purchase electricity from certified renewable sources; we use alternative fuels as well as alternative vehicles.
- In 2008 the pioneering initiative the Sustainable Mobility Plan was introduced. As part of this, initiatives have been implemented to upgrade vehicle fleets and provide training in efficient driving practices, particularly in our Construction and Services business lines.
- We develop new technology and innovative processes aimed at improving the amount of emissions avoided.
- We incorporate energy efficiency measures in buildings used as our corporate headquarters.
This Mother Earth Day we encourage you to think carefully about your personal carbon footprint and what you can do to decrease your emissions both at home and in the workplace.
Read more about how we manage our carbon footprint here