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FCC to group all of its UK services under the FCC Environment brand


FCC to group all of its UK services under the FCC Environment brand

Baldomero Falcones, Chairman of FCC, told the annual meeting of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain that the group is to combine all of its UK service businesses under the FCC Environment brand.
FCC to group all of its UK services under the FCC Environment brand

Mr Falcones, who was attending as the Chamber's guest of honour, explained that the new brand would cover all the activities currently being provided by Waste Recycling Group (WRG) and Focsa, but not the infrastructure and energy businesses. FCC Environment will have a market share of 5-6% with more than 100 waste management contracts from over 60 councils in the UK.

Mr Falcones noted that FCC is building the Media Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and is also involved in London's Crossrail project.

FCC's operations in the UK date back to 1989, when it created Focsa Services UK, a subsidiary of FCC Medio Ambiente, the goal being to provide services in the UK. The company now has a workforce of over 1,000.

In 2006, FCC acquired UK waste management company WRG, which, over the years, has become a leader in waste and resource management. According to Mr Falcones: "Our position is aligned with the goals of David Cameron's government to achieve a greater commitment to the environment and to be the UKs greenest Government.

Just weeks ago, the Government announced its review of its policies for a waste and resources strategy for England.  The Governments policies match FCC's three main business areas: infrastructure, environmental services and renewable energies, according to Mr Falcones, who went on to say that "FCC is in the right place at the right time."

More reforms
During his closing remarks at the Chamber of Commerce meeting, Mr Falcones commented on both countries' economic situations and common features in the crisis, such as the real estate bubble. He stated that the Cameron government had made difficult decisions, especially in terms of controlling government spending. Those decisions are already bearing fruit: GDP in the UK will expand by 1.5% this year and by 2.5% in the years to come.

Mr Falcones also recognised the Zapatero government's efforts to bring down the deficit, which will end the year at 6% of GDP. He also opined that, in the short term, the ongoing reforms in the financial system, specifically the savings banks, and in the labour market need to be completed. In the medium and long term, Mr Falcones discussed the need for structural reforms in the areas of education and energy, and the importance of unification of the internal market; the result of such measures will be an increase in productivity.

FCC Energía
FCC has obtained authorisation to install its first wind turbines at a WRG landfill site in the East Yorkshire town of Carnaby. The company has submitted the paperwork for four more turbine developments and will apply for planning permission for another eight in the coming months.

The Carnaby site, which will accommodate up to 6 MW of wind capacity, was formerly a regional landfill which has now been closed. The facility will meet the electricity needs of around 2,500 households.  Construction is expected to begin in early 2012 and the farm will become operational that summer.

FCC, the "citizen services" company, plans to operate 80-100 MW of wind capacity on WRG property throughout the UK, using both closed and operational landfills. The cost of the overall development will be approximately 115 million euro.

WRG has extensive experience in energy from waste. Its plants in Allington (Kent) and Eastcroft (Nottingham) already sell electricity. Allington has an attributable capacity of 35 MW while Eastcroft also produces steam for heating and hot water, equivalent to around 20 MW of electric capacity.