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Sustainability Report 2009 - 2010 of HERA Holding. Enviromental company

Text of Sustainability Report 2010

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    I, a vegades, contra tot pronstic una gran bestiesa capgira all que criem lgic,

    Tot fent evident,

    Que per un moment,

    Ens en sortim.

    From the song: Captatio BenevolentiaeAlbum: Els Millors Professors Europeus

    Group: Manel

    *See Appendix 7.3 for translation.

  • For queries or further information about the Sustainability Report please contact:

    Neus Colom

    Numancia 185, Planta 6 08034 Barcelona

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    English translation by Anne Barton de Mayor

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    Barcelona, July 2011

  • Table of contents

    1 Strategy and analysis .......................................................... 51.1 Chairmans Foreword ........................................................................................... 5

    1.2 *OPLM,_LJ\[P]L6MJLYZZ[H[LTLU[................................................................... 7

    2 Highlights ............................................................................. 82.1 Presence of the HERA Group .............................................................................. 8

    2.2 2L`N\YLZ................................................................................................... 9

    2.3 OPNOSPNO[Z.......................................................................................... 10

    2.4 Interview: The waste treatment plant: our contribution to sustainable growth .. 11

    3 Report parameters ............................................................ 133.1 Report outline ..................................................................................................... 13

    3.2 Report scope ...................................................................................................... 13

    4/,9(.YV\WWYVSL .............................................................144.1 Recovery activities ............................................................................................. 16

    4.1.1 From waste to materials/renewable energy ........................................ 164.1.2 From wastewater to clean water .......................................................... 244.1.3 From emissions to renewable energy .................................................. 284.1.4 From contaminated land to usable space ........................................... 31

    4.2 Disposal/elimination activities .......................................................................... 34

    4.3 Logistics .............................................................................................................. 39

    5 Commitment to stakeholders ............................................41

    6 Governance ..........................................................................51

    7 Appendices ..........................................................................537.1 Basic GRI grid of contents ................................................................................ 53

    7.2 Glossary ............................................................................................................... 55

    7.3 Translations of lyrics and poetry ...................................................................... 56

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  • Strategy and analysis

    1. Strategy and analysis

    1.1 Chairmans foreword

    With this 2009-10 Sustainability Report, HERA once again fulls its com-mitment to providing detailed information about its activities in compliance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

    Following a two-year period marked by a tremendous crisis in the worlds economy whose most signicant impact on the Groups activities was a decline in manufacturing in Spain and, therefore, a drop in the volume of industrial waste we process we know that this is no time to rest on our laurels but a time to strive for sustained and sustainable growth in our areas of expertise, areas that have helped make us what we are today.

    We continue to invest heavily in search of new technologies to achieve ex-cellence, in environmental and economic terms, in the treatment of our own and customers waste, adapting to todays ever changing circumstances, with the unwavering conviction that this is the time to dedicate more de-termination than ever to maintaining our high standard of compliance with environmental legislation.

    But the changes and redesigned activities and ideas imposed by the times in which we live will not affect the features that have distinguished us for more than 25 years, features that will enable us to create a company well prepared to face the future.

    Pablo Solesio Lpez-Bosch

    HERA Group Chairman

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  • Strategy and analysisStrategy and analysis

    MissionThe HERA Group seeks to contribute proactively to the worlds environmen-tal, economic and social sustainability.

    In particular:

    For the HERA Group, environmental sustainability means growth based on the following pillars:

    Reduce :Use less energy and fewer materials in processes and products.

    Renew :Recycle waste and emissions and use renewable, natural resources.

    Respect :Acquire clean uses and sources of energy with minimum, non-haz-ardous emissions and waste.

    Restore :Decontaminate and enhance the natural, municipal and industrial surroundings, offsetting and mitigating any negative effects, and recovering land.

    Vision To effectively close the cycle of resources by developing technologies and management systems designed to ensure they are constantly recycled.

    Our aim can no longer be simply to avoid environmental impact.

    Values Commitment to people

    Respect for peoples integrity and dignity. Trust in peoples ability to create value. Humility and goodness. Independent, ethical decisions. Flexibility, adaptability and trustworthiness. Active link between the company and its professionals. Dialogue and responsible conduct between the company and its stakeholders.

    Commitment to environmental excellence

    Minimise environmental rucksacks and carbon footprints. Sustainable management of basic resources: materials, water, energy and land.

    On-going eco-innovation.

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  • Strategy and analysis

    Since its creation two dec-ades ago, the HERA Group has gained sustainability ex-pertise from its dedication and determination to open up a new era, an era of re-sources in which waste is not deemed to be merely worth-less rubbish but a resource with great re-use and recov-ery potential.

    The period covered by this report was characterised by

    a worsening of the economic and nancial crisis that caused a widespread downturn in production which in turn triggered a drop in the waste managed, particularly by our facilities in Spain. The impact of this reduction on our earnings in 2009 is clear to see but in 2010 we managed to achieve a stable turnover of some 100 million.

    Against this backdrop we have made great efforts to cut costs, resulting in more effective recruitment and purchas-ing management. In this respect I would like to highlight the commitment and efforts of all our employees and thank them for collaborating so wholeheartedly. These measures as a whole resulted in a 10% increase in our 2010 EBITDA over 2009. It must be said that during this cost cutting we continued to improve factors related to health, safety and environmental protection, for we know that in the medium and long term, these measures not only foster a safe and stable environment but also make for more efcient waste management.

    We have continued to participate actively in R&D&I projects in conjunction with acclaimed research centres and uni-versities. One offshoot of this commitment to innovation has been the development of sludge recovery and waste gasication technologies. During this two-year period, for example, we have carried out trials at our pilot plant in Castellgal (Barcelona) with a view to extending the use of plasma gasication to the recovery of other materials including uff, biomass and dry sludge.

    One aspect that sums up this period best and guarantees our future progress, is our expansion outside Spain. The numbers speak for themselves, particularly in Latin Ameri-ca where turnover has increased by 27% in this period.

    I would also like to mention one of our main projects, the Valls Occidental waste treatment plant inaugurated on September 9th 2010. The construction and operating of this plant was awarded in February 2007 to the tempo-rary consortium CTR Valls Occidental led by HERA with a 60% stake. Able to process 245000t of solid urban waste, this plant serves a population of more than 800000. For further details of this plants contribution to the sustain-ability of the surrounding area, may I suggest you read the interview in paragraph 2.4 below.

    As regards our commitment to our stakeholders and, more specically, the communiti

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