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Sacyr launches the ‘leave your footprint’ challenge at the Moncloa transport hub to reduce CO2 emissions

• This initiative is undertaken in conjunction with the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium and the startup, Ciclogreen. 

• In 2020 the Moncloa transport hub, managed by Sacyr Concesiones since 2008, turns 25. These facilities welcome roughly 124,000 users every day.

Sacyr Concesiones, manager of theMoncloa transport hub, in collaboration with the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium and the startup, Ciclogreen, launches the “Leave Your Footprint” challenge, a project aimed at promoting sustainable mobility in the city of Madrid.

The purpose of the initiative, which kicks off this week (to coincide with European Mobility week) and will last for six months, is to reduce the carbon footprint created by habitual, daily commutes in and around the capital.

The “Leave Your Footprint” challenge aims to raise awareness about climate change, encourage residents to adopt more sustainable mobility habits, and improve the experience of using the Moncloa transport hub, by rewarding environmental commitment.

How to participate

In addition to the environmental benefits that affect society as a whole, users who participate in the “Leave Your Footprint” challenge will be offered a choice of gifts, including gym memberships, electric scooters, backpacks, etc.

Enrolment in the challenge is free. Simply visit the challenge website to download the app and follow a few basic steps to join and start recording your sustainable commutes.

The project, which began in February but was interrupted by COVID-19, had already obtained verifiable results before the onset of the pandemic. In the first 10 days of the challenge, more than 200 participants clocked 2,665 km of sustainable travel.

In other words, during that period of time, 566 kg. of CO2 was prevented from entering the atmosphere. At this rate of participants and distance travelled, Madrid’s carbon footprint is cut by roughly 55.6 kg. of CO2/day.

Improvement of facilities

The Moncloa transport hub is part of the interchange network of the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium. Since the transport hub began operating in 2008, Sacyr Concesiones has strengthened its commitment to users by continuing to improve the facilities, maintaining them and keeping them in a perfect state of service, comfort, and safety.

The Sacyr affiliate has achieved maximum punctuality in all services through efficient traffic management, maximizing the availability and efficacy of bus bays, ensuring the fluidity and safety of vehicle maneuvers, and providing services with sufficient frequency and capacity.

This management enabled the Moncloa transport hub to obtain both quality (ISO 9001) and environmental certifications (ISO 14001) in 2012.

Sacyr has managed to reduce the environmental impact and improve the management of waste generated by implementing appropriate measures to reduce, recover, and recycle it. This includes replacing equipment with more efficient models and valorizing 100% of the urban waste generated.

In recent months, during the COVID-19 pandemic, exceptional measures have been taken to minimize the risk of contagion, including daily disinfection, the continuous cleaning of elements handled by the public, and the application of disinfectant in ventilation and air conditioning equipment.

Improving the user experience

Our transport hubs reflect the commitments shared by Sacyr companies—environmental protection and respect, energy efficiency, and quality service—in an effort to achieve the maximum satisfaction of users who access these facilities on a daily basis.

Sacyr Concesiones also manages the Plaza Elíptica transport hub, one of the main connection points in southern Madrid and its metropolitan area, including Getafe, Leganés and Parla, which accommodates 25,000 passengers every day and offers long-distance bus service to Toledo.

2006 remodeling

In 2006, a consortium led by Sacyr Concesiones won the bid to remodel, maintain, and operate the Moncloa transport hub, which began operating in February 2008, after expanding the facilities by 20,000 m2. The remodel added 20 new bus bays to accommodate 48 intercity lines, three EMT (Empresa Municipal de Transportes) municipal lines, and five long-distance lines. It also connects with Metro lines 3 and 6.

The hub serves the corridor that runs along the A-6 Madrid-La Coruña highway, welcoming travellers from urban centers in the northwest of the Community of Madrid.

One of the most notable improvements of the hub’s expansion is its direct link to the HOV lane, reducing the travel time of the nearly 5,000 intercity buses that circulate around Moncloa daily. Thanks to this infrastructure, surface traffic has improved substantially.