Avanza Awards 2019



The AVANZA awards were created with the purpose of recognising the work and effort made by the company's staff, who helps to improve the company's competitiveness, achieve social integration within the company, enhance the quality of our processes, respect the environment and develop and apply innovative solutions and practices in the company's day-to-day operations. All of this within the scope of our organisation's on-going commitment to sustainable development, the promotion of occupational well-being and research, development and innovation. These awards are given every two years and the scope covers all business units that are part of the Environmental Services area. The first awards were given in 2017.


With these awards, FCC Environment aims to:


  • Recognise the work of the different business units and people of the company, rewarding projects and initiatives associated with the activities and themes set forth.
  • Promote a voluntary and proactive approach in the business units and people of the area, beyond the mere fulfilment of their labour and legal obligations, so their activities are carried out in such a way that they fall within the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Raise the awareness of society in general and of all FCC Environment staff on the importance of incorporating these aspects into the ordinary and common management processes of the company, as a distinguishing factor of excellence in business management.
  • Show the tangible results of best practices, which can serve as a guide, set the example and stimulate the generation of new and better practices across the organisation.
  • Disseminate the best practices carried out in the business units of the company, among the public in general, and the Company's stakeholders in particular, as well as its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.


Awarded Projects  2019


Social Initiatives


Awards for social initiatives: The purpose is to recognise the active participation and the involvement of employees with social action initiatives, in the different aspects that make up Corporate Social Responsibility, especially in its social-labour environment, such as the social integration of disadvantaged groups, the promotion of occupational well-being, the collaboration with local communities and/or entities in the development of social and educational projects or projects for the improvement of living conditions and quality of life.:

Awarded Projects 2019:


The main goal of the project focuses on the design, execution and subsequent assessment of a cultural change process for FCC's workers of the L'Hospitalet de Llobregat contract, allowing the transformation of the current mechanical and impersonal work approach to a more professional one, closer to the reality of the city's neighbourhoods and with a higher degree of integration and collaboration with its citizens.

The cultural change concept refers to how we adapt the way of thinking of the workforce, based on three pillars: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Relational Ecology and the Empowerment of all contract workers and acquisition by the staff of the following values.

·         Honesty and Respect

·         Rigour and Professionalism

·         Loyalty and Commitment

·         Well-being and Community development

·         Focus on results




Based on the collaboration agreement signed between FCC, S.A. and PLENA INCLUSIÓN ARAGÓN on July 5 2017, aimed at carrying out activities jointly for the social and work integration of people with intellectual disabilities, the idea was proposed by the HR department to Plena Inclusión Aragón to organise a TRAINING AND AWARENESS RAISING SESSION on May 31 2018, in accordance with the guidelines set forth..

Following the event, an important impact was generated both within the company, on the line marked by FCC Environment’s senior management in relation to the real integration of people with disabilities within the workforce, and in the diversity management project being implemented, both representing a competitive advantage in bidding for public tenders according to the new contract law. Moreover, the impact outside the company was more than remarkable, thanks to the wide dissemination of the event carried out by the different local media.






Quality Award: its purpose is to recognise the projects developed and implemented and which are distinguished by the increase in the quality of the services provided and/or influence in improving how the internal processes of the company are managed, for example: new service provision models, use of new technologies in the delivery of services, development of methodologies for the inspection and monitoring of services, methodology followed to improve maintenance of equipment or facilities, methods to evaluate the satisfaction of our customers or users of our services, systems to improve communication between our customers or users and the company, incident management methodologies, etc.

Awarded Project 2019:


Implementation of a software or computer application to control and monitor the work to be carried out, providing coverage to the efficient resolution of the anomalies/incidents detected during the provision of services, personnel control, task planning, daily progress reports, etc., as well as allowing fluid communication between FCC and the City Council, in addition to providing a system for quality control.





Environmental award: aimed at recognising the projects developed and implemented and with a special contribution to minimising environmental impacts derived from the development of the activities of the company, for example: increase in energy efficiency, both in the provision of services and in facilities and machinery, use of renewable energies, improvements in waste management, decrease in water consumption, improvements in leachate and wastewater management, minimisation of atmospheric emissions, etc.

Awarded Project 2019:


Hollow glass waste treatment plants receive recycled glass waste, which is classified, cleaned and treated to produce a raw material called "cullet" and is suitable for its use in the production of new glass containers.

The waste generated during treatment is known as the CSP fraction (Ceramics, Stones and Porcelains), which is mostly composed of pieces of glass with labels attached, which are usually then treated again with inefficient processes.

This project includes the construction and operation of a CSP fraction recovery tower, producing a clean and high-quality cullet, thereby improving the performance of the treatment process and reducing the amount of final waste sent to landfills.

The new line was installed as a tower (or waterfall), with a configuration that allows the material to fall from one unit to another by gravity, with the resulting energy savings; its design has taken into account proprietary technical contributions, based on the extensive experience of FCC Ámbito in glass treatment procedures.

In addition, the new line features the most advanced PLCs currently in existence, achieving a greater optimisation of treatment control procedures and an increase in the overall efficiency of the process





Innovation Awards: they have been designed to recognise and reward internal talent of the organisation, materialised through innovative ideas, which should be the basis of a business project developed in the medium term, for example: innovative practices in the provision of services, in citizen, customers or other stakeholder relationship systems, in the improvement of environmental behaviour, which contribute to the sustainable economic development of the company, initiatives that result in an organisational improvement or the management processes of the company, etc.

Awarded Porject 2019:



The R&D project developed by FCC MEDIO AMBIENTE, S.A. entitled "DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF ADVANCED URBAN PRUNING SYSTEM", with file number IDI-20190100, has been co-financed by the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI), a body that reports to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Multi-regional Operational Programme for Intelligent Growth.

One of the essential activities for the optimal conservation of urban green spaces is pruning work. Trees in urban environments are subjected to stressful situations that result in the need to carry out special treatment that is different from that practised in other, more favourable growing conditions. Pruning work in road and urban environments has been carried out for years in the same rudimentary, manual way, and is characterised by great danger, both due to falls by operators and mishaps with tools.

FCC MA, as part of its business strategy, has developed this R&D project with the technical objective of designing and developing an advanced system for pruning urban trees with vision cameras that allow the operator to see different points of view of the branches to be cut and optimise the cutting operation.

The project has lasted 18 months and has had the collaboration of the University Institute of Automation and Industrial Informatics (ai2 Institute) of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) located in the Polytechnic City of Innovation.