Environment and Sustainability

Circular economy

Adif Alta Velocidad has collaborated in the development of the Spanish Circular Economy Strategy:España Circular 2030, drawn up by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, contributes, through 6 initiatives, to the following areas: Consumption, Waste Management, Secondary Commodities Market and Employment and Training.

The initiatives that Adif Alta Velocidad has contributed to the First Circular Economy Action Plan 2021-2023 are:

  • Catalogue of environmental and social criteria for contracts in matters of railway infrastructures. The aim of this catalogue is to make it easier to incorporate these criteria into Adif's contracting processes to promote the Circular Economy and Green Public Procurement principles in a transversal manner.

  • "Ecomilla" project: a commitment to sustainable mobility in urban environments whose objective is to facilitate the traveler's door-to-door journey (from the point of origin to the railway station and from there to the destination point) by using an efficient means of transport that generates zero or very low emissions.

  • Effective management of surplus land from railway infrastructure works to favor the environmental recovery of degraded environments or to reuse this in other works.

  • Measures to increase the reuse of topsoil for landscape restoration and integration as a consequence of railway works.

  • Promoting the use of sustainable materials and sustainable management techniques in railway stations.

  • Comprehensive program for the social recovery of disused railway assets, generating value through entrepreneurship or public service projects.