Sustainability is one of the pillars of Ineco’s strategy and, as such, it is of crucial importance in all company actions. Ineco promotes actions and attitudes that balance the development of infrastructures, care for the environment and social responsibility, according to the values that define the company and the principles that govern the United Nations Global Compact.
In its commitment to protecting the environment and mitigating the effects of climate change, Ineco followed lines of action in 2107 that will continue with new challenges in 2018.
In order to carry out effective environmental management, Ineco has a certificate according to the latest version of the international standard ISO 14001: 2015, based on three basic lines: environmental protection, including prevention of pollution, compliance with legal and other environmental requirements and continuous improvement of the environmental performance of the company.
In addition to the control, monitoring and measurement of environmental performance; the company works to spread to the entire organisation measures to improve the responsible use of resources, minimising the generation of waste and emissions.
In 2017, as a sign of this commitment, the certification according to ISO 14001, under a multi-replacement scheme, was obtained in a total of 13 countries.
Ineco is committed to improving competitiveness and sustainability through proposals aimed at reducing impacts that adversely affect the environment. To do this, the organisation has energy efficiency and resource optimisation devices and launches awareness campaigns for the proper use of the resources implemented in its activity.
Ineco launched the following initiatives aimed at making more efficient use of resources:
Information and awareness
Facility operation and maintenance
In 2018, Ineco will continue to maintain its commitment to the environment, adopting a preventive approach and promoting initiatives that encourage greater environmental responsibility, as stipulated by the Global Compact. This responsibility obliges the company to continue to adopt measures aimed at the sustainable and optimised use of resources.
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Transport has to be respectful of the environment to ensure the future of the planet. That is why sustainability is one of the pillars of all Ineco’s technical solutions and proposals for innovation.
As a follow-up to the previous years’ projects, during 2017, the company is more aware than ever of the need to help curb global warming and climate change and participated in the following R&D+i projects focused on improving environmental efficiency:
Development of a comprehensive waste planning tool. It consists of four modules: characterisation of waste, location of infrastructures, alternatives for the management model and economic evaluation of the different alternatives.
Development of a tool for the design of the infrastructure, which analyses the effect of the sonic explosion produced by micropressure waves in the tunnel at the speed of sound.
Development of a data management platform for smart cities with specific solutions to improve the efficiency of mobility in cities, which lead to the reduction of emissions and environmental noise. Specific indicators were also developed at the environmental level to increase the level of information and awareness of environmental problems in cities.
It studies the effectiveness of commercial materials that absorb nitrogen oxides (NOx) by carrying out measurements both in the laboratory and in the street. The ultimate goal of these materials is to reduce the concentration of NOx in the atmosphere in urban environments (pollution reduction).
Programme for research into the future of Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Europe, as well as the civil aviation strategy within the framework of the Single European Sky (SES). Among the overall objectives of the SESAR programme is a reduction of emissions due to air traffic of up to 10% (average reduction of consumption of between 250 and 500 kg of fuel per flight), making air traffic management more efficient. This management will also result in a lower sound impact from operations.
Project that studies the application of BIM methodology during the operation of a linear infrastructure (road) to optimise its maintenance and increase its resilience to climate change.
Ineco, as an expert consultancy and transport engineering company that provides service throughout the life cycle of the projects, offers solutions in the area of sustainability and the environment. These range from environmental assessment, at strategic and project level, to specialised analyses of each of the potentially affected environmental factors, fauna and vegetation, archaeological heritage, soil or water (discharges), air (air pollution, emissions, etc.) and general environment (noises, vibrations, space occupancy, etc.). Tools based on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and modelling are used for routine work.
Therefore, the company has many years of experience and specialised equipment capable of carrying out all types of studies – from the sound track of an airport to the strategic environmental assessment of a transport plan or the impact studies of a road, railway , or multimodal corridor, for example – and to propose and design the corresponding preventive, corrective or mitigating measures. Environmental aspects are particularly important in planning decisions and in all pre-construction studies, as they greatly influence the costs – both ecological and economic – of building, expanding or exploiting infrastructure and transport systems.