According to the UN, the circular economy could reduce the waste produced by some industrial sectors and their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 99%, helping to protect the environment and combat climate change. Ferrovial Services is committed to promoting greener cities as environmental sustainability is vital for the development of large cities.
“Cities need to be more circular in terms of energy consumption and production, in terms of urban mobility, in terms of inputs and waste treatment, the goal is to reach citizens, understand what they want, and ascertain their opinions,” says Vicente Galván, director of the Ferrovial Services Center of Excellence for Environment.
To achieve this, cities must be green, circular and sustainable. To meet this challenge, Ferrovial Services is working on a number of initiatives, including the Valdemingómez waste treatment plant, which produces renewable natural gas from organic waste and injects it into the gas grid; citizen participation programs to increase recycling, such as Londoners Lab; and digital exchanges for used objects, such as Revive, which enables products to gain a new lease of life and remain in use as long as possible.
Mark Saunders, director of the Ferrovial Services Center of Excellence for Cities, notes that one of the main projects in this area is related to waste collection: “The challenge we are focusing on is recycling food waste, one of the priority flows within the Circular Economy Package and one that is particularly significant in the case of cities. Basically, we would like to work with citizens to see how we can improve food recycling and increase the quality of this process.”
The future of cities will be circular, or there will be no future
The problems that cities currently face are quite similar, although there are nuances, just as in different cultures. Ferrovial Services always tries to adapt to each culture and offer specific solutions for each problem. As for citizens, they must lend a hand, and say what they want. Cities must obtain a large and growing percentage of their energy needs from renewable sources.