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Cinco Días recognises FCC's environmental research efforts


Cinco Días recognises FCC's environmental research efforts

FCC was distinguished at the 2009 Cinco Días Awards for Business Innovation, which recognise the most innovative business initiatives.

The awards are divided into three categories: the most innovative business initiatives in the fields of corporate social responsibility (CSR), new technologies, and university-related entrepreneurship.

FCC received the award in the new technologies field in recognition of its sustainable waste collection initiative, which uses small electric-hybrid trucks to access difficult-to-reach areas.

The trucks have adequate capacity (4-5 tonnes of carrying space each); reduced width, measuring at most 1.9 metres; excellent manoeuvrability, due to their size and turn radius; and very low levels of noise and fume emissions. Many electric vehicles are already in use in a number of Spanish cities.

The award in the field of CSR went to Fundación Telefónica for its EducaRed-Proniño project, which aims to eradicate child labour in Latin America.

The award for innovation at university level went to Teams, a spin-off project at the University of Seville which helped develop technical aspects of the Airbus 380.

The awards were decided yesterday afternoon in Madrid; the competition included more than 100 candidates. The jury, chaired by Emilio Ontiveros, Founder and Chairman of Analistas Financieros Internacionales, was comprised of Ana Patricia Botín, Chairwoman of Banesto; Javier Monzón, Chairman of Indra; José Núñez, Chairman of Alquimia; Joaquín Estefanía, Head of the UAM/El País School of Journalism; and Jorge Rivera, Editor of Cinco Días.

The awards will be presented on 16 November at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.