100 km of green areas and a sustainable mobility plan were the key factors in Vitoria being declared European Green Capital 2012. This is an annual award granted by the European Commission to cities with outstanding environmental and sustainability policies.
FCC Environment has been in charge of solid urban waste collection and street cleaning in Vitoria-Gasteiz since 2006. It has 114 street cleaning vehicles and 64 urban waste collection vehicles, which travel the streets of the capital each day, removing the 100,000 metric tonnes of waste produced by the city's 225,000 inhabitants each year.
FCC also provides environmental services in a further 75 towns throughout the Autonomous Region of the Basque Country.
FCC has a fleet of more than 250 electric trucks in service to collect urban waste in Spain.
These vehicles are characterised by their small size and heavy load capacity. However, since these are trucks with ZEV (zero emission vehicle) technology, they are most significant for their low noise levels and low levels of harmful emissions. They can recharge their batteries as they move, giving them total autonomy.
The FCC sustainable waste collection initiative, using hybrid-electric trucks, won the Platts Award of Excellence in the twelfth edition of the Platts Global Energy Awards, in New York.