Ascendi builds, runs, operates, and maintains road networks, which inevitably impact local, social, economic and environmental structures.
Reducing those impacts and promoting an harmonious integration of the infrastructure in its surroundings is a relevant strategic vector for Ascendi’s sustainability.
The conceptualization and implementation of this strategy is based upon the voluntary assimilation of social and environmental concerns, not only in the operational activity development models, but also in our relationship with the entities with whom we have relevant interaction, striving to meet the stakeholder’s expectations and improving the present without hindering the future.
INTERVENTIONS ON ENVIRONMENTAL EXTERNALITIES:
Interventions on environmental externalities:
1. PROMOTION OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Implementation of measures for lighting flows regulation according to the infrastructure needs and the complementary use of LED technology (Ascendi is a pioneer in Portugal on installing LED technology in motorway Interchanges);
2. MONITORING AND MINIMIZING ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
- Monitoring of infrastructures under construction or built
- Conduct environmental impact studies (EIS) in all built infrastructures
Monitoring of sensitive areas;
Installation of tailing ponds, with macrophyte beds, constituting a "naturalised" system that is very efficient in capturing pollutants transported in dissolved state or in fine particles, which is a pioneering system in Portugal.
Noise monitoring in sensitive areas;
Use of permeable sound-absorbing paving wherever feasible;
Installation of Noise Barriers.
Monitoring of fauna and flora in sensitive areas, especially of endangered species;
Promotion of the conservation of protected species (transfer of stork nests and species conservation campaigns);
Implementation of "naturalized" wildlife corridors to decrease the barrier effect of the infrastructures;
Replanting of protected tree species (e.g. cork oaks and holm oaks) as a compensatory measure.
3. INTEGRATION OF THE ROADS IN THE LANDSCAPE
Ascendi’s activity is guided by a socially responsible model, interactive with the surroundings, namely seeking to improve the well-being of communities close to its areas of influence and of its employees, the development of scientific and technical knowledge in its area of activity and the promotion of universally recognized values in developed societies.
Among the current assumed initiatives we highlight:
Ascendi believes people are its biggest asset.
That is why its human resources policy is focused on the personal and professional development of our staff through a continued investment in coherent vocational training programs, in promoting safety at work and in the development of social activities
Each employees’ commitment is crucial for the whole organization.
Ascendi strives to clarify and align expectations so that everyone may feel involved and with a sense of belonging.
Among the developed activities we highlight:
Annual Training Plans, oriented to the individual and/or collective development of professional and personal skills;
Proactive promotion of Safety in the Workplace;
Promotion of a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention;
Sporting and cultural team activities, as a means of fostering internal cohesion.