On a visit to the University of Alcalá de Henares, Fidel López Soria, CEO of Ferrovial Services, talked about the energy efficiency contract with the University and his view of this industry in the context of Europe. “Energy efficiency is a basic pillar of sustainability. We see it as supporting competitiveness, since we help our clients use their resources more efficiently, which means both monetary and energy savings,” said Fidel López.
“Energy efficiency should be viewed as a necessary investment and it is vital in order to promote business models that encourage not only investment but also innovation and continuous improvement. All the players involved — by which I mean legislators, governments, private sector clients, consumers and energy services companies — have a fundamental role to play in achieving a rapid and significant reduction in energy consumption through innovation, investment and the production of more efficient goods and services.”
One of the company’s main energy efficiency contracts is with the University of Alcalá. In this case, the company installed over 50,000 LED lamps, both indoors and outdoors, to provide a longer life and more lighting power while reducing energy consumption; savings are estimated to total nearly 40 million kilowatt hours over the term of the contract. As a result, the University of Alcalá was the first in Spain to achieve ISO 50001 certification for energy management, maintenance and efficiency improvement, and also a certificate from the National Energy Council to the effect that all the power the University consumes is from renewable sources.