FCC Medio Ambiente introduces its new Sustainability Strategy 2050
- An ambitious 30-year project, reflecting the company's commitment to support compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and tackle economic, social and environmental challenges on a global scale
- Achieving carbon neutrality, 100% of the vehicle fleet with "ECO" and "0" label or increasing investment in R&D&I to 1% of annual revenues, some of the objectives of the new strategy for 2050
- Access the video-summary of the commitments made here
Jordi Payet, CEO of FCC Medio Ambiente, along with Vicente Galván, Director General of Circular Economy at the Madrid Regional Government's Ministry of the Environment, have chaired the presentation of FCC Medio Ambiente's new Sustainability Strategy 2050.
Francisco José Huete, director of Management Systems and Sustainability at FCC Medio Ambiente, moderated the meeting and said during the presentation that "with this strategy we are demonstrating a great responsibility towards the world we are leaving to future generations".
Vicente Galván then stressed that "sustainability must have not only an environmental component, but also a social and economic one" and, to achieve this three-fold aspect, "alliances between companies and their professional associations with the administration are fundamental for proposals to change the model to a circular society to prosper and make progress in sustainability".
Susana Pelegrín, head of the company's Quality, Environment and Sustainability Department, detailed the objectives of this ambitious 30-year plan, stressing that "with the new Strategy, FCC Environment wants to contribute to the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda and, specifically, it includes actions to achieve those most directly related to its activities so as to maximise the effect on the 17 SDGs as a whole".
Jordi Payet, Chief Executive of FCC Medio Ambiente, concluded the meeting by thanking Vicente Galván for his participation and support, showing how important public-private collaboration is in this area. He also emphasised that the project is a commitment "of the company as a whole. We are all participants, from all areas, and it represents FCC Medio Ambiente's commitment to protecting and respecting the Earth.
Aligned with the 2030 Agenda: A new strategy to 2050
The new strategy presented today is a roadmap that integrates very demanding environmental, social, excellence and good governance commitments with high added value for the company and society as a whole:
Circular economy and climate protection
The actions aimed at protecting the environment and fighting climate change (SDG 9, SDG 11, SDG 12 and SDG 13) are designed to promote the efficient consumption of resources and waste prevention, the protection of biodiversity, technological innovation and the development of low-carbon processes and services.
In this area, FCC Medio Ambiente is committed, among other things, to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030 compared to 2017 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition, in collaboration with its customers, it will work to reach the EU targets for 2035 in relation to waste management, reaching the figure of ≥ 65% of waste recovered and ≤ 10% of waste disposed of in landfills.
The strategy includes actions to reduce environmental pollution, aiming for a 100% "ECO" or "0" vehicle fleet by 2050 (CNG, hybrid or electric vehicles).
Social and employment objectives
In this section, and in line with SDG3, SDG5, SDG8 and SDG10, the company makes a series of commitments to employees, linked to the generation and retention of talent, diversity and inclusion, equal opportunities and occupational health and safety.
In this regard, it will promote young talent by increasing the percentage of new hires that correspond to young graduates and will stimulate the internal promotion of those "talented" professional profiles. It is also committed to achieving gender balance by 2050 and will launch initiatives aimed at empowering and promoting female talent, such as the Women's Mentoring Programme. The strategy envisages launching a Reciprocal Mentoring programme between senior and junior staff to encourage the transmission of knowledge and skills from one generation to the other and to promote and improve coexistence and intergenerational balance.
From the point of view of occupational safety, the plan envisages a 50% reduction in accident rates in 2050 compared to 2019 and reaching 0 serious or fatal accidents (own or third party) in the same year, as well as the development of programmes to improve the health of workers, both inside and outside the workplace.
Excellence and good governance objectives
FCC's objective in this area and in line with SDG9, SDG11 and SDG12, is to be a benchmark in terms of the implementation of systematic and homogeneous work guidelines within the organisation, which enable it to make its processes efficient, evidenced through certification/accreditation with respect to standards, specifications, protocols and regulations of reference at an international level. Another key objective for the organisation is to maintain the company as a leader in innovation within the sector. In this regard, the company plans to increase annual R&D&I expenditure by at least 0.3% of turnover by 2030, with the aim of reaching a minimum of 1% by 2050.
All of this is part of the commitment to contribute to generating a model of sustainable and efficient cities that become citizen-friendly urban environments through technology.
This section also includes measures focused on the fight against corruption and for peace and social stability, quality and transparency in the value chain.
The fulfilment of these commitments necessarily involves generating unions and alliances between the different actors to mobilise and exchange knowledge, technical capability, technology and resources in order to provide sustainable services (SDG 17).