Environmental impact

The projects executed by Ferrovial include an Environmental Management Plan, irrespective of there being any obligation to be subject to the Environmental Impact Assessment. This plan meets the control and supervision criteria established in the project, the EIA Declaration of Impact and the procedures of the Ferrovial Environmental Management System, certified with the ISO 14001 standard.

The Environmental Management Plan requires each centre to exhibit appropriate environmental behaviour through assessment of the impact of the projects or the establishment of environmental objectives.

The environmental impact generated by construction is extracted from the results of the environmental assessment of the projects, in which the effects of the different activities of the project on environmental factors are identified, assessing the "intensity", "scope" and "persistence" of the impact and its frequency of appearance.

  • In 2007, there was a major reduction in the scale of the impact due to pollution by hazardous waste as a result of the efforts made in civil engineering.

  • The trend started in 2006 continued with the increase in impacts associated with projects in urban areas (effect on public roads, atmospheric pollution) where in 2007 numerous projects were continued both in building and civil engineering: metro, underground works on the M-30, light rail transit and urban developments.

Among the relevant and known impacts of major civil engineering projects is the alteration of the natural environment. Most of the measures in the Environmental Management Plan of a project are aimed at minimising the impact on habitats and ecosystems in the area where the project takes place.