Cities of the future

Circular economies are underscored by a convergence of environmental and economic functions which support the natural environment and economic growth. Communities benefit from this through more liveable and citizen-friendly cities. According to a recent United Nations report, a circular economy could also reduce the waste produced by some sectors and their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 99 per cent.

Ferrovial Services is investing in various initiatives to embed circular economy operations in cities across the world, from London to Madrid, and beyond, to transform cities into more liveable and smart environments for citizens today and tomorrow.

"Cities need to be more circular for energy consumption and production, urban mobility, in inputs and waste treatment, with the goal being to reach citizens, understand what they want, and ascertain their opinions” said Vicente Galván, Director of Ferrovial Services’ Centre of Excellence for Environment.

With deep collaboration between local governments and research bodies, together with large investments in R&D, Ferrovial Services has introduced various initiatives to advance the circular economy. These include the Valdemingómez waste treatment plant which produces renewable natural gas from organic waste and injects it into the gas grid, citizen participation programs aimed at increasing recycling, and Revive, which is a digital exchange platform that promotes the free exchange and recycling of once-loved goods.

Mark Saunders, director of the Ferrovial Services Centre of Excellence for Cities, identifies the essence of an integrated waste system with a city’s circular economy: "The challenge we are focusing on is recycling food waste, one of the priority flows within the Circular Economy Package, and one that is particularly significant in the case of cities. Basically, we would like to work with citizens to see how we can improve food recycling and increase the quality of this process."