The award ceremony, that took place in the “Rastro Madrid” location, was chaired by His Majesty the King Felipe VI, who emphasized in his message that this award shows the commitment of Spanish companies, a fundamental element for development and innovation, in facing the challenge of the ecological transition; as well as the importance of companies being able to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the future of upcoming generations. Ms Teresa Ribera, Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, introduced the event and welcomed the participants. The Minister highlighted the essential fact that there are aware companies that know how to combine their productive activity with the respect for the environment. Jordi Payet, CEO of FCC Medio Ambiente, was responsible for collecting the award from His Majesty.
The European Commission has been organising the EBAE awards since 1987 to recognise companies that demonstrate their commitment to putting sustainable development into action as part of their business model. The Biodiversity Foundation, of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, has been the entity that coordinates these community awards in Spain since 2013.
This 100%-electric, industrial chassis-platform for urban service vehicles, jointly developed by FCC Medio Ambiente and Irizar Group won the World Smart City Awards in the Innovative Idea category, within the framework of Smart City Expo World Congress 2019, leader event in the global smart city industry.
The industrial series production of vehicles such as the ie-Urban collector on this Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) chassis, with a drastic reduction in noise emissions, pollutants and CO2 and 50% less energy consumption than a conventional vehicle, will definitely boost the implementation of affordable e-mobility on heavy goods vehicles suitable to all urban service purposes for all metropolitan areas, with the consequent environmental benefits in terms of pollutant emissions and noise, carbon footprint reduction and energy efficiency.
Innovation is in the DNA of FCC Medio Ambiente since its incorporation 120 years ago, and it developed its first 100% electric collection truck in 1974. It currently has a fleet of more than 16,000 vehicles, of which nearly 2,200 are electric, Bi-Power or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).