Ferrovial - Annual Report 2012


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Cespa is a company with over forty years of experience in providing integrated waste management and environmental services to cities. It is currently the leader in Spain in waste management and maintenance of green areas and is among the top three companies in the sector for collecting urban solid waste (USW) and street cleaning.  

Its business lines can be grouped into two main areas:

  • Urban services, including activities relating to the cleaning and maintenance of public spaces serving people.
  • Waste treatment and industrial services, which include activities relating to collection, waste transfer and cleaning, always based on criteria of sustainability and environmental protection.

The significant events in 2012 include the following:

  • The award of the Salto del Negro Waste Treatment Plant and the Juan El Grande Waste Treatment Plant, located on the island of Gran Canaria, for over 500 million euro. The two plants will serve a combined population of over 800,000.
  • The inauguration of the Toledo Ecopark, in March 2012, in response to the need to provide the province of Toledo with an adequate infrastructure for the treatment and recovery of urban waste. This plant has capacity to manage the 250,000 tons of waste generated annually in the area for 20 years. Through material recovery at the Ecopark, Cespa will avoid the emission of around 50,000 tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions from 20,000 cars in a year.
  • Cespa has installed Europe’s first plant capable of generating electricity from wind to recharge electric vehicles in Barcelona.
  • The renewal of contracts for the maintenance and cleaning of 10 districts in the city of Madrid (Centro, Arganzuela, Retiro, Salamanca, Tetuán, Chamartín, Chamberí, Vallecas, Moratalaz and Vicálvaro) for 24 million euro.
  • An agreement between Murcia City Council, Cespa and Estrella de Levante, which includes a collaborative plan for the construction of a plant for waste recovery using anaerobic digestion, which treats both organic material residue and by-products from the brewing of beer. It also aims to use waste such as biogas and compost.
  • Renewal of the contract for street cleaning and urban waste collection with San Vicente del Raspeig City Council, for 33 million euro over 8 years.
  • Extension of the contract for street cleaning, urban waste and solid waste collection in the city of Guadalajara.
  • Renewal of the contract for the industrial management of scrap and waste from the Ford vehicle plant.

Waste reuse

Cespa develops innovative solutions for implementation at each of the stages of the waste management life cycle: collection, treatment, recycling and exploitation. As a final result, the use of some of the components of waste has increased through the preparation of fuels that can be used to generate electricity or heat, or as raw materials for other industrial processes. Along with the significant resulting environmental benefits, this entails the opening of new revenue generation sources for the company.

In 2012, more than 130,000 MWh of electricity was generated annually in the facilities managed by Cespa, as a result of the energy recovery of landfill biogas and biomethane processes, avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of more than 804,765.00 t eq of C02 in Spain and 28,606 t eq of C02 in Portugal, equivalent to removing 557,164 cars in Spain and 19,865 in Portugal for a year. In addition, 1,187,022 tons of waste was recovered as raw materials.

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This is an electronic version of the 2012 Annual Report prepared by Ferrovial, S.A. for its stakeholders, which aims to be complete and accurate. The contents of this version can be checked by referring to the print version. A copy of the print version in PDF format is available to download on this web page