- Odinsa, the Grupo Argos concessions company, commemorates the World Water, Animal and Habitat Days by working resolutely on the mitigation of climate change and the protection of water and biodiversity
- Sustainability is a fundamental pillar of the Company’s strategy, which is why it designs, adapts, implements and shares with its road and airport concessions the best practices for generating shared value.
- Resilient and low-carbon infrastructure, identification and protection of wildlife, management of water and natural resources, and planting trees in exchange for toll payment are some of the actions taken as part of its commitment.
October 5, 2020 Odinsa, the Grupo Argos concessions company, continues to advance steadily in its sustainability strategy, under which it is implementing various mitigation, compensation, adaptation and conservation initiatives in its road and airport concessions in accordance with the priorities of the regions, in order to address climate change and protect ecosystems.
“We are working with conviction and commitment, promoting good practices as part of our proposal to create value and manage projects in a responsible manner, in the pursuit of sustainable growth and environmental care” said Mauricio Ossa, Odinsa’s CEO.
The company commemorates the World Water, Animal and Habitat Days by working resolutely on the mitigation and adaptation to climate change and the protection of biodiversity and water resources, contributing to their conservation, using them rationally and fostering their value as a natural and tourist heritage for communities and their development. Some of the activities and projects recently implemented and underway are highlighted below:
The Protection of Biodiversity, a Top Priority
The company protects places of high value to flora and fauna, and prevents, mitigates and offsets interventions in ecosystems.
- Its Fourth Generation (4G) Conexión Pacífico 2 road project in Antioquia has positioned itself as a pioneer in wildlife crossings in Colombia and in road ecology, as it is currently building 25 wildlife crossings and conducting studies associated with artificial intelligence to monitor and identify the species that cohabit in the project’s area of influence and predict points where wildlife could be run over.
- Additionally, Pacífico 2 promoted the creation of the first Habitat Bank in Antioquia, second in the country, approved by the Ministry of the Environment consisting of 800 ha, of which the project will acquire 400 ha for offsetting. By 2028, it expects to comply with the plan for offsetting 2,000 ha and the conservation and restoration of 11,000 ha of strategic ecosystems through voluntary actions and agreements with partners in the region. As part of this goal, the concession contributes to the protection of the tropical dry forest and has provided for a 30% increase in the existing coverage, adding 2,050 hectares to the little more than 6,000 hectares existing at present.
- Currently, Pacífico 2 is working on the development of a Tropical Dry Forest (TDF) Training and Research Center in La Pintada, which will contribute to the production and strengthening of technical and scientific capacities in the region, for its sustainability and adaptation to climate change. It will have spaces open to the community and universities, an environmental classroom, and will develop a productive and scientific nursery that will contribute to plant production, the generation of knowledge about the TDF and research.
- In turn, with the aim of contributing to the reforestation of the region, and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, between August and September, Autopistas del Café and Conexión Pacífico 2 launched the environmental initiative: A Toll for a Tree. A pilot project through which users were invited to request the planting of a tree on their behalf by attaching the photo of their toll receipt. As part of this pilot, each concession planted 1,000 trees from native species.
Contributing to the Availability and Quality of Water, a Vital Issue
The company measures its water footprint in concessions and projects on an annual basis and executes plans for the optimization of its consumption and reuse.
- Currently, its road project Conexión Pacífico 2 in Antioquia is carrying out conservation and voluntary reforestation actions in the basins of the Cartama, Piedras and Mulatos Rivers in Antioquia, in strategic areas of ecosystem services by planting more than 240,000 trees in the last year, as part of its goal of reaching 11,000 voluntary hectares for the protection of these basins that supply the communities in the region.
- Autopistas del Café, in the Coffee-growing Region, has reforested 25 hectares with more than 27,500 endemic trees of the region, with the aim of protecting the Quindio River Basin, benefiting the water supply of the municipalities of La Tebaida, Circasia, Salento and Armenia in Quindio. Additionally, the National Environmental Licensing Agency (ANLA, for the Spanish original) approved the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in the District of Tribunas in Pereira, which will benefit more than 2,000 people, in addition to the construction of 179 individual septic systems in Manizales, Santa Rosa, Salento and Filandia. Also, Autopistas del Café installed a hydrometeorological station in the El Rosario Stream in Manizales and delivered two more stations to the Quindío environmental authorities, with the objective of monitoring and controlling the flows and rainfall of the basins that supply the aqueducts of a large part of Quindío, being an important instrument for the generation of early warnings of flash flooding for timely evacuations.
- El Dorado International Airport has a Rainwater Treatment Plant that allows it to harness and recirculate the treated water, which is used in the batteries of restrooms of the entire terminal. It treats more than 25,000 m3 of rainwater per year, which is equivalent to the hydration of more than half a million people in the same period of time.
Tackling Climate Change, a Mission
Odinsa contributes to the transition to a low-carbon development model with resilient infrastructure and the implementation of systems for the measurement, offsetting and mitigation of carbon emissions. The Company is currently defining its emissions reduction targets, projected under the Paris Agreement scenarios for the years 2025 and 2030.
- Aeropuerto El Dorado, in a partnership with Celsia, completed the largest photovoltaic installation in air terminals in Latin America with a system of 10,369 solar panels already in operation, which will stop the emission of 1,375 tons of CO2, equivalent to the carbon captured by 76 thousand mature trees
- Additionally, El Dorado implemented the Science Based Targets© methodology so that the objectives and targets adopted by the airport to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are in line with the latest climate science and contribute to meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement 2015.
- Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre was consolidated as the first terminal in Latin America to validate its carbon neutrality granted by the Airport Carbon Association of the Airports Council International (ACI) and Aeropuerto El Dorado received the Level 2 Reduction Certification for reducing the intensity of its emissions.
Finally, Odinsa, the concessions company of Grupo Argos, indicated that it will continue working on the framework of its sustainability policy and in a cross-cutting manner, on all its road and airport concessions in Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Aruba, in the development and implementation of good practices that drive competitiveness, create shared value and promote environmental care.