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Meet our 2022 Natural Innovators!

We have held the 7th edition of the Natural Innovators Awards, that honor innovation, sustainability, teamwork, spirit of overcoming and excellence practices in our employees.

The 2022 Natural Innovators Awards had four categories: We are Excellence, We are Sustainability, We are Overcomers, We are Team, and an Honorable mention at the end of the event. In total, 75 submissions were received (37 from Spain, 13 from Chile, 11 from Colombia, 9 from Peru, 3 from Uruguay and 2 from the USA).


We are Excellence

The winner in the We are Excellence category is the La Palma volcano ashes project. This team, in collaboration with the local government, brought innovative solutions to the recovery and valuation of materials from the volcano eruption and the reconstruction of the damaged infrastructures. The members of this team are Miguel Ángel Fernández, Carlos Martínez-Almeida and Javier Mateos.



The finalist aspirant was the project for the utilization of drones to improve, optimize and reduce the cost of resources.


We are Sustainability

The winner of the We are Sustainability category was the Water footprint certification project, that made us the first company in our industry to obtain said certification. The team members are Sergio Armenteros, Mercedes Calzada, Antonio Luna and Encarna Mateos.



The project for the transformation of heavy vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas into vehicles fueled 100% by liquified petroleum gas was the finalist.


We are Overcomers

Project Detektia won the We are Overcomers category, in collaboration with the startup that won the runner-prize of the Sacyr Innovation Awards 2020. By implementing this project, we can predict the behavior of the terrain to improve work safety and reduce costs. The members of this team are Alejandro Arango, Jorge Barange, Jorge Beceiro, Diego Alberto Carvajal, Julián David Echeverry, Mario Ibeas, and Ruth Alexandra Jiménez.



The finalist for this category was the Launching gantry for bridge construction project.


We are a Team

Valrec project won in the We are Team category. This project was an example of horizontal collaboration between Sacyr business divisions. The goal of this innovative project is to improve the recovery and recycling practices in construction and demolition from a circular economy approach.

The team members were Ana Benavent (Valoriza), Juan Diego Berjón (Surge), Miguel Ángel Díaz de Yela, Ana Esteban, Miguel Ángel García, José Luis Martín Arias, Paloma Mingo (Valoriza), Andrés Nasarre (Surge) and Omar Valenciano (Surge).



The finalist project was Soter IoT, that aims to increase safety in treatment facilities.


Honorable mention

The Honorable mention went to the Jorge Chávez Airport team, since the team has managed to implement a true prevention culture that avoids injuries and works to achieve zero accidents on-site.

The members of this project are Celeste Atarama, David Brihuega, José Carlos García, Fernando Pardo, Christopher Ruberto, Miguel Ángel Sáez and Carlos Yelo.


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