Environment

Environment

The primordial objective of civil engineering and large infrastructure construction projects is to make use of natural resources and natural energy to achieve progressive wellbeing. With this intention, civil engineering has a great responsibility to the environment. In MAPFRE Global Risks we are environmentally conscious and we cooperate in the evaluation, prevention, reduction and mitigation of the impact of building construction or public works, construction of concessions, power stations, property development or infrastructures.

Since, in MAPFRE Global Risks, we believe that there is an undeniable relationship between technology, engineering, environment and sustainability concept, all large infrastructure projects are subject to an environmental impact study that includes, as a minimum, the following information:

  • General description of the project and foreseeable demands as regards the use of the land and of other natural resources, with estimates of the types and quantities of effluent discharge and emissions of matter or energy. 
  • Presentation of the main alternatives considered and justification of the reasons for the adopted solution, taking into account environmental effects. 
  • Evaluation of the foreseeable direct or indirect effects of the project on the population, fauna, flora, land, air, water, and climatic factors, scenery and materials, including artistic and archaeological patrimony. 
  • Measures contemplated to reduce, eliminate or compensate any significant environmental effects with environmental monitoring programs. 
  • Detailed summary of the study with conclusions presented in comprehensible language, including all informative or technical difficulties encountered.

Environmental responsibility in civil engineering processes is obvious and necessary. In the European Union, building construction consumes 40 % of materials and primary energy and generates 40 % of waste. This data speaks for itself in that it is a sector that has a profound impact on the economic and social environment that makes it essential to have meticulous technical controls, studies and quality audits during all stages of the construction process.

In MAPFRE Global Risks, we propose solutions based on the technical idiosyncrasy of each case, establishing criteria adapted to legislation and preparing technical reports on risk evaluation from an economic, social and environmental perspective. We are conscious of compliance obligations and have a team with expertise in all the infrastructures and constructions areas so that we can provide supervision on the works, with a continuous  knowledge of the actual execution conditions through studies in situ. In this way, we carry out smooth and agile follow-up, always verifying the correct evolution of the works, in accordance with budget and applicable regulations, within the stipulated period and providing specific assessment when changes to the programme are necessary.