The commitment for the feasible development made by SEPI is a priority in the management of the Group’s enterprises. The above means, from the environmental point of view, the application of the technologies, resources and procedures available and which area adequate for minimizing the environmental impact which results from their corporate activities.
The attention paid to the environmental issues of the corporate activity is a priority within the framework of the feasible development policy followed by the enterprises, in keeping with the statement of the Environmental Policy Principles approved by SEPI.
In this sense, the companies of Grupo SEPI: CORREOS, ENSA, ENUSA, SADIM (HUNOSA), NAVANTIA and TRAGSA have at their disposal Environmental Management Systems (SGM) which have been certified (UNE - EN 14001 and/or EMAS III) and which have been audited by an authorized entity.
Principles of Environmental Policy
The Principles of Environmental Policy which were approved by SEPI itself constitute the framework of reference followed by the Group's enterprises in their environmental activities:
- Environment Protection. For SEPI one of its priority objectives is that their enterprises make compatible their production activities with environmental protection.
- Commitment with environmental norms. A policy respectful of the environmental norms will be followed, as well as participating in the development of reasonable and efficient environmental norms for the continuous improvement of the Environment.
- Training and awareness. The implementation of environmental policy basically depends on the environmental awareness existing within the organization. The environmental awareness of all the personnel will be promoted through adequate training, education and motivation programs.
- Use of resources. The best use of raw materials and natural resources will be promoted, with the aim of achieving a feasible development, through the use of clean technologies, the minimization of by-products and their recycling, recovery and reutilization, as well as the selection of those production process which present the lowest possible environmental impact.
- Technology. The most advanced technical and scientific knowledge available will be applied to the environmental protection when designing processes, products and services. Research, innovation and technical cooperation will be aimed at the continuous improvement of the environmental quality and the development of clean technologies, in line with the technical improvements available.
- Investments. The environmental criteria will enjoy priority in the decision taking process, using the adequate techniques for the environmental assessment of investments, products and processes, and including environmental impact studies.
As a result of the implementation of these principles, the effort carried out by the companies of Grupo SEPI in 2016 in environmentally-related expenses and investments reached 41 M€.
The different levels of the public Administration have promoted a number of legislative initiatives, among which is Act 2/2011 for the Sustainable Economy on March 4th, which includes a strategy for developing a sustainable economy which seeks to achieve:
- The financial sustainability based on improving competitiveness, innovation and training.
- The environmental sustainability, which seeks a rational management of natural resources and the promotion of new activities and new jobs in the business areas linked to clean energies and energy saving measures and policies.
- The social sustainability, which pursues equal opportunities for all citizens and the inclusion of disabled persons in the economic activity.
The above legislation promotes, among other, specific issues in the management of state-owned enterprises, as:
- Environmental management criteria applied to the production processes,
- Transparent practices in the management of the suppliers, and
- Support to the implementation of corporate social responsibility policies and the promotion of environmental values, such as energy saving, in the procurement processes.