Ferrovial - Annual Report 2010

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Environment

Water footprint

In 2010, total water consumption (5,397,375 m3) reflected a considerable fall of 11.6% compared with the volume reported the previous year (6.104.611 m3, Tubelines is excluded of the information for the to facilitate the comparison between years). It is important to note that the scope of the Group's water footprint is restricted to 100% of the volume of water provided through the supply network. Diverted water in the Construction and Services divisions, basically from temporary use of flows in surface water and public streams, is not reported. All these diversions are duly authorized by the competent authorities.

As can be seen in the accompanying charts, most consumption is in BAA airport facilities. The primary uses of water are aircraft maintenance and cleaning, water in public bathrooms for passengers, and catering services. There has also been a considerable reduction in consumption on the 2009 figure, because of the gradual implementation of more efficient systems and facilities in terminals, such as:

  • Leak detectors.
  • Monitoring of water consumption in real time.
  • Water-saving systems in cisterns and faucets.
  • Collection of rainwater and water from wells, for later use as non-drinking water.

Particular mention should be made in this respect of the design of terminal T5 in Heathrow, which was opened in March 2008. It has independent systems of water piping that supply non-drinking water from collected rainwater and wells. This reduces the need to use the public water network by around 70%. The system for collecting rainwater uses about 85% of all the water received in the collection area. The two wells that collect water from the aquifer have been in place from the construction phase of T5 and are 150 meters deep. The two systems combined can provide an average flow of 55 liters per second of non-drinking water.

The experience will also be applied to the future T2A terminal in the Eastern Campus, which is currently under construction.

 Water comsumption

Water consumption

2009 (m3)2010 (m3)
Cadagua 201.269 197.752
Amey 112.723 300.622
Cespa 613.925 1.096.660
Cintra 174.724 137.233
BAA 3.220.044 2.915.307
Construction 1.692.136 628.838
Ferroser 86.172 116.825
Corporate 3.619 4.137
Total 6.104.611 5.397.375

Risks and opportunities of Climate Change

Risks and opportunities of Climate Change

Valentín Alfaya, Ferrovial Director of Environment, analyzes the 2010 milestones, such as the consolidation of the climate change strategy or the Ferrovial 2015-2020 project, which examines the risks and opportunities of Climate Change. In 2011, the Company will announce a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint.

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This is an electronic version of the 2010 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