As part of our commitment in energy matters and to fight against climate change, we have signed the Manifesto of Spanish Enterprises for Opportunities in an Energy Transition and Fight against Climate Change.
This commitment includes the quantification and verification of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, for which we have a carbon print protocol following standard ISO 14064. Furthermore, we are committed to reducing emissions and draw up annual GHG emissions compensation plans, promoting energy efficiency projects and reforestation in our home markets.
Transparency when disseminating our performance in climate change matters is one of our main priorities.
OHL’s continuous commitment to a low-carbon economy includes activities to decrease the carbon generated in the company’s operations, as well as investment in sustainability projects to compensate such emissions. Furthermore, it is in line with initiatives promoted by international organizations, which ensure that carbon consumption is reduced in business activity, to include a registration of the carbon print at the Spanish Office for Climate Change, thanks to which it has obtained the “Calculo” seal awarded by this authority, validating carbon print calculations according to the methodology and principles established by the Ministry for an Ecological Transition. This body has also promoted the Agreement for a Circular Economy, to which OHL is party.
Our commitment to move forward towards a circular economy is particularly reflected in the company’s encouraged reuse, recycling and recovery of operating waste, as well as our support of RDI projects focusing on ecodesign, use of low-impact materials throughout the lifecycle and the application of by-products in constructive processes.
OHL has adhered to an Agreement for a Circular Economy, promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture & Fishing, Food and the Environment, currently part of the Ministry for an Ecological Transition, and has participated in the process to draw up a Spanish Circular Economy Strategy.
Furthermore, we participate in various RDI projects focusing on the circularization of the construction sector productive model. An example of this is Cubipod, an innovating structural component design to construct sloping dikes and shelters on river embankments, reducing the consumption of materials and energy in the manufacturing process, and prolonging the structure’s useful life.
Minimization, reuse and recycling
We apply circular economy principles to your project’s execution, in order to find solutions to reuse worksite by-products without requiring a dumpsite.
We carry out analysis, mitigation and compensation plans for ecosystem impact, as part of our projects, whilst also ensuring the utmost transparency in biodiversity management. Some of the actions we have started up in our projects seek to protect biodiversity and restore any space affected by our activities.
We have our own water print [huella de agua] (HA) protocol in place, based on water scarcity, following standard ISO 14046. Furthermore, we are quantifying our water print in order to achieve more efficient consumption, to evaluate the risks and opportunities derived from the HA, and to position ourselves as a responsible organization in water management and awareness.
Protection of Biodiversity
OHL is working to reduce its operating impact on biodiversity and ecosystems and to protect natural surroundings through management plans and compensation measures.
In this context, we have participated in the Practical Guide on Ecological Restoration, drawn up by the Biodiversity Foundation, which seeks to become a guide in decision-making in order to promote ecological restoration and recover natural resources.