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.

1. Environmental Management System

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.

2. Responsible use of resources

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

  • Dissemination of environmental management results through the updating and publication of the “environmental thermometer” in the corporate intranet.
  • Six-monthly dissemination of environmental behaviour data from Ineco’s temporary offices (national and international).
  • Environmental awareness of employees through dissemination of videos and good environmental practices, signage and internal communication (corporate intranet, internal digital magazine, etc.).
  • Launching of specific environmental campaigns (World Water Day, Earth Hour, World Environment Day, etc.).
  • Launching of the specific environmental awareness campaign 2016/2017, “The 12 energy challenges”, which emphasizes our commitment to energy efficiency through implementing actions that reduce energy consumption in the office and promoting the sustainable mobility of our employees.
  • Creation of the Environment Prize, with the aim of enhancing staff motivation and commitment. The theme for this first edition, 2017, was energy efficiency.

Facility operation and maintenance

  • Efficiency and savings in facilities: During 2017, a series of improvements and changes were made to Ineco’s headquarters and office facilities through a second energy efficiency plan, which provided considerable savings and improved energy efficiency.
  • Energy management system: analysis of the phases for possible future implementation of the ISO 50001 energy management system at Ineco. It is also important to mention the completion of the first phases for the achievement of the LEED certification for the accreditation of sustainable buildings, in the Paseo de la Habana building.
  • Improvements in printing systems:  the renewal of printing equipment was completed during the first quarter of 2017. Through these actions, it has managed to reduce the number of printing devices by over 50% in head offices.
  • Sustainable management of services: promotion of the use of recycled paper and implementation of a sustainable mobility service through the shared vehicle tender.
  • Organisational management: review and publication of equipment policy and job, for a more accurate definition of the characteristics of workspaces at Ineco. Also, the drafting of the energy policy
  • Calculation of the carbon footprint: calculation of Ineco 2017 (scopes 1, 2 and 3), according to international standard ISO 14064: 2012 Greenhouse gas management systems, taking into account direct emissions, energy consumption and travel, hotel stays, staff displacement, material consumption and waste management.

3. ACHIEVEMENTS

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.

4. Consumption data

WATER

Total water consumption in main headquarters (Paseo de la Habana and Egeo building)
WATER CONSUMPTION (m3)
YEARP HABANAEGEO
20132,9564,113
20142,7965,028
20152,8815,286
20162,6564,576
20172,4704,231

ELECTRICAL ENERGY

Electricity consumption in all national offices in Spain
ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION (gigajoules)
201311,301.8
20149,320.7
20158,906.4
20168,273.6
20177,817.2

HEATING FUEL

Total consumption of heating fuel (only in Paseo de la Habana)
HEATING FUEL CONSUMPTION (litres)
20137,403
20146,086
20155,687
20168,648
20177,750
WATER CONSUMPTION / EMPLOYEE (m3)
YEARP HABANAEGEO
20137.495.1
20147.146.0
20158.295.3
20167.814.6
20177.514.17

PAPER

Total paper consumption per employee in all offices in Spain
PAPER CONSUMPTION (kg)
YEARTOTALKg/EMPLOYEE
201336,19314
201430,98013.4
201531,08413.1
201627,21911.7
201726,32911.0

VEHICLE FUEL

Consumption of vehicle fuel
VEHICLE FUEL CONSUMPTION (litres)
2013791,000
2014641,000
2015734,000
2016757,000
2017871,000

CO2 Total direct and indirect emissions

Total direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases
TOTAL DIRECT AND INDIRECT EMISSIONS OF GREENHOUSE GASES
YEAR DIRECT EMISSIONS Tons of equivalent CO2 INDIRECT EMISSIONS Tons of equivalent CO2 TOTAL EMISSIONS Tons of equivalent CO2
20132,1035,6447,747
20141,7024,9896,691
20152,2804,3396,620
20162,3643,4485,813
20172,3679,26011,627

WASTE

Amount of hazardous waste generated in Paseo de la Habana and the Egeo building (fluorescent tubes, batteries, electronics devices and hazardous waste packaging)
AMOUNT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGED (kg)
20132,637
20144,755
20154,871
20161,475
20171,288
CONTAINERS (kg)
20137,720
20146,765
201510,728
201614,609
201716,168

INDIRECT ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Flights and train journeys
TOTAL KM TRAVELLED BY PLANE
201324,383,483
201421,828,449
201521,472,103
201615,255,332
201712,228,749
TOTAL KM TRAVELLED BY TRAIN
20133,149,540
20142,643,596
20153,004,083
20163,499,411
20173,526,956
Amount of hazardous waste generated in Paseo de la Habana and the Egeo building
DOMESTIC (kg)
201325,250
201419,703
201520,140
201623,665
201723,354
PAPER AND CARDBOARD (kg)
201336,900
201434,380
201533,480
201627,630
201731,260
TOTAL KM TRAVELLED BY PLANE / EMPLOYEE
20139,642
20149,422
20159,041
20166,899
20175,176
TOTAL KM TRAVELLED BY TRAIN / EMPLOYEE
20131,245
20141,141
20151,263
20161,499
20171,467

5. Responsibility and commitment to the environment in innovation solutions

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:

Internal projects

  • PIRA (Integral Planning of Automated Waste)

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.

  • SB-TUNNEL

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.

  • Smart cities

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.

Collaborative projects

  • MINOxSTREET

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).

  • SESAR 2020 Programme

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.

  • INFRADAPT

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.

6. Ineco focuses on environmental sustainability in its technical solutions

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.

OUR KEY PROJECTS