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  • 1. INTERVIEW P. 18 P. 36 P. 76DECEMBER 2010 Nº03 - SECOND PERIODInfrastructuresThe challenge ofsustainable progress
  • 2. culture environment art research road safetyfor a world that works abertis foundation abertis for a world that works.fundacionabertis.org
  • 3. EDITORIAL Resilience We made this concept our own some One idea we must focus on is that the time ago, because it describes and opportunities for operators like abertis are today,THE OPPORTUNITIES summarises so well the positive attitudes and will be over the next few years, clearly more and abilities which lead us to overcome any numerous and, in some cases larger, than theyFOR OPERATORS LIKE negative factors and circumstances that may have been in this first decade of 21st Century.ABERTIS ARE TODAY, affect us. It describes our ability to continue to This statement, without prejudging theAND WILL BE OVER launch ourselves towards the future. final result, can be seen in: the Spanish Govern-THE NEXT FEW When I look back on 2010 and I think about ment’s announcement that it plans to grantYEARS, CLEARLY what we’ve done, the path we have trodden, management concessions for major airportsMORE NUMEROUS and the opportunities that lie ahead, I see a such as Barajas and El Prat; the decision to imple- resilient business. I see that, in an environment ment the Ecotaxe in the French road networkAND, IN SOME CASES that is –to a historic degree– complex and uncer- (in accordance with the plans of the Eurovi-LARGER, THAN THEY tain, abertis, basing itself on the diversity of its gnette directive); the ongoing initiatives inHAVE BEEN IN THIS businesses and its business territories, has various states in the USA; and the new marketsFIRST DECADE OF achieved sustained growth in revenues, margins –such as Chile, (which is already a reality), and21ST CENTURY and final results, and the fact that this has been Brazil, China and India– which may experiece done from recurring cash flows generated the birth and growth of public-private models by the activities of the assets we manage, is in this second decade of the century. an indicator of how resilient our company is. This is abertis’ world. This is a world in It is a solid business with strong founda- which the global nature of the markets we work tions.A company that trusts its own reasoning. in is so significant, and where we must be aware A company that trusts its strong teams to work of determining geopolitical factors,as is indicated together with its shareholders, governmental by the managing director of the ESADE Business authorities, and with its customers. It constructs School in her article.A world that is aware of the and identifies those opportunities which give need for a sustainable relationship between the business a path to follow and strong future infrastructures and their environments, as we prospects, and it provides creative and optimis- are reminded by the environmentalist and mem- tic solutions. These solutions, starting from ber of the abertis foundation Scientific Board,SALVADOR the perspective of financial viability and effec- Pere Torres. And a world that applies the cost-ALEMANY tiveness and efficiency in executing and man- benefit analysis criteria which assist the creationPRESIDENT OF ABERTIS aging the projects which are necessary for the of objective decision-making models about development of a global and competitive which infrastructures must be prioritised and economy, that demands –today more than which give the largest return, in financial terms, ever– infrastructures which connect areas at to their investors –whether public or private– and both the physical and virtual levels. The result in terms of productivity and social usefulness of following this business model is the Group for the whole country, as we are reminded in we all know, which has shown it can be effective the interview with José Luis Feito, President of in exciting the interest of new partners who, as the European Toll-road Association. in the case of CVC last August, have wished to Our Group has the capacity and ability join and share in the future of the abertis –business and market portfolio, management project. For its part, this project is also enriched team, personnel, shareholders, financial position, with the experience, vision and knowledge size and focus– to consolidate itself as one of of global markets which these new partners the top companies worldwide. All of us who bring to it. The Group, therefore, is growing participate in this project share a commitment and expanding. to achieving this goal. ■ DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 3
  • 4. Nº03 SUMMARY 08 ENVIRONMENT Sustainable progress: the role of infrastructures in the face of climate change 22 36 500+ stamp 52 abertis telecom receives INTERVIEW REPORT this award from the EFQM Honos Prize 54 link abertis José Luis Feito sanef Reims southern bypass abertis receives the Honos “One must choose those projects which contribute is finished six months Prize for its commitment to most to the country’s growth” ahead of schedule archaeological heritage 06 26 42NEWS Preventative actions for winter 55 abertis toll roads are OPINION REPORT Mobility 42 prepared for the cold Eugenia Bieto InfrastructuresManagers for a global society Together with the RACC, New toll road 56 The abertis chair sponsors abertis sponsors the sanef opens the A-65 14 the Manual for the 2009 Mobility Yearbook between Langon and Economic Evaluation Pau in France of Transport Projects Customer service 44 REPORT Appointment 57 28 abertis autopistas Visit to Chile sets up an interactive Francisco Reynés, appointed The visit by Salvador information system to sanef’s Board of Directors Alemany, the president TEAM Appointment 57 Rest areas 46 of abertis, to this Concession Economics Josep Lluís Giménez Sevilla 174 new places Andean country New Department in the replaces José María Morera specifically for lorry 18 abertis autopistas drivers on the AP-7 as general manager of Spain Business Unit abertis autopistas Smart cities 48 INTERVIEW Michel de Rosen “Our challenge is not to be 32 TRAVEL abertis telecom and Indra develop “smart cities” Logistics 58 Gefco moves into Arasur Belfast International 59 the largest company in our Reims in Lleida and Queen Elizabeth II opens sector, but the best one” City of kings and champagne Sant Cugat del Vallès the new terminal4 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 5. 18 36 32 14 22 58 link abertis is published by Abertis Infraestructuras, SA Av. del Parc Logístic, 12-20. Investor’s link 08040 Barcelona. Tel.: 93 230 50 00. Fax: 93 230 50 02. EDITED AND PRODUCED BY: abertis Studies and Communication Corporate Direction. EDITORIAL BOARD: Salvador Alemany, Francisco Reynés, Josep M. Vila, Francisco José Aljaro, Josep Maria Coronas, Joan Rafel, Toni Brunet and Sergi Loughney. 76 CORPORATE IMAGE AND PRODUCTION: Erik Ribé and Bernat Ruiz. CONTENT COORDINATOR: Alícia Cobeña. WRITTEN BY: Elena Barrera, RESULTS Alícia Cobeña, Gemma Gazulla, Marc Gómez, Leticia Gonzálvez and Bernat Ruiz. January-September 2010 CONTRIBUTORS: Christine Allard, Pilar Barbero, Analysis of the Carolina Bergantiños, Bob Bullock, Julio Cerezo, Joan Fontanals, Marta Giner, Sagrario Huelin, Anna Electric vehicles 60 7th abertis Prize 70 Group’s assets Morera, Astrid Noury, Vanessa O’Connor, Enric 82 Pérez, Mercedes Pérez-Cruz, Roser Prenafeta, Astrid saba installs 12 recharging A study of traffic mobility Recoque, Marc Ribó, Albert Rossell, Beatriz Sanz, abertis, abertis autopistas, abertis telecom, points in Barcelona in cities wins the Prize abertis logística, abertis airports, 71 abertis foundation and saba. ‘voluntaris’ 64 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRODUCED BY:abertis holds a Volunteer Day Three new directors Ediciones Reunidas, SA (Grupo Zeta). Revistas Corporativas Barcelona. for the second year running Javier de Jaime, Consell de Cent, 425. 08009 Barcelona. BRANDING José Antonio Torre de Silva Tel.: 93 227 94 16. Restoration 66 ‘link autopistas’ Manager: Òscar Voltas. Editorial coordinator: abertis autopistas, and Santiago Ramírez Nuria González. Chief writers: Toni Sarrià and Olga Tarín. Lay-out: Mireia Vives, New digital magazine involved in restoring 82 and Cristina Vilaplana. 72 Edited by: Ares Rubio. L’Albi Castle as a museum Legal deposit: B-16432-2010. abertis shareholder care line: Eco-friendly driving 68 INTERIM DIVIDEND 902 30 10 15. www.abertis.comabertis foundation presents IN BRIEF Payment to shareholders abertis accepts no responsibility a study on driving Notes on what’s The dividend was paid for the opinion of its contributors in the articles published, nor does and the environment new at abertis on 21 October 2010 it necessarily identify with their opinion. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 5
  • 6. OPINION Managers for a BY EUGENIA global society BIETO Business schools are preparing themselves to be Managing director the vanguard of the future of management, by offering of ESADE since September 2010. not only the very best education, but the opportunity to develop critical thought Doctorate from the Ramon Llull University, ESADE- Many readers probably don’t know ness Report in which, by following a complex Universitat Ramon that the world’s first business school econometric model, it classifies world econ- Llull. Degree in Business Science is little more than 130 years old. Wharton omies based on 111 variables which are and Master’s was founded as the world’s first business grouped into 12 areas. Of these variables, degree in Company school in 1881, at the University of Pennsyl- 11 refer to the quality of higher education. Management, ESADE. vania, with the intention of making Degree in Company management into a profession. Given the Uncompleted tasks Management and number of centuries that world-renowned In the general ranking, Spain has dropped Administration, universities have been operating, we can 9 positions this year, to 42nd in the world. The ESADE-Universitat conclude that the discipline of manage- Global Competitiveness Report emphasises Politècnica ment and the training of managers is still some aspects in which Spain has uncom- de Catalunya. very recent. pleted tasks, including the quality of the She has been the However, the effects of globalisation on higher education system, maths and science director of ESADE’s the management function, the complexity Centre for Business of the current financial crisis, and the growing Initiative, deputy importance of social responsibility within director of the CIDEM companies, have made management training for Geographical a key factor in the strategy of any major com- Balance Policies, pany that wishes to operate internationally. and has held several posts in the IMPIVA for promoting Essential pillars the creation of The leaders of large organisations who turn new companies. to business schools know that the technical abilities required in the past are no longer Author of, among sufficient. For managers who are in leader- other publications, Data on innovation ship positions, what is now important is, for in Spain. In Practical example, to have sufficient knowledge of guide to innovation geopolitics to be able to understand its effects for SMEs (pages on the economy, to have mastered strategic 15-27, 2005). thinking about the complexity of a large organisation, and to have acquired emotional intelligence. Solid personal development and Link education in strong values also becomes ESADE vitally important. www.esade.es We can therefore agree that, in the knowledge era, excellence at the highest educational levels and cutting-edge research must be essential pillars of any economy that aims to create new knowledge, anticipate the future and make international links at the highest levels. Having a good educational system at the highest level should be a priority for our governing classes and social parties. This is the recognised by the World Economic Forum which publishes a yearly Global Competitive-6 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 7. education and collaboration between uni- the research activity must open up to newversities and business for research and devel- IN ADDITION TO organisational designs which create linksopment. This information serves to under- between the experts who are interested in a EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION,line the importance of reconsidering our given scientific problem, and will includeproductive paradigm. This is the responsibil- WE MUST DEVELOP universities, research establishments, com-ity of society in general, but specifically of KNOWLEDGE THAT panies and civic groups. The final objectiveour country’s principal educational institu- CAN BE APPLIED TO THE must be to collaboratively, transversally andtions, the research community, and of inno- globally generate new innovation processes MANAGEMENT FUNCTION,vation-orientated companies. which can be applied both in companies and OUR COUNTRY NEEDS IT in organisations.New research processes I am firmly convinced that innovationUniversities, in general, must carry out three needs the right mix of “culture broth” if it isfundamental functions: education, research I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE to prosper. The essential ingredients are theand service to society. As a business school, FUTURE OF MANAGEMENT three sides of the knowledge triangle: uni-we clearly understand that all those partici- WILL BE OVER THE NEXT versities, research and innovation in the busi-pating in our programmes must receive the ness environment. However, reality has shownvery best education in their respective disci- HUNDRED YEARS, BUT I AM us that this triangle is still fragmented. Europeplines. However, at the same time, they must SURE THAT WHATEVER IT has great potential for inventing and creatingdevelop the capacity for critical thinking; they IS, IT CANNOT BE LEARNED new knowledge; however, at the same time,must be able to analyse a complex reality; ENTIRELY WITHIN THE FOUR it shows great weaknesses when it comes tothey must be open to a global and diverse exploiting these in the market and transform-world; and they must develop into socially WALLS OF A CLASSROOM ing them into assets.responsible citizens. In addition to excellence in education, The future of managementwe must therefore also develop knowledge As business schools, we can contribute tothat can be applied to the management func- bringing together this fragmented tri-tion. Our country needs this. To achieve it, angle. When confronted with the effects of globalisation, and the complexity of the financial crisis, we must be able to offer man- ager new and innovative management models. These management models will ensure that the managers’ education is prof- itable in terms of: knowing how to advance themselves and better understand the new financial model which is emerging; master- ing the management of diversity as a great future asset in large organisations; and understanding the key elements of the challenges which are global in scope, such as the energy deficit, social inequality and environmental impact. I don’t know what the future of manage- ment will be over the next hundred years, but I am sure that whatever it is, it cannot be learned entirely within the four walls of a classroom. New technologies, the importance of constructing solid networks of managers, and the high cruising speed of the society in which we live, all require new and ongoing innovations. ESADE will commit to this. ■ Link World Economic Forum www.weforum.org DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 7
  • 8. REPORTThe environmentInfrastructures:the challenge ofsustainable progressIn the face of climate change, what measures are proposed to reduce the environmentalimpact of infrastructures? What role is abertis playing in this process? The biologist andenvironmentalist Pere Torres leads us through the debate on sustainable infrastructures,and gives us his vision of this and other questionsTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis Infrastructure policies are often asso- be forged. Societies needed rapid progress, which will be different, in some or many ciated with a negative impact on the and social infrastructures were constructed aspects, depending on the case, from thoseenvironment. Human prosperity and well- with the aim of responding to society’s needs we know today.being have always been linked to our ability for prosperity, quality of life and ease of com-to develop and use infrastructures, but how munication. Infrastructurescan these contribute to the development of History has demonstrated that there as solution enginesa sustainable environment which, nowa- are no civilisations without infrastructures, If one believes in sustainability, and that sus-days, must take into account matters such and there can therefore be no sustain- tainability will make it possible for humanityas climate change? able civilisations without them. This sus- to continue to develop, one must accept the During the second half of the 20th Cen- tainable civilisation will need infrastruc- existence of human tools that may make thistury, an awareness of the possible impact of tures with management and construction possible, and these include infrastructures.infrastructures on the environment began to processes, functionality, and conceptions These infrastructures must not only cause8 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 9. The abertis group’s strategy includes actions aimed at minimising the impact of infrastructures on biodiversity, and fostering the conservation of natural spaces.no harm to the environment, but must also passes, major investments are often required the public bodies. However, Pere Torres thinksprovide solutions to existing damage. In this at the start, in order to be able to mitigate that there can also be public-private partner-respect, the role of companies –to the extent any damage, and show profit in the future. ships which work in the reverse way. That isthat companies are also becoming aware of According to Pere Torres, “The alternative to say, “Public bodies help companies totheir responsibility to society– is key when solutions, in the long term, eventually provide expand through their policies”. These mayconsidering common interests, and they benefits in terms of management, mainte- be brand policies, training policies or policiesshould provide their knowledge, vision and nance and savings, due to avoiding possible of investment in research and development.experience of infrastructures, at both local side effects”.An energy-efficient building will “This must be done in a coordinated manner,and national levels. be more expensive to construct but will cost in collaboration with the production sectors, How can one ensure that an infrastruc- much less to maintain.This situation compels so that we don’t have research and educationture, in terms of sustainability, can be part of one to find sufficient financial resources over policies which are focussed on sectors thatthe solution and not part of the problem? a short period of time, so that benefits and are not consolidated, (nor expected to be),One of the factors to be taken into account yields will be obtained in the long term. “The in the country itself, while there is a strongwhen planning infrastructure construction solution”, according to Pere Torres,“is to seek production sector in other areas”.is the current climate conditions –which are out public-private partnerships.That is to say, At this point one could add a third areanot necessarily those of the future. private companies absorb this concentrated of partnership: that of liaising on the design In the opinion of Pere Torres, vice presi- investment over a few years, in exchange for of the future. Many companies, includingdent of the Col·legi d’Ambientòlegs de Ca- income over longer periods”. abertis, have experts with a vision of thetalunya, “We are designing infrastructures Public-private partnerships are usually viability of certain possible developments,which parameters that, due to climate change, understood to mean: private companies make and better use should be made of their knowl-may become obsolete. The impact of the investments which should really be made by edge when designing infrastructure strategies,different effects of climate change will affect programmes and plans.existing infrastructures”. He continues, “Itwill be necessary to think about the most Responding to society’s needsprobable scenarios –and in some places this THE ALTERNATIVE With respect to the negative impacts of infra-is already being done– in order to start adapt- structures, another consideration to be takening, and planning for the capacity to respond SOLUTIONS, IN THE LONG into account is the poor design of some ofto these new conditions”. TERM, EVENTUALLY them. Routes, layouts or sizing which are PROVIDE BENEFITS IN perhaps not justified, have a negative effectDifferent solutions, TERMS OF MANAGEMENT, on the landscape, contaminate the ecosystemthe same objective or are not sensitive to certain cultural values.In the fight against environmental problems, MAINTENANCE AND Infrastructure policies must provide decision-time is one of the enemies. To alleviate the SAVINGS, DUE TO AVOIDING making models that will allow new infra-negative effects which accumulate as time POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS structures to be defined and planned in a way DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 9
  • 10. Measures to preserve biodiversity It is abertis’ main lines To summarise, surfaces of business, toll roads have been replanted and telecommunications with 2 million plants, infrastructures, which 1,500 hectares have been undertake part of their treated and 500 hectares activity in places close of wooded area have to natural spaces which been created. are protected. It is for this The C-32 and AP-7 toll reason that these business roads exemplify these units take the measures efforts. The former has over necessary to reduce 400,000 trees, shrubs and the impact these activities other plants on a stretch can have on biodiversity. which is only 36 kilometres long. These were planted, in part, with the assistance of school projects. The AP-7 not only has a service area in the Montseny, on the edge of its nature park, with 4 hectares of woods and a picnic zone, but also received the Environment Prize awarded by the Catalonia College of Road, Canal and Port Engineers, for an emblematic work which is environmentally friendly and a model for other toll roads. The waste water treatment plants in the AP-2 (Zaragoza- Mediterranean) service abertis autopistas is driven areas and the service by a policy which takes into areas at Montseny and account the impact of La Jonquera on the AP-7 its routes, as a result make good use of water of which it has gone resources by using them beyond construction to water their green zones. designs imposed by the Technical solutions which authorities –designs which use solar energy have also have already undergone been implemented for SOS environmental studies– posts, CCTV cameras and and taken additional weather stations all along actions to integrate its road network. roads into the surrounding areas. These actions This year, sanef, a subsidiary can be classified as follows: of abertis in France, undertook similar actions Technical solutions: when it announced an viaducts, tunnels, artificial investment of 250 million tunnels, wildlife crossings Euros for improving and paths under the toll the integration of its road for animals, low bird infrastructures into the flight obstructions, etc. environment (Paquet Vert). Environmental treatment In exchange, sanef’s two and reforestation: concessions (sapn and verges, cuttings and sanef) have been embankments. extended for one year.10 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 11. Pere Torres A biologist and environmentalist, he is vice president of the Col·legi d’Ambientòlegs de Catalunya. He is also a technical director of the Institut Cerdà, and a member of the Scientific Board of abertis foundation. For most of his professional life, he has worked for the Generalitat of Catalonia, including posts as secretary of Inter- university Board of Catalonia, director general of Environmental Planning and general secretary of Regional Planning. He has been the assistant director of the International Institutewhich avoids and counteracts all these hand- of Governability.icaps while providing valid solutions. Given INFRASTRUCTUREthat the culture of “no” has become wide- He has also worked POLICIES MUST PROVIDE frequently withspread, this is not an easy undertaking. According Pere Torres, “Society must be DECISION-MAKING MODELS Catalan universities on post-graduate education,prepared to pay more for an infrastructure, WHICH ALLOW NEW on matters related toso that the route is less straight, maybe partly INFRASTRUCTURES TO BE sustainability and landburied, and has a whole set of additional use. Additionally, DESIGNED WHICH WILLcomponents that will minimise the impact he has been on theon the values that the people who live along AVOID NEGATIVE EFFECTS organising committeesit wish to preserve”. To summarise, the aim of several conferenceswould be to design infrastructures that and seminars, and,mitigate any effects which would cause deter- impact of infrastructures on biodiversity, and in 2003, was directormined opposition from society while meet- fostering the conservation of natural spaces. of the 5th Cataloniaing its needs. Many of the problems arising This is clearly demonstrated by the Gold Class Security Forum.from infrastructures are difficult to solve award abertis received in the 2010 Sustain- He has also been abecause the problem is complex:“We see the ability Yearbook, prepared by the consultancy member of boards ofeffect, but there are many and diverse causes, companies PricewaterhouseCoopers and trustees, governor andand they cannot all be treated as though Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), for directors of variousthere was a single cause. A few years ago, a its actions in the areas of sustainability and organisations, including:term began to be used in this context, which corporate responsibility. The purpose of Junta de Residus de la Generalitat, Agènciais governance: this consists of designing a this yearbook is to identify the companies Catalana de l’Aigua,process which must not necessarily be slow, with outstanding sustainability management. Institut Cartogràfic deparalysing or excessively complicated, but It analyses 58 industrial sectors and 1,200 Catalunya, Institut Catalàhas clear rules for designing infrastructures companies of the 2,500 corporations which del Sol and Centreand taking decisions on them, a process in make up the Dow Jones Global Total Stock per a l’Empresa iwhich many more sectors –including com- Markets Index. el Medi Ambient.panies– feel they are involved and that theirviews are reflected”. Minimising infrastructure impact The Kyoto Protocol of 1997, essentially basedabertis’ contribution on agreements to reduce the emissions ofAs part of its commitment to conserving the carbon dioxide and the other gases causingenvironment, the abertis group’s strategy global warming, was a first, timid step towardsincludes actions aimed at minimising the demonstrating that it was possible to make DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 11
  • 12. The abertis group’s actions on toll roads improve the integration of those roads with the landscape.progress in the fight against climate change. environmental practices can be shared, risksThe strategy of reducing climate change has can be centralised, and an environmentalbeen the central plank the abertis group’s management system can be developed. Allresponse to this challenge. this will help minimise the long term impact In 2009, with the aim of analysing and arising from the airports’ activities on theminimising the risks arising from the envi- environment in which they operate.ronmental impact of its airports, abertisairports set up the Environmental Forum as The OASIS projecta space in which the Group’s airports could For some time, abertis autopistas has alsoshare ideas. As a result of two meetings held been participating in the OASIS projectin Barcelona and ongoing work via email, a (Operación de Autopistas Seguras, Inteli-common environmental management man- gentes y Sostenibles-Safe, Intelligent andual was prepared, in accordance with the ISO Sustainable Toll road Operations). This is a14001 standard, for the airports to imple- national project in which several businessment, based on each one’s specific charac- and academic organisations participate, andteristics. Similarly, key environmental indica- has the aim of defining the standards for thetors were identified for monitoring, and the toll roads of the future. The principal areas itimpact of the new Carbon Reduction Com- considers are safety, mobility, energy opti-mitment regulatory framework on the air- misation, and the environment. In the latterports in the United Kingdom was analysed. area, there are three basic lines of study:tbi’s airports participated directly in this improving the toll roads’ integration into theforum, as did representatives of: the techni- landscape, an understanding of the relation-cal departments that implement environ- ship with the surrounding environment, andmental measures, the legal department and managing vegetation in the toll road’s eco-abertis’s social responsibility unit. system. This forum has continued to operateduring 2010, in order to ensure that good Sustainability and efficient resource management Right from the start, abertis has shown spe- cial sensitivity to environmental matters, notWHAT THE COMPANIES only in its foundation’s activities, but also in the Group’s business activities. Pere TorresWHO ARE LEADING IN insists that, “All that the companies who areTHIS AREA AND APPLYING leading in this area and are gradually incor-ENVIRONMENTAL porating environmental consideration need,MEASURES NEED IS MORE is more encouragement and greater recogni- tion of their work with the environment”.ENCOURAGEMENT AND Last October, in another recent example,GREATER RECOGNITION abertis telecom signed an agreement withOF THEIR WORK the town halls of Sant Cugat and Lleida and12 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 13. the Indra Company, on the development ofsmart cities. Smart cities are a conceptof future towns, based on the use of cutting-edge technologies to improve their inhabit-ants’ quality of life, make public services moreefficient, increase environmental sustainabil-ity and improve the opportunities the cityoffers to both companies and individuals.This agreement between companies andtown halls is a good example of public-privatepartnerships, since these two leading tech-nological companies, abertis and Indra, aremaking all their know-how available to thesetown halls.Irreplaceable allysaba, the abertis group’s car park subsidiary,is also doing outstanding work in the tech-nological and environmental fields, such assetting up the recently announced pilotproject of 12 electrical vehicle charging pointsin 4 car parks in Barcelona. The company’sother measures include improving wastestorage installations, installing oil-waterseparators in rainwater drains, and installing“ecosaba” recycling points in its car parks. Despite the abertis group’s efforts tomake infrastructures compatible with sus-tainability, Pere Torres reminds us that, “It’salways possible to do more, because we arelearning more every day. Each day we seenew ways of ensuring that the objective ofsustainability, which sometimes seems a bitabstract and conceptual, is drawing closer.”Infrastructures are an irreplaceable ally inprogressing towards sustainability and,“Com-panies like abertis, as I understand it, mustalways be on the lookout, not only for majorchanges, but also for those small innovationsthat, when applied to their own activities,can provide significant benefits in terms ofsustainability”. ■LinkCol·legi d’Ambientòlegs de Catalunyawww.coamb.cat DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 13
  • 14. REPORT 1abertisVisit to Chile bythe president of abertisSalvador Alemany, who was awarded the title of 2010’s Universally Outstanding Businessmanby the Cámara Oficial Española de Comercio in Chile, met some of the country’s leadersand important businessmen, and opened the abertis logistics park santiagoTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis14 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 15. 3 —1— The president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, during his speech at the ENADE forum. —2— Visit to the Rutas del Pacífico facilities. —3— Salvador Alemany collects his award as 2010’s Universally Outstanding Businessman from the Cámara Oficial Española de Comercio in Chile. 2 Last November, the president of Meetings with Chilean leaders abertis, Salvador Alemany, made a and businessmenbusiness trip to Chile, which is a strategic During the trip, the president of abertis tookcountry for the Group and in which four of the opportunity to meet several members abertis in Chileits business units have a presence: toll roads, of the Chilean Government: Chile’s minis- The abertis group has beenairports, car parks and logistics parks. ter of Public Works, Hernán de Solmini- in Chile since 1997. The Group During his visit, Salvador Alemany was hac; the minister of Finance, Development has gradually consolidatedawarded the title of 2010’s Universally Out- and Reconstruction, Juan Andrés Fontai- its presence in the country,standing Businessman by the Cámara Oficial ne; and the minister of Transport and Tele- and currently has aEspañola de Comercio in Chile presents this communications, Felipe Morandé. workforce of over 750 employees. It hasaward annually to two people from the busi- Salvador Alemany also met the assistant become one of the mainness world –one Spanish and one Chilean. secretary of Public Works, Loreto Silva, and infrastructure operators,This year, the Chilean businessman Álvaro the mayor of Santiago –a city in which saba with a presence in fourSaieh, who runs the Corp Group, Copesa and manages 12 car parks– Pablo Zalaquett. sectors: toll roadsSupermercados Unimarc was the other He also attended a dinner with Herman –it manages the Elquirecipient. Chadwick, the president of COPSA, which Concession Company, By making this award to Salvador Ale- was also attended by Josep Martínez-Vila, Rutas del Pacífico, gesamany, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce abertis’ director general of Business and and Autopista Central, arecognised,“The drive and persistence shown Operations, and the general manager of combined total of aroundby the president of abertis in business rela- abertis Chile, Lluís Subirà. 500 kilometres; car parkstionships between Spain and Chile”. As part of the visit, there was also –saba manages 15 establishments with a total On this trip, Salvador Alemany took the an informal lunch with managers and execu- of over 9,000 parking places;opportunity to see, at first hand, the operat- tives of abertis Chile, and a meeting with airports– it has a share in theing centres of two concessions: Rutas del Spanish expat businessmen, in which the company which managesPacífico –which connects Santiago de Chile country’s economic situation was discussed, the capital’s airport; andwith Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, in which along with the condition of its infrastructure. logistics parks -the firstthe Group has a 78% share– and Autopista The opening of the abertis foundation’s comprehensive logisticsCentral, which is 50% owned by abertis. local office in Chile was held in the Palacio park in Santiago de Chile. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 15
  • 16. Meeting with the Chile’s minister of Public Works, Hernán de Solminihac.de la Moneda, the Chilean Presidential Offices. and cosmetics company founded in Bra-Chile’s first lady, Cecilia Morel de Piñera, pre- zil, and APL will supply its clients in Chile. Sonysented a plaque commemorating the dona- will use the space it has rented for storingtion given by abertis to help repair damage high technology products for the retail sec-caused by last February’s earthquake in the tor, Paccar will use its for products related tonorth of the country. the automotive sector. This is the second local office thefoundation has opened outside Spain. In First comprehensive logistics park2009, the first one was opened in Italy, abertis logistics park santiago is the firstand there are plans to open a third branch comprehensive logistics park to set up inin France in 2011. Santiago de Chile’s Metropolitan Region.The park has a total surface area of 63 hectares,abertis logistics park santiago and may eventually have 335,000 squareopens with 100% occupancy metres of warehousing and 15,000 metresAs part of his visit, the president of abertis, of ancillary services such as offices, petrol The ENADE forumSalvador Alemany, together with the Chilean stations and restaurants. In its initial stage, During his stay in Chile,under-secretary of Transport, Gloria Hutt abertis logisticspark santiago has Salvador Alemany tookHesse, opened the abertis logisticspark generated around 250 jobs. The park has an part in the ENADE (Nationalsantiago, a logistics park set up by abertis outstanding location. Situated in the Puda- Chilean Companies’logística in Santiago de Chile. huel County, in the north-west of the Met- Meeting), a prestigious With the signing of four rental contracts, ropolitan Region, it forms part of the ENEA discussion forum, withabertis logisticspark santiago has begun business park, a 1,000 hectare complex which over 1,600 participants,to operate. Ceva Logistics Chile and APL Logis- includes offices, homes, green spaces and including the country’stics have each rented 7,500 square metres, leisure areas, as well as zones for special politicians and importantand Sony and Paccar have each rented 2,500 projects and services. businessmen. This year,metres. With these four agreements, the abertis logistics park santiago is also it coincided with the 200thwhole of the park’s first phase, some 20,000 directly accessed from the two most important anniversary of Chile’s independence. Salvadorsquare metres, has been rented, bringing it toll roads in the Metropolitan Region, the Cos- Alemany, who was theup to 100% occupancy. tanera Norte and the Vespucio Express. It has only non-Chilean speaker Ceva Logistics and APL Logistics are both direct access to Santiago de Chile Airport, invited this year, gaveinternational logistics operators. From abertis which is just 2.2 kilometres away, and to the a speech entitled Economiclogisticspark santiago, Ceva Logistics will main access roads to the ports of Valparaíso growth and developmentprovide distribution and storage services for and San Antonio, through which over 80% of in a crisis context: theNatura, a leading Latin American perfume the country’s imports and exports pass. ■ public-private opportunity.16 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 17. 1 —1— The president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, with the under- secretary for Transport, Gloria Hut Hesse; the general manager of abertis logística, Manel Martínez; and the general manager of abertis Chile, Lluís Subirà. —2— The president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, during his meeting with Chile’s first lady, Cecilia Morel de Piñera, on his right. —3— Interview with the Chilean minister of the Economy, Juan Andrés Fontaine. —4— 2 With the Chilean minister of Transport, Felipe Morandé. Links abertis logisticspark santiago www.abertislogistica.com/chile abertis Chile3 4 www.abertis.cl DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 17
  • 18. INTERVIEWInterview with the director general of EutelsatMichel de Rosen«Our challenge is not to bethe largest company in oursector, but the best one»The director general of Eutelsat explains the challenges the telecommunicationssector will have to face in the coming decadesTEXT AND PHOTOS Eutelsat In 2007, abertis strengthened its from the video, broadband and even multi- Profile European business by the purchase of use sectors.32% of Eutelsat, which made it the compa- During the year, new projects have been A graduate of the French HEC business school andny’s largest shareholder. With a fleet of 27 started, and we have continued with existing France’s National Schoolsatellites in geostationary orbit, Eutelsat is ones. Firstly, we have begun a strategic coop- of Administration.a leader in Europe, since it has a 30% market eration with the state of Qatar, and togethershare. It is also the third-largest operator we have decided to purchase a satellite called He joined Eutelsat in Julyworldwide, with a market share of 13%. EUROBIRD 2A, which we will finance and 2009. He is not only the■ ■ ■ operate jointly. This year, Eutelsat also director general, but also a member of Hispasat’sWhat is your impression, after a year ordered two satellites, the W5A and the W6A, Board of Directors.as director general of Eutelsat? as part of our ongoing efforts to renew theThere are two ways to answer that ques- fleet and increase our capacity. Until 2008 he was thetion: what this has meant for the company, In November 2009 we launched the president and managingand what it has meant for me. W7. With 70 repeaters, this is currently the director of SGD, having held the It has been an outstanding year, in terms largest satellite Eutelsat has launched. It same posts in the USof both the improvement in the overall bal- entered service in January 2010. This satel- Company ViroPharmaance sheet structure and the financial results, lite principally communicates with the from 2000 to 2008.with growth in: sales volume, profitability, markets in Russia and Africa, and has verynet results and the dividend offered to share- quickly acquired customers, which shows He was also managingholders. This success is partly due to our high the dynamism of the markets on which we director of Rhône- Poulenc Fibersquality work over the last year. However, in are focussed. The satellite was launched and Polymers andthis business, things change very slowly, shortly after I was appointed director gen- Rhône-Poulenc Rorer.and these results are, to a large extent, the eral. I therefore had nothing to do with it, butresult of several years’ work in the technical, it was a good decision and a great success He started hissales and HR fields. These results are par- for Eutelsat. professional careerticularly due to the fact that, for several years Similarly, we have also prepared for the in France, in the General Finance Inspectoratenow –and especially since abertis and CDC/ launch of the KA-SAT satellite. The launch in the MinistryFSI have been our principal shareholders– of this satellite is planned for the 20 th of of the Economy.Eutelsat has mainly worked on increasing December. It has a different architecture fromand renewing fleet of satellites. This last our others, and will offer very competitiveyear, Eutelsat has therefore been able to pricing for internet service providers. In fact,handle a significant increase in demand with a capacity of more than 7 Gbps, it will18 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 19. equal the sum of the capacities of all the IN 2010 WE HAVE STARTED to return to what, from my perspective,satellites in Eutelsat’s current fleet. AN IN-DEPTH STUDY are the defining characteristics of Eutelsat. On a personal note, I have learned so Firstly, our company is international in terms TO DETERMINE WHICHmuch this year, from contact with my col- of its own character and that of its custom-leagues in the company, our customers, our DIRECTION WE SHOULD ers, shareholders and employees. Secondly,shareholders and the competition, and TAKE FOR THE COMPANY this is a company with a level of efficiencyeven from journalists. I have also been able TO CONTINUE TO which is quite unique at an international level:to study the organisation of the company GROW OVER THE Eutelsat, with only 640 employees in theand make some modifications to it, creating NEXT 20 YEARS whole world, has a presence in Europe, Asia,an executive committee and a renewed Africa, North America and South America.steering committee. Lastly, in 2010 we Their level of commitment, passion and expe-have also started an in-depth study to deter- rience is exceptional. Eutelsat is also a com-mine which direction we should take if pany that works for the long term: whatthe company is to continue to grow for the happens today was decided on years ago,next 20 years. and what we do today will have its effect in■ ■ ■ a few years time.We respect to your previous profes- I believe that what I have brought to thissional experience, what do you believe company is the ability to listen, to share andyou have brought to Eutelsat? to mobilise us all. I have discovered that thisBefore replying to that question, allow me is a company where the employees needed DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 19
  • 20. THE FINANCIAL continents: we have 41% market share, and According hope to maintain this. The decision to have to Michel de SLOWDOWN HAS Rosen, Eutelsat a presence in this second continent, in which must be the HARDLY AFFECTED market growth is stronger than in Western company EUTELSAT AT ALL: Europe or North America, has shown itself which treats its customers best, THE RESULTS IN 2009 to be profitable. Thanks to this decision, with humility, AND 2010 WERE VERY Eutelsat has grown faster this year than consistency its two main competitors: Intelsat and SES. and care. GOOD, AS THEY WERE ■ ■ ■ IN 2008, WHICH WAS What forecasts do you have for 3D AN EXCELLENT YEAR television? Are consumers’ expecta- tions and those of the market growing in this area? It’s obvious that, when we’re talking about 3D, we must distinguish between twoto talk about what they do and about their fields, or even three: 3D cinema –whichideas for the company. To assist me in this came to the forefront this year becauseproject, I have listened to my predecessor, of Avatar; 3D events– such as the liveGiuliano Berretta –who is still the president transmission of the World Cup, an operaof the board– since he has unrivalled experi- or a tennis tournament; and, lastly 3Dence in the fields of space and satellites. television.■ ■ ■ There is no doubt that 3D cinema isHow has the financial slowdown af- developing all the time. I also believe, likefected Eutelsat? most observers, that 3D events will alsoFirstly, I should state that the financial slow- continue to develop: as an opera lover, Idown has hardly affect Eutelsat at all: the find it wonderful to be able to go to theresults in 2009 and 2010 were very good, as Metropolitan Opera, to Paris or to Lyon.they were in 2008, which was an excellent These two fields will certainly experienceyear.The main reason why we have not been a strong growth.affected by the difficult situation of the last The third field, 3D television, willtwo years is that our business is not very surely take longer to develop. The key tosensitive to the economic climate. Our main its success is the content, i.e. program-activity is video, which represents 70% of ming. We are therefore available to thoseour sales volume. In this field, the transmission television channels that wish to broadcastservices we offer are a key requirement for programmes in 3D: since August, we havebroadcasters, but only represent a small per- hosted the Orange 3D channel on onecentage of their overall costs. of our satellites. So we are perfectly Our contracts are almost always long- 3D-ready.term ones, for 10 or even 15 years. Addi- However, we are clearly seeing antionally, these contracts are in no way pro- acceleration in channels broadcasting inportional to our customers’ advertising high definition. Almost 200 channels areincome: when their income increases, they already broadcasting through our satellitesdon’t pay us more, but if their income drops, with that level of image quality. The fore-they don’t pay us any less. To summarise, casts for HD, which takes up 2.5 times thewe are therefore not much affected by eco- bandwidth of a standard digital televisionnomic cycles. channel, are very promising: the Eurocon- few know that satellites are an essential■ ■ ■ sult consultancy forecasts that 20% of link in the broadcast chain for television chan-What are your objectives for Eutelsat satellite channels will be broadcasting in nels, and are essential for extending accessin Eastern Europe? HD before 2019. However, from my per- to broadband to more users, in addition toIn Eutelsat, we often say that we are present spective, that forecast seems rather con- land-based networks. The first challengein two continents. One of these is the con- servative. consists in ensuring that what we do, andtinent we call our first continent: Western ■ ■ ■ our contribution to humanity, is known andEurope. This is the continent in which, his- What, in your opinion, are the future understood.torically, Eutelsat began its adventure. Then challenges? What is your vision? The second challenge consists of con-there is the second continent, made up of The first challenge is common to the whole tinuing to organise our growth.As infrastruc-central and eastern Europe, the Middle East of the satellite industry: most people don’t ture professionals, our duty is to create valueand Africa.This continent is a more emergent know what we do. The communications sat- for our shareholders. To be successful in this,market than the first one, which is more ellite sector is very little known. People know we must strike a balance between the growthmature. We lead the markets in both these about weather satellites and GPS, but very in our sales volume, the growth in our profit-20 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 21. The third challenge is, for me, a challenge of execution. In Eutelsat, we must, at all times, achieve operational excellence: tech- nical, commercial, human, financial, etc. This may seem obvious, but when we commit to customers for 15 years, excellence must be ongoing. Not even the image of a marathon is appropriate, since this a marathon which never stops. We know, today, that it will always continue. Execution is also our customers’ obses- sion. Every day, we must be thinking about our customers, although this is not obvious in a company like ours: it can be tempting to think that it is the customers who need us. But we must always want to be the company which treats its customers best, with humil- ity, consistency and care. Our challenge is not to be the biggest or the strongest, but to be the best. I’m con- vinced that if we are the best in terms of the service we offer our customers, we will also be the best in terms of how we treat our shareholders. ■ ■ ■ What is your analysis and vision of the current state of the satellite industry? The satellite industry consists of several sec- tors. Eutelsat is a telecommunication satel- lite operator, and has no ambition, at the moment, or for the next 5 or 10 years, to enter the terrestrial observation satellite sector, nor the weather satellite sector. We believe we already have sufficient work in the video sector, the broadband inter- net sector, and in the area of government services. The satellite industry brings together two specialist areas, which can cause some confusion. It includes satellite operators like us, but also satellite and launcher manufac- turers. My prognosis for the next few years is that the number of satellite and launcher manufacturers will increase. This is good news for Eutelsat, since itability, and the cash flow we generate. At the OUR MARKETS ARE means there will be more suppliers, and there-same time, we know that we must invest, in EXPERIENCING STRONG fore, more competition between them. Lastly,order to generate growth. Over recent years, with respect to our own sector, and given AND DYNAMIC GROWTH.we have invested almost half of our sales the good prospects for growth, I believe thatvolume in new satellites and launchers.There THERE IS ROOM FOR there will be more and more satellite opera-are very few industries which invest so much. LEADERS SUCH AS tors. New players are appearing: our QatariWe have managed to find a good balance: EUTELSAT AND ALSO friends, for example, with whom we are com-invest a lot, and, however, still be in a situa- FOR SMALLER PLAYERS. bining our space expertise.tion to offer our shareholders a significant THERE IS NOTHING To summarise, our markets are experi-dividend. We must continue to preserve encing vigorous growth. There is room for LIKE THE PRESSUREthis balance between our desire to grow leaders such as Eutelsat and for smaller play-and invest and the financial discipline OF DEMAND AND ers. There is nothing like the pressure ofwhich allows us to treat our shareholders COMPETITION FOR demand and competition for creatingappropriately. CREATING PROGRESS! progress! ■ DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 21
  • 22. INTERVIEWInfrastructuresJosé Luis Feito«One must choose thoseprojects which contributemost to the country’s growth»The president of ASECAP, ASETA and the CEOE’s Economic and Financial PolicyCommission reviews the aspects which will be key for the sector to progress in the futureTEXT abertis | PHOTOS abertis/ASETA José Luis Feito, who heads the Euro- ■ ■ ■ Profile pean Toll road Association (ASECAP) Public investment in infrastructures He has a degree inand the Association of Spanish Motorway is one of the anti-cyclic measures that Busines s and EconomicTunnel Bridge and Toll road Concession most governments are adopting. Are Science from the MadridCompanies (ASETA), and therefore under- all measures equally effective? Complutense Universitystands the needs and perspectives of Span- No. Certainly, the productivity of investments and is a State Economicish road infrastructures, analyses the sec- in infrastructures is very different, and, in many and Commercial expert.tor’s current situation. cases, is below the cost of the infrastructures. He has been Spain’s■ ■ ■ The fundamental criterion for selecting invest- ambassador to the OECDCan we consider that the crisis has ments in infrastructures (provided that, as in and has worked for thebottomed out? To what extent may Spain’s case, the social considerations of these International Monetarythe decoupling which did not occur at investments are essentially adequately cov- Fund, the Bank of Spainthe start of the crisis be happening ered) must be their productivity for the coun- and the Ministryon the way out of it? try as a whole. In other words, it is necessary of the Economy.What we can say is that the drop in GDP has to focus on those projects which contribute In the private sector,bottomed out. However, until the economic most to the economic growth of the country he has been on the boardgrowth is sufficient to reduce unemployment, as a whole (or of the region, in the case of of several companies,the crisis will continue. Indeed, in this sense, investments by regional governments) after including Spain Fund Incsome countries will come out of the crisis one has subtracted the cost of the infrastruc- and Ence, SA.before others. ture from its contribution to the economy. He is currently a member■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ of the Editorial Board ofIn a context in which it seems that Which funding instruments does the Expansión (Recoletosthe recovery will be slow and uncertain, EU propose for developing the Trans- Group), of the Advisoryhow can fiscal consolidation policies be European Transport Network (TEN-T)? Board of Fundacióncombined with stimulus policies? The review of the current TEN-T policy is, in Inverco, and a patronThis depends on the countries in question. my opinion, quite rational and takes into of the Fundación OrtegaThere are countries, such as Spain, which have account the present economic situation: the y Gasset.only one option: to reduce the public deficit, intention is not to launch a major infrastruc-through savings, to levels which can be financed ture programme, but to focus on providingby local or international investors prepared to continuity to ongoing projects, attend to theback our country. principal bottlenecks, and promote better22 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 23. THE CONCESSION MODELBASED ON THE ‘VENTURERISK’ PRINCIPLEREQUIRES FLEXIBILITYAND AGILITY TO ADAPTTO CERTAIN SITUATIONS DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 23
  • 24. About ASECAP The association was created in 1973, when representatives of French, Italian, Austrian, Spanish, Greek, Portuguese and Norwegian concessionaries decided to meet regularly as part of a structured organisation, i.e. as a result of creating SECAP, the European Secretariat of Toll road Concession Companies. SECAP was created to be an ideal place for exchanging knowledge and experience on many matters related to road transport, for those companies working in the same sector. At the start of the nineties, with the progressive implementation of the internal EU market and the development of European integration, the members of SECAP decided to create an association that would be able to interact with European institutions and speak with one voice on the requirements and positions of European toll road concession companies. ASECAP officially became an association on the 8th of February 1993. It is made up management of existing infrastructures a European framework for concessions which of: ASFA (France), AISCAT by encouraging the Implementation of Trans- will open up the market and provide security (Italy), ASETA (Spain), portation Systems (ITS). for the investor.We must, however, be prudent ASFINAG (Austria), TEO Even so, the investment is considerable, in this respect, since, if legislation was estab- (Greece), ASCAP (Portugal), and, according to the plans, the TEN-T projects lished which was too restrictive, we could find NORVEGFINANS (Norway), will fundamentally be financed from the budg- ourselves in difficult situations: the concession NV Liefkenshoektunnel ets of the member states, backed up by the model based on the principle of venture risk (Belguim), Sund & Baelt EU’s financial instruments such as the Euro- requires flexibility and agility in order to adapt Holding A/S (Denmark), pean Regional Development Fund and the itself to unforeseen situations which, if they AKA (Hungary), DARS (Slovenia), HUKA (Croatia), Cohesion Fund. In fact, the creation of Euro- were limited by very strict regulations, might PE Roads of Serbia (Serbia), pean funding framework to coordinate the jeopardise some concession contracts. M6 (United Kingdom), use of these funds is being considered. Private ■ ■ ■ NV Westerscheldetunnel contributions are still very limited, and this is How does ASECAP evaluate the effects (Netherlands), Société not sensible for those projects with high pro- of the Eurovignette directive, in those Nationale des Autoroutes jected demand which would therefore be countries which are already applying it? du Maroc (Morocco), attractive to private initiative. Collect GmbH (Germany), ■ ■ ■ Autostrada Wielkopolska SA To what extent can the lack of homog- IT’S NOT UNREASONABLE (Poland), KAPSCH TS (Czech enous legislation on concessions in TO START TO ANALYSE Republic), Narodna dialnicna spolocnost (Slovak Republic) Europe put a brake on the internation- THE MEASURES THAT and Irish Tolling Industry alisation process for operators? CONCESSION COMPANIES Association (Ireland). The principles of non-discrimination and CAN ADOPT TO equality are two of the fundamental pillars on which the European Union is based. These ENCOURAGE THE USE principles must also be respected for our sec- OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES tor, and it is therefore necessary to establish ON THEIR TOLL ROADS24 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 25. José Luis Feito ASECAP’s principal challenges considers that one should consider José Luis Feito, the infrastructures and whether it is appropriate president of this European even maintaining to change the sectorial organisation, the existing ones”. “shadow” toll on which was founded certain highways about thirty years ago, New technologies. into “soft” but “To go from the enumerates these explicit tolls. traditional concept of challenges. an infrastructure operator The opportunity to the wider concept of the current situation. of a service provider: new “The principal challenge technologies are giving us consists of knowing how the opportunity to offer to take advantage of our customers new added- the opportunity that the value services, and we current economic situation must be able to implement presents us with. The crisis that idea of an “intelligent” has clearly shown that the toll road, by increasing the budgets of member states use of ITS, and especially are not sufficient for the of cooperative systems”. necessary investment in highways, and that the only Sensitivity to way to maintain the rate environmental matters of investment is through and accident rates. private initiative. In this “All the above must context, we must be able be accomplished in to convince the decision- a framework of the makers and public opinion greatest respect for the that it is necessary to environment and special change to the pay-per-use sensitivity to the problem model. Implementing of road accident rates. explicit tolls is the most We have advanced effective, just and enormously in these sustainable system areas, but there is still for starting new room for improvement”.The implementation of the Eurovignette direc- not covered. This means that the price of their commitment to the environment: wastetive is the logical consequence that all coun- tickets for these trains does not even cover management policies, water channelling,tries must accept in order to maintain their the cost of maintaining the infrastructure. wildlife crossings, reforestation, landscaperoad network. In countries where it is already One can say the same, although to a integration, etc.being applied, the result has been very positive: lesser extent, about conventional train lines. In recent years, the word decarbonisationfunds have been collected for improving the In all these cases, it is obvious that prices must has become fashionable in Europe. The Trans-road network, the use of lorries has been ration- be brought closer to a level which would cover port White Paper, currently being revised, willalised (by reducing the number of unladen variable costs, so that running these lines does cover this in depth. ASECAP has always beentrips) and thus improving the competitiveness not lose so much public money. One should in favour of using less-polluting vehicles, andof the transport sector, fleets have been also think, as has been done in Portugal, about has repeated advocated the imposition of aupdated with less polluting vehicles, and, on whether it is appropriate to change the tariff for drivers who pollute. Going furtherthe other hand, no significant impact on the “shadow” toll on certain highways into “soft” with this idea, and seeing the surge in sales ofprice of the transported goods has been but explicit tolls to be paid by the road user. electrical vehicles, it’s not unreasonable toobserved.As we understand it, the Eurovignette ■ ■ ■ start to analyse the measures concessionmodel is perfectly compatible with the tradi- What are ASECAP’s proposals for reduc- companies can adopt to encourage the use oftional toll system in the toll road network, and ing the environmental impact of trans- these vehicles on their toll roads. ■this will be shown when the Ecotaxe is intro- port on climate change?duced in France. ASECAP has always encouraged toll road con-■ ■ ■ cession companies to be sensitive to environ-What other measures would help gov- mental matters –from the conception andernments to meet the cost of infrastruc- design phase of a toll road through to the Linksture development and maintenance? operating phase. ASECAP has a permanentWith respect to revenue, the price of many committee (COPER II) dedicated exclusively ASECAPpublic services, such as, for example, the price to environmental and road safety matters, www.asecap.comof high speed trains, is excessively subsidised, which analyses all the possible actions the ASETAso that the variable costs of the network are concession companies can take to improve www.aseta.es DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 25
  • 26. REPORTInfrastructuresEconomic and financialevaluation ofinfrastructure projects“Is extending Malaga Airport a good investment? And what about the improvement to theMudéjar toll road?”. The ‘Manual for the Economic Evaluation of Transport Projects’ attemptsto answer these questions. This manual is the result of a research project which was financedby the Ministry of Development’s Centre for Public Works Studies and Experiments (CEDEX)TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis This manual was presented in Madrid Those present praised the excellent qualities of under the patronage of the Foundation the cost benefit-method, which analyses thefor Applied Economic Studies (FEDEA), with suitability of projects based economic criteria,which abertis collaborates through the but does not ignore other aspects, such as theabertis chair of Transport and Infrastructure social, regional and environmental effects.Economics.The director of the research group, According to the research group, all projectsprofessor Ginés de Rus of the University of Las must pass through a basic initial filter which isPalmas on Gran Canaria, moderated a debate a simple question: “Will we live better whenin which many professors and academics who this project has been completed?”. Startingare expert in cost-benefit analysis participated. from that point, the manual focuses on theThe idea on which the meeting focussed is the cost-benefit analysis, which will validate thoseincreasing need, in the current situation of initiatives which provide more benefits thanbudget austerity, to find a method which cost to society.facilitates the task of evaluating future infra- Of the principal problems of the system,structure investments, and specifically, facilitates the current separation between the authoritythe evaluation of the projects included in the that takes the decision to invest and the onecurrent Strategic Infrastructure and Transport which has to finance the investment wasPlan (PEIT), which aims to increase public-private the problem which was emphasised. In thispartnerships. As emphasised in the opening respect, the greatest criticism was made byspeech of the event, given by Luis Espadas, sec- Ángel Aparicio, of the Polytechnic Universityretary general of Budgets and Expenses in the COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS CAN of Madrid, for whom the different authoritiesMinistry of Economy and Taxation, the aim is ASSIST IN DISTINGUISHING do not so much look at the technical or eco-to have the most flexible and transparent BETWEEN THE GOOD nomic justification for the projects, but ratherevaluation tools, in order to apply public demand infrastructures that are the same PROJECTS WHICH PROVIDEresources more efficiently and effectively. as, or better than, those of their neighbours. SOCIAL WELL-BEING, This problem could, to a certain extent, beThe cost-benefit method AND THE ‘WHITE ELEPHANTS,’ solved if autonomous and local administra-The seminar’s first session focussed on analys- WHICH ARE PROJECTS tions shared the responsibility.ing national and international experience of CONSTRUCTED WITHOUTevaluating transport projects, with special Evaluating projectsemphasis on the cases of the European Union ANALYSING WHETHER The evaluation method was then analysed inand the United Kingdom. THEY ARE SOCIALLY USEFUL more depth. Given that it is difficult to extract26 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 27. all the factors that indicate whether a project that it is indeed necessary to analyse, “Whatwill be profitable or not, the manual measures THE RESEARCH GROUP infrastructures are needed, how they are imple-the monetary value of a region’s well-being mented and how they are financed”.Accordingafter an infrastructure investment has been INSISTED THAT THE COST- to the secretary general, public works in Spainmade, and then subtracts the amount paid BENEFIT ANALYSIS OFFERED have not been well-planned and their socialfor that infrastructure.The cost benefit-analy- BY THE MANUAL SHOULD BE and economic viability has not been analysed.sis can therefore distinguish between the good ON THE AGENDAS OF She emphasised the need to analyse the oppor-projects –which provide social well-being at tunity cost of spending, since it is important toa cost which that society is prepared to pay– POLITICAL AUTHORITIES know what is being given up in order for publicfrom the bad ones which are sometimes known works to be completed.as white elephants – infrastructures which were The session emphasised the roles of the In conclusion, the research group insistedconstructed“just because ...” without analysing public bodies in the processes of planning, pri- that the cost-benefit analysis for the economicwhether or not they are socially useful. oritising and regulating infrastructures; and the evaluation of infrastructure projects, which is On the second day of the conference, role of the private sector in providing finance offered by the manual, should be on the agen-attention turned to the environmental aspects, and the ability to manage the infrastructures. das of political authorities. Ginés de Rus con-which are also significant when evaluating the In this respect, there was agreement on the idea cluded: “If we do not have an institutionalsuitability of certain transport projects. The of choosing pay-per-use schemas, which reduce framework that ensures that the technique isdebate on the design of infrastructure institu- the pressure on public administrations’ debt employed to useful ends, the methodology willtions was covered by the panel on public-private and deficits, at a time when governments’ be reduced to a bureaucratic procedure”. ■partnerships. This round-table discussion fiscal expansion policies are very limited.involved Gustavo Nombela (ComplutenseUniversity of Madrid), Juan Benavides (Univer- The manual, on the political agenda Linksity of the Andes), Germà Bel (University of The closing speech of the seminar was given ‘Manual for the Economic EvaluationBarcelona) and Toni Brunet, director Studies by the secretary general of Infrastructures, of Transport Projects’and Communication at abertis. Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, who emphasised www.evaluaciondeproyectos.es DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 27
  • 28. TEAMConcession EconomicsInnovation in the serviceof the customerLooking for and identifying new products and services, in order to obtain maximum profitabilityfor existing toll road assets, is one of the missions of Concession Economics, a new Departmentthat has been created after the restructuring of abertis autopistas Spain’s Business UnitTEXT abertis | PHOTOS David Campos Encouraging R&D&i activities and Juan Rodríguez de la Rubia heads this beyond our everyday activity, in order to identifying new business opportunities Department. He is very clear as to his team’s know how the market will evolve”. Onein the toll road management environment missions: to get more performance from fundamental task towards achieving theseare some of the functions of Concession the company’s assets and to determine objectives is to maintain good relation-Economics, a recently-created Department their value and future evolution in order ships with administrative bodies, in orderand a key part of the working mechanism of to create new business opportunities. to be able to increase the value of currentabertis autopistas business unit. According to him, “It is necessary to look concessions.28 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 29. “One must also take into account the systems in neighbouring countries, and Three unitsthe profitability of innovation projects, implementing the future European Electronic Traffic and Studies.whether they are new investments, new Toll-collection Service. According to Juan Analyses the variablesproducts and services or innovations at an Rodríguez de la Rubia,“Electronic toll-collec- that affect road traffic.operating level”. tion interoperability will provide a better Business Management. In order to achieve these objectives, service to foreign customers, make traffic- Its objective is to ensurethis Department is supported by three units: flow on the toll roads better, and is also an the efficiency andTraffic and Studies, Business Management, ecological measure, especially in the case of profitability of the servicesand Financial Planning. One of the positive heavy vehicles”. Another project that it is already provided andaspects of the new department is the fact carrying out, in coordination with the various in new lines businessthat it increases the interrelationships areas of abertis autopistas, is implement- when they are started up.between these three fields, and this trans- ing secure lorry parks which incorporate Financial Planning. Studieslates as a more dynamic work environment services for lorry drivers. These are already those initiatives whichand greater information interchange with being constructed at the Porta Barcelona and will have a financial impact,other areas. All this helps the Concession Montseny service areas on the AP-7. in terms of profitabilityEconomics department to offer a more glo- and creating value.bal vision and, in turn, allows the role played Traffic study modelby each of the units, within the whole organ- for predicting demandisation, to be recognised. The three units making up Concession Eco- nomics are involved, in one way or another,Ongoing projects in developing all these projects. Traffic andConcession Economics promotes R&D&i Studies analyses and finds answers to all theactivities, in coordination with the various areas questions that may arise concerning traffic,of activity, both within abertis autopistas whether for preparing these projects, or forand in the entire abertis group. These activ- satisfying the whole organisation’s need for The Concession Economicsities include: implementing charging points information. “Road safety is another impor- Team. Bottom left, the directorfor electric vehicles at service areas, projects tant aspect to be analysed, in order to better general of the department, Juan Rodríguez de la Rubia,associated with ensuring that the electronic understand the keys to accident rates on toll with his secretary,toll collection system is interoperable with roads, and therefore be able to propose Mariví García. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 29
  • 30. 1—1— improvements”, said Joan Altarriba, the head The role of this unit is related to looking forThe Traffic and Studies team.From left to right: Víctor Blanco, of the unit. He recognises that, “The current efficiency in providing and managing theseJoan Guzmán, Marta Jordi, financial situation has led us to carry out stud- other activities, in identifying new servicesBelén Díaz, Noemí Rezo, Isabel ies that are more in-depth, and help us to to be offered, and, on occasion, in starting upMarcilla and Joan Altarriba.—2— explain different phenomena”. The relation- new and independent lines of business whichThe Financial Planning team. ship between the traffic and macroeconomic are not directly related to these. To sum-From left to right: Anna Bonet, variables has involved us in preparing a traffic marise, as Josep Jové, head of the unit,Mariona Godoy andJavier García del Valle. prediction model which will better explain explained, “The aim is to obtain maximum—3— which are the fundamental variables involved profitability from existing assets on the tollFrom left to right: Josep Jové, in it.Additionally, the current uncertainty has road, in addition to its core activity, and weJuan Rodríguez de la Rubia,Joan Altarriba and Anna Bonet. forced us to make a study of the impacts of are trying to develop new services that may—4— improvements planned for the non-toll road provide ancillary revenues”.The Business Management network, “In order to have an idea of whatteam. From left to right: JoséLuis Rodríguez, José García, scenario we will be approaching in the nextIdoya Tobar, Marta Bertoli 10 years”, explained Joan Altarriba.and Josep Jové. Traffic and Studies, like the other units, works with various external and internal contacts. Information about traffic is sensitive and vital for many fields of activity, both internal and external (administrative bodies, academics):“Our relationship administrative bodies is close and positive. Traffic is a vari- able that can be analysed from different points of view, so we must be very transpar- ent with administrative bodies”. Identifying new initiatives and services“THE OBJECTIVE IS Within the new Department, Business Man-TO OBTAIN MAXIMUM agement is the unit responsible for monitor-PROFITABILITY FROM ing and managing the activity which produces the toll road business revenues which do notEXISTING ASSETS ON THE come directly from the toll, for example, theTOLL ROAD, IN ADDITION revenue from service areas and from sellingTO ITS CORE ACTIVITY” and marketing the fibre optics cable service.30 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 31. Business Management also coordinates Profitability and creating valueand manages the R&D&i projects which WITH THE NEW Financial Planning is the third team makingabertis autopistas carries out in national the Concession Economics Department. Its DEPARTMENT, THERE ISand international consortia with other com- modus operandi is similar to that of the otherpanies, in order to play a significant role in A MORE DYNAMIC WORK two units in the Department.the evolution of the sector. As partners in ENVIRONMENT AND As for Traffic and Studies, and in Businessthese projects,“We sometimes find ourselves GREATER INFORMATION Management, the Planning unit is fed infor-working with other companies in the Group mation by other departments (Traffic, Oper- INTERCHANGE(abertis telecom, sanef, Eutelsat, etc.),” ations, Technology, Customer Relations andsaid Josep Jové.These are projects subsidised Environment, etc).These provide the informa-by the European Union, the CDTI (entre for tion required for preparing the planning andthe Development of Industrial Technology) working closely in the business of the fibre providing a long-term vision of the business’sand other organisations. optics cable that runs along our toll roads evolution and cash generation. The day-to-day work of this department and which is sold to communications oper- This unit works collaborates closely inis therefore intense, both in our relationship ators”. He added that, “Every time a new the joint development of the business planswith the operators of the service areas (rene- activity is launched, however big or small for all the initiatives studied by Businessgotiations, new investments, joint projects it is, it mobilises the whole organisation”, Management (financial projections, returnto be implemented), and in our relationships both for the day-to-day management of on investment, time scale for return on invest-with other business units in the Group, such existing businesses and developing new ini- ment, etc), and also on complaints and theas abertis telecom, “With whom we are tiatives and services. agreements to be negotiated with adminis- trative bodies.Anna Bonet, the head of Finan- cial Planning, agrees with her colleagues that all projects involve collaboration at all levels, whether within the Management area itself, or with other areas of abertis autopistas. According to her, the unit makes an overall analysis of those initiatives which will have a financial impact, and offers the Manage- ment information on what these initiatives would imply, in terms of profitability and creating value, if they were implemented by abertis autopistas. ■ Link abertis autopistas 2 www.autopistas.com 3 4 DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 31
  • 32. TRAVELReims From time immemorial, it has been said that Reims is, for two reasons, a city blessed by God: firstly, because for gen- erations this same deity legitimised the kings who were crowned there: secondly, because the deity also took special care over the land, to ensure that it was capable ofCity of kings giving birth to the wines which are so well known they need no introduction.and champagne City of coronations It was in 498 when Clovis, King of the Franks, was baptised by Bishop Remigius, thus becoming the first Catholic sovereign inSurrounded by vineyards, and with a network of Western Europe. This event represented the120 kilometres of cellars underground, the city known founding of the French national, and as a result Reims was chosen for another 33for coronations and champagne is a symbol of the royal coronations, from Louis the Pious inessence of the French nation. This is especially true of 816 to Charles X in 1825.its unique architectural icon: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame But the history of Reims goes back more than two thousand years.According to legend, the city was founded by Remus, the brotherTEXT David Revelles | PHOTOS Agencies / CDT Marne / Collection CRT of Romulus, the founder of Rome. It prospered32 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 33. A city to discover Green areas. One thing that surprises the visitor is the great amount of green space that can be found in Reims, where these spaces alternate with elegant art-deco-style facades which inundate the city. Art and good food. Reims is famous for its quality of life, which is not only reflected in the good restaurants and 2 gastronomy of the region, but also in the way art is to be found everywhere, in all its embodiments. The summer, for example, is the best time for enjoying the city’s many concerts, and the son et lumiere shows centred on the cathedral. The centre of the city is full of welcoming cafes and good restaurants, where local specialities can be tasted. Cultural visits. The Hôtel de Ville –or Town Hall– designed by Jean Bonhomme, is a wonderful example of the civic architecture of the 18th Century. The Place Royal, which was built a century later, contains singular 1 3 buildings and a statue Louis XV by Pigalle. A visit to the Tau Museum is not to beduring the Middle Ages from the textile trade But if Reims and its people have one missed, and neither iswith the North Sea and Baltic ports. Many outstanding characteristic, it is the ability to the museum in the formerevents in history of Reims inextricably joined recover, time after time, from the many Jesuit College, with itsto the history of the whole of France. For exam- wounds it has received throughout its history. planetarium and a famous astronomical clock. Otherple, in 1429, after raising the English Siege of After World War I, only six dozen houses of interesting museumsOrleans, Joan of Arc escorted the dauphin who the city’s 14,000 were still habitable. Despite are the Beaux Arts,was to become Charles VII to Reims, where this, its inhabitants not only reconstructed the Pompelle Fort, thehe was crowned in the cathedral. their homes, but also the severely damaged Museum of the Surrender cathedral and places such as Le Vergeur. and the Foujita Chapel.Spirit of ResurgenceMany centuries later, the Great War left 80% The Cathedral of Notre-Dameof Reims completely destroyed, as its inhab- In addition to the intense history its streetsitants took refuge in the cellars from enemy have witnessed, Reims has unparalleled beautyartillery. Schools and hospitals were estab- to show the world. Located in the heart of thelished underground, and a sort of subterra- city, the two towers of Notre-Dame cathedralnean life developed, which included concert are visible above the roof-line. This is trueand even operas –clear evidence of its inhab- symbol of Reims. In the First World War, it wasitants’ spirit of resistance.Three decades later, viciously attacked by Germans, and reducedat the end of World War II, Reims was once to what Blasco Ibáñez called, “A beautiful — 1 — Statue ofmore the centre of the geopolitical map: in woman who had been sprinkled with burning Joan of Arc in frontthe early hours of the 7th of May1945, in one corrosive liquid all over her face, hands and of Notre-Dame. — 2 — Palais Tau.of the city’s schools, the Nazi surrender on chest”. About four hundred shells hit the — 3 — Musée Hôtelall fronts was signed. cathedral, but it was restored thanks to a large Le Vergeur. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 33
  • 34. donation from John D. Rockefeller and money from the cellar and vineyard. Everything about this cathedral is larger VISITORS’ than life: the 81 metre height of its two tow- GUIDE ers, the 38 height of its vaulted ceiling, its length –almost 150 metres– almost immeas- How to get there urable light, the many rose windows, and, Reims is in the north-east of France, above all, its 2,303 gothic sculptures (more in Champagne-Ardenne region of than in any other gothic cathedral). Notre- the Marne departement. The city Dame de Reims is not only one of the most is only 45 minutes from Paris by TGV, or an hour by car, and a little than important gothic structures in Europe, it is two hours from Luxembourg the oldest medieval cathedral for which the and Brussels. names of the architects: Jean d’Orbais, Jean Le Loup, Gaucher de Reims and Bernard de Where to stay Soissons.The visitor will also be captivated by Gran Hotel des Templiers 22, rue Templiers, 51100 Reims the modern blue stained glass window, createdhotel.templiers.pagesperso-orange.fr by the surrealist painter Marc Chagall. Despite Neo-gothic 19th Century building. its avant garde style, it blends in perfectly. A monumental staircase leads up to its 15 rooms and two suites. World Heritage Rooms from 190 Euros. Notre Dame was declared a World Heritage Hotel Les Crayères site by Unesco in 1991, and welcomes more Wineries, vineyards and tradition 64, Boulevard Henry Vasnier than 1.5 million visitors a year. But, of course, But if the cathedral is the architectural sym- www.lescrayeres.com it is not the city’s only jewel. Next to it is the bol of Reims, its wine is its most universally- An elegant castle built at the start Palais de Tau, which is also listed as World recognised emblem, and another reason why of the 20th Century, surrounded Heritage site. Its museum houses a fabulous Reims is visited by thousands of tourists every by a large and beautiful garden. treasury, which includes Charlemagne’s tal- year.The Romans were the first to plant vine- Luxury in the purest classic isman. The building was transformed at the yards in the Champagne region, having real- French style, with an interior end of the 17th Century, but still has rooms ised that the zone had unique conditions for designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. which have maintained their medieval viniculture: transitional oceanic climate, From 350 Euros. appearance. chalky sub-soil and sloping landscape. Where to eat The Romanesque-gothic basilica of Despite this, champagne did not truly Au Congrès Saint-Remi is equally attractive. This ancient exist until the 17th Century, when wine mak- Grand Hôtel de l’Univers, abbey church dates from the 6th Century, when ers started following the example of Dom 51100 Reims it was a small chapel dedicated to St Chris- Pérignon, a Benedictine monk, fermenting Tel. +33 3 26 88 68 08 topher. After it received the relics of Saint twice and blending crus and grape varieties. www.bombaron.com Remi, the church started to receive donations Given the close relationship between Reims Located in the heart of Reims, and visits from all over the country, and by and the monarchy, champagne became the this is a gastronomic journey through the region’s cuisine, the 9th Century, it had become one of the wine of coronations, and the wine of kings. wine and champagne, most richly endowed abbeys in France. In the 19th Century, its popularity with the in an elegant setting. L’Opera 4, rue de Thillois, 51100 Reims Tel. +33 3 26 02 68 43 www.lopera.com A restaurant with an outside terrace, on a pedestrian street in the centre of the city. Cusine based on locally sourced products and French specialities. How to get around The best way to move around the centre of the city is on foot or by public transport. If you prefer to use a car to visit the outskirts, this is now easier than formerly, as a result of the renovated ring road. To find out more www.reims-tourism.com 234 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 35. Epernay is the world capital of the The new southern “divine nectar”, where the avenue of ring road champagne houses the most famous names in this world, including Mercier, Completed early. Castellane and Moët-et-Chandon. Close In operation since the 23rd to Fismes, there are 33 interesting Ro- of November, six months manesque churches in the Ardre Valley, before the planned date, and also the vineyards of the Saint Thierry this new 14 kilometre Massif. Around Vitro-le-François there section of the A4 was built are many very traditional villages where by sanef concessionary, champagne is made, including one of the a subsidiary of abertis, most beautiful in France, Saint-Amand- and will considerable sur-Fion. The Argonne region still has change traffic movements many scars from World War I, especially in through the Reims urban its dense woods. Its hundreds of small area. The early completion lakes and shady paths offer cyclists and has been welcomed by walkers an infinite choice of routes. the inhabitants of Reims. The area produces 300 million bot- tles of champagne annually, and the Substantial roadworks. inhabitants of Reims compare their 120 In March 2008, machines kilometres of cellars –which attract were moved onto the site 1 300,000 visitors a year– with a giant gru- of the future toll road. For yere cheese. Most of the cellars are an- more than two and a half cient Gallo-roman limestone mines called years, the work continuedaristocratic elite grew, thanks not only to its uninterrupted: in total,past but also to the energy of the Champagne crayères. Here, the bottled champagne is protected from high temperatures, and 21 bridges have been built,Houses, which made it the symbol of the 2,000,000 cubic metres of from light –which is its worst enemy. Vis-spirit of France. itors can take a tour of the villages excess material has been and vineyards, the wineries and buried, 475,000 squareNature excursions cooperatives, and the Vernezay metres of roadChampagne is just two hours from Lille, Wine Museum, where they surface hasan hour’s drive from Paris and 45 minutes will discover the secrets of been laid, 3 tollby TGV. Visitors should not only go to the region’s wines –wine areas have beenReims, the capital, but should take in the which whisper all the fla- constructed, andnatural attractions, which range from the vour and history of Reims, 20 kilometreslargest artificial lake in Europe –Lac du the city of kings. ■ of fibre opticDer-Chantecoq, a paradise for migratory cable and 30birds and nature lovers– to parks, canals, kilometres ofand the extensive network of pathways electrical cable havethrough the woods. Of the many and var- been laid. In additionied possible excursions, perhaps one of — 1 — Champagne cellar. to this, there werethe best suggestions is to take a relaxing — 2 — Hôtel de Ville. works to modify the — 3 — Visit to Epernay.cruise and glide along the water of the — 4 — Vineyards around toll system betweenRiver Marne. the Vernezay Windmill. Montreuil-aux-Lions and Reims, most significantly the reconstruction of the Château-Thierry junction. These figures clearly show the scale of the works required to construct the 14 kilometres of a toll road which is intended to improve traffic flow, and facilitate traffic circulation for the inhabitants of Reims. Teamwork. The toll road that sanef has constructed is the result of the dedication and hard work of the Group’s different teams and the partners who have worked with 3 4 Dominique Demeilliers. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 35
  • 36. REPORTTOLL ROADSThe Reims southernbypass, a vital projectThe excellent coordination between the teams from sanef and its partnersresulted in the works being finished six months ahead of schedule. The bypasson the Paris-Strasbourg A4 toll road, which connects France to the east of Europeis a capital project for both Marne and sanefTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis / sanef Until now, theA4 crossed Reims through the centre,from east to west,and conges-tion levels were high. Daily traffic –of between70,000 and 80,000 vehicles– consisted of, onthe one hand, very dense local traffic, and onthe other hand, travellers passing through. Thenew A4 toll road now goes round the heartof the city, and so reduces traffic congestion. Currently, only local drivers and customersneeding to enter Reims, or the urban areas closeby, use the old road. Passing traffic, of more than26,000 vehicles a day, takes the bypass, anddrivers benefit from the considerably improvedconditions on this toll road, which was designedexclusively for them. In addition to the improve-ments in traffic flow and safety, the road’s open-ing has been a real benefit to the city.Environmentally-friendly planningwith consideration for local peopleIn order to integrate social and environmentalaspects into the conception, construction andoperation of these infrastructures, sanef heldnumerous meetings on the subject of theReims bypass. The importance of the environmenthas also played a decisive part, and since theproject’s conception, sanef’s teams imple-mented sustainable development in veryinnovative ways. “For sanef, each of the improvements isthe result of exchanges with local opinion, andsanef is always prepared to hold a dialoguewith interested parties”, said François Gauthey,managing director of sanef.36 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 37. The Reims southern bypass is no exception the environmental impact of both the worksto this rule: the project has been studied and MORE THAN 26,000 and the bypass.As a result, a series of measuresintegrated into local life, and taking the long have been taken to protect the phreatic layers, VEHICLES A DAY TAKEview has involved sanef in discussions with drinking water catchment areas and naturallocal interests and representatives of civic THE BYPASS, AND BENEFIT seepage from any risk of pollution.bodies. In total, there have been almost 80 FROM THE CONSIDERABLYmeetings in the town halls of the municipali- IMPROVED TRAFFIC Noise-reduction measuresties affected by the bypass, with the aim of In 2006, acoustic studies were carried in order CONDITIONS ON THIS TOLLachieving the solution which would be most to define the protective and noise impact reduc-suitable for each one. ROAD, WHICH WAS DESIGNED tion measures to be taken in compliance with EXCLUSIVELY FOR THEM current regulations and maximum noise levelsAn eco-responsible bypass (60 decibels during the day –i.e. between 06.00The bypass also meets the highest environmen- and 22.00– and 55 decibels during the nighttal standards: in order to ensure that the toll –22.00 to 06.00). Although the conclusions of THE IMPORTANCE OF THEroad is perfectly integrated into both the natu- this study were that noise would at moderateral spaces and populated areas, measures have ENVIRONMENT HAS PLAYED levels, sanef promised local representatives thatbeen taken such as protecting water resources, A DECISIVE PART, AND SINCE it would guarantee the lowest possible noisenoise management and landscaping. THE PROJECT’S CONCEPTION, levels to those living close to the southern Reims bypass.The toll road has therefore been levelled SANEF’S TEAMS HAVEProtecting water resources as it passes the closest villages. Many embank-Before starting the work, sanef carried out IMPLEMENTED SUSTAINABLE ments have been constructed, as well as noisehydrological and hydraulic studies of the whole DEVELOPMENT IN VERY reduction walls, in order to reduce possibleof the affected area, with the aim of limiting INNOVATIVE WAYS visual or audible nuisance. Lastly, the paving The moment when the bypass was opened, on the 18th of November, in the presence of Pierre Chassigneux, the president of sanef;François Gauthey, managing director of sanef; and Josep Martínez Vila, managing director abertis’ Business and Operations; the prefect of theChampagne-Ardennes Region, Michel Guillot; the mayor of Reims, Adeline Hazan; and the president of the General Council, René Paul Savary. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 37
  • 38. material that was chosen for the road surface An “ecopolis” to house sanef’s teamsis of a type that muffles traffic noise. sanef will complete the project by construct- ing an ecopolis or eco-city close to the A4/Environmental landscaping A26 interchange, in the Ormes commune.Since the end of 2009, sanef has held numer- This environmentally high-performance build-ous public meetings on the subject of integrat- ing will be constructed with the frame-ing the Reims southern bypass into the land- work of the Paquet Vert decided on by thescape. This constructive dialogue, which has French government at the start of the year.sometimes led to modifications to the initial Work will begin in 2011 and will be com-design, has resulted in a landscape programme pleted in 2012.which meets both the needs of local inhabitantsand the operational demands of the future toll The Thillois bridgeroad. A fundamental aspect of the design is Due to its geographical location at the westernto limit the visual impact of the toll road on entry to Reims, this bridge symbolises the entrythe landscape as seen from villages close by, gate as a strong architectural concept: thewhile at the same time giving drivers“windows” arch, so the metal bridge is made up of twothrough which they can see the landscape. arches that support the deck of the bridge.These windows are adapted to the climate and Another outstanding aspect of the projectconstructed in such a way as to facilitate the is that the Thillois Bridge has two functions,work of maintenance teams. A total of about making it unique in France.With the agreementthree million Euros will be spent on landscap- of the Marne general council, the bridge carriesing and on planting 78,000 trees and other the RD 275 local road, the route of which hasplants (cherry trees, common junipers, dog- been moved slightly from its previous location.woods, ash trees, maples, fig trees, etc.). The bridge will also house theThillois tollbooths:38 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 39. Many embankments have been constructed, as well as noise reduction walls, in order to reduce possible visual or audible nuisance, and the paving material that has been chosen for the road surface is of a type that reduces traffic noise.14kilometres long. the deck of the bridge will act as a roof and also support the lane signs. Lastly, and as an affectionate wink at the A LANDSCAPING PROGRAMME HAS BEEN CREATED WHICH26.500 Champagne region, the architects have deco- rated the meshes of the two arches with 6,000 MEETS THE NEEDS OF LOCALvehicles/expected round pieces of metal: when these decorative INHABITANTS AND THEdaily. elements catch the light, they look like rising OPERATIONAL DEMANDS OF155 champagne bubbles. THE FUTURE TOLL ROADhectares An innovative opening ceremonyof land acquired. On the 18th of November, the Reims southern bypass was officially opened by Pierre Chas-2,5million cubic signeux, the president of sanef; François Gau- they, general manager of sanef; and Josepmetres excavated. Martínez Vila, general manager of abertis’ Business and Operations, in the presence of245million Euros Michel Guillot, prefect of the Champagne- Ardennes Region;Adeline Hazan, the mayor of de Reims; and René Paul Savary, the presidentinvested by sanef. of the General Council. To symbolise the team spirit of the project, sanef’s employees, along with firemen and Link policemen, took part in a race along the 14 sanef kilometres of the toll road. ■ www.sanef.com DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 39
  • 40. REPORTCercle d’Infraestructures seminarStrategicinfrastructureplanningUnder the title ‘Prioritising infrastructure in times of crisis’,in September, the Fundació Cercle d’Infraestructures organiseda seminar focussed on defining a policy for the strategicplanning and prioritising of infrastructuresTEXT abertis | PHOTOS Miquel González40 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 41. In the current financial situation, defin- medium and long term decision making. The ing a funding model for infrastructures revision of the PEIT, she indicated, includeswhich is based on efficiency and equity, and criteria such as the requirement that all projectswhich makes suitable use of the funding capac- must include social and financial viability stud-ity of the different public and private bodies, ies covering the whole lifecycle of the infra-while establishing the system by which both structure; the prioritisation of maintaining and Salvador Inmaculadausers and public budgets contribute to this, is improving existing infrastructures; and avoid- Alemany Rodríguez-the focus of debate. ing duplicating infrastructures in the same land PRESIDENT Piñero But, how can one go from a theoretical corridor. By this latter criterion, a new infra- OF ABERTIS SECRETARY OF STATE FORmodel we believe in to putting this model into structure will only be commissioned when the “Solutions that INFRASTRUCTURESpractice? Salvador Alemany, the president of use of existing ones has been optimised. are suggested and considered now “Efficiency isabertis, asked this question of the seminar Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero indicated that must be valid for the best responsePrioritising Infrastructures in Times of Crisis, she was in favour of defining, through consen- the long term”. to the crisis”.which was organised by the Fundació Cercle sus, a clear investment horizon that would bringd’Infraestructures, in collaboration with the stability to the companies and other bodiesabertis foundation and the Institut Cerdà. involved in the sector, and she assured thoseThe experts who met in Castellet Castle present that, to this end, formulas for public-reflected on the need to define a policy for private partnerships would be promoted.strategic infrastructure planning. Defining a harmonious funding model for Management model Pere Macias Ángel Simóninfrastructures, is the key, according to the The discussion however was not limited to the PRESIDENT OF PRESIDENT THE CERCLE OF AGBARpresident of abertis:“All of us, as this sector’s debate on investment. “The major challenge D’INFRAESTRUCTURES “Nothing can bestakeholders, must mobilise in order to define is management, not investment”, stated Germà “A consensus must constructedthis model, and thus prevent possible future Bel, professor of Economics at the University be sought on a basis unless we knowerrors”. “Going from the model to putting it of Barcelona (UB). “The crisis has reduced that is intellectual, how it will then thoughtful and be managed”.into practice with a definite horizon, would demand, and as a result there is excess capac- educational”.avoid many inefficient decisions”, he said, add- ity in current infrastructures”, added Francescing that“the solutions found now must be long Robusté, professor of Transport at the Poly-term solutions”. technic University of Catalonia (UPC) and This change of model implies, in turn, a director of the Transport Innovation Centrechange of mentality, according to Inmaculada (CENIT).“Now is the time when good manage-Rodríguez-Piñero, secretary of State for Infra- ment can assist in rationalising investment”,structures, who said that infrastructures should he stated. Ángel Simón, president ofAgbar, was Francesc Germà Belno longer be seen in terms of “sentiment and of the same opinion:“We must go from infra- Robusté PROFESSOR OFvictim complex”, but rather a perspective structure management to knowledge manage- PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS (UB) TRANSPORT (UPC))should be adopted which is more realistic,“but ment. Nothing can be constructed unless we “The majorwhich does not reject the role of infrastructures know how it will then be managed”. “The crisis has challenge is resulted in excess management,as unifying components and guarantors of According to Germà Bel, this model infrastructure not investment”.equality of opportunities”. should start by defining the infrastructure’s capacity”. obligation to be of service to the public.More efficient and sustainable “In the end, its effect –and therefore, its prof-infrastructures itability– will depend on it satisfying demand The Cercle“Efficiency is the best response to the crisis”, in the area for which it is planned”.The profes- d’Infraestructuresargued Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero.“A coun- sor of UB therefore said that financing works Headed by Pere Macias, thistry”, she added,“that wishes to be competitive which are of service to the public was a prior- body aims to make societyand successful in the future, must consider the ity and a first step, even, before a cost-benefit aware of the importancerole of infrastructure planning policy as an analysis is made. “In the case of frastructures of infrastructures asengine for economic development which is which are not considered to be of service to an economic fact and a component of progress,sustainable in both environmental and finan- the public, their prioritisation must be based which can be the backbonecial terms”. on their productivity and profitability”, stated of a region and contribute The secretary of State for Infrastructures the professor, who prefered funding through to sustainability.emphasised that the future of the transport pay per use “in general”.system is more closely related to quality of “For the model to function, a consensus To this end, it organises seminars and debates,service of service, efficiency and sustainability must be sought on a basis that is intellectual, and carries out extensivethan to providing the country with more infra- thoughtful and educational”, commented educational activities,structures.As a practical example, Inmaculada Pere Macias, president of the Cercle such as the MasterRodríguez-Piñero used the Strategic Infrastruc- d’Infraestructures.“Viability studies, evaluation of Infrastructureture and Transport Plan (PEIT), approved by the of plans and projects, and a posteriori evalu- Management at the UPC.Government in 2005. This document was ations”, he added, “must serve as tools to The abertis group is patronintended to be a guide that would facilitate ensure that the planning is correct.” ■ of this institution. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 41
  • 42. NEWS INFRASTRUCTURES Together with the RACC, abertis sponsors the ‘2009 Mobility Yearbook’ Together with the RACC, abertis sponsors the ‘2009 Mobility Yearbook’. A new edition of this reference publication, which is a practical tool for mobility professionals and experts TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis abertis took part in the presentation of Slow recovery the 2009 Mobility Yearbook, which is Among the yearbook’s conclusions, the fact published by the RACCAssociation, through its that there is some recovery was emphasised. foundation. The event, which took place in However, this recovery is much slower and less Madrid, and was attended by several repre- sustained than after previous crises. In general, sentatives of the communication media, was in the last months of 2009, a significant recov- open opened the corporate direction of Institu- ery could already be observed in most of the tional Relationships at abertis, Sergi Loughney. mobility indicators analysed, although none Miquel Nadal, director of the Fundación have recovered to levels seen before the crisis. RACC, and Germà Bel, professor Applied Eco- nomics at the University of Barcelona, Positive effects announced the conclusions of the yearbook, Despite everything, this financial situation has now in its third year. This publication aims to been shown to some positive effects with consolidate its position as a major reference, respect to mobility, such as the reduction in and a practical tool for professions, experts, polluting gases emitted by transport, and the and everyone interested in information about acceleration in the drop of the road accident mobility. rate. In 2008 and 2009, the number of fatali- According to them, the text demonstrates ties dropped by 25%, and the accident rate in that mobility indicators are closely linked to Spain dropped to historic minimum. the evolution of the general economic situation. They highlighted how the world economic New additions crisis has resulted in drops in volume of travel As with the previous editions, the 2009 Mobil- which are almost unprecedented, and dem- ity Yearbook maintains its objective of combin- onstrate how extremely elastic mobility is, and ing rigorous accuracy with presenting informa- how dependent on the growth of GDP. tion. The first of these aspects has been42 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 43. Principal data A safe system When the economy has The yearbook argues for been growing continuously, a safe system approach most of the mobility to road safety, as a way of indicators analysed have reducing road accidents. grown. However, when This system is based on economic activity has the idea that the design decreased, mobility and maintenance of indicators have also infrastructures can be dropped, in fact, even more improved in such a way as sharply. In general terms: to encourage road users to drive more safely, and implement The ADT (Average Daily technological improvements Traffic) on toll roads has related to accidents. dropped by an average of about 15%, and this drop is particularly sharp for heavy goods vehicles.achieved by the fact that, in many cases, the included as a separate offprint, in order tocountry’s top academic experts contributed provide the reader with a first approximation Goods traffic on major roadsto it; and the second was achieved by ensuring to the general evolution of mobility in Spain has dropped by close to 18%, domestic trafficthat the style of the different contributions throughout the last year. have dropped more thanwas sufficiently readable and comprehensible international goods traffic.to reach widest possible public. The yearbook, available The latest edition has two new additions. on the internet Air traffic has fallen byFirstly, improvements to the databases of This publication can also be accessed on about 11%, in terms of bothindicators, which include current and histori- the internet, and includes the option of search- passengers and goods.cal values. And secondly, an analysis of the ing for statistical resources and historical data Fuel consumption hadmobility situation in 2009, which has been related to mobility. This database is continu- fallen by around 10% for ously being updated and extended by all types of fuel –petrol, the Fundación RACC’s team of archivists, diesel and kerosene. and is open to new additions suggested by Car production has been internet users. ■ reduced by almost 25%; registrations by 47%; and exports by 20%. Link Resource search engine of the ‘2009 Mobility Yearbook’ indicadores-movilidad.racc.es DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 43
  • 44. NEWS TOLL ROADS abertis autopistas sets up interactive information points The system provides information as to the state of the roads, weather forecasts, services available on toll roads, and gives safety advice TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis abertis autopistas has set up a cus- stop at during the journey or see when he tomer service project based on inter- arrives at his destination. active information points. The aim is to For added convenience, customers may improve customer service and respond to download, via Bluetooth, mobile phone the customer’s needs for real time informa- applications with the tourist information tion. As a pilot, three “totems” have been they are interested in. The totems are con- installed in at the Porta de Barcelona (AP-7, nected to a central computer which can Barcelona), La Jonquera (AP-7, Gerona) and intelligently adapt the content they provide Altube (AP-68, Álava) service areas, and have to suit their location. been welcomed by customers. In October, The new interactive information points two more points will be installed, at Vi- also complement the route time system llacastín (AP-6, Segovia) and Sagunto (AP-7, which is published on the toll road’s variable Valencia). message boards, to show the probable time it will take to reach specific points. These Online service message boards also give warnings on the Using a map of Europe, the customer can current traffic situation. easily browse different applications and obtain online information as to the state Best customer service project of major roads, weather forecasts, and serv- One should emphasise that the abertis ices available on each road, as well as autopistas interactive information point safety advice. system was awarded the Total Media prize The information points also offer the for the best customer attention project at option finding out more about the various the International Digital Signage Trade Fair places of tourist interest the customer may held in Madrid’s IFEMA conference centre. ■ Customers can obtain the information they need by using a touch screen to browse different applications.44 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 45. A complement to customer service information The interactive information points are an addition to other measures implemented by abertis autopistas with the aim of providing the most complete and detailed about the state of the road network –in real time– with the Infotráfico system. The system is based on maps provided by Google Maps, and uses information on the status of the traffic, on any incidents which have occurred on the toll road network and on the service levels in the different sections of the network. The system can display 19 webcams which show the status of the traffic in real time. acesa and aucat have implemented this system along the whole of the AP-7, and on the C-32, between Mataró and Palafolls and between Castelldefels and Sitges. Link abertis autopistas www.autopistas.es La Jonquera (AP-7) Altube Porta de (AP-68) Barcelona (AP-7) Villacastín (AP-6) Sagunto (AP-7)Information points on the abertis autopistas road network. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 45
  • 46. NEWS TOLL ROADS abertis autopistas creates specific rest areas for lorry drivers The first rest areas are already being constructed on the AP-7 toll road, and are expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of 2011, providing a total of 174 places TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis abertis autopistas will open the first rest areas specifically for lorry drivers on the AP-7 toll road, in the second quarter of 2011.The Montseny area, with 118 places, and the Porta Barcelona area, with 56, will be the first ones to be operational. abertis autopistas, which is driving this project, plans to extend this service to La Jonquera and Sagunto by the end of 2012. These rest areas will have baths and showers, laundry services,Wi-Fi connections and public telephones. They will also have strong security measures, including security patrols, CCTV recording systems and loud- speaker systems, checks licence plate at access and lighting, among other services. The managing director of abertis autopistas, Josep Lluís Giménez, presented this initiative to a group of businessmen at the Gerona Chamber of Commerce last September. The new installations are intended to bring an end the situation in which large numbers of lorries are parked in some of these zones at night, and to offer essential services to professional drivers without them needing to leave the toll road, while also ensuring the security of their loads. Two more areas being studied The managing director of abertis autopistas, Josep Lluís Giménez, who presented this project to business people from the sector for the first time at the Gerona Chamber of Commerce, explained that, in addition to with a 3.5 metre high fence with components these two first rest zones (which, in fact, will designed to prevent theft.There will be vibra- be located on existing service areas), two tion sensors all around the perimeter, and more rest zones will be constructed in the individualised access control for pedestrians. medium term at La Jonquera (Alt Empordà) There will also be a check on the occupancy and Sagunto (Valencia). It is possible that, in level, and information panels displaying the the future, two more will be constructed, in number of free spaces. Lleida and Zaragoza. Inside this area, there will be a services building with relaxation rooms, a laundry, Security installations bathrooms and showers, internet connection The areas which are now being constructed and vending services. Outside the fence, the in Montseny and Porta Barcelona, at an esti- lorry drivers will also be able to use the serv- mated cost of 7 million Euros, will enclosed ice area’s own cafeteria and restaurant.46 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 47. Installations Personal. Bathrooms showers, laundry services, Wi-Fi connections and public telephones.The new serviceswill be created Security. Licence plateto prevent large checks on entering,numbers of lorriesparking on the lighting, security patrols,AP-7 toll road CCTV recording systemsat night. and loudspeaker systems. Creating a network The managing director of abertis autopistas also emphasised that the widening of AP-7 toll road by adding a third lane will not only increase the capacity of the toll road, but also make it easier to offer this type of serv- ice to lorry drivers.The concession company’s intention is to create a network of these areas, three or four and half hours’ travelling time apart, to give lorry drivers a chance to Link rest, since current regulations require them abertis autopistas to stop for a minimum of 45 minutes every www.autopistas.com/ four and a half hours. ■ abertisautopistas DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 47
  • 48. NEWS TELECOMMUNICATIONS abertis telecom and Indra will develop smart cities in Lleida and Sant Cugat del Vallès The proposal also includes creating a Reference Centre in Catalonia for deploying solutions associated with smart city projects TEXT abertis | PHOTOS Andrés Pardo abertis telecom and Indra, two lead- partnership agreements on this in Barcelona. ing European infrastructure and IT Antoni Castells, the former councillor for companies, will collaborate with Town Halls Economy and Finance of the Generalitat of of Lleida and Sant Cugat del Vallès in devel- Catalonia, was present at the signing. oping and promoting smart city projects. These agreements fall within the Last October, the mayor of Lleida, Àngel Ros; collaboration framework agreed by abertis the former mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès, and Indra for developing the concept of Lluís Recoder; and the presidents of the two smart cities. This includes a study to create companies, Salvador Alemany, of abertis a Reference Centre in Catalonia for deploying telecom, and Javier Monzón, of Indra, signed and operating the solutions, technologies48 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 49. and services associated with smart cities. adaptable, and better able to respond to its From left to right: Lluís Recoder, former mayor of Sant Cugat The contracts signed cover collaboration citizens’ more complex needs. del Vallès; Salvador Alemany,to prepare strategic plans for the cities of president of abertis; AntoniLleida and Sant Cugat, identifying the projects Improving municipal services Castells, the former counsellor for Economy and Finance of theand specifying the strategies that will convert Specifically, the development of smart cities Generalitat of Catalonia; Javierthese two municipalities into cities that fully in Sant Cugat del Vallès and Lleida will Monzón, president of Indra;reflect the smart city concept. make better use of municipal services, by and Àngel Ros, mayor of Lleida. carrying out projects such as: efficient irri-The objective: to improve gation management in parks and gardens, Towards the citythe quality of life based on weather conditions; remote meter of the futureSmart cities are a concept of future towns, reading; optimising rubbish collection and The concept of smart citiesbased on the intensive use of cutting-edge checking on how full containers are; light- aims to make the besttechnologies to efficiently manage financial ing management through synchronising possible use of the mostresources when planning, managing and oper- with hours of sunlight; and managing mobil- cutting-edge informationating the various municipal services provided ity by controlling free parking areas and and communicationsfor the citizens, with the aim of improving limiting parking time in loading and unload- technologies, in order totheir quality of life, making public services ing zones. ensure the most efficient possible management ofmore efficient, increasing citizens’ participa- Additionally, as a result of the informa- the services and resourcestion in public services, improving environ- tion generated in the development of intel- (financial, energy, etc.)mental sustainability and increasing the ligent infrastructures, local citizens and com- of a great city. The objectiveopportunities the city offers to both compa- panies will be able to access local government, is to improve the quality ofnies and individuals. create new businesses, improve individual life of the inhabitants and Smart cities also imply that Local Gov- decision-taking and customise services to increase the opportunitiesernment will be more proactive, flexible, and their own needs. available to them. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 49
  • 50. NEWS The keys of Creating a Centre of an agreement Reference in Catalonia for the future abertis telecom and Indra’s proposal for The aim of Strategic Plan joint action also includes creating a Centre of is to make these two Reference in Catalonia to work in the field cities benchmarks of smart cities and lead the development of for the process of the technical solutions required to intelli- implementing and using gently manage the services that town halls new technologies, with a offer to their citizens. “framework of efficiency To this end, a first concrete action to and financial savings” design and implement a pilot project is now and improving local services by meeting underway in Barcelona, in zone 22@, which four principal needs: will permit an evaluation of the applications and systems for smart city management. The need for There are also other more partial or sectorial telecommunication actions in this field in other parts of Catalonia. infrastructures and to improve the use and management of the The Sant Cugat Innovation Plan existing networks owned This Town Hall has, for the second consecutive by the municipality. year, been shown to most transparent on The president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, Spain, according to the Transparency Inter- To identify those signing the agreement. national NGO. It has also been recognised by municipal services and projects which could be managed automatically and coordinated through an intensive use of ICT. To prioritise projects and services, based on greater financial efficiency, analysing the financial return on the investment and operation of these technological systems with an operating horizon of 8 to 10 years and a timetable for their implementation. Focussing on improving services, improving the ability to respond, increasing flexibility and meeting the needs and new demands of citizens. Links abertis telecom www.abertistelecom.com Indra www.indracompany.com50 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 51. the European Institute of Public Administra- INTERVIEW | ÀLEX MESTREtion for its good financial management. The Sant Cugat del Vallès Town Hall iscurrently developing an ambitious innovation “A smart city will implyplan to provide the city with cutting-edgetelecommunications infrastructures (fibre greater efficiency and savings”optics, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, etc.) and promote the ■ ■ ■use of new technologies by its inhabitants. In what way is abertis telecomThe objective of this plan is to move towards collaborating with the smartthe knowledge society and prepare the city cities?to meet the challenge of the 21st Century. abertis telecom will contribute The agreement to develop the smart city its experience in, and knowledge of,project in Sant Cugat del Vallès –which was the design, deployment andsigned by the Town Hall, abertis and Indra– management of telecommunicationis also part of the town’s innovation plan. infrastructure, as well as ofApply the smart concept to municipal services operational improvements andwill help to drive the new city model which Àlex Mestre, director of Strategic the provision of services overis being designed in Sant Cugat del Vallès. Marketing at abertis telecom. critical infrastructures, so that this This will be a new model, based on ■ ■ ■ experience is reflected inimproving efficiency, optimising management What effect will the smart cities the management model forof services and spending, energy saving and project have on the day-to-day infrastructures that must supportimproving environmental sustainability. ■ life of the citizens of Sant Cugat the construction of smart cities. and Lleida? We mustn’t forget that, on a day-to- The smart cities concept is very day basis, abertis telecom carries out broad, and we can find many total and integrated management different fields to which it can be of highly critical services, operations applied and visions of what it and infrastructure, including very means. However, most agree varied services, and it manages them that a complete and integrated based on the fundamental principles management of resources, of smart cities: efficiency, global infrastructures and services is vision and very short response times. required to, on the one hand, ■ ■ ■ increase the operating efficiency Apart from the smart cities project, and financial savings of local what other projects to deploy tech- government, and, at the same time, nological solutions is abertis telecom increase satisfaction levels of planning to implement? citizens and companies while In the audio-visual area, we plan to improving their relationships with tackle projects through which the city and its environment. we will consolidate the DTT offering It is therefore necessary to create by adding services which will an environment in which maintain the competitiveness of the the local authorities are capable terrestrial platform. We have already of managing their citizens’ provided broadcasters with the expectations. They must also plan, technological system for pay DTT, understand, operate, and manage which is currently used by three the urban infrastructure, channels. Now it is the turn of new in order to contribute, as the local services and formats, such as High authority, to the city’s development. Definition (HDTV) for DTT and 3D DTT, In general terms, a smart city in which we have carried out the must use technology as an ally first test at a European level. in achieving the best possible The next stage is to define a hybrid management of resources environment combining broadcasting and services for citizens, such as system (DTT) VoD (Video on Demand) transport, traffic circulation, systems, in which televisions will be emergencies, energy and the connected to internet. In terms in environment. In this environment, operators, we are developing projects the Lleida and Sant Cugat Town which will make it possible for Halls will lead their own projects telecommunications operators to and contribute their knowledge share infrastructures, especially for of their own needs and resources. NGNs (Next Generation Networks). ■ DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 51
  • 52. NEWS TELECOMMUNICATIONS abertis telecom has been recognised for its management system In October, abertis telecom received the 500+ award from the EFQM Foundation. This is awarded to organisations which have achieved a high degree of excellence in management TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis abertis telecom’s management sys- lence. Based in Brussels, it currently has about tem has been awarded the 500+ 500 members. stamp of European excellence by the Club Some of the Spanish companies that de Excelencia en Gestión, the Spanish repre- have been awarded the l 500+ Business Ex- sentative of the European Foundation for cellence are Siemens, Banesto, Red Eléctrica Quality Management (EFQM). This body is and Cepsa. a private, non-profit foundation that was created 22 years ago by a group of public and Increasing the competitiveness private organisations (among them, British of European industry Telecom, Nestlé, Philips, Renault andVolkswa- The EFQM’s recognition scheme is more than gen) with the aim of sharing management just a simple recognition. One of the objec- practices in order to improve business excel- tives is that organisations should learn,52 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 53. Taking Responsibility • Achieving Balanced Results The EFQM model of excellence for a Sustainable Future • This is based on nine criteria, of which five • Adding Value are called “enablers”, for Customers and include all the organisation’s departments (what it DevelopingPartnerships • does and how). The other four reflect the results the organisation achieves. The logic of the model is • Leading with Vision, Inspiration and Integrity based on the concept that achieving excellent results in the four management fields is related to leadership ability, Nurturing Creativity and Innovation • the quality of corporate strategy, and how it is • Managing by deployed through people, partners, resources • Processes and processes. The schema Succeeding through People provides an analysis structure which allows a profound review to be ENABLERS RESULTS made of the organisation’s management, and acts as People People Results a diagnostic tool -a tool for measuring continuous Processes, improvement. The eight Leadership Products and Customer Key Strategy Results Results fundamental concepts Services of excellence which are evaluated by Partnerships Society and Resources Results the EFQM Foundation are shown above. improve and achieve sustained success, by difficult and competitive. Adopting a culture Much more than creating a management model based on best of Excellence in an organisation improves an award practice which, in turn, increases the com- competitiveness and encourages continuous The organisations whose petitiveness of European industry. improvement of total and integrated man- excellence is acknowledged It also aims to provide a dynamic model agement. This stimulates employees’ wish by the EFQM receive which is updated through the practical and to participate, excel and motivate, through a series of recognitions: academic training provided by organisations a common language of excellence. ■ Prestige, and trust of interest from both inside and outside Europe, thus groups. Only organisations ensuring that the model is in line with the most with truly excellent up-to-date thinking about management. management, which fulfil The 500+ stamp recently awarded to a series of demanding abertis telecom has therefore been a con- Organisations requirements are recognised. sequence of a working model implemented in the Ibex 35 Security and over 11 years with commitment from the professionalism. Because the whole team. “enablers” and personnel ■ MEMBER COMPANIES 42% who are involved, The challenge of competitiveness ■ NON-MEMBER and interact with the COMPANIES 58% Organisations aspire to this distinction for organisations, are qualified two main reasons: the need to improve their at the highest level. management, and the desire to obtain both internal and external recognition of their management style. Link Business organisations are currently EFQM confronted with challenges that ever more www.efqm.org DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 53
  • 54. NEWS ABERTIS abertis receives the Honos Prize for its commitment to archaeological heritage The Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology (ICAC) has recognised the Group’s policy of protecting the archaeological heritage and encouraging on-site research and excavations TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis abertis has been awarded the first Honos Prize by the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC), in recognition of its policy of protecting archaeological heritage, encouraging in-site research and excavations, promoting studies and collabo- rating with universities and research institu- tions. Sergi Loughney, corporate director of Institutional Relations abertis and director of the abertis foundation, received the prize in an event at the International Symposium of L’Ager Tarraconensis. Paisatge, poblament, cultura material i història, which took place in Tarragona on the 27th of September. abertis autopistas is one of the spon- sors of the Ager Tarraconensis project, which studies the archaeological landscape of the Roman and Iberian eras in 16 municipalities on the right bank of the River Francolí. The Institute of Catalan Studies, the ICAC, the Rovira i Virgili University, the Tarragona Highlights of our activities Regional Government, the County Councils El Médol site. abertis is the various aspects of Tarragonès, Baix Camp and Alt Camp, and ensuring that this Roman of the landscape, 16 municipalities in these counties, also par- quarry, which forms part population and historical ticipated in this study. of the Tarragona World changes of ancient Tarraco. Heritage (as declared by Cultural heritage and sustainability Unesco), is preserved. Cella vinaria (Roman Disseminating knowledge of our archaeo- wine cellar) and Castellet Castle. Located Interpretive Centre logical heritage is an example of the com- in Castellet i la Gornal on the Romanisation mitment of abertis and its various business (Penedès), this castle of Teià. Sponsored by units to promote cultural accessibility and is the home of abertis abertis autopistas, to collaborate in restoring the cultural herit- foundation. The Group the project includes the age. The aims are to recover assets that are decided to restore reconstruction of the potential tourist attractions while providing this Ibero-roman Cella vinaria site at educational institutions with tools for teach- castle and put it to new Veral de Vallmora de ing young people about their heritage and use, and it now hosts Teià (Maresme), where how to respect it. The abertis group is com- scientific conferences, wine was produced mitted to conserving the cultural heritage as workshops, corporate in Roman times. an example of sustainability and an essential meetings, community activities and guided tours. Horta Ferrerons. resource for the development of people, com- Part of the most recent munities and the region. ■ ‘Ager Tarraconensis’. excavations at this late abertis autopistas supports Roman villa located this study, which has at Premià de Mar Link produced a series of (Maresme) has Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica thematic and chronological been financed by www.icac.net maps, and several studies of abertis autopistas.54 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 55. TOLL ROADSabertis’ toll roadsprepare for a winterabertis autopistas’ objective is offer its customersa safe and comfortable journey in the season whenthe weather is at its most dangerous conditionsTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis autopistas During the winter, when the weather specialised personnel who monitor the opera- Preventive is worst, significant resources are used tion of the toll road network 24 hours a day, technologywinter highway care in order to keep the toll manage the highway care services and cus-road in perfect driving condition.The first phase tomer service and information on the road. In Cameras. CCTV cameras located all along the toll road.in designed and preparing operating for win- order to obtain the reliable real-time informa- Images are analysed inter highway care.These are protocols that set tion necessary for decision-taking, the toll roads real time on CCTV.out the technical and human resources have advanced technological resources.required, and the most efficient way to man- Sensors. There areage them to handle bad weather, so that cus- Preventive actions temperature and humiditytomers can travel completely safely. When ice or snow is forecast, the first measure sensors and weather stations located at key Once the winter care plan has been taken is to apply preventative treatments points along the road,defined, abertis autopistas presents it to the (spreading grit and salt on the road to prevent which providerelevant local authority. In order to ensure that ice forming). Routes are planned to provide relevant information.it functions correctly, any measure which is more frequent treatment at critical points.taken is coordinated with the General Direc- When snow is forecast, the human and tech- Weather forecast. Systemstorate of Traffic, Civil Defence, Guardia Civil nical resources are increased, and different which provide reliable weather forecasts alongand any other bodies concerned in the man- action levels are instituted, depending on the the routes of the toll roads,agement of the highways. amount of snow expected.The winter highway with intensive monitoring abertis autopistas manages more than care teams clear the road surfaces, removing at the most vulnerable1,500 kilometres of toll roads in Spain. It has the snow, following pre-set routes which opti- points. This servicesix Centres of Operations which are staffed by mise the use of available resources. ■ rigorously monitors the forecasts issued the State Meteorological Agency and other bodies. Links abertis autopistas www.autopistas.com/ abertisautopistas State Meteorological Agency www.aemet.es DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 55
  • 56. NEWS TOLL ROADS sanef, abertis’ French subsidiary, and Eiffage open the A-65 toll road The A’liénor consortium, of which Eiffage holds 65% and sanef (abertis’ French subsidiary) holds 35%, has designed and build the new infrastructure TEXT AND PHOTOS sanef The A’liénor consortium of which Eiff- In developing the A-65, more demanding age holds 65% and sanef (abertis’ standards have been met in terms of minimis- French subsidiary) holds 35% has today ing its environmental impact. These have opened the new A-65 toll road, also called included integrating the road into the land- the Autoroute de Gascogne, which is 150 kilo- scape, preserving biodiversity and ensuring metres long and connects Langon and Pau, sustainable development of the areas through in south-west France. which the toll road runs. ■ A’liénor designed and built the new infra- structure, at a cost of almost 1,200 million Euros. ROUTE OF THE NEW A-65 sanef –through sanef aquitaine– will manage the toll road for 60 years. Eiffage, for its part, completed the infrastructure construction project through its subsidiary, GIE A-65. Bordeaux Safer and pleasanter The construction works on the A-65 began in July 2008 and were completed four years A-63 Langon after the concession contract was signed, and two and a half years after the start of the work.The old road linking Langon and Pau was A-62 known for its complex twisty route and the accidents that happened on it. With the new infrastructure, traffic conditions in this sec- tion will improve significantly in terms of both safety and comfort, with modern facili- ties adapted to the environment. A-65 TheA-65 toll road thus becomes an impor- tant backbone of the region, since it not only Mont-de-Marsan increases mobility but will also bring greater economic vitality which is estimated to be worth 120 million Euros a year to the region. The new road will also improve the north-south relationships in the area, make the Pyrenees more accessible and speed up communications between Pau, Aquitaine’s second city, and the capital, Bordeaux. The travelling time A-64 between Pau and Bordeaux will be approxi- mately an hour and half. This translates into a saving of 50 minutes for ordinary vehicles and 60 minutes for heavy goods vehicles. FRANCE Pau THE TRAVELLING TIME BETWEEN PAU AND BORDEAUX WILL SPAIN BE APPROXIMATELY AN HOUR AND HALF56 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 57. TOLL ROADSFrancisco Reynés, new director of sanef The Board of Directors of abertis’ French subsidiary approved the appointment, replacing Florentino Pérez TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis The managing director of abertis, grew by 1,743 kilometres of toll roads in Francisco Reynés, has been appoint- service in the north of France. sanef man- ed a director of sanef, replacing Florentino ages four of the seven toll roads provid- Pérez. The appointment was approved by ing access to l’Ile de France (the Paris re- the Board of Directors of abertis’ French gion), as well as the road linking Germany, subsidiary yesterday. Belgium and Luxemburg with the north of In 2006, abertis took over the con- France and the United Kingdom. cessionaire sanef (Société des Autoroutes du Nord et de l’Est de la France), after the Investments French Government, in December 2005, This year, sanef has signed an agreement awarded the tender for the privatisation with the French Government by which it of this company to the consortium Hold- will invest euros 250 million over three years ing d’Infrastructures de Transport (HIT), in projects aimed at improving both led by abertis with a 52.5% stake and the integration of its infrastructures into in which Caisse de Dépôts, the insurance the environment and the services it pro- group AXA, the French investment fund vides to its customers. These investments Predica and FFP, a company controlled by form part of the agreement known as the the Peugeot family, also have a stake. Paquet Vert, which includes a one-year sanef joining the group meant that extension of sanef’s two concessions (sanef the toll road network managed by abertis and sapn), until 2029. ■Josep Lluís Giménez, new managingdirector of abertis autopistas in SpainFormerly assistant general manager and directorTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis Josep Lluís Giménez Sevilla (Barce- Professional background lona, 1957) has been appointed as Josep Lluís Giménez Sevilla, who had beenthe new managing director of abertis the assistant general manager and Businessautopistas, the unit that runs the abertis director of abertis autopistas, is angroup’s toll road business in Spain. He economist who holds degrees in Generalreplaces José Maria Morera, who is resigning Management from the IESE and Finan-from the post after a career in the group. cial Management from the EADA. In 2001He joined in 1987 as the managing director he joined acesa as the manager of theof iberpistas, of which he later became South American Concessions Area, wheremanaging director. he also became president of Grupo Con- Since 2007 he has led the process cesionario del Oeste (gco) and the vice-of reorganising the network of abertis con- president of Autopistas del Sol (Ausol), thecessionaires in Spain as a single Business companies running the toll roads into Bue-Unit. nos Aires (Argentina). Previously, from 1995 José María Morera will continue to be to 1999, he was the manager of the Oper-linked to the Group, performing tasks involv- ations and Financial Area of Inmobiliariaing contacts with the sector and with the Colonial, and was later the managingvarious public administrations. director of Q-Factory. ■ DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 57
  • 58. NEWS LOGISTICS Gefco rents 4,000 square metres in Arasur In this park, the logistics operator will install its first warehouse to support the three distribution plants on the Iberian Peninsula TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis Araba Logística has signed an agree- ment with GEFCO, a major French logistics group, for the rental of 3,951 square metres in Arasur (Álava). On this site, the company will install its first warehouse to support the three distribution plants on the Iberian Peninsula (Vigo, Madrid-Villaverde and Portugal-Mangualde).The initial contract will be for a year. The rented area consists of two mod- ules, each of 1,882 square metres, and187 square metres of offices. GEFCO will install a parts collection storage and distribution area, designed to supply its suppliers, who are over 1,200 kilometres from the produc- tion plants. This new warehouse is expected to create 12 new jobs and receive 10 lorries a day, principally coming from Eastern Europe. Complete transport units will then be prepared, in order to optimise direct links with the Vigo, Mangualde and Madrid platforms. GEFCO Spain has around 5,000 custom- ers, and is responsible for 10% of the Group’s total business. This Spanish subsidiary of the logistics operator, which this year celebrated its 25th anniversary in Spain, had a turnover 281 million Euros in 2009. Rental in the Parc Logístic The Parc Logístic in the Zona Franca has signed a three-year contract with Vapores Suardíaz Mediterráneo for the rental of 2,031 square metre warehouse in this logistics park in Barcelona. Vapores Suardíaz Mediterráneo belongs to the Suardíaz Group, which was established in 1944.The Group is involved in a wide range of activities, including freight transport, con- signment, commercial agents, customs management, warehousing and distribution and integral logistics. ■ Link abertis logística www.abertislogistica.com Details of some of the facilities at the Arasur logistics park in Álava.58 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 59. AIRPORTSQueen Elizabeth II opens the newBelfast International terminalThe renovation of the terminal in Northern Ireland has createda more modern and spacious facilityTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis On the 22nd of October, Queen Eliz- design shortening the passenger journey abeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of from the Check-in Hall through to the secu-Edinburgh, opened the renovated terminal rity screening area.at Belfast International Airport, (which ismanaged by tbi), as part of an official visit Gold award from customersto Northern Ireland. Belfast International Airport has been During their visit to Belfast Interna- named Gold winner in the Best UK Airporttional, the Queen and Prince Philip met category of the Holiday Extras Customers’around 70 of the airport’s employees Awards 2010. During the summer of 2010,who are responsible for ensuring the safety more than 24,000 HolidayExtras.com cus-and correct operation of the boarding gates tomers cast their votes in the second annualand runways. Holiday Extras Customers’ Awards. The renovation of the terminal has Travellers rated their air travel experi-created a more modern and spacious facil- ence across 12 categories, voting for 112ity for both passengers and staff alike. The airlines, 28 UK airports and hundreds ofglass facade allows greater use to be airport hotels, car parks and lounges. Othermade of natural light and the inside has Link winners included Belfast International Air-been remodelled to house more commercial Belfast International Airport port customer airlines Aer Lingus, easyJet,outlets which now number 18. The new www.belfastairport.com Jet2.com and Continental Airlines. ■ Moments of the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, seen here with John Doran, the director of Belfast International Airport, when the new terminal was opened. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 59
  • 60. NEWS CAR PARKS saba deploys new technological improvements The abertis Group’s car park subsidiary has installed a total of 12 electric vehicle charging points, at no extra cost to its customers, in 4 car parks in Barcelona TEXT abertis | PHOTOS saba saba, the abertis Group’s car park sub- equipped with this infrastructure are located sidiary, is developing a number of in Rambla Catalunya (2 spaces), Diputació (2), activities aimed at boosting both sustainabil- Lluís Companys (4) and Cathedral (4 spaces ity and technological advances in its car park for motorbikes). network in Catalonia, in order to improve cus- In this initial pilot phase, the use of these tomer service and become more environmen- points will not involve any extra cost for tally-friendly. customers who charge up their electric vehi- The company has installed a total of 12 cles, as they will only have to pay for their electric vehicle charging points, at no extra cost stay in the car park. The charging points also to its customers, in 4 of its principal car parks have differentiated blue signage with illumi- in Barcelona. Of these, 8 are charging points nated signs, making it easier to find them for cars, and 4 are for motorbikes.The car parks inside the car parks.60 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 61. ecosaba green pointssaba is also implementing ecosaba areas inits car parks, which are selective green collec-tion points with different waste containers forpaper, plastic and refuse. A pilot test is currently being carried outin the Cathedral car park (Barcelona).The com-pany plans to continue progressively imple-menting the ecosaba areas in the saba car parknetwork in Spain from 2011 onwards.Providing improved ecosabacustomer service green pointsThis set of measures is part of saba’s policy This initiative is partof continuous improvement and is the result of saba’s sustainabilityof the company’s interest in improving mobil- programme.ity and the environment in those cities in which These are green selectiveit has a presence, improving the quality of life rubbish collection points,of the citizens and meeting the needs of its with different wastecustomers. container for paper, Along the same lines, saba’s decisions plastic and general refuse.to introduce new technology and improve saba plans to extend thisquality of service are examples of its wish to initiative in 2011. In fact,provide its customers with the highest levels it is already running a pilotof convenience and comfort, whilst also provid- project in the Cathedraling a more personalised, safe and faster service. car park in Barcelona. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 61
  • 62. NEWS As part of its commitment to implement- the application of new technologies, and the ing new technologies, there are luminous signs concept of a car park as a fundamental com- in saba’s car parks which indicate where there ponent in ensuring access to towns and met- are free spaces. These are controlled by the ropolitan areas –and improved traffic flow Vehicle Guiding System which is designed to within them– are just some of the factors which improve traffic flow inside car parks by prevent- define the company’s development. ■ ing unnecessary searching. Other innovations include: latest generation automatic charging systems; systems providing information on urban roads; and the Centralised Remote Man- Links agement Centre, an innovation by saba which provides centralised support to car park person- saba nel, and, as a result, better customer service. www.saba.es saba is a benchmark in the car park sector, Via-T both for Spain and internationally. Innovation, www.viat.es62 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 63. Extending the Via-T payment systemsaba is progressively With this system, aimplementing the customer no longer needsVia-T payment system to use payment machine,throughout the whole he can just go straightof its network of car parks. to the exit marked “Via-T”.This technology is being When he puts the ticketused in a total of 34 car into the machine, theparks in Catalonia. control recognises theThis system is vehicle and allows it leave.currently used for 6%of the payments madein these car parks.Car parks with Via-T technologyCAR PARK TOWNPl. la Plana Badalona (Barcelona)Catedral BarcelonaDiputació BarcelonaGràcia I BarcelonaGràcia II BarcelonaGràcia III BarcelonaHospital Clínic BarcelonaHospital de Sant Pau BarcelonaJoan Güell BarcelonaLluís Companys BarcelonaPau Casals BarcelonaPau Claris BarcelonaPl. Catalunya (Barcelona) BarcelonaPl. Urquinaona BarcelonaRbla. de Catalunya BarcelonaTravessera 17 BarcelonaTravessera 43 BarcelonaPasseig de Mar Blanes (Girona)Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona)El Garrigal Figueres (Girona)Pl. Catalunya (Figueres) Figueres (Girona)Berenguer i Carnicer GironaSanta Caterina GironaCan Xammar Mataró (Barcelona)La Riera Mataró (Barcelona)Pl. Santa Anna Mataró (Barcelona)Pl. del Call Puigcerdà (Girona)Dr. Robert (Sabadell) Sabadell (Barcelona)Mercat Central Sabadell (Barcelona)Pl. Dr. Robert (Satsa) Terrassa (Barcelona)Pl. Vella (Satsa) Terrassa (Barcelona)Raval de Montserrat (Satsa) Terrassa (Barcelona)Vaporgran Terrassa (Barcelona)Pl. Soler i Carbonell Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona) DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 63
  • 64. NEWS ABERTIS FOUNDATION ‘voluntaris’: on the side of the disabled Under the slogan ‘Another way of doing things’, abertis’ has organised the Volunteer Day for the second year running. Twenty abertis group workplaces in Spain and employees in Santiago de Chile joined in the activities TEXT Albert Rossell | PHOTOS Josep Loaso The work of the abertis group volun- some of the articles sold by the eight organ- —1— teers –which had been going on qui- isations taking part in the fair: Fundación Photo of the participants etly for the whole of the year– culminated Privada Gaspar de Portolà, Teixidors, Fun- in the Fageda on the 2nd of December. The Volunteer Day, dación Auxilia, Gymm, CET El Pla, Centro d’en Jordà walk. promoted by the abertis foundation, is Ocupacional Bogatell, Atam and Aprodisca. —2— The president of when voluntaris, the Group’s volunteer The Volunteer Day was opened by the abertis, Salvador programme, is most visible. president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, and Alemany, at the On this, the second Corporate Volunteer managing director, Francisco Reynés. Àngels presentation. —3— Day, the focus was on disability. Under the Guiteras, president of the Mesa de Entidades Workshop for slogan Another way of doing things, activities del Tercer Sector de Cataluña, gave a lecture understanding took place, throughout the day, at abertis’ entitled The volunteer and future society; and blindness and visual corporate headquarters in Barcelona, situated Ramon Giró, director of the Fundación Seel- impairment. in the Parc Logístic de la Zona Franca. Employ- iger & Conde, lectured on Disability and —4 — ees could buy products made at special work the World of Work: Myths and Realities. The Products made at special centres by disabled people. Textile products, volunteers gave a presentation on the Euro occupational ceramics, books, food and soaps, were just Solidario project, through which those centres.64 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 65. employee who wish it, can donate one Euro Association, which was proposed by Ann dea month of their salary to a charitable CLOTHING AND FOOD Groote, of abertis airports; Leisure after-project. WAS COLLECTED noons, run by the Association for People with The Association for Disability Awareness Intellectual Disabilities, proposed by Josepran a workshop Live the experience! to allow AT 20 ABERTIS GROUP M. Maza, of abertis autopistas Spain; andemployees to experience the difficulties WORKPLACES IN Smiles for children in hospitals. Humour aswhich disabled people must overcome in SPAIN AND BY therapy, run by the Fundación Theodora,their everyday lives. EMPLOYEES IN CHILE which Alba Rodríguez, of serviabertis works At the iberpistas Operations and Con- with. The most popular cultural project wastrol Centre in San Rafael (Segovia), the Vol- Histories from a feminine perspective, a trav-unteer Day was held on the 3rd of December. elling exhibition on the role of women, runJosé Antonio Juncá, who works with the Royal Castile-Leon, Catalonia, the Basque Country, by the Agima Association, proposed by OlgaAccessibility Trust, gave a speech entitled Liv- the Canary Isles, Andalusia, Madrid, Asturias, de Diego, of acesa. The environmental ini-ing with different abilities: for an environment Galicia and Aragon. In San Rafael, there was tiative which received most support waswhich is accessible to everyone, José Antonio also a collection of toys for disadvantaged Management and restoration of the habitatMatesanz, the director of the Apadefim Occu- children. It is also remarkable a first step of Iberian river crab in the Llobregat basin,pational Centre, gave a talk on Including towards internationalising the Volunteer Day, run by the Association for the Study andintellectually disabled people in the world since Group’s employees in Chile also col- Protection of Native Fauna and Floraof work through occupational centres. lected clothing and food. Autóctona, proposed by Montse Bertran, of An exhibition of crafts and painting was abertis telecom. A total of 40,000 Eurosalso organised by APADEFIM-Fundación Per- The charity initiatives selected will be shared between these projects.sonas, and, in collaboration with Fundación Two weeks earlier, the Group’s employees in The abertis volunteer project beganONCE, there was a workshop on understand Spain learned about the charities their col- almost two years ago, when some of theblindness and visual impairment. leagues collaborated with, and voted for one Group’s employees decided to join forces to of the 35 projects presented. encourage other colleagues to follow theirIn Spain and Chile The social initiatives chosen were Med- example. The company supported thisThroughout the week, clothing and food was ical and welfare assistance for women from initiative and created communications sys-collected at 20 abertis group workplaces in Benares who suffer domestic violence and tems to coordinate their work, under theSpain, located in the Valencia Community, social exclusion, run by the Flores del Ganges voluntaris corporate volunteer programme. ■ 1 2 3 4 DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 65
  • 66. NEWS SPONSORSHIP The castle of L’Albi Currently being restored and reconstructed with the support of abertis autopistas, L’Albi Castle will be opened to the public as a museum and interpretive centre for history TEXT abertis | PHOTOS Andrés Pardo In 1179, King Alfonso I of Aragon (“el extended in the 16th Century, and, with later Cast”) ceded a series of fortifications Baroque additions, became one of the largest to Guillem de Cervera. One was a defensive and most sumptuous Renaissance palaces in tower which at that time was called castrum Catalonia. de Albio, and the current castle in the town of 1835 brought ruin to the palace: in one L’Albi, (Catalan County of Les Garrigues) was of many skirmishes of the Ist CarlistWar (1833- constructed around it. King Alfonso’s father, 1840), the baron of L’Albi, a Carlist supporter, Ramon Berenguer IV, had conquered this area burned it down to prevent it falling into the by defeating the Muslims, and it was now time hands of the liberals. The flames devoured repopulated and reorganise it. furniture and other belongings, and brought Guillem de Cervera constructed the cas- down the roofs. A century later, in the middle tle, around the tower, in the Romanesque style. of the Civil War (1936-1939), most of the In 1336, his descendents began the construc- structure was still standing, but was demolished tion of a new Gothic palace on top of these when the munitions it was storing exploded. military fortifications. This was not only a The castle stood change of style, but also a change of function: Restoration and documentation until the Civil War, from being barracks of the small military force, The ruins were abandoned until the 1970s, when the armament store exploded it became a seigniorial palace, lording it over, when the barons of L’Albi donated them to and the castle and controlling, the surrounding area. It was theTown Hall and groups of volunteers started was demolished.66 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 67. work on buttressing the remains to stop them reconstructing the parapet of the well in thedeteriorating further. It was in the 80s and 90s main patio. This first phase of the works wasthat professional archaeologist first began to finished in early 2010, and work then contin-visit the site, in order to determine and docu- ued on: walkways for archaeological visits;ment the remains. floating floors in the cellar; bathrooms, light- In 2008, an ambitious archaeological ing and air-conditioning; consolidation of theproject, to reveal the whole pre-1179 history walls on the south-west side; and “museumi-of the castle, began: this site had been occupied sation” to prepare the building for its publicsince the Iron Age (8th-5th Centuries BC), as opening, and make it available for research.shown by a section of the walls dating from L’Albi Castle is part of the Route of Lleidathat time, and also by the discovery of many Castles, which is promoted by the Fundaciónartefacts (which will be displayed in the Castells Culturals de Catalunya. The currentmuseum, when it is completed). president of this foundation is Carles II de Mon- With a view to this planned museum, toliu de Carrasco, the 32nd Baron of L’Albi. ■and with the help of abertis autopistas, the Its importancefirst phase of consolidating and reconstructing in Roman Timesthe castle has been completed. Some zones In several documents,on the exterior walls have a calcium aluminate L’Albi is referred to ascement-based concrete applied to them, and one of the most importantstruts have been placed in existing walls and 2nd Century towns incellar vault, to join structures together and Catalonia. Its importancethus make them safe. arose as a result of its strategic position: thePhases of the reconstruction route followed by the AP-2 Links toll road today was usedThe first phase consisted of using stone to in Roman times to connectbuild up the tower over the dungeons, putting L’Albi Town Hall “imperial” Tarraco witha roof over the remains of the old walls in the albi.ddl.net Ilerda, (formerly the capitalnorthern sector, reconstructing some arcades Fundació Castells Culturals of the Ilergetes), whichand rooms at the ground floor level, and com- de Catalunya was later to becomepletely re-laying the cobblestone paving and www.castellscatalunya.com the city of Lleida. Its strategic location meant that it benefited as a staging post for trade between the interior and the coast, and from the many passing travellers. The town’s name There is no general agreement on the origins of the town’s name: 12th Century documents refer to it as Albium. Some researchers claim that this name derives from the Latin word albeum (river bed). Others say that is derived from the Latin word albus (pale, white, albino), and still others believe it originates from the Arabic word al-alwi (high place). Given the area’s history and topography, all three of these are possibilities: the town is next to a river, the land around it is pale or whitish, and it is located on a hill which is topped by the castle. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 67
  • 68. NEWS ABERTIS FOUNDATION Environmentally friendly driving As part of European Mobility Week, the abertis foundation and FESVIAL (the Spanish Road Safety Foundation) presented the results of the study “Drivers and environmentally friendly and efficient driving” TEXT Albert Rosell | PHOTOS Josep Loaso The research consisted of a survey and efficient driving. Most motor vehicle of 1,575 frequent drivers all around users (86.9%) believe that future drivers Spain, in order to identify Spanish drivers’ should be given information on environ- habits and find out to what extent they mentally friendly and efficient driving, and have been informed about environmentally required to know more about it. friendly driving and are aware its impor- tance. Variations determined by city size According to the study data, more than Drivers in cities with over 200,000 inhabit- half of drivers (56.1%) are personally con- cerned about efficient, environmentally friendly and economical driving, particularly those aged from 45 to 54, and are therefore 56.1% of drivers ants admit that they take fewer measures to drive ecologically and efficiently, and this is accentuated significantly in Madrid and Barcelona. Paradoxically, it is the inhabitants questioned are willing to change their behaviour if shown concerned about of these two cities who say that their knowl- how to do so. In fact, four out of five drivers efficient, ecological edge of environmental matters is good. think that they have not received enough and economic In smaller towns, those surveyed said information on environmentally friendly driving. they drove in a more eco-friendly manner.68 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 69. 10 rules for efficient driving 1. Ensuring that tyre pressure and alignment are correct leads to lower consumption. 2. Changing the spark plugs, air filter and oil filter at the appropriate time can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%. 3. A badly-tuned engine can increase consumption by 8 or 10%. 4. To not attach objects to the vehicle that will increase air resistance. For example, a luggage or ski rack increases fuel consumption by between Similarly, three out of four Spanish adopt other measures, such as regularly 2 and 5%. And a fully-drivers say that they do take action to save checking tyre pressure (79.9%) and start- loaded luggage rack canfuel and reduce pollution. The ecological ing the car without using the accelerator increase it by almost 30%.habit most often implemented is driving (77.2%). Although it is advisable to turnat a steady speed, and it is women who off the motor during long stops,18% of 5. Keep the windowsdrive most steadily (87.7%) and avoid sud- drivers to not do this. closed to prevent insectsden braking (87%), while men more often or other objects entering the vehicle. Since this also Young drivers reduces turbulence, fuel The research also reveals that 10.6% of consumption is reduced. In smaller towns, young people between the ages of 18 and drivers said they 24 never, or almost never, drive in high 6. Start the vehicle drove in a more without using the eco-friendly manner. gear, start without using the accelerator (17%), use the air conditioning moderately accelerator, and, if it is a (14.6%), regularly service the vehicle to diesel engine, wait a few prevent pollution (13.3%) or turn off the moments before pulling off. Do not press engine for long stops (28.9%). the accelerator while When buying a vehicle, 37.6% of stopped at traffic lights. Spaniards take into account the level of exhaust emissions, especially women. 7. If you’re going to be However, this aspect is considered much waiting for three minutes less important than safety (56%), the price or more, turn off the (54.2%) and fuel consumption (53.4%) is engine: this reduces granted the same importance as the make consumption and pollution. (37.3%). Young people place a higher value of the car’s design and make. People 8. Use the gears correctly, between 35 and 64 place great importance especially in towns; of the level of pollution, whilst those over remember that cars 64 are more concerned about the make. consume less fuel in Savings (73.7%) and less pollution (56.9%) high gear and low revs. are seen as the principal advantages of 9. Drive at a suitable eco-friendly driving. ■ speed. Driving at 120 instead of 100 km/h can significantly increase fuel consumption. Links 10. Do not carry abertis foundation unnecessary objects www.fundacionabertis.org or weight in the vehicle: Fundación Española 30 extra kilos can increase para la Seguridad Vial fuel consumption www.fesvial.es by more than 10%. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 69
  • 70. NEWS ABERTIS-UPC CHAIR A research into traffic mobility in cities wins the 7th abertis Prize A study of infrastructure concessions and an analysis of the flow of traffic on the AP-7 toll road are the ‘ex aequo’ winners in the final dissertation category TEXT Albert Rossell | PHOTO Josep Loaso The thesis entitled Traffic prediction The 7th abertis Prize was the first for based on license plate scanning. which two categories have been established: Observability and optimal location of traffic Doctoral thesis, and master’s degree disserta- counters, by María Pilar Jiménez Gómez, has tion or final-year degree dissertation.The prize won the 7th abertis Prize –in the doctoral for this second category was awarded jointly thesis category– on Transport Infrastructure ex aequo to the reports Pooling de concesiones Management, which is awarded annually by de infraestructuras de transporte en Project the abertis-UPC chair. Finance, by Juan Argote Caballero and Traffic The winning study develops different stream macro and microanalysis in the AP-7 mathematical models for reproducing traffic Turnpike, by Jordi Soriguera Farrés. A special conditions, using the licence plate scanner and mention was also given to the paper entitled proposing methods to optimise the location Dynamic OD estimation in freeway paths using of scanning points.The final aim is to provide traffic counts. Application to the E4-South solutions to mobility problems in cities. in Stockholm, by Manuel Valls Comamala. María Pilar Jiménez was awarded the prize, which is worth euros10,000 and includes pub- Promoting research lication of the paper, at a ceremony in the The abertis prize, created in 2003 and spon- Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) sored by the abertis-UPC chair of Transport presided over by the vice-chancellor of the Infrastructures Management, is one of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), company’s main initiatives for promoting Antoni Giró, the former Catalan Government research in this field. The abertis-UPC chair, councillor for Territorial Policy and Public instituted in 2003 by abertis and UPC, of Link Works Joaquim Nadal, and the Business and which Francesc Robusté is professor, aims abertis chair Operations general manager of abertis, Josep to promote training and research in the field www.catedras Martínez Vila. of transport infrastructure management. ■ abertis.com VII abertis Prize photo family.70 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 71. BRANDING‘link autopistas’A new digital publicationaddressed to customers,institutions and societyThis digital magazine is one of the actions that abertis autopistas is taking topromote sustainability, since it will save tons of paper because it is not sent by postTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis link autopistas is one of the new emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2. type of the abertis group corporate This is one more of the actions that abertis THIS IS AN ADVANCEDpublications. The aim of this magazine is to autopistas takes to promote sustainability DIGITAL PUBLICATION,inform institutions, customers and society and conserve the environment.in general about toll road news, as well as Like previous magazines, such as Tercer WHICH COMBINESoffering interviews and suggestions for those Carril, the new magazine is quarterly. Addi- TEXT, PHOTOS,planning journeys, advice and information tionally, to reflect the cultural reality of each VIDEO AND AUDIOof interest related to road safety, news of the and every one of the regions where abertismotoring world, etc. autopistas has a presence, link autopistas is published in Spanish, Catalan and Basque. ■Audiovisual digital magazineThis is an advanced digital publication, whichcombines text, photos, video and audio Linksto make reading it an engaging and fluid ex- abertis autopistasperience. As a result, tons of paper are saved www.abertisautopistas.comand the use of new technologies is encour- link autopistasaged.As the magazine is not sent by post, but www.autopistas.com/linkautopistas/by email, there is an indirect reduction in the index_cas_num1.html DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 71
  • 72. NEWS IN BRIEF ABERTIS FOUNDATION The abertis foundation is awarded the Medal of Merit for Road Safety by the Traffic Directorate The Ministry of the Interior has awarded the Silver Road Safety Medal of Merit to the abertis foundation in rec- ognition of its contribution to the improve- ment of road safety in Spain. This was proposed by the Directorate General for Traffic. The first vice-president of the Government and Interior minister, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, presented the award to the president of the Foundation, Miquel Roca i Junyent, at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s headquarters on the 1st of December. ■ Miquel Roca receives the award from Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba. ABERTIS Salvador Alemany is decorated by the Barcelona Local Police The president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, received the Medal of Hon- our for Merit awarded by the Barcelona Local Police to those people and organisations TELECOMMUNICATIONS whose relationship with them has been outstanding. Accord with the The mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, presented him with the medal in the Saló Generalitat on Jordi Hereu de Cent of Barcelona Town Hall, on the presents communications the medal day dedicated to the patron saint of the Police Force. ■ to Salvador infrastructures Alemany. abertis is one of the companies that has signed an Accord aimed at improv- ing mobile communications services and infrastructures, in which the Catalonia Gen- eralitat’s Public Administration and Govern- ance Department is taking the lea-ding role. This initiative brings together public and pri- vate endeavours to develop mobile com- munications infrastructures to cover the whole of the region. Its objective is to improve the quality of life of Catalonia’s people and the competitiveness of its companies. Josep Maria Coronas, the general secretary of abertis, signed the Accord committing the Group to this project, in an event held in the Palace of the Generalitat. ■72 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 73. TOLL ROADS ABERTIS FOUNDATIONMadrid engineers give abertis an ‘Espai Terra’award for the AP-6 widening project awarded a prize at the Science On the 25th of November, the 2010 both directions, it has substantially increased Awards Jury of the Madrid College of capacity, functionality and safety. in Action FairRoad Engineers Prizes gave a Special Mention, Esperanza Aguirre, the president of thein the Best Public Works category, to the Madrid Community, presided over the award TV3’s Espai Terra has been awarded aAP-6 toll road widening. Third lane and third ceremony, and José María Morera, the general prize in the Sustainability category atGuadarrama Tunnel between the Valle manager of abertis autopistas Spain the Science in Action International Fair inde los Caídos intersection and San Rafael. received the award.The College of Road Engi- Santiago de Compostela. The award was for The works, carried out by Castellana de neers also gave the 2010 Prize for the Out- a television report on the restoration of theAutopistas, part of the abertis group, was standing Road Engineer to Florentino Pérez, aquifer in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park,given the prize for the improvement to the the president of the ACS group and vice Ciudad Real. Espai Terra, which is sponsoredaccess system from the Madrid Community president of abertis, for his business achieve- by the abertis foundation, is broadcast everyto the northeast of Spain, as, with its system ments and excellence, in addition to his pro- weekday afternoon. It covers matter relatingof three tunnels, one of which can flow in fessional record as a road engineer. ■ to nature, respect for the environment and traditions linked to agriculture.The programme has an average audience of 260,000 and an audience share of 11.6%. ■ TOLL ROADS Donation by aumar to a FUNDEM project José María Morera, general manager of abertis autopistas, aumar donated 5,000 Euros to the receiving the award. Fundación Enrique Montoliu for the Conservation of Mediterranean Flora and Fauna (FUNDEM), which will be used to purchase additional land in Vall de GallineraTELECOMMUNICATIONS (Alicante), where the natural and landscape are being protected. The donation was madeOveron’s coverage of Chile in an event at which the local mayor, Fran- cesc Miquel Cortell, the general manager Last October, a team from Overon, in of aumar, Enrique Villalonga, and the pres- which abertis telecom is a share- ident of FUNDEM, Enrique Montoliu, wereholder, covered the rescue of the 33 Chilean present.miners who were trapped in San José Mine in The donation was part of the savingsCopiapó, in northern Chile.At the entrance to that resulted from a paper consumptionthe mine shaft, Overon provided live broad- reduction campaign, in which it invited itscasting, play out and editing services. From customers to change from paper bills tothe morning of the 12th of October, it provided electronic billing. This campaign was pro-64 services to over 18 television channels, moted by aumar as part of its commitmentincluding Fuji TV (Japan), Channel 7 (Australia), at the entrance shaft of the mine, from where to, and responsibility towards, the environ-TVNZ (New Zealand), ARD (Germany), M6 the miners who rescued emerged one by one. ment. This resulted in a double benefit for(France),TVE,A3 and TV3. Overon was one of It had another outside unit operating in the the environment, and the customer receithe four companies selected by the Chilean Copiapó Hospital, where the miners were taken ved faster, more secure and more confiden-Government to install their equipment right for medical attention. ■ tial service. ■ DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 73
  • 74. NEWS IN BRIEF TOLL ROADS Jordi Graells, appointed as senior vice-chairman of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Jordi Graells, managing director of abertis Tollroads North America & International, has been appointed senior vice-chairman of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). The appointment was made during the associa- tion’s 78th annual conference held in San Diego (California) from 12 to 15 September. Jordi Graells, who is already on the IBTTA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, will hold this post in 2011. He is expected to be appointed as chairman of IBTTA next September, at the annual conference to be held in Berlin. The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the global association of toll road operators and associ- ated industries. Founded in 1932, it provides a forum for sharing knowledge and ideas with the aim of promoting and improving the toll- financed road transport infrastructure. IBTTA also has considerable influence on the devel- opment of turnpikes and concessions in the United States. The association is made up of turnpike, tunnel and bridge operators from 25 countries all around the world, and has its headquarters in Washington DC. ■ Jordi Graells, managing director of abertis Tollroads North America & International, is the new senior vice-chairman of IBTTA. ENVIRONMENT abertis marked highly in the Dow Jones sustainability indexes The results of the 2010 Review con- ranked: economic, environmental and firm that, for the fifth year run- social. The company achieved top scores in ning, abertis has retained its listing in the environmental information and climate the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI change strategy categories, and significantly World) and also, on a European level, the improved its position in areas such as codes DJSI Europe Index. of conduct and operational eco-efficiency. Once again, abertis has been given an The DJSI World and DJSI Europe reviews above-average score in the three variables became effective on 20 September 2010. ■74 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 75. APPOINTMENTS 82INVESTOR’S INTERIM DIVIDEND 82 Results – January to September 2010 Another quarter’s growth for abertis MARZO 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 73
  • 76. REVENUE Most of abertis’ revenues ■ TOLL ROADS 75% ■ TELECOMMUNICATIONS 14% BY SECTORS come from the toll road ■ AIRPORTS 7% INVESTOR’S sector, followed by the ■ CAR PARKS 4% ■ LOGISTICS 1% LINK telecommunications sector.January-September 2010*ResultsThe Group has continued to grow this quarter, with net profitincreasing by 4.2% in the first nine months of 2010, to reacha total of 561 million EurosTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis abertis’ results for the first nine months of 2010, prepared under IFRScriteria, and incorporating adjustments arisingfrom the sector interpretation for conces-sionary businesses (IFRIC 12), confirm, foranother quarter, the upward trend of theGroup’s principal figures: revenue, EBITDAand net profits. The keys aspects of January-September2010 have been; the growth of traffic in thetoll road network outside Spain; the ability togenerate cash; the control of operatingexpenses, which only grew by 1.6%; the con-tainment of financial costs; the changes inperimeter; and the positive equity-accountedcontribution of the companies, especiallyEutelsat. The first nine months have been distin-guished by the consolidation of the recoveryin traffic levels on the toll roads in Chile andalso on sanef’s toll roads in France.After nineconsecutive quarters of reductions, the thirdquarter of 2010 was the first to show a smallincrease in traffic on the abertis network asa whole. The diversified businesses maintaintheir position in the Group, by contributing25% of the revenue.Operating revenueIn the first nine months of 2010, abertis’operating revenues climbed to 3,097 millionEuros, 5.5% more than for the same periodin the previous year. sanef contributed 1,098million Euros (35% of total revenue) to thisfigure. 50% of the abertis Group’s operatingrevenue came from outside Spain, principallyfrom France, the United Kingdom and Chile.76 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 77. Contribution by sectors January to September 2010 (M €)REVENUE ■ SPAIN 50% CONTRIBUTION REVENUES EBITDA ■ FRANCE 35% Toll roads 2,332 1,645GENERATION ■ OTHERS 6% BY SECTORS Telecommunications 418 165 ■ CHILE 5% ■ UNITED Airports 211 64 KINGDOM 4% Car parks 114 45 Logistics 16 7 Key Points50% OF THE REVENUE After nine consecutive service offering, whichAND 47% OF THE EBITDA quarters of reductions, offset the effect of the the third quarter of 2010 analogue switch-off,WAS GENERATED completed in April. was the first to show aOUTSIDE SPAIN small increase in traffic The positive trends in the on the Group’s toll road satellite sector continue. network as a whole. In the first nine monthsCASH FLOW BEFORE For the group as a whole, of 2010, Eutelsat’s equity-INVESTMENT the reduction in traffic accounted contribution is slowing down, closing was 60 million Euros,AND DIVIDENDS at -0.4% (-0.7% in the and Hispasat’s wasGREW BY 7.4% first quarter). 20 million Euros. 50% of the revenue and abertis airports’ operating 47% of the EBITDA was revenues reached 3,097 generated outside Spain. 211 million Euros (+3%). 75% of the revenue comes The reduced level of activity from the toll road business, at tbi’s airports, principally abertis had and the remaining 25% those in the United operating revenues is shared between the Kingdom –a drop of 5.6% in of 3,097 million telecommunications the number of passengers– Euros (+5.5%). infrastructures business is made up for by a 6.6% (14%), airports (7%), increase in revenue per 4.2% car parks (4%) and passenger, the higher logistics parks (1%). overall contribution from The strong cash generation dca and the favourable growth in rate was maintained: cash changes in exchange rates. abertis’ flow before investments saba showed operating net profit: and dividends grew by revenue of 114 million Euros 561 million 7.4%, to 1,205 million Euros. (+5%), with vehicle rotation Euros. of 41.7 million (+2.3%). 94% of the Group’s debt is long-term (92% in In logistic parks, there September 2009), has been an increase and 86% is at fixed rates. of 10.9% in built area The average cost is 4.5% (to 533,350 square metres). (4.6% in September 2009). The average occupancy In the toll road business, of warehouses and offices the operating revenues is 63.1%, an increase of 3% to June were 2,332 million in rented square metres Euros (+6%). The traffic compared with the end on sanef’s toll roads of the 2009 financial year. in France grew by 1.8%. In Operating revenue grew Chile, Argentina and Puerto to 16 million Euros. Rico traffic also grew, by 5%. In Spain, traffic dropped by 4,3% over the period. abertis telecom achieved (*) operating revenues of Summary of the results presented to the stock market regulator - the 418 million Euros (+7%). Comisión Nacional del Mercado de This increase reflects the Valores (CNMV). The full version deployment of increased can be viewed at www.abertis.com, in the Investor Relations section, DTT coverage, and the or may be requested by calling the radio-communications Shareholders Office on 902 30 10 15. DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 77
  • 78. 1 2—1&2— Of the total revenue, 75% was gen- months of 2010. In this period, abertisabertis’ toll road erated by the toll road business, while generated a cash-flow (before investmentsbusiness contributedrevenues of 14% corresponds to telecommunications and dividend payments) of 1,205 million2,332 million Euros. infrastructures and 7% to airports. The car Euros (+7.4%).—3— park sector contributed 4%, and the logis- abertis’ average workforce in thisThe factorscontributing tics parks 1%. period was 12,507, 58% of which was out-to the good In this period, the gross operating result side Spain.performance of the (EBITDA) was 1,916 million Euros (+4.6%)telecommunicationsbusiness included while the net operating result (EBIT) was Balance sheet and investmentsthe DTT rollout 1,206 million Euros (+3%). The finan- As of 30 September, abertis had total assetsand the increased cial result for the period was -442 million of 25,035 million Euros and net equity ofcoverage, in additionto the new radio- Euros. In the period January-September 5,146 million Euros. The Group invested acommunications 2010, the equity-accounted results made total of 430 million Euros during the period,service contracts. a contribution of 84 million Euros (+45%), of which 332 million (77%) was used for basically from the holding in Eutelsat organic expansion and 98 million for operat- (60 million). ing investment. The abertis Group showed a net profit Expansion investment in toll roads (229 of 561 million Euros (+4.2%) the first nine million Euros) included the investments78 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 79. INCREASED Increased operating revenue: EBITDA (86%). The total traffic on the OPERATING Operating revenue: 3,097 million Euros (+5.5%) (M €) abertis toll road network up to the 30th REVENUE Ebitda: 1,916 (+4.6%) of September 2010 reflects a stabilisa- ‘Cash-flow’: 1,205 (+7.4%) Net profit: 561 (+4.2%) tion of the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) at Investments: 430 23,426 vehicles (-0.4%). During this period, the recovery of traf- fic levels in France was consolidated, with 20 an ADT recorded in sanef’s network of 23,804 vehicles (+1.8%). Growth was also recorded on toll roads in Chile and Argen- million Euros, tina: gco (Argentina) reached an ADT level Hispasat‘s of 71,716 vehicles, (+6.7), while for Chilean contribution to the satellite concessionaries the ADT was 64,462 vehicles business. (+3.2%) on the Autopista Central, 22,533 vehicles (+4.7%) on the Rutas del Pacífico 60 and 4,920 vehicles (+4%) for Elqui. Spain has seen a slowing down in traffic reduction, with an ADT of 23,277 million vehicles for the period (-4.3%, compared to Euros, -8.1% for the same period in 2009 and com- Eutelsat’s pared to -4.8% for the first six months of contribution. the year). On abertis’ toll roads in Spain, 34.3% of the transactions were made using the teletoll system. For acesa, teletoll usage accounted for 38.4% of the total transac- tions, while on sanef’s network in France, it was 35.4% (75.3% for heavy vehicles). Telecommunications infrastructures The telecommunications business increased its contribution to the Group somewhat in comparison to the previous financial year, with operating revenue of 418 million Euros (+7%) and an EBITDA of 165 million Euros. This sector represents 14% of abertis’ total revenue and 9% of the EBITDA. Factors contributing to this good per- formance included the Digital Terrestrial 3 Television (DTT) rollout and the increased coverage (to 98% from 96% in Septembermade by acesa (widening the AP-7 and C-32 Debt structure 2009), in addition to the new radio-com-toll roads) and by sanef (Reims southern As of the 30th of September 2010, abertis munications service contracts, such as thering road and extension of the A13 and had net debts of 14,337 million Euros. Of emergency system for Navarre and the serv-capital investment in the A65); while the the total debt, 57% is secured on the com- ice for the General Directorate of the Mer-investment in telecommunications (68 mil- pany’s own projects (i.e. non-recourse). 94% chant Marine, (which offset the effect of thelion Euros) was related to the DTT rollout of the debt is long-term (92% in September analogue switch-off), and also the increaseand the building of the Hispasat 1E and Ama- 2009) and 86% is at fixed rates or fixed in satellite capacity.zonas III satellites by Hispasat. through hedging. The average cost of the Operating investments of 14 million debt is 4.5% (4.6% in the same period of theEuros were made in airports, including previous year) and the average maturity isimprovements to Belfast International, Car- 6.8 years.diff and Stockholm Skavsta. AFTER NINE CONSECUTIVE In car parks, investments in expansion Performance of the businesses: QUARTERS, THE THIRD(20 million Euros) mainly went to the growth toll roads QUARTER OF 2010 WAS THEof saba in Spain (a new car park in Palma de In the first nine months of the year, abertis’ FIRST WITH INCREASEDMallorca) and Italy, while in logistics parks, toll road business contributed revenues ofinvestments were made (13 million Euros) 2,332 million Euros (75% of the Group’s TRAFFIC ON THE TOLL ROADin constructing parks in Chile and Portugal. total revenues) and 1,645 million Euros to NETWORK AS A WHOLE DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 79
  • 80. In the satellite sector, Eutelsat’s equity- revenues of 3% (despite tbi’s drop in businessaccounted contribution was 60 million Euros, to 16.6 million passengers between Januarywhile Hispasat’s contribution was 20 million and September), thanks to a 6.6% increaseEuros. The satellite business contributed a in revenue per passenger and the higher over-net positive effect (including the financial all contribution from dca airports –which —1—costs of the acquisitions) de 46 million Euros grew by 8.7%– and the favourable changes saba’s numberto abertis’ results. in exchange rates. of spaces has increased by 5.3%. -2-Airports Car parks In logistic parks,In the first nine months of 2010, the airports In the first nine months of 2010, saba there has been an increase of 10.9%business had operating revenue of 211 million increased its operating revenues by 5% to in built area.Euros (+3%),i.e. 7% of abertis’ total revenue, 114 million Euros, basically due to a change —3—and an EBITDA of 64 million Euros (+1%), in the scope of the consolidation perimeter The airports business provides3% of the total for the Group. In this period, and new management contracts. The car 3% of the Group’sthe airports business recorded an increase in parks division contributed 4% of abertis’ revenue.SABA INCREASED ITSOPERATING REVENUESBY 5% DUE TO ACHANGE IN THE SCOPEOF THE CONSOLIDATIONPERIMETER ANDNEW CONTRACTSTHE AIRPORTSBUSINESS HADOPERATING REVENUEOF 211 MILLIONEUROS (+3%) 1 380 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  • 81. PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNTS FORtotal revenues, and 2% of the EBITDA, at 45 of abertis’ total revenues, and the unit con- JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2010 (IFRIC 12)million Euros (+12%). tributed an EBITDA of 7 million Euros. (Million €) saba manages a total of 130,778 park- The revenues for this period are not com- SEPT SEPT VAR.ing spaces at sites in Spain, Italy, Chile, parable with those of January-September 2010 2009Portugal, France and Andorra. The number of 2009, due to changes in the consolidation of Operatingspaces has increased by 5.3% compared Areamed which, since the end of 2009, forms revenue 3,097 2,935 5.5% Operatingwith the same period in the previous year. part of the Toll roads Unit. Without these costs -1,181 -1,102 7%Vehicle rotation grew by 2.3% to 41.7 million, changes, the drop in revenues would be 8%. Ebitda 1,916 1,833 4.6%and the number of pass holders increased In logistic parks, there has been an Depreciation -710 -666 7%to 34,168. increase of 10.9% in built area over this Operating period (now 533,350 square metres). The Profit 1,206 1,166 3%Logistic parks average occupancy of warehouses and offices Financial Result -442 -412 7%In the first nine months of 2010, abertis is 63.1%, an increase of 3% in rented square Equity-accountedlogística recorded operating revenues of metres compared with the end of the 2009 result 84 58 45%16 million Euros (-31%). This represents 1% financial year. ■ Pre-Tax Profit 848 812 4% Company Tax -221 -220 Financial yr. profit/ loss 627 591 6% Minority Interests -66 -53 Company shareholders’ profit 561 539 4.2% BALANCE SHEET FOR 9 MONTHS OF 2010 (IFRIC 12) (Million €) SEPT. 2010 DIC. 2009 Tangible fixed assets 2,156 2,184 Intangible fixed assets 16,908 17,022 Financial investments 4,456 4,413 Current assets 1,516 1,253 TOTAL ASSETS 25,035 24,873 Shareholder’s equity 5,416 5,334 Loans and bons 14,950 14,932 Other liabilities 4,669 4,607 2 TOTAL LIABILITIES 25,035 24,873 DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 81
  • 82. INVESTOR’S LINKABERTISabertis’ Board of Directorsappoints three new directorsJavier de Jaime, José Antonio Torre de Silva and Santiago Ramírezare the new members of the Group’s BoardTEXT AND PHOTOS abertis In October, abertis’ Board of Directors García Altozano and Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez. agreed to the proposal made by its At the same time as these appointments,Appointment and Salaries Committee, to Antonio García Ferrer, Javier Echenique andappoint three co-opted directors: Javier de Julio Sacristán, who until now were directors,Jaime, José Antonio Torre de Silva and San- left the Board of Abertis Infraestructuras, SA.tiago Ramírez. The new directors, together Additionally, Braulio Medel has resigned forwith Florentino Pérez, Ángel García Altozano personal reasons.and Pablo Vallbona, will be proprietary direc-tors, representing Trebol Holdings, a company About the new directorsin which ACS and funds managed by CVC Javier de Jaime is a managing partner of CVCCapital Partners have stakes. Capital Partners at a global level, and CEO of After this remodelling, the abertis Board the company in Spain. He previously heldof Directors, presided over by Salvador Ale- various executive posts in 3i.many, has four vice presidents: Isidre Fainé, Santiago Ramírez is an industrial partnerFlorentino Pérez, Carmen Godia and Javier in CVC Capital Partners. He is also executivede Jaime (who replaces Pablo Vallbona). president of Lecta (Torraspapel) and Mivisa. The Board also gave the green light to His previous responsibilities include posts asbringing Javier de Jaime and José Antonio executive president of Tudor, Exide EuropeTorre de Silva onto the Exectutive Commit- and BSN Glasspack.tee. This Committee is thus made up of Sal- José Antonio Torre de Silva managingvador Alemany, the four vice presidents of Approval was also given for Ricard For- director of CVC Capital Partners in Spain. Hethe Board, Francisco Reynés (the managing nesa and Javier de Jaime to join the Appoint- has held various posts in Cortefiel, Inalta,director), Marcelino Armenter and José Anto- ments and Salaries Committee, which is made Mivisa, Colomer, Itevelesa and IDC. Beforenio Torre de Silva. up of Manuel Raventós (president), Ángel joining CVC, he worked for Paribas. ■ABERTISShareholders paid interim dividend This dividend was paid on the 21st of INTERIM DIVIDEND total amount paid to abertis’ shareholder October 2010, the ex-dividend date, ACCOUNTING YEAR 2010 in 2010 –complementary dividend, bonusand was payable to those share holders who EUROS issue and interim dividend– is 5% than washeld company stock at close of market of paid out in 2009. ■ Gross amount per share 0,30000000the 20th of October. The interim dividend payment is part Withholding tax 19% 0,05700000of abertis’ well-known policy for pay- Net amount per share 0,24300000 Telephoneing shareholders on the basis of an an- abertis’ Shareholders’ Officenual dividend plus this bonus issue. The 902 30 10 1582 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010