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ACCIONA TO SHOWCASE LOW CARBON TECHNOLOGIES IN CANADA FORUM

04/03/2018

 

  • ACCIONA to take part in the Globe Forum’s Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business as the world’s first carbon-neutral global infrastructure group, and as a leader in renewable energy production.
  • The Company will be exhibiting the first and only all-electric vehicle to complete the Dakar Rally, and a 100% immersive virtual reality (VR) experience to the longest railway tunnel in Scandinavia.

    ACCIONA, a global provider of sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, will be exhibiting some of its innovative zero-emissions technologies at the Globe Forum’s Leadership summit for Sustainable Business in Vancouver – March 14, 15 and 16 – Booth #1400

    ACCIONA has been successfully delivering complex infrastructure projects in Canada for nearly 20 years, including wind farms, toll roads, bridges, hospitals, water treatment facilities and hydroelectric dams. The Spain-based multinational is committed to the Canadian market and aims to be a trusted partner in building a better, safer and more resilient future for Canadians.

    ACCIONA’s ambition is to be the most advanced and innovative sustainable company in the world: in our investments, in the services we deliver, and in day-to-day operations. In 2016, we became the first infrastructure group in the world to achieve carbon neutrality. This means that we have reduced our carbon footprint to a minimum through innovation in low-carbon technologies, and have offset our remaining greenhouse gas emissions by supporting UN-certified sustainable projects in developing countries.

    Environmental stewardship is another defining element of our business model and corporate culture. We are one of the few companies in the world that measure the carbon and water footprints of our entire global supply chain of 28,000 suppliers. We are now actively working with them to make our global supply chain more sustainable.

    We are pioneers in applying sustainability criteria to engineering, design and construction projects. Our first project in Canada, for example, was the Deep Lake Water Cooling System in Toronto: a sustainable, alternative source of air conditioning that uses cold water from the depths of Lake Ontario to cool downtown Toronto office buildings in the summer.The Royal Jubilee Hospital in Vancouver, another ACCIONA project, was built to LEED gold standards energy efficiency and low environmental impact.

    Since 2010, the Company has invested more than €1 billion in innovation – the biggest commitment to R&D of any construction group our size - to develop novel energy-efficient and low-impact construction methods. We believe this makes good business sense as well as environmental sense, as our sustained focus on sustainability and innovation has given us a competitive edge in international projects.

    ACCIONA has long been committed to a future powered by renewable energy. We are the world’s “greenest utility”, according to the global publication Energy Intelligence[1], because we operate exclusively with clean, renewable resources. Our wind farms and solar plants – including four windfarms in Canada, power six million homes in 15 countries.

    ACCIONA 100% ECOPOWERED - A TECHNOLOGY MILESTONE

    To convey our excitement about a zero-emissions future, ACCIONA will be showcasing its zero-emissions the car, the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered, in Canada for the first time at the Globe Forum. Powered by solar panels and electric batteries, the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered was the first zero-emissions vehicle to participate in and complete the toughest race on earth – the Dakar rally.

    Although ACCIONA is not a car manufacturer, our engineers helped design the vehicle to drive home our belief in a low-carbon future.  Since competing in the Dakar rally, the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered has completed other qualifiers for the FIA World Rallycross Championship, such as the Italian Baja rally and the Morocco Rally.

    ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered is the product of more than five years of research and development work spearheaded by ACCIONA's R&D and Innovation Department. Built entirely in Spain, it is one of the most powerful electric car in the world, with a 250 kW synchronous electric motor, equivalent to 340 horsepower. The car is powered by eight ultra-fast charging lithium battery modules (60 minutes) plus a 100 W solar panel.

     AN IMMERSIVE REALITY EXPERIENCE

    At the Globe Forum,ACCIONA will be inviting visitors to a 100% immersive virtual reality (VR) experience to explore the construction of the longest railway tunnel in Scandinavia, including using one of our Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). Using the latest VR technology, visitors will be able to take a virtual tour of the tunnel under construction, climb into a TBM, and interact with different elements.

    The software for this VR application was developed by ACCIONA’s Innovation Department to allow visitors and customers to get to know the building methods and services the Company has to offer, without the need to have to travel to a particular site.

    ACCIONA AT THE GLOBE FORUM

    ACCIONA will be exhibiting at booth 1400. ACCIONA’s exhibit highlights the company’s leadership in sustainability, its position as the biggest global operator exclusively working in sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy, and its presence in civil construction and water treatment throughout the region.

    ABOUT ACCIONA

    ACCIONA is a leading supplier of sustainable infrastructure solutions and renewable energy projects worldwide. Its range of services covers the entire design, construction, operation and maintenance value chain. The company posted a turnover of €7.25 billion in 2017; it is present in more than 40 countries and is committed to the economic and social development of the communities in which it operates. ACCIONA aims to lead the transition to a low-carbon economy by continuously improving its quality and innovation processes, and by making an efficient use of resources to achieve the best care for the environment. www.acciona.com

    Present in Canada since 2001, ACCIONA has completed major projects including the Highway A30 Express in Montreal, the South East Stoney Trail in Calgary, the Windsor Essex Parkway in Ontario, the Royal Jubilee and Fort Saint John hospitals, and four wind farms totalling 181MW. ACCIONA is currently involved in a number of projects across the country including the Lions Gate Wastewater Treatment Plant in North Vancouver, the Walterdale Bridge in Edmonton and the Site C dam in Fort Saint John, one of the country's biggest-ever infrastructure projects. www.acciona.ca

     

    For further information, please contact Emmanuelle Roux at eroux@acciona.ca

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