More and more technological innovations can be seen in our cities today. The future is pointing towards “smart cities” providing smart services. This involves a number of advantages not only for the environment but also for the inhabitants of such cities. What contribution is FCC making in this global project for the present and the future?
Interview with Alfonso García, FCC Medio Ambiente Technical Services Director.
How is FCC Medio Ambiente contributing towards making cities more livable?
FCC’s role is a key one, because we provide services and work with the quality levels that cities need. Services today must be clean, emitting fewer pollutants, so, with a view to achieving this, the company has developed technologies that have evolved over time.
“Electric vehicles are making it possible to have public services with impressive energy savings, and energy that isn’t burned means zero pollution can be assured”.
Right now we are at the stage of using electric vehicles, which will steadily resolve the pollution issue. As a result, these vehicles are making it possible to have public services with impressive energy savings, and energy that isn’t burned means zero pollution can be assured.
What is the outlook for the future?
Services will steadily incorporate these new technologies. Today’s natural-gas vehicles will give way to electric vehicles once and for all, which will be extended to cover all services with the hundreds of trucks that are currently working in cities.
“Today’s natural-gas vehicles will give way to electric vehicles once and for all, and they will be extended to cover all services”.
Also, with regard to rubbish-collection, street-cleaning and sewerage services, the energy consumed by vehicles will be reduced thanks to the performance of electric vehicles, so the services will emit fewer pollutants. This will contribute towards reducing smog and the pollution caused by urban traffic congestion.
What value is FCC Medio Ambiente providing for the public?
Whenever FCC collects a tonne of waste or sweeps a square metre of street, for example, it does so with the lowest possible emissions of pollutants — in terms of both exhaust fumes and noise. In fact, in the case of exhaust fumes, the trend is towards zero, because we are heading for electric drive systems and vehicles, and this is confirmed by the vehicles that we can see on the streets today. This also minimises fossil-fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions.
“Whenever FCC collects a tonne of waste or sweeps a square metre of street, for example, it does so with the lowest possible emissions of pollutants – in terms of both exhaust fumes and noise”.