FCC Aqualia wins the Large Sustainable Company Award<br />
FCC Aqualia wins the Large Sustainable Company Award
FCC Aqualia has won the Large Sustainable Company award for the ELAN® sustainable purification project (Autotrophic Nitrogen Removal). The award, presented by the minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, commends this initiative run by the company's R&D team in collaboration with the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Regional Government of Galicia and the canning company Friscos.
The project studies sustainable purification by applying the anammox process. This allows for significant energy savings and much less mud being produced in the process.
During his speech, the president of FCC Aqualia, Eduardo González, thanked the panel of judges for considering the company for the award and stressed that innovation was "one of the keys to improving quality of life for all citizens". González wanted to share the prize with all members of staff as "this award acknowledges the daily work carried out at FCC Aqualia in providing basic public services such as water cycle management". He ended his speech by highlighting the important focus on innovation that defines the FCC water management division. This focus can be seen in the over 20 R&D&i projects run by the company in areas such as water quality, environmental sustainability and smart management in cities.
In his presentation, the minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, underlined the importance of sustainable companies in promoting Spain's image abroad. He stressed that "Spain has many stories to tell, built from the stories of all those companies which make our country great; for example, Marca España [the state-run tourism company] and the tourism sector". In addition, the Minister highlighted the contribution made by FCC Aqualia which, thanks to its advanced technology, provides a solution for some of the greatest problems for humanity; namely water, but also energy and food. The Minister affirmed that "where there is no water but where we do have technology, we can then find a solution to this challenge that exists in so many parts of the world".