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Environmental protection

Environmental protection

Ecology and subcontractors

Environmental hazards

Waste

Materials and raw materials

Ecology

 

I. Environmental protection — our priority

Construction activities conducted by Budimex may strongly affect the natural environment. Where interference with the local biosphere can be especially high, it is required to provide solutions that enable effective environmental protection. Therefore, environmental protection at Budimex is based on a certified management system.

 

II. Ecology and subcontractors — we are concerned with quality

All subcontractors cooperating with Budimex undergo a process of initial qualification in terms of compliance with the principles of environmental protection. It is extremely important that they follow procedures, have relevant experience and fully functional equipment.

 

In addition, all subcontractors entering construction sites receive appropriate training in applicable procedures in the field of environmental protection, including rules of conduct in the event of failure. The equipment they use is also assessed in terms of its technical efficiency.

 

III. Environmental hazards — Budimex standards

The natural environment is most at risk during the performance of an investment project, thus it is extremely important that the contractor itself exercises the utmost care. It is important to properly organise construction sites and their facilities. Budimex follows the principles enabling us to intervene with the environment to the lowest extent possible. They strictly correspond to national and European provisions, comply with legal requirements, and frequently exceed the framework of a regulatory minimum.

 

Budimex standards in compliance with ecology:

 

  • planning technological routes in a way ensuring an efficient use of land and minimal transformation of its surface,
  • restoring the construction site to its previous state, prior to commencing construction works,
  • reducing the process of tree logging to a minimum, moving plants, and carrying out compensatory planting,
  • protecting trees located in the impact zone of the construction site against mechanical damage,
  • • locating construction facilities (depots, warehouses and transportation bases) mainly on already developed and transformed areas, if possible, far from residential buildings and naturally valuable sites,
  • reducing the occupancy of land in forests or wetland areas to a necessary minimum,
  • transporting materials necessary for construction primarily within the designated roads,
  • introducing solutions for protection against pollution with chemical substances coming from construction sites on sections where earthworks and construction works are conducted near water reservoirs,
  • paying special attention to environmental protection against oil derivatives from cars and construction machinery,
  • moving amphibians and reptiles previously inhabiting water reservoirs damaged in consequence of the construction process to new habitats,
  • monitoring construction sites by naturalists, among others: ornithologists, ichthyologists, herpetologists, entomologists and botanists,
  • withholding construction works if animals are seen in the investment project area,
  • closely correlating the schedule and cycle of works with the cycle of nature,
  • carrying out construction works in the vicinity of noise-protected areas only during the day,
  • striving for the covering soil (humus) used in finishing works to be of local origin – this allows avoiding the introduction of invasive species, pests, or pathogens to a given biosphere,
  • reducing to a minimum the idling time of machines and vehicles with combustion engines located on the construction site,
  • limiting driving speed on the construction site and in its vicinity,
  • preparing construction sites for unpredictable emergency situations and equipping them with items necessary in case of contamination.

 

IV. Waste — we segregate everything

The key factor affecting the local biosphere in a negative way is waste generated on a construction site as a result of remodelling and disassembly of civil structures and road infrastructure, i.e. brick rubble or asbestos. Its volume depends strongly on the number of contracts and their progress. Budimex and its companies guarantee that works related to waste disposal are carried out with the utmost care, and that hazardous material is properly managed. As a result, it does not pose a risk to people and the local biosphere.

 

Soil, earth, stones, and all excavated material generated during excavations decidedly constitute one of the largest volumes of waste each year. Removed earth is reused directly on construction sites or in other places, where it is reutilised as a valuable raw material.

 

Moreover:

 

  • less than 0.05% of the waste produced by Budimex is considered dangerous (if we exclude from the volume of wastes the amount of soil, earth and dredge spoil from excavations, this percentage is less than 1.1%),
  • over 68% of the waste is handed over to individuals for reuse in accordance with the rules set out in the legal provisions. The remaining waste is handed over to companies holding relevant permits referring to the management of a specific type of waste.

 

V. Materials and raw materials — recycling

The value engineering (VE) process implemented at Budimex is used to manage the effective use of materials and raw materials. It enables optimisation of the use of materials and reduction of the amount of waste produced, thereby reducing their negative impact on the environment.

 

Wherever possible, Budimex seeks to process and reuse raw materials which are waste products from the construction sector and from other sectors of the economy, such as mining, power engineering and metallurgy. These are, among others:

 

  • slag,
  • rock spoil,
  • cement,
  • crushed-stone aggregate for bituminous mixtures,
  • mixtures of crushed-stone aggregates,
  • concrete,
  • steel,
  • wood.

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VI. Ecology — we are all for it

Among the initiatives promoting attitudes of ecological responsibility taken in the recent years, the following programmes deserve particular attention:

 

  • “Give away your mobile for an Eco-Collection”,
  • “Let’s save water!”,
  • “Everyone saves energy”,
  • “Let’s save paper in our offices”,
  • “By collecting waste paper — you are helping doggies”,
  • “Become an EcoDriver of BUDIMEX”.

 

Budimex performed numerous contracts which are of significance in terms of environmental protection. These are, among others:

 

  • Terminal – Airport in Świdnik
  • Construction of a bridge over Vistula in Kwidzyn
  • A-4 motorway, section Jarosław–Radymno
  • A4 motorway, section Dębica–Rzeszów
  • S-8 expressway, section Róża–Wrocław
  • Protection of the coastline in Darłowo
  • Protection of the coastline in Wicko Morskie
  • Augustów ring road
  • S-5 expressway, section Korzeńsko–Widawa
  • Construction of a new runway in Pyrzowice
  • A-1 motorway, section Pyrzowice–Piekary Śląskie

 
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