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The challenge of
sustainable progress




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for a world that works
     abertis foundation


                          for a world that works.

                                We made this concept our own some                    One idea we must focus on is that the
                                time ago, because it describes and            opportunities for operators like abertis are today,
THE OPPORTUNITIES      summarises so well the positive attitudes              and will be over the next few years, clearly more
                       and abilities which lead us to overcome any            numerous and, in some cases larger, than they
                       negative factors and circumstances that may            have been in this first decade of 21st Century.
ABERTIS ARE TODAY,     affect us. It describes our ability to continue to            This statement, without prejudging the
AND WILL BE OVER       launch ourselves towards the future.                   final result, can be seen in: the Spanish Govern-
THE NEXT FEW                 When I look back on 2010 and I think about       ment’s announcement that it plans to grant
YEARS, CLEARLY         what we’ve done, the path we have trodden,             management concessions for major airports
MORE NUMEROUS          and the opportunities that lie ahead, I see a          such as Barajas and El Prat; the decision to imple-
                       resilient business. I see that, in an environment      ment the Ecotaxe in the French road network
                       that is –to a historic degree– complex and uncer-      (in accordance with the plans of the Eurovi-
LARGER, THAN THEY      tain, abertis, basing itself on the diversity of its   gnette directive); the ongoing initiatives in
HAVE BEEN IN THIS      businesses and its business territories, has           various states in the USA; and the new markets
FIRST DECADE OF        achieved sustained growth in revenues, margins         –such as Chile, (which is already a reality), and
21ST CENTURY           and final results, and the fact that this has been      Brazil, China and India– which may experiece
                       done from recurring cash flows generated               the birth and growth of public-private models
                       by the activities of the assets we manage, is          in this second decade of the century.
                       an indicator of how resilient our company is.                 This is abertis’ world. This is a world in
                             It is a solid business with strong founda-       which the global nature of the markets we work
                       tions.A company that trusts its own reasoning.         in is so significant, and where we must be aware
                       A company that trusts its strong teams to work         of determining geopolitical factors,as is indicated
                       together with its shareholders, governmental           by the managing director of the ESADE Business
                       authorities, and with its customers. It constructs     School in her article.A world that is aware of the
                       and identifies those opportunities which give           need for a sustainable relationship between
                       the business a path to follow and strong future        infrastructures and their environments, as we
                       prospects, and it provides creative and optimis-       are reminded by the environmentalist and mem-
                       tic solutions. These solutions, starting from          ber of the abertis foundation Scientific Board,
SALVADOR               the perspective of financial viability and effec-       Pere Torres. And a world that applies the cost-
ALEMANY                tiveness and efficiency in executing and man-           benefit analysis criteria which assist the creation
PRESIDENT OF ABERTIS   aging the projects which are necessary for the         of objective decision-making models about
                       development of a global and competitive                which infrastructures must be prioritised and
                       economy, that demands –today more than                 which give the largest return, in financial terms,
                       ever– infrastructures which connect areas at           to their investors –whether public or private– and
                       both the physical and virtual levels. The result       in terms of productivity and social usefulness
                       of following this business model is the Group          for the whole country, as we are reminded in
                       we all know, which has shown it can be effective       the interview with José Luis Feito, President of
                       in exciting the interest of new partners who, as       the European Toll-road Association.
                       in the case of CVC last August, have wished to                Our Group has the capacity and ability
                       join and share in the future of the abertis            –business and market portfolio, management
                       project. For its part, this project is also enriched   team, personnel, shareholders, financial position,
                       with the experience, vision and knowledge              size and focus– to consolidate itself as one of
                       of global markets which these new partners             the top companies worldwide. All of us who
                       bring to it. The Group, therefore, is growing          participate in this project share a commitment
                       and expanding.                                         to achieving this goal. ■

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    Sustainable progress:
    the role of infrastructures
    in the face of climate change

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                                                                                                               500+ stamp 52
                                                                                                    abertis telecom receives
                                                    INTERVIEW                       REPORT
                                                                                                   this award from the EFQM
                                                                                                               Honos Prize 54
            link abertis                        José Luis Feito                       sanef
                                                                   Reims southern bypass          abertis receives the Honos
                                       “One must choose those
                                      projects which contribute     is finished six months         Prize for its commitment to
                                   most to the country’s growth”        ahead of schedule              archaeological heritage

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                                                                                                       Preventative actions
                                                                                                                 for winter 55
                                                                                                          abertis toll roads are
                       OPINION                          REPORT
                                                                                Mobility 42               prepared for the cold
               Eugenia Bieto                   Infrastructures
Managers for a global society                                      Together with the RACC,                  New toll road 56
                                     The abertis chair sponsors
                                                                      abertis sponsors the               sanef opens the A-65

                                             the Manual for the
                                                                    2009 Mobility Yearbook                between Langon and
                                          Economic Evaluation                                                      Pau in France
                                           of Transport Projects   Customer service 44
                       REPORT                                                                               Appointment 57

                                                                        abertis autopistas
                Visit to Chile                                        sets up an interactive      Francisco Reynés, appointed
        The visit by Salvador                                           information system       to sanef’s Board of Directors
      Alemany, the president                              TEAM                                              Appointment 57
                                                                              Rest areas 46
          of abertis, to this          Concession Economics                                        Josep Lluís Giménez Sevilla
                                                                              174 new places
            Andean country             New Department in the                                       replaces José María Morera
                                                                         specifically for lorry

                                          abertis autopistas              drivers on the AP-7            as general manager of
                                          Spain Business Unit                                              abertis autopistas
                                                                            Smart cities 48
           Michel de Rosen
   “Our challenge is not to be
                                                                           abertis telecom
                                                                           and Indra develop
                                                                                “smart cities”
                                                                                                                  Logistics 58
                                                                                                      Gefco moves into Arasur
                                                                                                  Belfast International 59
   the largest company in our                            Reims                   in Lleida and       Queen Elizabeth II opens
     sector, but the best one”     City of kings and champagne         Sant Cugat del Vallès                  the new terminal

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                                   Managers for a
                                   global society
  BIETO                            Business schools are preparing themselves to be
     Managing director             the vanguard of the future of management, by offering
     of ESADE since
     September 2010.
                                   not only the very best education, but the opportunity
                                   to develop critical thought
     Doctorate from
     the Ramon Llull
     University, ESADE-                     Many readers probably don’t know          ness Report in which, by following a complex
     Universitat Ramon
                                            that the world’s first business school     econometric model, it classifies world econ-
     Llull. Degree in
     Business Science              is little more than 130 years old. Wharton         omies based on 111 variables which are
     and Master’s                  was founded as the world’s first business          grouped into 12 areas. Of these variables,
     degree in Company             school in 1881, at the University of Pennsyl-      11 refer to the quality of higher education.
     Management, ESADE.            vania, with the intention of making
     Degree in Company             management into a profession. Given the            Uncompleted tasks
     Management and                number of centuries that world-renowned            In the general ranking, Spain has dropped
     Administration,               universities have been operating, we can           9 positions this year, to 42nd in the world. The
     ESADE-Universitat             conclude that the discipline of manage-            Global Competitiveness Report emphasises
     Politècnica                   ment and the training of managers is still         some aspects in which Spain has uncom-
     de Catalunya.                 very recent.                                       pleted tasks, including the quality of the
     She has been the                    However, the effects of globalisation on     higher education system, maths and science
     director of ESADE’s           the management function, the complexity
     Centre for Business           of the current financial crisis, and the growing
     Initiative, deputy            importance of social responsibility within
     director of the CIDEM         companies, have made management training
     for Geographical
                                   a key factor in the strategy of any major com-
     Balance Policies,
                                   pany that wishes to operate internationally.
     and has held several
     posts in the IMPIVA
     for promoting                 Essential pillars
     the creation of               The leaders of large organisations who turn
     new companies.                to business schools know that the technical
                                   abilities required in the past are no longer
     Author of, among
                                   sufficient. For managers who are in leader-
     other publications,
     Data on innovation            ship positions, what is now important is, for
     in Spain. In Practical        example, to have sufficient knowledge of
     guide to innovation           geopolitics to be able to understand its effects
     for SMEs (pages               on the economy, to have mastered strategic
     15-27, 2005).                 thinking about the complexity of a large
                                   organisation, and to have acquired emotional
                                   intelligence. Solid personal development and
     Link                          education in strong values also becomes
     ESADE                         vitally important.                        We can therefore agree that, in the
                                   knowledge era, excellence at the highest
                                   educational levels and cutting-edge research
                                   must be essential pillars of any economy that
                                   aims to create new knowledge, anticipate
                                   the future and make international links at
                                   the highest levels.
                                         Having a good educational system at
                                   the highest level should be a priority for our
                                   governing classes and social parties. This is
                                   the recognised by the World Economic Forum
                                   which publishes a yearly Global Competitive-

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education and collaboration between uni-                                      the research activity must open up to new
versities and business for research and devel-     IN ADDITION TO             organisational designs which create links
opment. This information serves to under-                                     between the experts who are interested in a
                                                   EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION,
line the importance of reconsidering our                                      given scientific problem, and will include
productive paradigm. This is the responsibil-      WE MUST DEVELOP            universities, research establishments, com-
ity of society in general, but specifically of      KNOWLEDGE THAT             panies and civic groups. The final objective
our country’s principal educational institu-       CAN BE APPLIED TO THE      must be to collaboratively, transversally and
tions, the research community, and of inno-                                   globally generate new innovation processes
                                                   MANAGEMENT FUNCTION,
vation-orientated companies.                                                  which can be applied both in companies and
                                                   OUR COUNTRY NEEDS IT       in organisations.
New research processes                                                              I am firmly convinced that innovation
Universities, in general, must carry out three                                needs the right mix of “culture broth” if it is
fundamental functions: education, research         I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE      to prosper. The essential ingredients are the
and service to society. As a business school,      FUTURE OF MANAGEMENT       three sides of the knowledge triangle: uni-
we clearly understand that all those partici-      WILL BE OVER THE NEXT      versities, research and innovation in the busi-
pating in our programmes must receive the                                     ness environment. However, reality has shown
very best education in their respective disci-
                                                   HUNDRED YEARS, BUT I AM    us that this triangle is still fragmented. Europe
plines. However, at the same time, they must       SURE THAT WHATEVER IT      has great potential for inventing and creating
develop the capacity for critical thinking; they   IS, IT CANNOT BE LEARNED   new knowledge; however, at the same time,
must be able to analyse a complex reality;         ENTIRELY WITHIN THE FOUR   it shows great weaknesses when it comes to
they must be open to a global and diverse                                     exploiting these in the market and transform-
world; and they must develop into socially
                                                   WALLS OF A CLASSROOM       ing them into assets.
responsible citizens.
     In addition to excellence in education,                                  The future of management
we must therefore also develop knowledge                                      As business schools, we can contribute to
that can be applied to the management func-                                   bringing together this fragmented tri-
tion. Our country needs this. To achieve it,                                  angle. When confronted with the effects of
                                                                              globalisation, and the complexity of the
                                                                              financial crisis, we must be able to offer man-
                                                                              ager new and innovative management
                                                                              models. These management models will
                                                                              ensure that the managers’ education is prof-
                                                                              itable in terms of: knowing how to advance
                                                                              themselves and better understand the new
                                                                              financial model which is emerging; master-
                                                                              ing the management of diversity as a great
                                                                              future asset in large organisations; and
                                                                              understanding the key elements of the
                                                                              challenges which are global in scope, such
                                                                              as the energy deficit, social inequality and
                                                                              environmental impact.
                                                                                    I don’t know what the future of manage-
                                                                              ment will be over the next hundred years,
                                                                              but I am sure that whatever it is, it cannot be
                                                                              learned entirely within the four walls of a
                                                                              classroom. New technologies, the importance
                                                                              of constructing solid networks of managers,
                                                                              and the high cruising speed of the society in
                                                                              which we live, all require new and ongoing
                                                                              innovations. ESADE will commit to this. ■

                                                                              World Economic Forum

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The environment

the challenge of
sustainable progress
In the face of climate change, what measures are proposed to reduce the environmental
impact of infrastructures? What role is abertis playing in this process? The biologist and
environmentalist Pere Torres leads us through the debate on sustainable infrastructures,
and gives us his vision of this and other questions

        Infrastructure policies are often asso-   be forged. Societies needed rapid progress,        which will be different, in some or many
        ciated with a negative impact on the      and social infrastructures were constructed        aspects, depending on the case, from those
environment. Human prosperity and well-           with the aim of responding to society’s needs      we know today.
being have always been linked to our ability      for prosperity, quality of life and ease of com-
to develop and use infrastructures, but how       munication.                                        Infrastructures
can these contribute to the development of             History has demonstrated that there           as solution engines
a sustainable environment which, nowa-            are no civilisations without infrastructures,      If one believes in sustainability, and that sus-
days, must take into account matters such         and there can therefore be no sustain-             tainability will make it possible for humanity
as climate change?                                able civilisations without them. This sus-         to continue to develop, one must accept the
      During the second half of the 20th Cen-     tainable civilisation will need infrastruc-        existence of human tools that may make this
tury, an awareness of the possible impact of      tures with management and construction             possible, and these include infrastructures.
infrastructures on the environment began to       processes, functionality, and conceptions          These infrastructures must not only cause

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                                                                                                                      The abertis group’s strategy
                                                                                                                        includes actions aimed at
                                                                                                                        minimising the impact of
                                                                                                                  infrastructures on biodiversity,
                                                                                                                   and fostering the conservation
                                                                                                                                of natural spaces.

no harm to the environment, but must also          passes, major investments are often required      the public bodies. However, Pere Torres thinks
provide solutions to existing damage. In this      at the start, in order to be able to mitigate     that there can also be public-private partner-
respect, the role of companies –to the extent      any damage, and show profit in the future.         ships which work in the reverse way. That is
that companies are also becoming aware of          According to Pere Torres, “The alternative        to say, “Public bodies help companies to
their responsibility to society– is key when       solutions, in the long term, eventually provide   expand through their policies”. These may
considering common interests, and they             benefits in terms of management, mainte-           be brand policies, training policies or policies
should provide their knowledge, vision and         nance and savings, due to avoiding possible       of investment in research and development.
experience of infrastructures, at both local       side effects”.An energy-efficient building will    “This must be done in a coordinated manner,
and national levels.                               be more expensive to construct but will cost      in collaboration with the production sectors,
      How can one ensure that an infrastruc-       much less to maintain.This situation compels      so that we don’t have research and education
ture, in terms of sustainability, can be part of   one to find sufficient financial resources over      policies which are focussed on sectors that
the solution and not part of the problem?          a short period of time, so that benefits and       are not consolidated, (nor expected to be),
One of the factors to be taken into account        yields will be obtained in the long term. “The    in the country itself, while there is a strong
when planning infrastructure construction          solution”, according to Pere Torres,“is to seek   production sector in other areas”.
is the current climate conditions –which are       out public-private partnerships.That is to say,        At this point one could add a third area
not necessarily those of the future.               private companies absorb this concentrated        of partnership: that of liaising on the design
      In the opinion of Pere Torres, vice presi-   investment over a few years, in exchange for      of the future. Many companies, including
dent of the Col·legi d’Ambientòlegs de Ca-         income over longer periods”.                      abertis, have experts with a vision of the
talunya, “We are designing infrastructures              Public-private partnerships are usually      viability of certain possible developments,
which parameters that, due to climate change,      understood to mean: private companies make        and better use should be made of their knowl-
may become obsolete. The impact of the             investments which should really be made by        edge when designing infrastructure strategies,
different effects of climate change will affect                                                      programmes and plans.
existing infrastructures”. He continues, “It
will be necessary to think about the most                                                            Responding to society’s needs
probable scenarios –and in some places this        THE ALTERNATIVE                                   With respect to the negative impacts of infra-
is already being done– in order to start adapt-                                                      structures, another consideration to be taken
ing, and planning for the capacity to respond
                                                   SOLUTIONS, IN THE LONG                            into account is the poor design of some of
to these new conditions”.                          TERM, EVENTUALLY                                  them. Routes, layouts or sizing which are
                                                   PROVIDE BENEFITS IN                               perhaps not justified, have a negative effect
Different solutions,                                TERMS OF MANAGEMENT,                              on the landscape, contaminate the ecosystem
the same objective                                                                                   or are not sensitive to certain cultural values.
In the fight against environmental problems,
                                                   MAINTENANCE AND                                   Infrastructure policies must provide decision-
time is one of the enemies. To alleviate the       SAVINGS, DUE TO AVOIDING                          making models that will allow new infra-
negative effects which accumulate as time          POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS                             structures to be defined and planned in a way

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    Measures to preserve biodiversity
    It is abertis’ main lines       To summarise, surfaces
    of business, toll roads         have been replanted
    and telecommunications          with 2 million plants,
    infrastructures, which          1,500 hectares have been
    undertake part of their         treated and 500 hectares
    activity in places close        of wooded area have
    to natural spaces which         been created.
    are protected. It is for this
                                    The C-32 and AP-7 toll
    reason that these business
                                    roads exemplify these
    units take the measures
                                    efforts. The former has over
    necessary to reduce
                                    400,000 trees, shrubs and
    the impact these activities
                                    other plants on a stretch
    can have on biodiversity.
                                    which is only 36 kilometres
                                    long. These were planted,
                                    in part, with the assistance
                                    of school projects. The AP-7
                                    not only has a service area
                                    in the Montseny, on the
                                    edge of its nature park,
                                    with 4 hectares of woods
                                    and a picnic zone, but also
                                    received the Environment
                                    Prize awarded by the
                                    Catalonia College of Road,
                                    Canal and Port Engineers,
                                    for an emblematic work
                                    which is environmentally
                                    friendly and a model for
                                    other toll roads. The waste
                                    water treatment plants
                                    in the AP-2 (Zaragoza-
                                    Mediterranean) service
    abertis autopistas is driven
                                    areas and the service
    by a policy which takes into
                                    areas at Montseny and
    account the impact of
                                    La Jonquera on the AP-7
    its routes, as a result
                                    make good use of water
    of which it has gone
                                    resources by using them
    beyond construction
                                    to water their green zones.
    designs imposed by the
                                    Technical solutions which
    authorities –designs which
                                    use solar energy have also
    have already undergone
                                    been implemented for SOS
    environmental studies–
                                    posts, CCTV cameras and
    and taken additional
                                    weather stations all along
    actions to integrate its
                                    road network.
    roads into the surrounding
    areas. These actions            This year, sanef, a subsidiary
    can be classified as follows:    of abertis in France,
                                    undertook similar actions
    Technical solutions:
                                    when it announced an
    viaducts, tunnels, artificial
                                    investment of 250 million
    tunnels, wildlife crossings
                                    Euros for improving
    and paths under the toll
                                    the integration of its
    road for animals, low bird
                                    infrastructures into the
    flight obstructions, etc.
                                    environment (Paquet Vert).
    Environmental treatment         In exchange, sanef’s two
    and reforestation:              concessions (sapn and
    verges, cuttings and            sanef) have been
    embankments.                    extended for one year.

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                                                                                                    Pere Torres
                                                                                                    A biologist and
                                                                                                    he is vice president
                                                                                                    of the Col·legi
                                                                                                    de Catalunya.
                                                                                                    He is also a technical
                                                                                                    director of the Institut
                                                                                                    Cerdà, and a member
                                                                                                    of the Scientific Board of
                                                                                                    abertis foundation.
                                                                                                    For most of his
                                                                                                    professional life,
                                                                                                    he has worked for the
                                                                                                    Generalitat of Catalonia,
                                                                                                    including posts as
                                                                                                    secretary of Inter-
                                                                                                    university Board
                                                                                                    of Catalonia, director
                                                                                                    general of Environmental
                                                                                                    Planning and general
                                                                                                    secretary of Regional
                                                                                                    He has been the
                                                                                                    assistant director of the
                                                                                                    International Institute
which avoids and counteracts all these hand-
                                                                                                    of Governability.
icaps while providing valid solutions. Given       INFRASTRUCTURE
that the culture of “no” has become wide-                                                           He has also worked
                                                   POLICIES MUST PROVIDE                            frequently with
spread, this is not an easy undertaking.
      According Pere Torres, “Society must be      DECISION-MAKING MODELS                           Catalan universities on
                                                                                                    post-graduate education,
prepared to pay more for an infrastructure,        WHICH ALLOW NEW                                  on matters related to
so that the route is less straight, maybe partly   INFRASTRUCTURES TO BE                            sustainability and land
buried, and has a whole set of additional                                                           use. Additionally,
                                                   DESIGNED WHICH WILL
components that will minimise the impact                                                            he has been on the
on the values that the people who live along       AVOID NEGATIVE EFFECTS                           organising committees
it wish to preserve”. To summarise, the aim                                                         of several conferences
would be to design infrastructures that                                                             and seminars, and,
mitigate any effects which would cause deter-      impact of infrastructures on biodiversity, and   in 2003, was director
mined opposition from society while meet-          fostering the conservation of natural spaces.    of the 5th Catalonia
ing its needs. Many of the problems arising        This is clearly demonstrated by the Gold Class   Security Forum.
from infrastructures are difficult to solve        award abertis received in the 2010 Sustain-      He has also been a
because the problem is complex:“We see the         ability Yearbook, prepared by the consultancy    member of boards of
effect, but there are many and diverse causes,     companies PricewaterhouseCoopers and             trustees, governor and
and they cannot all be treated as though           Sustainable Asset Management (SAM), for          directors of various
there was a single cause. A few years ago, a       its actions in the areas of sustainability and   organisations, including:
term began to be used in this context, which       corporate responsibility. The purpose of         Junta de Residus de la
                                                                                                    Generalitat, Agència
is governance: this consists of designing a        this yearbook is to identify the companies
                                                                                                    Catalana de l’Aigua,
process which must not necessarily be slow,        with outstanding sustainability management.
                                                                                                    Institut Cartogràfic de
paralysing or excessively complicated, but         It analyses 58 industrial sectors and 1,200      Catalunya, Institut Català
has clear rules for designing infrastructures      companies of the 2,500 corporations which        del Sol and Centre
and taking decisions on them, a process in         make up the Dow Jones Global Total Stock         per a l’Empresa i
which many more sectors –including com-            Markets Index.                                   el Medi Ambient.
panies– feel they are involved and that their
views are reflected”.                               Minimising infrastructure impact
                                                   The Kyoto Protocol of 1997, essentially based
abertis’ contribution                              on agreements to reduce the emissions of
As part of its commitment to conserving the        carbon dioxide and the other gases causing
environment, the abertis group’s strategy          global warming, was a first, timid step towards
includes actions aimed at minimising the           demonstrating that it was possible to make

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                                                                                                     The abertis group’s actions
                                                                                                     on toll roads improve
                                                                                                     the integration of those
                                                                                                     roads with the landscape.

progress in the fight against climate change.      environmental practices can be shared, risks
The strategy of reducing climate change has       can be centralised, and an environmental
been the central plank the abertis group’s        management system can be developed. All
response to this challenge.                       this will help minimise the long term impact
      In 2009, with the aim of analysing and      arising from the airports’ activities on the
minimising the risks arising from the envi-       environment in which they operate.
ronmental impact of its airports, abertis
airports set up the Environmental Forum as        The OASIS project
a space in which the Group’s airports could       For some time, abertis autopistas has also
share ideas. As a result of two meetings held     been participating in the OASIS project
in Barcelona and ongoing work via email, a        (Operación de Autopistas Seguras, Inteli-
common environmental management man-              gentes y Sostenibles-Safe, Intelligent and
ual was prepared, in accordance with the ISO      Sustainable Toll road Operations). This is a
14001 standard, for the airports to imple-        national project in which several business
ment, based on each one’s specific charac-         and academic organisations participate, and
teristics. Similarly, key environmental indica-   has the aim of defining the standards for the
tors were identified for monitoring, and the       toll roads of the future. The principal areas it
impact of the new Carbon Reduction Com-           considers are safety, mobility, energy opti-
mitment regulatory framework on the air-          misation, and the environment. In the latter
ports in the United Kingdom was analysed.         area, there are three basic lines of study:
tbi’s airports participated directly in this      improving the toll roads’ integration into the
forum, as did representatives of: the techni-     landscape, an understanding of the relation-
cal departments that implement environ-           ship with the surrounding environment, and
mental measures, the legal department and         managing vegetation in the toll road’s eco-
abertis’s social responsibility unit.             system.
      This forum has continued to operate
during 2010, in order to ensure that good         Sustainability and efficient
                                                  resource management
                                                  Right from the start, abertis has shown spe-
                                                  cial sensitivity to environmental matters, not
WHAT THE COMPANIES                                only in its foundation’s activities, but also in
                                                  the Group’s business activities. Pere Torres
                                                  insists that, “All that the companies who are
THIS AREA AND APPLYING                            leading in this area and are gradually incor-
ENVIRONMENTAL                                     porating environmental consideration need,
MEASURES NEED IS MORE                             is more encouragement and greater recogni-
                                                  tion of their work with the environment”.
                                                  Last October, in another recent example,
GREATER RECOGNITION                               abertis telecom signed an agreement with
OF THEIR WORK                                     the town halls of Sant Cugat and Lleida and

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the Indra Company, on the development of
smart cities. Smart cities are a concept
of future towns, based on the use of cutting-
edge technologies to improve their inhabit-
ants’ quality of life, make public services more
efficient, increase environmental sustainabil-
ity and improve the opportunities the city
offers to both companies and individuals.
This agreement between companies and
town halls is a good example of public-private
partnerships, since these two leading tech-
nological companies, abertis and Indra, are
making all their know-how available to these
town halls.

Irreplaceable ally
saba, the abertis group’s car park subsidiary,
is also doing outstanding work in the tech-
nological and environmental fields, such as
setting up the recently announced pilot
project of 12 electrical vehicle charging points
in 4 car parks in Barcelona. The company’s
other measures include improving waste
storage installations, installing oil-water
separators in rainwater drains, and installing
“ecosaba” recycling points in its car parks.
      Despite the abertis group’s efforts to
make infrastructures compatible with sus-
tainability, Pere Torres reminds us that, “It’s
always possible to do more, because we are
learning more every day. Each day we see
new ways of ensuring that the objective of
sustainability, which sometimes seems a bit
abstract and conceptual, is drawing closer.”
Infrastructures are an irreplaceable ally in
progressing towards sustainability and,“Com-
panies like abertis, as I understand it, must
always be on the lookout, not only for major
changes, but also for those small innovations
that, when applied to their own activities,
can provide significant benefits in terms of
sustainability”. ■

Col·legi d’Ambientòlegs de Catalunya

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Visit to Chile by
the president of abertis
Salvador Alemany, who was awarded the title of 2010’s Universally Outstanding Businessman
by the Cámara Oficial Española de Comercio in Chile, met some of the country’s leaders
and important businessmen, and opened the abertis logistics park santiago

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                                                                                                        The president of abertis,
                                                                                                        Salvador Alemany, during
                                                                                                        his speech at the ENADE forum.
                                                                                                        Visit to the Rutas del Pacífico
                                                                                                        Salvador Alemany collects
                                                                                                        his award as 2010’s Universally
                                                                                                        Outstanding Businessman from
                                                                                                        the Cámara Oficial Española
                                                                                                        de Comercio in Chile.


        Last November, the president of           Meetings with Chilean leaders
        abertis, Salvador Alemany, made a         and businessmen
business trip to Chile, which is a strategic      During the trip, the president of abertis took
country for the Group and in which four of        the opportunity to meet several members               abertis in Chile
its business units have a presence: toll roads,   of the Chilean Government: Chile’s minis-             The abertis group has been
airports, car parks and logistics parks.          ter of Public Works, Hernán de Solmini-               in Chile since 1997. The Group
      During his visit, Salvador Alemany was      hac; the minister of Finance, Development             has gradually consolidated
awarded the title of 2010’s Universally Out-      and Reconstruction, Juan Andrés Fontai-               its presence in the country,
standing Businessman by the Cámara Oficial         ne; and the minister of Transport and Tele-           and currently has a
Española de Comercio in Chile presents this       communications, Felipe Morandé.                       workforce of over
                                                                                                        750 employees. It has
award annually to two people from the busi-            Salvador Alemany also met the assistant
                                                                                                        become one of the main
ness world –one Spanish and one Chilean.          secretary of Public Works, Loreto Silva, and
                                                                                                        infrastructure operators,
This year, the Chilean businessman Álvaro         the mayor of Santiago –a city in which saba           with a presence in four
Saieh, who runs the Corp Group, Copesa and        manages 12 car parks– Pablo Zalaquett.                sectors: toll roads
Supermercados Unimarc was the other                    He also attended a dinner with Herman            –it manages the Elqui
recipient.                                        Chadwick, the president of COPSA, which               Concession Company,
      By making this award to Salvador Ale-       was also attended by Josep Martínez-Vila,             Rutas del Pacífico, gesa
many, the Spanish Chamber of Commerce             abertis’ director general of Business and             and Autopista Central, a
recognised,“The drive and persistence shown       Operations, and the general manager of                combined total of around
by the president of abertis in business rela-     abertis Chile, Lluís Subirà.                          500 kilometres; car parks
tionships between Spain and Chile”.                    As part of the visit, there was also             –saba manages 15
                                                                                                        establishments with a total
      On this trip, Salvador Alemany took the     an informal lunch with managers and execu-
                                                                                                        of over 9,000 parking places;
opportunity to see, at first hand, the operat-     tives of abertis Chile, and a meeting with
                                                                                                        airports– it has a share in the
ing centres of two concessions: Rutas del         Spanish expat businessmen, in which the               company which manages
Pacífico –which connects Santiago de Chile         country’s economic situation was discussed,           the capital’s airport; and
with Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, in which        along with the condition of its infrastructure.       logistics parks -the first
the Group has a 78% share– and Autopista               The opening of the abertis foundation’s          comprehensive logistics
Central, which is 50% owned by abertis.           local office in Chile was held in the Palacio          park in Santiago de Chile.

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 Meeting with the Chile’s minister of Public Works, Hernán de Solminihac.

de la Moneda, the Chilean Presidential Offices.     and cosmetics company founded in Bra-
Chile’s first lady, Cecilia Morel de Piñera, pre-   zil, and APL will supply its clients in Chile. Sony
sented a plaque commemorating the dona-            will use the space it has rented for storing
tion given by abertis to help repair damage        high technology products for the retail sec-
caused by last February’s earthquake in the        tor, Paccar will use its for products related to
north of the country.                              the automotive sector.
      This is the second local office the
foundation has opened outside Spain. In            First comprehensive logistics park
2009, the first one was opened in Italy,           abertis logistics park santiago is the first
and there are plans to open a third branch         comprehensive logistics park to set up in
in France in 2011.                                 Santiago de Chile’s Metropolitan Region.The
                                                   park has a total surface area of 63 hectares,
abertis logistics park santiago                    and may eventually have 335,000 square
opens with 100% occupancy                          metres of warehousing and 15,000 metres
As part of his visit, the president of abertis,    of ancillary services such as offices, petrol          The ENADE forum
Salvador Alemany, together with the Chilean        stations and restaurants. In its initial stage,
                                                                                                         During his stay in Chile,
under-secretary of Transport, Gloria Hutt          abertis logisticspark santiago has
                                                                                                         Salvador Alemany took
Hesse, opened the abertis logisticspark            generated around 250 jobs. The park has an            part in the ENADE (National
santiago, a logistics park set up by abertis       outstanding location. Situated in the Puda-           Chilean Companies’
logística in Santiago de Chile.                    huel County, in the north-west of the Met-            Meeting), a prestigious
      With the signing of four rental contracts,   ropolitan Region, it forms part of the ENEA           discussion forum, with
abertis logisticspark santiago has begun           business park, a 1,000 hectare complex which          over 1,600 participants,
to operate. Ceva Logistics Chile and APL Logis-    includes offices, homes, green spaces and              including the country’s
tics have each rented 7,500 square metres,         leisure areas, as well as zones for special           politicians and important
and Sony and Paccar have each rented 2,500         projects and services.                                businessmen. This year,
metres. With these four agreements, the                  abertis logistics park santiago is also         it coincided with the 200th
whole of the park’s first phase, some 20,000        directly accessed from the two most important         anniversary of Chile’s
                                                                                                         independence. Salvador
square metres, has been rented, bringing it        toll roads in the Metropolitan Region, the Cos-
                                                                                                         Alemany, who was the
up to 100% occupancy.                              tanera Norte and the Vespucio Express. It has         only non-Chilean speaker
      Ceva Logistics and APL Logistics are both    direct access to Santiago de Chile Airport,           invited this year, gave
international logistics operators. From abertis    which is just 2.2 kilometres away, and to the         a speech entitled Economic
logisticspark santiago, Ceva Logistics will        main access roads to the ports of Valparaíso          growth and development
provide distribution and storage services for      and San Antonio, through which over 80% of            in a crisis context: the
Natura, a leading Latin American perfume           the country’s imports and exports pass. ■             public-private opportunity.

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            The president of abertis, Salvador
            Alemany, with the under-
            secretary for Transport, Gloria
            Hut Hesse; the general manager
            of abertis logística, Manel
            Martínez; and the general
            manager of abertis Chile,
            Lluís Subirà.
            The president of abertis,
            Salvador Alemany, during
            his meeting with Chile’s
            first lady, Cecilia Morel de
            Piñera, on his right.
            Interview with the Chilean
            minister of the Economy,
            Juan Andrés Fontaine.
        2   With the Chilean minister of
            Transport, Felipe Morandé.

            abertis logisticspark santiago
            abertis Chile
3   4

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Interview with the director general of Eutelsat

Michel de Rosen
«Our challenge is not to be
the largest company in our
sector, but the best one»
The director general of Eutelsat explains the challenges the telecommunications
sector will have to face in the coming decades

        In 2007, abertis strengthened its           from the video, broadband and even multi-          Profile
        European business by the purchase of        use sectors.
32% of Eutelsat, which made it the compa-                  During the year, new projects have been     A graduate of the French
                                                                                                       HEC business school and
ny’s largest shareholder. With a fleet of 27         started, and we have continued with existing
                                                                                                       France’s National School
satellites in geostationary orbit, Eutelsat is      ones. Firstly, we have begun a strategic coop-
                                                                                                       of Administration.
a leader in Europe, since it has a 30% market       eration with the state of Qatar, and together
share. It is also the third-largest operator        we have decided to purchase a satellite called     He joined Eutelsat in July
worldwide, with a market share of 13%.              EUROBIRD 2A, which we will finance and              2009. He is not only the
■ ■ ■                                               operate jointly. This year, Eutelsat also          director general, but also
                                                                                                       a member of Hispasat’s
What is your impression, after a year               ordered two satellites, the W5A and the W6A,
                                                                                                       Board of Directors.
as director general of Eutelsat?                    as part of our ongoing efforts to renew the
There are two ways to answer that ques-             fleet and increase our capacity.                    Until 2008 he was the
tion: what this has meant for the company,                 In November 2009 we launched the            president and managing
and what it has meant for me.                       W7. With 70 repeaters, this is currently the       director of SGD,
                                                                                                       having held the
     It has been an outstanding year, in terms      largest satellite Eutelsat has launched. It
                                                                                                       same posts in the US
of both the improvement in the overall bal-         entered service in January 2010. This satel-
                                                                                                       Company ViroPharma
ance sheet structure and the financial results,      lite principally communicates with the             from 2000 to 2008.
with growth in: sales volume, profitability,         markets in Russia and Africa, and has very
net results and the dividend offered to share-      quickly acquired customers, which shows            He was also managing
holders. This success is partly due to our high     the dynamism of the markets on which we            director of Rhône-
                                                                                                       Poulenc Fibers
quality work over the last year. However, in        are focussed. The satellite was launched
                                                                                                       and Polymers and
this business, things change very slowly,           shortly after I was appointed director gen-
                                                                                                       Rhône-Poulenc Rorer.
and these results are, to a large extent, the       eral. I therefore had nothing to do with it, but
result of several years’ work in the technical,     it was a good decision and a great success         He started his
sales and HR fields. These results are par-          for Eutelsat.                                      professional career
ticularly due to the fact that, for several years          Similarly, we have also prepared for the    in France, in the General
                                                                                                       Finance Inspectorate
now –and especially since abertis and CDC/          launch of the KA-SAT satellite. The launch
                                                                                                       in the Ministry
FSI have been our principal shareholders–           of this satellite is planned for the 20 th of      of the Economy.
Eutelsat has mainly worked on increasing            December. It has a different architecture from
and renewing fleet of satellites. This last         our others, and will offer very competitive
year, Eutelsat has therefore been able to           pricing for internet service providers. In fact,
handle a significant increase in demand             with a capacity of more than 7 Gbps, it will

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equal the sum of the capacities of all the      IN 2010 WE HAVE STARTED   to return to what, from my perspective,
satellites in Eutelsat’s current fleet.          AN IN-DEPTH STUDY         are the defining characteristics of Eutelsat.
     On a personal note, I have learned so                                Firstly, our company is international in terms
                                                TO DETERMINE WHICH
much this year, from contact with my col-                                 of its own character and that of its custom-
leagues in the company, our customers, our      DIRECTION WE SHOULD       ers, shareholders and employees. Secondly,
shareholders and the competition, and           TAKE FOR THE COMPANY      this is a company with a level of efficiency
even from journalists. I have also been able    TO CONTINUE TO            which is quite unique at an international level:
to study the organisation of the company        GROW OVER THE             Eutelsat, with only 640 employees in the
and make some modifications to it, creating      NEXT 20 YEARS             whole world, has a presence in Europe, Asia,
an executive committee and a renewed                                      Africa, North America and South America.
steering committee. Lastly, in 2010 we                                    Their level of commitment, passion and expe-
have also started an in-depth study to deter-                             rience is exceptional. Eutelsat is also a com-
mine which direction we should take if                                    pany that works for the long term: what
the company is to continue to grow for the                                happens today was decided on years ago,
next 20 years.                                                            and what we do today will have its effect in
■ ■ ■                                                                     a few years time.
We respect to your previous profes-                                             I believe that what I have brought to this
sional experience, what do you believe                                    company is the ability to listen, to share and
you have brought to Eutelsat?                                             to mobilise us all. I have discovered that this
Before replying to that question, allow me                                is a company where the employees needed

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    THE FINANCIAL                                  continents: we have 41% market share, and             According
                                                   hope to maintain this. The decision to have           to Michel de
    SLOWDOWN HAS                                                                                         Rosen, Eutelsat
                                                   a presence in this second continent, in which         must be the
    HARDLY AFFECTED                                market growth is stronger than in Western             company
    EUTELSAT AT ALL:                               Europe or North America, has shown itself             which treats its
                                                                                                         customers best,
    THE RESULTS IN 2009                            to be profitable. Thanks to this decision,            with humility,
    AND 2010 WERE VERY                             Eutelsat has grown faster this year than              consistency
                                                   its two main competitors: Intelsat and SES.           and care.
                                                   ■ ■ ■
    IN 2008, WHICH WAS
                                                   What forecasts do you have for 3D
    AN EXCELLENT YEAR                              television? Are consumers’ expecta-
                                                   tions and those of the market growing
                                                   in this area?
                                                   It’s obvious that, when we’re talking about
                                                   3D, we must distinguish between two
to talk about what they do and about their         fields, or even three: 3D cinema –which
ideas for the company. To assist me in this        came to the forefront this year because
project, I have listened to my predecessor,        of Avatar; 3D events– such as the live
Giuliano Berretta –who is still the president      transmission of the World Cup, an opera
of the board– since he has unrivalled experi-      or a tennis tournament; and, lastly 3D
ence in the fields of space and satellites.        television.
■ ■ ■                                                    There is no doubt that 3D cinema is
How has the financial slowdown af-                 developing all the time. I also believe, like
fected Eutelsat?                                   most observers, that 3D events will also
Firstly, I should state that the financial slow-    continue to develop: as an opera lover, I
down has hardly affect Eutelsat at all: the        find it wonderful to be able to go to the
results in 2009 and 2010 were very good, as        Metropolitan Opera, to Paris or to Lyon.
they were in 2008, which was an excellent          These two fields will certainly experience
year.The main reason why we have not been          a strong growth.
affected by the difficult situation of the last           The third field, 3D television, will
two years is that our business is not very         surely take longer to develop. The key to
sensitive to the economic climate. Our main        its success is the content, i.e. program-
activity is video, which represents 70% of         ming. We are therefore available to those
our sales volume. In this field, the transmission   television channels that wish to broadcast
services we offer are a key requirement for        programmes in 3D: since August, we have
broadcasters, but only represent a small per-      hosted the Orange 3D channel on one
centage of their overall costs.                    of our satellites. So we are perfectly
      Our contracts are almost always long-        3D-ready.
term ones, for 10 or even 15 years. Addi-                However, we are clearly seeing an
tionally, these contracts are in no way pro-       acceleration in channels broadcasting in
portional to our customers’ advertising            high definition. Almost 200 channels are
income: when their income increases, they          already broadcasting through our satellites
don’t pay us more, but if their income drops,      with that level of image quality. The fore-
they don’t pay us any less. To summarise,          casts for HD, which takes up 2.5 times the
we are therefore not much affected by eco-         bandwidth of a standard digital television
nomic cycles.                                      channel, are very promising: the Eurocon-         few know that satellites are an essential
■ ■ ■                                              sult consultancy forecasts that 20% of            link in the broadcast chain for television chan-
What are your objectives for Eutelsat              satellite channels will be broadcasting in        nels, and are essential for extending access
in Eastern Europe?                                 HD before 2019. However, from my per-             to broadband to more users, in addition to
In Eutelsat, we often say that we are present      spective, that forecast seems rather con-         land-based networks. The first challenge
in two continents. One of these is the con-        servative.                                        consists in ensuring that what we do, and
tinent we call our first continent: Western         ■ ■ ■                                             our contribution to humanity, is known and
Europe. This is the continent in which, his-       What, in your opinion, are the future             understood.
torically, Eutelsat began its adventure. Then      challenges? What is your vision?                        The second challenge consists of con-
there is the second continent, made up of          The first challenge is common to the whole         tinuing to organise our growth.As infrastruc-
central and eastern Europe, the Middle East        of the satellite industry: most people don’t      ture professionals, our duty is to create value
and Africa.This continent is a more emergent       know what we do. The communications sat-          for our shareholders. To be successful in this,
market than the first one, which is more           ellite sector is very little known. People know   we must strike a balance between the growth
mature. We lead the markets in both these          about weather satellites and GPS, but very        in our sales volume, the growth in our profit-

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                                                                                The third challenge is, for me, a challenge
                                                                          of execution. In Eutelsat, we must, at all
                                                                          times, achieve operational excellence: tech-
                                                                          nical, commercial, human, financial, etc. This
                                                                          may seem obvious, but when we commit to
                                                                          customers for 15 years, excellence must be
                                                                          ongoing. Not even the image of a marathon
                                                                          is appropriate, since this a marathon which
                                                                          never stops. We know, today, that it will
                                                                          always continue.
                                                                                Execution is also our customers’ obses-
                                                                          sion. Every day, we must be thinking about
                                                                          our customers, although this is not obvious
                                                                          in a company like ours: it can be tempting to
                                                                          think that it is the customers who need us.
                                                                          But we must always want to be the company
                                                                          which treats its customers best, with humil-
                                                                          ity, consistency and care.
                                                                                Our challenge is not to be the biggest
                                                                          or the strongest, but to be the best. I’m con-
                                                                          vinced that if we are the best in terms of the
                                                                          service we offer our customers, we will also
                                                                          be the best in terms of how we treat our
                                                                          ■ ■ ■

                                                                          What is your analysis and vision of the
                                                                          current state of the satellite industry?
                                                                          The satellite industry consists of several sec-
                                                                          tors. Eutelsat is a telecommunication satel-
                                                                          lite operator, and has no ambition, at the
                                                                          moment, or for the next 5 or 10 years, to
                                                                          enter the terrestrial observation satellite
                                                                          sector, nor the weather satellite sector.
                                                                          We believe we already have sufficient work
                                                                          in the video sector, the broadband inter-
                                                                          net sector, and in the area of government
                                                                                The satellite industry brings together
                                                                          two specialist areas, which can cause some
                                                                          confusion. It includes satellite operators like
                                                                          us, but also satellite and launcher manufac-
                                                                          turers. My prognosis for the next few years
                                                                          is that the number of satellite and launcher
                                                                          manufacturers will increase.
                                                                                This is good news for Eutelsat, since it
ability, and the cash flow we generate. At the      OUR MARKETS ARE        means there will be more suppliers, and there-
same time, we know that we must invest, in         EXPERIENCING STRONG    fore, more competition between them. Lastly,
order to generate growth. Over recent years,                              with respect to our own sector, and given
                                                   AND DYNAMIC GROWTH.
we have invested almost half of our sales                                 the good prospects for growth, I believe that
volume in new satellites and launchers.There       THERE IS ROOM FOR      there will be more and more satellite opera-
are very few industries which invest so much.      LEADERS SUCH AS        tors. New players are appearing: our Qatari
We have managed to find a good balance:             EUTELSAT AND ALSO      friends, for example, with whom we are com-
invest a lot, and, however, still be in a situa-   FOR SMALLER PLAYERS.   bining our space expertise.
tion to offer our shareholders a significant        THERE IS NOTHING             To summarise, our markets are experi-
dividend. We must continue to preserve                                    encing vigorous growth. There is room for
                                                   LIKE THE PRESSURE
this balance between our desire to grow                                   leaders such as Eutelsat and for smaller play-
and invest and the financial discipline            OF DEMAND AND          ers. There is nothing like the pressure of
which allows us to treat our shareholders          COMPETITION FOR        demand and competition for creating
appropriately.                                     CREATING PROGRESS!     progress! ■

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José Luis Feito
«One must choose those
projects which contribute
most to the country’s growth»
The president of ASECAP, ASETA and the CEOE’s Economic and Financial Policy
Commission reviews the aspects which will be key for the sector to progress in the future
TEXT abertis | PHOTOS abertis/ASETA

       José Luis Feito, who heads the Euro-        ■ ■ ■                                                Profile
       pean Toll road Association (ASECAP)         Public investment in infrastructures
                                                                                                        He has a degree in
and the Association of Spanish Motorway            is one of the anti-cyclic measures that              Busines s and Economic
Tunnel Bridge and Toll road Concession             most governments are adopting. Are                   Science from the Madrid
Companies (ASETA), and therefore under-            all measures equally effective?                       Complutense University
stands the needs and perspectives of Span-         No. Certainly, the productivity of investments       and is a State Economic
ish road infrastructures, analyses the sec-        in infrastructures is very different, and, in many   and Commercial expert.
tor’s current situation.                           cases, is below the cost of the infrastructures.     He has been Spain’s
■ ■ ■                                              The fundamental criterion for selecting invest-      ambassador to the OECD
Can we consider that the crisis has                ments in infrastructures (provided that, as in       and has worked for the
bottomed out? To what extent may                   Spain’s case, the social considerations of these     International Monetary
the decoupling which did not occur at              investments are essentially adequately cov-          Fund, the Bank of Spain
the start of the crisis be happening               ered) must be their productivity for the coun-       and the Ministry
on the way out of it?                              try as a whole. In other words, it is necessary      of the Economy.
What we can say is that the drop in GDP has        to focus on those projects which contribute          In the private sector,
bottomed out. However, until the economic          most to the economic growth of the country           he has been on the board
growth is sufficient to reduce unemployment,        as a whole (or of the region, in the case of         of several companies,
the crisis will continue. Indeed, in this sense,   investments by regional governments) after           including Spain Fund Inc
some countries will come out of the crisis         one has subtracted the cost of the infrastruc-       and Ence, SA.
before others.                                     ture from its contribution to the economy.           He is currently a member
■ ■ ■                                              ■ ■ ■
                                                                                                        of the Editorial Board of
In a context in which it seems that                Which funding instruments does the                   Expansión (Recoletos
the recovery will be slow and uncertain,           EU propose for developing the Trans-                 Group), of the Advisory
how can fiscal consolidation policies be            European Transport Network (TEN-T)?                  Board of Fundación
combined with stimulus policies?                   The review of the current TEN-T policy is, in        Inverco, and a patron
This depends on the countries in question.         my opinion, quite rational and takes into            of the Fundación Ortega
There are countries, such as Spain, which have     account the present economic situation: the          y Gasset.
only one option: to reduce the public deficit,      intention is not to launch a major infrastruc-
through savings, to levels which can be financed    ture programme, but to focus on providing
by local or international investors prepared to    continuity to ongoing projects, attend to the
back our country.                                  principal bottlenecks, and promote better

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  About ASECAP
  The association was created
  in 1973, when representatives
  of French, Italian,
  Austrian, Spanish, Greek,
  Portuguese and Norwegian
  concessionaries decided to
  meet regularly as part of a
  structured organisation, i.e.
  as a result of creating SECAP,
  the European Secretariat of
  Toll road Concession
  Companies. SECAP was
  created to be an ideal place
  for exchanging knowledge
  and experience on many
  matters related to road
  transport, for those
  companies working
  in the same sector.
  At the start of the nineties,
  with the progressive
  implementation of the
  internal EU market and the
  development of European
  integration, the members
  of SECAP decided to create
  an association that would
  be able to interact with
  European institutions and
  speak with one voice on the
  requirements and positions
  of European toll road
  concession companies.
  ASECAP officially became
  an association on the 8th of
  February 1993. It is made up      management of existing infrastructures              a European framework for concessions which
  of: ASFA (France), AISCAT         by encouraging the Implementation of Trans-         will open up the market and provide security
  (Italy), ASETA (Spain),           portation Systems (ITS).                            for the investor.We must, however, be prudent
  ASFINAG (Austria), TEO                  Even so, the investment is considerable,      in this respect, since, if legislation was estab-
  (Greece), ASCAP (Portugal),       and, according to the plans, the TEN-T projects     lished which was too restrictive, we could find
  NORVEGFINANS (Norway),            will fundamentally be financed from the budg-        ourselves in difficult situations: the concession
  NV Liefkenshoektunnel             ets of the member states, backed up by the          model based on the principle of venture risk
  (Belguim), Sund & Baelt
                                    EU’s financial instruments such as the Euro-         requires flexibility and agility in order to adapt
  Holding A/S (Denmark),
                                    pean Regional Development Fund and the              itself to unforeseen situations which, if they
  AKA (Hungary), DARS
  (Slovenia), HUKA (Croatia),       Cohesion Fund. In fact, the creation of Euro-       were limited by very strict regulations, might
  PE Roads of Serbia (Serbia),      pean funding framework to coordinate the            jeopardise some concession contracts.
  M6 (United Kingdom),              use of these funds is being considered. Private     ■ ■ ■

  NV Westerscheldetunnel            contributions are still very limited, and this is   How does ASECAP evaluate the effects
  (Netherlands), Société            not sensible for those projects with high pro-      of the Eurovignette directive, in those
  Nationale des Autoroutes          jected demand which would therefore be              countries which are already applying it?
  du Maroc (Morocco),               attractive to private initiative.
  Collect GmbH (Germany),           ■ ■ ■
  Autostrada Wielkopolska SA        To what extent can the lack of homog-                   IT’S NOT UNREASONABLE
  (Poland), KAPSCH TS (Czech
                                    enous legislation on concessions in                     TO START TO ANALYSE
  Republic), Narodna dialnicna
  spolocnost (Slovak Republic)
                                    Europe put a brake on the internation-                  THE MEASURES THAT
  and Irish Tolling Industry        alisation process for operators?                        CONCESSION COMPANIES
  Association (Ireland).            The principles of non-discrimination and
                                                                                            CAN ADOPT TO
                                    equality are two of the fundamental pillars on
                                    which the European Union is based. These                ENCOURAGE THE USE
                                    principles must also be respected for our sec-          OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
                                    tor, and it is therefore necessary to establish         ON THEIR TOLL ROADS

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                                        José Luis Feito                   ASECAP’s principal challenges
                                        considers that one
                                        should consider                   José Luis Feito, the                        infrastructures and
                                        whether it is
                                        appropriate                       president of this European                  even maintaining
                                        to change the                     sectorial organisation,                     the existing ones”.
                                        “shadow” toll on                  which was founded
                                        certain highways                  about thirty years ago,                     New technologies.
                                        into “soft” but                                                               “To go from the
                                                                          enumerates these
                                        explicit tolls.                                                               traditional concept of
                                                                                                                      an infrastructure operator
                                                                          The opportunity                             to the wider concept
                                                                          of the current situation.                   of a service provider: new
                                                                          “The principal challenge                    technologies are giving us
                                                                          consists of knowing how                     the opportunity to offer
                                                                          to take advantage of                        our customers new added-
                                                                          the opportunity that the                    value services, and we
                                                                          current economic situation                  must be able to implement
                                                                          presents us with. The crisis                that idea of an “intelligent”
                                                                          has clearly shown that the                  toll road, by increasing the
                                                                          budgets of member states                    use of ITS, and especially
                                                                          are not sufficient for the                    of cooperative systems”.
                                                                          necessary investment in
                                                                          highways, and that the only                 Sensitivity to
                                                                          way to maintain the rate                    environmental matters
                                                                          of investment is through                    and accident rates.
                                                                          private initiative. In this                 “All the above must
                                                                          context, we must be able                    be accomplished in
                                                                          to convince the decision-                   a framework of the
                                                                          makers and public opinion                   greatest respect for the
                                                                          that it is necessary to                     environment and special
                                                                          change to the pay-per-use                   sensitivity to the problem
                                                                          model. Implementing                         of road accident rates.
                                                                          explicit tolls is the most                  We have advanced
                                                                          effective, just and                          enormously in these
                                                                          sustainable system                          areas, but there is still
                                                                          for starting new                            room for improvement”.

The implementation of the Eurovignette direc-       not covered. This means that the price of            their commitment to the environment: waste
tive is the logical consequence that all coun-      tickets for these trains does not even cover         management policies, water channelling,
tries must accept in order to maintain their        the cost of maintaining the infrastructure.          wildlife crossings, reforestation, landscape
road network. In countries where it is already             One can say the same, although to a           integration, etc.
being applied, the result has been very positive:   lesser extent, about conventional train lines.             In recent years, the word decarbonisation
funds have been collected for improving the         In all these cases, it is obvious that prices must   has become fashionable in Europe. The Trans-
road network, the use of lorries has been ration-   be brought closer to a level which would cover       port White Paper, currently being revised, will
alised (by reducing the number of unladen           variable costs, so that running these lines does     cover this in depth. ASECAP has always been
trips) and thus improving the competitiveness       not lose so much public money. One should            in favour of using less-polluting vehicles, and
of the transport sector, fleets have been           also think, as has been done in Portugal, about      has repeated advocated the imposition of a
updated with less polluting vehicles, and, on       whether it is appropriate to change the              tariff for drivers who pollute. Going further
the other hand, no significant impact on the         “shadow” toll on certain highways into “soft”        with this idea, and seeing the surge in sales of
price of the transported goods has been             but explicit tolls to be paid by the road user.      electrical vehicles, it’s not unreasonable to
observed.As we understand it, the Eurovignette      ■ ■ ■                                                start to analyse the measures concession
model is perfectly compatible with the tradi-       What are ASECAP’s proposals for reduc-               companies can adopt to encourage the use of
tional toll system in the toll road network, and    ing the environmental impact of trans-               these vehicles on their toll roads. ■
this will be shown when the Ecotaxe is intro-       port on climate change?
duced in France.                                    ASECAP has always encouraged toll road con-
■ ■ ■                                               cession companies to be sensitive to environ-
What other measures would help gov-                 mental matters –from the conception and
ernments to meet the cost of infrastruc-            design phase of a toll road through to the           Links
ture development and maintenance?                   operating phase. ASECAP has a permanent
With respect to revenue, the price of many          committee (COPER II) dedicated exclusively           ASECAP
public services, such as, for example, the price    to environmental and road safety matters,  
of high speed trains, is excessively subsidised,    which analyses all the possible actions the          ASETA
so that the variable costs of the network are       concession companies can take to improve   

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Economic and financial
evaluation of
infrastructure projects
“Is extending Malaga Airport a good investment? And what about the improvement to the
Mudéjar toll road?”. The ‘Manual for the Economic Evaluation of Transport Projects’ attempts
to answer these questions. This manual is the result of a research project which was financed
by the Ministry of Development’s Centre for Public Works Studies and Experiments (CEDEX)

        This manual was presented in Madrid                                                  Those present praised the excellent qualities of
        under the patronage of the Foundation                                                the cost benefit-method, which analyses the
for Applied Economic Studies (FEDEA), with                                                   suitability of projects based economic criteria,
which abertis collaborates through the                                                       but does not ignore other aspects, such as the
abertis chair of Transport and Infrastructure                                                social, regional and environmental effects.
Economics.The director of the research group,                                                      According to the research group, all projects
professor Ginés de Rus of the University of Las                                              must pass through a basic initial filter which is
Palmas on Gran Canaria, moderated a debate                                                   a simple question: “Will we live better when
in which many professors and academics who                                                   this project has been completed?”. Starting
are expert in cost-benefit analysis participated.                                             from that point, the manual focuses on the
The idea on which the meeting focussed is the                                                cost-benefit analysis, which will validate those
increasing need, in the current situation of                                                 initiatives which provide more benefits than
budget austerity, to find a method which                                                     cost to society.
facilitates the task of evaluating future infra-                                                   Of the principal problems of the system,
structure investments, and specifically, facilitates                                          the current separation between the authority
the evaluation of the projects included in the                                               that takes the decision to invest and the one
current Strategic Infrastructure and Transport                                               which has to finance the investment was
Plan (PEIT), which aims to increase public-private                                           the problem which was emphasised. In this
partnerships. As emphasised in the opening                                                   respect, the greatest criticism was made by
speech of the event, given by Luis Espadas, sec-                                             Ángel Aparicio, of the Polytechnic University
retary general of Budgets and Expenses in the         COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS CAN              of Madrid, for whom the different authorities
Ministry of Economy and Taxation, the aim is          ASSIST IN DISTINGUISHING               do not so much look at the technical or eco-
to have the most flexible and transparent             BETWEEN THE GOOD                       nomic justification for the projects, but rather
evaluation tools, in order to apply public                                                   demand infrastructures that are the same
                                                      PROJECTS WHICH PROVIDE
resources more efficiently and effectively.                                                   as, or better than, those of their neighbours.
                                                      SOCIAL WELL-BEING,                     This problem could, to a certain extent, be
The cost-benefit method                                AND THE ‘WHITE ELEPHANTS,’             solved if autonomous and local administra-
The seminar’s first session focussed on analys-        WHICH ARE PROJECTS                     tions shared the responsibility.
ing national and international experience of
                                                      CONSTRUCTED WITHOUT
evaluating transport projects, with special                                      Evaluating projects
emphasis on the cases of the European Union           ANALYSING WHETHER          The evaluation method was then analysed in
and the United Kingdom.                               THEY ARE SOCIALLY USEFUL   more depth. Given that it is difficult to extract

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all the factors that indicate whether a project                                                        that it is indeed necessary to analyse, “What
will be profitable or not, the manual measures      THE RESEARCH GROUP                                  infrastructures are needed, how they are imple-
the monetary value of a region’s well-being                                                            mented and how they are financed”.According
after an infrastructure investment has been
                                                   INSISTED THAT THE COST-                             to the secretary general, public works in Spain
made, and then subtracts the amount paid           BENEFIT ANALYSIS OFFERED                            have not been well-planned and their social
for that infrastructure.The cost benefit-analy-     BY THE MANUAL SHOULD BE                             and economic viability has not been analysed.
sis can therefore distinguish between the good     ON THE AGENDAS OF                                   She emphasised the need to analyse the oppor-
projects –which provide social well-being at                                                           tunity cost of spending, since it is important to
a cost which that society is prepared to pay–
                                                   POLITICAL AUTHORITIES                               know what is being given up in order for public
from the bad ones which are sometimes known                                                            works to be completed.
as white elephants – infrastructures which were          The session emphasised the roles of the             In conclusion, the research group insisted
constructed“just because ...” without analysing    public bodies in the processes of planning, pri-    that the cost-benefit analysis for the economic
whether or not they are socially useful.           oritising and regulating infrastructures; and the   evaluation of infrastructure projects, which is
      On the second day of the conference,         role of the private sector in providing finance      offered by the manual, should be on the agen-
attention turned to the environmental aspects,     and the ability to manage the infrastructures.      das of political authorities. Ginés de Rus con-
which are also significant when evaluating the      In this respect, there was agreement on the idea    cluded: “If we do not have an institutional
suitability of certain transport projects. The     of choosing pay-per-use schemas, which reduce       framework that ensures that the technique is
debate on the design of infrastructure institu-    the pressure on public administrations’ debt        employed to useful ends, the methodology will
tions was covered by the panel on public-private   and deficits, at a time when governments’           be reduced to a bureaucratic procedure”. ■
partnerships. This round-table discussion          fiscal expansion policies are very limited.
involved Gustavo Nombela (Complutense
University of Madrid), Juan Benavides (Univer-     The manual, on the political agenda                 Link
sity of the Andes), Germà Bel (University of       The closing speech of the seminar was given         ‘Manual for the Economic Evaluation
Barcelona) and Toni Brunet, director Studies       by the secretary general of Infrastructures,        of Transport Projects’
and Communication at abertis.                      Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero, who emphasised

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Concession Economics

Innovation in the service
of the customer
Looking for and identifying new products and services, in order to obtain maximum profitability
for existing toll road assets, is one of the missions of Concession Economics, a new Department
that has been created after the restructuring of abertis autopistas Spain’s Business Unit
TEXT abertis | PHOTOS David Campos

       Encouraging R&D&i activities and              Juan Rodríguez de la Rubia heads this      beyond our everyday activity, in order to
       identifying new business opportunities   Department. He is very clear as to his team’s   know how the market will evolve”. One
in the toll road management environment         missions: to get more performance from          fundamental task towards achieving these
are some of the functions of Concession         the company’s assets and to determine           objectives is to maintain good relation-
Economics, a recently-created Department        their value and future evolution in order       ships with administrative bodies, in order
and a key part of the working mechanism of      to create new business opportunities.           to be able to increase the value of current
abertis autopistas business unit.               According to him, “It is necessary to look      concessions.

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     “One must also take into account                the systems in neighbouring countries, and       Three units
the profitability of innovation projects,            implementing the future European Electronic      Traffic and Studies.
whether they are new investments, new                Toll-collection Service. According to Juan       Analyses the variables
products and services or innovations at an           Rodríguez de la Rubia,“Electronic toll-collec-   that affect road traffic.
operating level”.                                    tion interoperability will provide a better
                                                                                                      Business Management.
     In order to achieve these objectives,           service to foreign customers, make traffic-
                                                                                                      Its objective is to ensure
this Department is supported by three units:         flow on the toll roads better, and is also an
                                                                                                      the efficiency and
Traffic and Studies, Business Management,             ecological measure, especially in the case of    profitability of the services
and Financial Planning. One of the positive          heavy vehicles”. Another project that it is      already provided and
aspects of the new department is the fact            carrying out, in coordination with the various   in new lines business
that it increases the interrelationships             areas of abertis autopistas, is implement-       when they are started up.
between these three fields, and this trans-           ing secure lorry parks which incorporate
                                                                                                      Financial Planning. Studies
lates as a more dynamic work environment             services for lorry drivers. These are already
                                                                                                      those initiatives which
and greater information interchange with             being constructed at the Porta Barcelona and     will have a financial impact,
other areas. All this helps the Concession           Montseny service areas on the AP-7.              in terms of profitability
Economics department to offer a more glo-                                                             and creating value.
bal vision and, in turn, allows the role played      Traffic study model
by each of the units, within the whole organ-        for predicting demand
isation, to be recognised.                           The three units making up Concession Eco-
                                                     nomics are involved, in one way or another,
Ongoing projects                                     in developing all these projects. Traffic and
Concession Economics promotes R&D&i                  Studies analyses and finds answers to all the
activities, in coordination with the various areas   questions that may arise concerning traffic,
of activity, both within abertis autopistas          whether for preparing these projects, or for
and in the entire abertis group. These activ-        satisfying the whole organisation’s need for     The Concession Economics
ities include: implementing charging points          information. “Road safety is another impor-      Team. Bottom left, the director
for electric vehicles at service areas, projects     tant aspect to be analysed, in order to better   general of the department,
                                                                                                      Juan Rodríguez de la Rubia,
associated with ensuring that the electronic         understand the keys to accident rates on toll    with his secretary,
toll collection system is interoperable with         roads, and therefore be able to propose          Mariví García.

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—1—                                  improvements”, said Joan Altarriba, the head       The role of this unit is related to looking for
The Traffic and Studies team.
From left to right: Víctor Blanco,
                                     of the unit. He recognises that, “The current      efficiency in providing and managing these
Joan Guzmán, Marta Jordi,            financial situation has led us to carry out stud-   other activities, in identifying new services
Belén Díaz, Noemí Rezo, Isabel       ies that are more in-depth, and help us to         to be offered, and, on occasion, in starting up
Marcilla and Joan Altarriba.
                                     explain different phenomena”. The relation-        new and independent lines of business which
The Financial Planning team.         ship between the traffic and macroeconomic          are not directly related to these. To sum-
From left to right: Anna Bonet,      variables has involved us in preparing a traffic    marise, as Josep Jové, head of the unit,
Mariona Godoy and
Javier García del Valle.
                                     prediction model which will better explain         explained, “The aim is to obtain maximum
—3—                                  which are the fundamental variables involved       profitability from existing assets on the toll
From left to right: Josep Jové,      in it.Additionally, the current uncertainty has    road, in addition to its core activity, and we
Juan Rodríguez de la Rubia,
Joan Altarriba and Anna Bonet.
                                     forced us to make a study of the impacts of        are trying to develop new services that may
—4—                                  improvements planned for the non-toll road         provide ancillary revenues”.
The Business Management              network, “In order to have an idea of what
team. From left to right: José
Luis Rodríguez, José García,
                                     scenario we will be approaching in the next
Idoya Tobar, Marta Bertoli           10 years”, explained Joan Altarriba.
and Josep Jové.                            Traffic and Studies, like the other units,
                                     works with various external and internal
                                     contacts. Information about traffic is sensitive
                                     and vital for many fields of activity, both
                                     internal and external (administrative bodies,
                                     academics):“Our relationship administrative
                                     bodies is close and positive. Traffic is a vari-
                                     able that can be analysed from different
                                     points of view, so we must be very transpar-
                                     ent with administrative bodies”.

                                     Identifying new initiatives
                                     and services
“THE OBJECTIVE IS                    Within the new Department, Business Man-
TO OBTAIN MAXIMUM                    agement is the unit responsible for monitor-
PROFITABILITY FROM                   ing and managing the activity which produces
                                     the toll road business revenues which do not
                                     come directly from the toll, for example, the
TOLL ROAD, IN ADDITION               revenue from service areas and from selling
TO ITS CORE ACTIVITY”                and marketing the fibre optics cable service.

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      Business Management also coordinates                                                      Profitability and creating value
and manages the R&D&i projects which             WITH THE NEW                                   Financial Planning is the third team making
abertis autopistas carries out in national                                                      the Concession Economics Department. Its
                                                 DEPARTMENT, THERE IS
and international consortia with other com-                                                     modus operandi is similar to that of the other
panies, in order to play a significant role in    A MORE DYNAMIC WORK                            two units in the Department.
the evolution of the sector. As partners in      ENVIRONMENT AND                                      As for Traffic and Studies, and in Business
these projects,“We sometimes find ourselves       GREATER INFORMATION                            Management, the Planning unit is fed infor-
working with other companies in the Group                                                       mation by other departments (Traffic, Oper-
(abertis telecom, sanef, Eutelsat, etc.),”                                                      ations, Technology, Customer Relations and
said Josep Jové.These are projects subsidised                                                   Environment, etc).These provide the informa-
by the European Union, the CDTI (entre for                                                      tion required for preparing the planning and
the Development of Industrial Technology)        working closely in the business of the fibre    providing a long-term vision of the business’s
and other organisations.                         optics cable that runs along our toll roads    evolution and cash generation.
      The day-to-day work of this department     and which is sold to communications oper-            This unit works collaborates closely in
is therefore intense, both in our relationship   ators”. He added that, “Every time a new       the joint development of the business plans
with the operators of the service areas (rene-   activity is launched, however big or small     for all the initiatives studied by Business
gotiations, new investments, joint projects      it is, it mobilises the whole organisation”,   Management (financial projections, return
to be implemented), and in our relationships     both for the day-to-day management of          on investment, time scale for return on invest-
with other business units in the Group, such     existing businesses and developing new ini-    ment, etc), and also on complaints and the
as abertis telecom, “With whom we are            tiatives and services.                         agreements to be negotiated with adminis-
                                                                                                trative bodies.Anna Bonet, the head of Finan-
                                                                                                cial Planning, agrees with her colleagues that
                                                                                                all projects involve collaboration at all levels,
                                                                                                whether within the Management area itself,
                                                                                                or with other areas of abertis autopistas.
                                                                                                According to her, the unit makes an overall
                                                                                                analysis of those initiatives which will have
                                                                                                a financial impact, and offers the Manage-
                                                                                                ment information on what these initiatives
                                                                                                would imply, in terms of profitability and
                                                                                                creating value, if they were implemented by
                                                                                                abertis autopistas. ■

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                                                                             From time immemorial, it has been
                                                                             said that Reims is, for two reasons, a
                                                                     city blessed by God: firstly, because for gen-
                                                                     erations this same deity legitimised the
                                                                     kings who were crowned there: secondly,
                                                                     because the deity also took special care over
                                                                     the land, to ensure that it was capable of

City of kings                                                        giving birth to the wines which are so well
                                                                     known they need no introduction.

and champagne                                                        City of coronations
                                                                     It was in 498 when Clovis, King of the Franks,
                                                                     was baptised by Bishop Remigius, thus
                                                                     becoming the first Catholic sovereign in
Surrounded by vineyards, and with a network of                       Western Europe. This event represented the
120 kilometres of cellars underground, the city known                founding of the French national, and as
                                                                     a result Reims was chosen for another 33
for coronations and champagne is a symbol of the                     royal coronations, from Louis the Pious in
essence of the French nation. This is especially true of             816 to Charles X in 1825.
its unique architectural icon: the Cathedral of Notre-Dame                But the history of Reims goes back more
                                                                     than two thousand years.According to legend,
                                                                     the city was founded by Remus, the brother
TEXT David Revelles | PHOTOS Agencies / CDT Marne / Collection CRT   of Romulus, the founder of Rome. It prospered

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                                                                                                       A city to discover
                                                                                                       Green areas. One thing that
                                                                                                       surprises the visitor is the
                                                                                                       great amount of green
                                                                                                       space that can be found in
                                                                                                       Reims, where these spaces
                                                                                                       alternate with elegant
                                                                                                       art-deco-style facades
                                                                                                       which inundate the city.
                                                                                                       Art and good food. Reims is
                                                                                                       famous for its quality of life,
                                                                                                       which is not only reflected
                                                                                                       in the good restaurants and
                                                                                                 2     gastronomy of the region,
                                                                                                       but also in the way art is
                                                                                                       to be found everywhere,
                                                                                                       in all its embodiments.
                                                                                                       The summer, for example,
                                                                                                       is the best time for enjoying
                                                                                                       the city’s many concerts,
                                                                                                       and the son et lumiere
                                                                                                       shows centred on the
                                                                                                       cathedral. The centre of
                                                                                                       the city is full of welcoming
                                                                                                       cafes and good restaurants,
                                                                                                       where local specialities
                                                                                                       can be tasted.
                                                                                                       Cultural visits. The Hôtel
                                                                                                       de Ville –or Town Hall–
                                                                                                       designed by Jean
                                                                                                       Bonhomme, is a wonderful
                                                                                                       example of the civic
                                                                                                       architecture of the 18th
                                                                                                       Century. The Place Royal,
                                                                                                       which was built a century
                                                                                                       later, contains singular
                   1                                                                             3     buildings and a statue Louis
                                                                                                       XV by Pigalle. A visit to the
                                                                                                       Tau Museum is not to be
during the Middle Ages from the textile trade             But if Reims and its people have one         missed, and neither is
with the North Sea and Baltic ports. Many           outstanding characteristic, it is the ability to   the museum in the former
events in history of Reims inextricably joined      recover, time after time, from the many            Jesuit College, with its
to the history of the whole of France. For exam-    wounds it has received throughout its history.     planetarium and a famous
                                                                                                       astronomical clock. Other
ple, in 1429, after raising the English Siege of    After World War I, only six dozen houses of
                                                                                                       interesting museums
Orleans, Joan of Arc escorted the dauphin who       the city’s 14,000 were still habitable. Despite
                                                                                                       are the Beaux Arts,
was to become Charles VII to Reims, where           this, its inhabitants not only reconstructed       the Pompelle Fort, the
he was crowned in the cathedral.                    their homes, but also the severely damaged         Museum of the Surrender
                                                    cathedral and places such as Le Vergeur.           and the Foujita Chapel.
Spirit of Resurgence
Many centuries later, the Great War left 80%        The Cathedral of Notre-Dame
of Reims completely destroyed, as its inhab-        In addition to the intense history its streets
itants took refuge in the cellars from enemy        have witnessed, Reims has unparalleled beauty
artillery. Schools and hospitals were estab-        to show the world. Located in the heart of the
lished underground, and a sort of subterra-         city, the two towers of Notre-Dame cathedral
nean life developed, which included concert         are visible above the roof-line. This is true
and even operas –clear evidence of its inhab-       symbol of Reims. In the First World War, it was
itants’ spirit of resistance.Three decades later,   viciously attacked by Germans, and reduced
at the end of World War II, Reims was once          to what Blasco Ibáñez called, “A beautiful         — 1 — Statue of
more the centre of the geopolitical map: in         woman who had been sprinkled with burning          Joan of Arc in front
the early hours of the 7th of May1945, in one       corrosive liquid all over her face, hands and      of Notre-Dame.
                                                                                                       — 2 — Palais Tau.
of the city’s schools, the Nazi surrender on        chest”. About four hundred shells hit the          — 3 — Musée Hôtel
all fronts was signed.                              cathedral, but it was restored thanks to a large   Le Vergeur.

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                                              donation from John D. Rockefeller and money
                                              from the cellar and vineyard.
                                                    Everything about this cathedral is larger
                        VISITORS’             than life: the 81 metre height of its two tow-
                            GUIDE             ers, the 38 height of its vaulted ceiling, its
                                              length –almost 150 metres– almost immeas-
                      How to get there        urable light, the many rose windows, and,
  Reims is in the north-east of France,       above all, its 2,303 gothic sculptures (more
     in Champagne-Ardenne region of
                                              than in any other gothic cathedral). Notre-
       the Marne departement. The city
                                              Dame de Reims is not only one of the most
 is only 45 minutes from Paris by TGV,
      or an hour by car, and a little than    important gothic structures in Europe, it is
          two hours from Luxembourg           the oldest medieval cathedral for which the
                           and Brussels.      names of the architects: Jean d’Orbais, Jean
                                              Le Loup, Gaucher de Reims and Bernard de
                        Where to stay
                                              Soissons.The visitor will also be captivated by
             Gran Hotel des Templiers
       22, rue Templiers, 51100 Reims         the modern blue stained glass window, created          by the surrealist painter Marc Chagall. Despite
    Neo-gothic 19th Century building.         its avant garde style, it blends in perfectly.
    A monumental staircase leads up
        to its 15 rooms and two suites.       World Heritage
                 Rooms from 190 Euros.        Notre Dame was declared a World Heritage
                   Hotel Les Crayères         site by Unesco in 1991, and welcomes more            Wineries, vineyards and tradition
         64, Boulevard Henry Vasnier          than 1.5 million visitors a year. But, of course,    But if the cathedral is the architectural sym-
                 it is not the city’s only jewel. Next to it is the   bol of Reims, its wine is its most universally-
   An elegant castle built at the start       Palais de Tau, which is also listed as World         recognised emblem, and another reason why
     of the 20th Century, surrounded          Heritage site. Its museum houses a fabulous          Reims is visited by thousands of tourists every
     by a large and beautiful garden.         treasury, which includes Charlemagne’s tal-          year.The Romans were the first to plant vine-
         Luxury in the purest classic         isman. The building was transformed at the           yards in the Champagne region, having real-
        French style, with an interior        end of the 17th Century, but still has rooms         ised that the zone had unique conditions for
   designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon.            which have maintained their medieval                 viniculture: transitional oceanic climate,
                     From 350 Euros.
                                              appearance.                                          chalky sub-soil and sloping landscape.
                          Where to eat               The Romanesque-gothic basilica of                  Despite this, champagne did not truly
                               Au Congrès     Saint-Remi is equally attractive. This ancient       exist until the 17th Century, when wine mak-
                Grand Hôtel de l’Univers,     abbey church dates from the 6th Century, when        ers started following the example of Dom
                              51100 Reims     it was a small chapel dedicated to St Chris-         Pérignon, a Benedictine monk, fermenting
                     Tel. +33 3 26 88 68 08   topher. After it received the relics of Saint        twice and blending crus and grape varieties.
                                              Remi, the church started to receive donations        Given the close relationship between Reims
         Located in the heart of Reims,
                                              and visits from all over the country, and by         and the monarchy, champagne became the
          this is a gastronomic journey
          through the region’s cuisine,       the 9th Century, it had become one of the            wine of coronations, and the wine of kings.
                  wine and champagne,         most richly endowed abbeys in France.                In the 19th Century, its popularity with the
                    in an elegant setting.
         4, rue de Thillois, 51100 Reims
                   Tel. +33 3 26 02 68 43
          A restaurant with an outside
        terrace, on a pedestrian street
               in the centre of the city.
               Cusine based on locally
                      sourced products
               and French specialities.
                  How to get around
   The best way to move around the
     centre of the city is on foot or by
 public transport. If you prefer to use
      a car to visit the outskirts, this
    is now easier than formerly, as a
   result of the renovated ring road.
                     To find out more

34 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
                                                       Epernay is the world capital of the          The new southern
                                                  “divine nectar”, where the avenue of              ring road
                                                  champagne houses the most famous
                                                  names in this world, including Mercier,           Completed early.
                                                  Castellane and Moët-et-Chandon. Close             In operation since the 23rd
                                                  to Fismes, there are 33 interesting Ro-           of November, six months
                                                  manesque churches in the Ardre Valley,            before the planned date,
                                                  and also the vineyards of the Saint Thierry       this new 14 kilometre
                                                  Massif. Around Vitro-le-François there            section of the A4 was built
                                                  are many very traditional villages where          by sanef concessionary,
                                                  champagne is made, including one of the           a subsidiary of abertis,
                                                  most beautiful in France, Saint-Amand-            and will considerable
                                                  sur-Fion. The Argonne region still has            change traffic movements
                                                  many scars from World War I, especially in        through the Reims urban
                                                  its dense woods. Its hundreds of small            area. The early completion
                                                  lakes and shady paths offer cyclists and          has been welcomed by
                                                  walkers an infinite choice of routes.              the inhabitants of Reims.
                                                       The area produces 300 million bot-
                                                  tles of champagne annually, and the               Substantial roadworks.
                                                  inhabitants of Reims compare their 120            In March 2008, machines
                                                  kilometres of cellars –which attract              were moved onto the site
                                            1     300,000 visitors a year– with a giant gru-        of the future toll road. For
                                                  yere cheese. Most of the cellars are an-          more than two and a half
                                                  cient Gallo-roman limestone mines called          years, the work continued
aristocratic elite grew, thanks not only to its                                                     uninterrupted: in total,
past but also to the energy of the Champagne      crayères. Here, the bottled champagne is
                                                  protected from high temperatures, and             21 bridges have been built,
Houses, which made it the symbol of the                                                             2,000,000 cubic metres of
                                                  from light –which is its worst enemy. Vis-
spirit of France.                                 itors can take a tour of the villages             excess material has been
                                                  and vineyards, the wineries and                       buried, 475,000 square
Nature excursions                                 cooperatives, and the Vernezay                           metres of road
Champagne is just two hours from Lille,           Wine Museum, where they                                    surface has
an hour’s drive from Paris and 45 minutes         will discover the secrets of                                 been laid, 3 toll
by TGV. Visitors should not only go to            the region’s wines –wine                                      areas have been
Reims, the capital, but should take in the        which whisper all the fla-                                     constructed, and
natural attractions, which range from the         vour and history of Reims,                                    20 kilometres
largest artificial lake in Europe –Lac du          the city of kings. ■                                          of fibre optic
Der-Chantecoq, a paradise for migratory                                                                        cable and 30
birds and nature lovers– to parks, canals,                                                                    kilometres of
and the extensive network of pathways                                                                      electrical cable have
through the woods. Of the many and var-                                                                  been laid. In addition
ied possible excursions, perhaps one of           — 1 — Champagne cellar.                            to this, there were
the best suggestions is to take a relaxing        — 2 — Hôtel de Ville.                             works to modify the
                                                  — 3 — Visit to Epernay.
cruise and glide along the water of the           — 4 — Vineyards around
                                                                                                    toll system between
River Marne.                                      the Vernezay Windmill.                            Montreuil-aux-Lions
                                                                                                    and Reims, most
                                                                                                    significantly the
                                                                                                    reconstruction of the
                                                                                                    Château-Thierry junction.
                                                                                                    These figures clearly show
                                                                                                    the scale of the works
                                                                                                    required to construct
                                                                                                    the 14 kilometres of a toll
                                                                                                    road which is intended
                                                                                                    to improve traffic flow,
                                                                                                    and facilitate traffic
                                                                                                    circulation for the
                                                                                                    inhabitants of Reims.

                                                                                                    Teamwork. The toll road
                                                                                                    that sanef has constructed
                                                                                                    is the result of the
                                                                                                    dedication and hard work
                                                                                                    of the Group’s different
                                                                                                    teams and the partners
                                                                                                    who have worked with
                                   3                                                            4   Dominique Demeilliers.

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The Reims southern
bypass, a vital project
The excellent coordination between the teams from sanef and its partners
resulted in the works being finished six months ahead of schedule. The bypass
on the Paris-Strasbourg A4 toll road, which connects France to the east of Europe
is a capital project for both Marne and sanef
TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis / sanef

         Until now, theA4 crossed Reims through
         the centre,from east to west,and conges-
tion levels were high. Daily traffic –of between
70,000 and 80,000 vehicles– consisted of, on
the one hand, very dense local traffic, and on
the other hand, travellers passing through. The
new A4 toll road now goes round the heart
of the city, and so reduces traffic congestion.
      Currently, only local drivers and customers
needing to enter Reims, or the urban areas close
by, use the old road. Passing traffic, of more than
26,000 vehicles a day, takes the bypass, and
drivers benefit from the considerably improved
conditions on this toll road, which was designed
exclusively for them. In addition to the improve-
ments in traffic flow and safety, the road’s open-
ing has been a real benefit to the city.

Environmentally-friendly planning
with consideration for local people
In order to integrate social and environmental
aspects into the conception, construction and
operation of these infrastructures, sanef held
numerous meetings on the subject of the
Reims bypass.
     The importance of the environment
has also played a decisive part, and since the
project’s conception, sanef’s teams imple-
mented sustainable development in very
innovative ways.
     “For sanef, each of the improvements is
the result of exchanges with local opinion, and
sanef is always prepared to hold a dialogue
with interested parties”, said François Gauthey,
managing director of sanef.

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      The Reims southern bypass is no exception                                                    the environmental impact of both the works
to this rule: the project has been studied and     MORE THAN 26,000                                and the bypass.As a result, a series of measures
integrated into local life, and taking the long                                                    have been taken to protect the phreatic layers,
                                                   VEHICLES A DAY TAKE
view has involved sanef in discussions with                                                        drinking water catchment areas and natural
local interests and representatives of civic       THE BYPASS, AND BENEFIT                         seepage from any risk of pollution.
bodies. In total, there have been almost 80        FROM THE CONSIDERABLY
meetings in the town halls of the municipali-      IMPROVED TRAFFIC                                Noise-reduction measures
ties affected by the bypass, with the aim of                                                       In 2006, acoustic studies were carried in order
                                                   CONDITIONS ON THIS TOLL
achieving the solution which would be most                                                         to define the protective and noise impact reduc-
suitable for each one.                             ROAD, WHICH WAS DESIGNED                        tion measures to be taken in compliance with
                                                   EXCLUSIVELY FOR THEM                            current regulations and maximum noise levels
An eco-responsible bypass                                                                          (60 decibels during the day –i.e. between 06.00
The bypass also meets the highest environmen-                                                      and 22.00– and 55 decibels during the night
tal standards: in order to ensure that the toll                                                    –22.00 to 06.00). Although the conclusions of
                                                   THE IMPORTANCE OF THE
road is perfectly integrated into both the natu-                                                   this study were that noise would at moderate
ral spaces and populated areas, measures have      ENVIRONMENT HAS PLAYED                          levels, sanef promised local representatives that
been taken such as protecting water resources,     A DECISIVE PART, AND SINCE                      it would guarantee the lowest possible noise
noise management and landscaping.                  THE PROJECT’S CONCEPTION,                       levels to those living close to the southern Reims
                                                                                                   bypass.The toll road has therefore been levelled
                                                   SANEF’S TEAMS HAVE
Protecting water resources                                                                         as it passes the closest villages. Many embank-
Before starting the work, sanef carried out        IMPLEMENTED SUSTAINABLE                         ments have been constructed, as well as noise
hydrological and hydraulic studies of the whole    DEVELOPMENT IN VERY                             reduction walls, in order to reduce possible
of the affected area, with the aim of limiting     INNOVATIVE WAYS                                 visual or audible nuisance. Lastly, the paving

           The moment when the bypass was opened, on the 18th of November, in the presence of Pierre Chassigneux, the president of sanef;
François Gauthey, managing director of sanef; and Josep Martínez Vila, managing director abertis’ Business and Operations; the prefect of the
Champagne-Ardennes Region, Michel Guillot; the mayor of Reims, Adeline Hazan; and the president of the General Council, René Paul Savary.

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material that was chosen for the road surface     An “ecopolis” to house sanef’s teams
is of a type that muffles traffic noise.            sanef will complete the project by construct-
                                                  ing an ecopolis or eco-city close to the A4/
Environmental landscaping                         A26 interchange, in the Ormes commune.
Since the end of 2009, sanef has held numer-      This environmentally high-performance build-
ous public meetings on the subject of integrat-   ing will be constructed with the frame-
ing the Reims southern bypass into the land-      work of the Paquet Vert decided on by the
scape. This constructive dialogue, which has      French government at the start of the year.
sometimes led to modifications to the initial      Work will begin in 2011 and will be com-
design, has resulted in a landscape programme     pleted in 2012.
which meets both the needs of local inhabitants
and the operational demands of the future toll    The Thillois bridge
road. A fundamental aspect of the design is       Due to its geographical location at the western
to limit the visual impact of the toll road on    entry to Reims, this bridge symbolises the entry
the landscape as seen from villages close by,     gate as a strong architectural concept: the
while at the same time giving drivers“windows”    arch, so the metal bridge is made up of two
through which they can see the landscape.         arches that support the deck of the bridge.
These windows are adapted to the climate and           Another outstanding aspect of the project
constructed in such a way as to facilitate the    is that the Thillois Bridge has two functions,
work of maintenance teams. A total of about       making it unique in France.With the agreement
three million Euros will be spent on landscap-    of the Marne general council, the bridge carries
ing and on planting 78,000 trees and other        the RD 275 local road, the route of which has
plants (cherry trees, common junipers, dog-       been moved slightly from its previous location.
woods, ash trees, maples, fig trees, etc.).        The bridge will also house theThillois tollbooths:

38 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
        Many embankments have been
            constructed, as well as noise
                 reduction walls, in order
             to reduce possible visual or
               audible nuisance, and the
           paving material that has been
        chosen for the road surface is of
        a type that reduces traffic noise.

kilometres long.
                                             the deck of the bridge will act as a roof and also
                                             support the lane signs.
                                                  Lastly, and as an affectionate wink at the
                                                                                                  A LANDSCAPING PROGRAMME
                                                                                                  HAS BEEN CREATED WHICH
                                             Champagne region, the architects have deco-
                                             rated the meshes of the two arches with 6,000        MEETS THE NEEDS OF LOCAL
vehicles/expected                            round pieces of metal: when these decorative         INHABITANTS AND THE
daily.                                       elements catch the light, they look like rising      OPERATIONAL DEMANDS OF

                                             champagne bubbles.
                                                                                                  THE FUTURE TOLL ROAD
hectares                                     An innovative opening ceremony
of land acquired.                            On the 18th of November, the Reims southern
                                             bypass was officially opened by Pierre Chas-
million cubic
                                             signeux, the president of sanef; François Gau-
                                             they, general manager of sanef; and Josep
metres excavated.                            Martínez Vila, general manager of abertis’
                                             Business and Operations, in the presence of

million Euros
                                             Michel Guillot, prefect of the Champagne-
                                             Ardennes Region;Adeline Hazan, the mayor of
                                             de Reims; and René Paul Savary, the president
invested by sanef.
                                             of the General Council.
                                                  To symbolise the team spirit of the project,
                                             sanef’s employees, along with firemen and             Link
                                             policemen, took part in a race along the 14          sanef
                                             kilometres of the toll road. ■             

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Cercle d’Infraestructures seminar

Under the title ‘Prioritising infrastructure in times of crisis’,
in September, the Fundació Cercle d’Infraestructures organised
a seminar focussed on defining a policy for the strategic
planning and prioritising of infrastructures
TEXT abertis | PHOTOS Miquel González

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        In the current financial situation, defin-    medium and long term decision making. The
        ing a funding model for infrastructures     revision of the PEIT, she indicated, includes
which is based on efficiency and equity, and         criteria such as the requirement that all projects
which makes suitable use of the funding capac-      must include social and financial viability stud-
ity of the different public and private bodies,     ies covering the whole lifecycle of the infra-
while establishing the system by which both         structure; the prioritisation of maintaining and
                                                                                                         Salvador                 Inmaculada
users and public budgets contribute to this, is     improving existing infrastructures; and avoid-       Alemany                  Rodríguez-
the focus of debate.                                ing duplicating infrastructures in the same land     PRESIDENT                Piñero
      But, how can one go from a theoretical        corridor. By this latter criterion, a new infra-     OF ABERTIS               SECRETARY
                                                                                                                                  OF STATE FOR
model we believe in to putting this model into      structure will only be commissioned when the         “Solutions that
practice? Salvador Alemany, the president of        use of existing ones has been optimised.             are suggested and
                                                                                                         considered now           “Efficiency is
abertis, asked this question of the seminar         Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero indicated that           must be valid for        the best response
Prioritising Infrastructures in Times of Crisis,    she was in favour of defining, through consen-        the long term”.          to the crisis”.
which was organised by the Fundació Cercle          sus, a clear investment horizon that would bring
d’Infraestructures, in collaboration with the       stability to the companies and other bodies
abertis foundation and the Institut Cerdà.          involved in the sector, and she assured those
The experts who met in Castellet Castle             present that, to this end, formulas for public-
reflected on the need to define a policy for          private partnerships would be promoted.
strategic infrastructure planning.
      Defining a harmonious funding model for        Management model                                     Pere Macias              Ángel Simón
infrastructures, is the key, according to the       The discussion however was not limited to the        PRESIDENT OF             PRESIDENT
                                                                                                         THE CERCLE               OF AGBAR
president of abertis:“All of us, as this sector’s   debate on investment. “The major challenge           D’INFRAESTRUCTURES
                                                                                                                                  “Nothing can be
stakeholders, must mobilise in order to define       is management, not investment”, stated Germà         “A consensus must        constructed
this model, and thus prevent possible future        Bel, professor of Economics at the University        be sought on a basis     unless we know
errors”. “Going from the model to putting it        of Barcelona (UB). “The crisis has reduced           that is intellectual,    how it will then
                                                                                                         thoughtful and           be managed”.
into practice with a definite horizon, would         demand, and as a result there is excess capac-       educational”.
avoid many inefficient decisions”, he said, add-     ity in current infrastructures”, added Francesc
ing that“the solutions found now must be long       Robusté, professor of Transport at the Poly-
term solutions”.                                    technic University of Catalonia (UPC) and
      This change of model implies, in turn, a      director of the Transport Innovation Centre
change of mentality, according to Inmaculada        (CENIT).“Now is the time when good manage-
Rodríguez-Piñero, secretary of State for Infra-     ment can assist in rationalising investment”,
structures, who said that infrastructures should    he stated. Ángel Simón, president ofAgbar, was       Francesc                 Germà Bel
no longer be seen in terms of “sentiment and        of the same opinion:“We must go from infra-          Robusté                  PROFESSOR OF
victim complex”, but rather a perspective           structure management to knowledge manage-            PROFESSOR OF             ECONOMICS (UB)
                                                                                                         TRANSPORT (UPC))
should be adopted which is more realistic,“but      ment. Nothing can be constructed unless we                                    “The major
which does not reject the role of infrastructures   know how it will then be managed”.                   “The crisis has          challenge is
                                                                                                         resulted in excess       management,
as unifying components and guarantors of                  According to Germà Bel, this model             infrastructure           not investment”.
equality of opportunities”.                         should start by defining the infrastructure’s         capacity”.
                                                    obligation to be of service to the public.
More efficient and sustainable                        “In the end, its effect –and therefore, its prof-
infrastructures                                     itability– will depend on it satisfying demand
                                                                                                           The Cercle
“Efficiency is the best response to the crisis”,     in the area for which it is planned”.The profes-
argued Inmaculada Rodríguez-Piñero.“A coun-         sor of UB therefore said that financing works           Headed by Pere Macias, this
try”, she added,“that wishes to be competitive      which are of service to the public was a prior-        body aims to make society
and successful in the future, must consider the     ity and a first step, even, before a cost-benefit        aware of the importance
role of infrastructure planning policy as an        analysis is made. “In the case of frastructures        of infrastructures as
engine for economic development which is            which are not considered to be of service to           an economic fact and a
                                                                                                           component of progress,
sustainable in both environmental and finan-         the public, their prioritisation must be based
                                                                                                           which can be the backbone
cial terms”.                                        on their productivity and profitability”, stated        of a region and contribute
      The secretary of State for Infrastructures    the professor, who prefered funding through            to sustainability.
emphasised that the future of the transport         pay per use “in general”.
system is more closely related to quality of              “For the model to function, a consensus          To this end, it organises
                                                                                                           seminars and debates,
service of service, efficiency and sustainability    must be sought on a basis that is intellectual,
                                                                                                           and carries out extensive
than to providing the country with more infra-      thoughtful and educational”, commented
                                                                                                           educational activities,
structures.As a practical example, Inmaculada       Pere Macias, president of the Cercle                   such as the Master
Rodríguez-Piñero used the Strategic Infrastruc-     d’Infraestructures.“Viability studies, evaluation      of Infrastructure
ture and Transport Plan (PEIT), approved by the     of plans and projects, and a posteriori evalu-         Management at the UPC.
Government in 2005. This document was               ations”, he added, “must serve as tools to             The abertis group is patron
intended to be a guide that would facilitate        ensure that the planning is correct.” ■                of this institution.

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                         Together with the RACC, abertis
                         sponsors the ‘2009 Mobility Yearbook’
                         Together with the RACC, abertis sponsors the ‘2009 Mobility
                         Yearbook’. A new edition of this reference publication,
                         which is a practical tool for mobility professionals and experts
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                 abertis took part in the presentation of   Slow recovery
                                 the 2009 Mobility Yearbook, which is       Among the yearbook’s conclusions, the fact
                         published by the RACCAssociation, through its      that there is some recovery was emphasised.
                         foundation. The event, which took place in         However, this recovery is much slower and less
                         Madrid, and was attended by several repre-         sustained than after previous crises. In general,
                         sentatives of the communication media, was         in the last months of 2009, a significant recov-
                         open opened the corporate direction of Institu-    ery could already be observed in most of the
                         tional Relationships at abertis, Sergi Loughney.   mobility indicators analysed, although none
                               Miquel Nadal, director of the Fundación      have recovered to levels seen before the crisis.
                         RACC, and Germà Bel, professor Applied Eco-
                         nomics at the University of Barcelona,             Positive effects
                         announced the conclusions of the yearbook,         Despite everything, this financial situation has
                         now in its third year. This publication aims to    been shown to some positive effects with
                         consolidate its position as a major reference,     respect to mobility, such as the reduction in
                         and a practical tool for professions, experts,     polluting gases emitted by transport, and the
                         and everyone interested in information about       acceleration in the drop of the road accident
                         mobility.                                          rate. In 2008 and 2009, the number of fatali-
                               According to them, the text demonstrates     ties dropped by 25%, and the accident rate in
                         that mobility indicators are closely linked to     Spain dropped to historic minimum.
                         the evolution of the general economic situation.
                         They highlighted how the world economic            New additions
                         crisis has resulted in drops in volume of travel   As with the previous editions, the 2009 Mobil-
                         which are almost unprecedented, and dem-           ity Yearbook maintains its objective of combin-
                         onstrate how extremely elastic mobility is, and    ing rigorous accuracy with presenting informa-
                         how dependent on the growth of GDP.                tion. The first of these aspects has been

42 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
                                                                                                       Principal data
   A safe system
                                                                                                       When the economy has
   The yearbook argues for                                                                             been growing continuously,
   a safe system approach                                                                              most of the mobility
   to road safety, as a way of                                                                         indicators analysed have
   reducing road accidents.                                                                            grown. However, when
   This system is based on                                                                             economic activity has
   the idea that the design                                                                            decreased, mobility
   and maintenance of                                                                                  indicators have also
   infrastructures can be                                                                              dropped, in fact, even more
   improved in such a way as                                                                           sharply. In general terms:
   to encourage road users to
   drive more safely, and implement                                                                    The ADT (Average Daily
   technological improvements                                                                          Traffic) on toll roads has
   related to accidents.                                                                               dropped by an average of
                                                                                                       about 15%, and this drop
                                                                                                       is particularly sharp for
                                                                                                       heavy goods vehicles.
achieved by the fact that, in many cases, the      included as a separate offprint, in order to
country’s top academic experts contributed         provide the reader with a first approximation        Goods traffic on major roads
to it; and the second was achieved by ensuring     to the general evolution of mobility in Spain       has dropped by close
                                                                                                       to 18%, domestic traffic
that the style of the different contributions      throughout the last year.
                                                                                                       have dropped more than
was sufficiently readable and comprehensible
                                                                                                       international goods traffic.
to reach widest possible public.                   The yearbook, available
       The latest edition has two new additions.   on the internet                                     Air traffic has fallen by
Firstly, improvements to the databases of          This publication can also be accessed on            about 11%, in terms of both
indicators, which include current and histori-     the internet, and includes the option of search-    passengers and goods.
cal values. And secondly, an analysis of the       ing for statistical resources and historical data   Fuel consumption had
mobility situation in 2009, which has been         related to mobility. This database is continu-      fallen by around 10% for
                                                   ously being updated and extended by                 all types of fuel –petrol,
                                                   the Fundación RACC’s team of archivists,            diesel and kerosene.
                                                   and is open to new additions suggested by           Car production has been
                                                   internet users. ■                                   reduced by almost 25%;
                                                                                                       registrations by 47%;
                                                                                                       and exports by 20%.
                                                   Resource search engine of the
                                                   ‘2009 Mobility Yearbook’

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                         TOLL ROADS

                         abertis autopistas sets up
                         interactive information points
                         The system provides information as to the state of the roads, weather
                         forecasts, services available on toll roads, and gives safety advice
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                 abertis autopistas has set up a cus-    stop at during the journey or see when he
                                 tomer service project based on inter-   arrives at his destination.
                         active information points. The aim is to             For added convenience, customers may
                         improve customer service and respond to         download, via Bluetooth, mobile phone
                         the customer’s needs for real time informa-     applications with the tourist information
                         tion. As a pilot, three “totems” have been      they are interested in. The totems are con-
                         installed in at the Porta de Barcelona (AP-7,   nected to a central computer which can
                         Barcelona), La Jonquera (AP-7, Gerona) and      intelligently adapt the content they provide
                         Altube (AP-68, Álava) service areas, and have   to suit their location.
                         been welcomed by customers. In October,              The new interactive information points
                         two more points will be installed, at Vi-       also complement the route time system
                         llacastín (AP-6, Segovia) and Sagunto (AP-7,    which is published on the toll road’s variable
                         Valencia).                                      message boards, to show the probable time
                                                                         it will take to reach specific points. These
                         Online service                                  message boards also give warnings on the
                         Using a map of Europe, the customer can         current traffic situation.
                         easily browse different applications and
                         obtain online information as to the state       Best customer service project
                         of major roads, weather forecasts, and serv-    One should emphasise that the abertis
                         ices available on each road, as well as         autopistas interactive information point
                         safety advice.                                  system was awarded the Total Media prize
                              The information points also offer the      for the best customer attention project at
                         option finding out more about the various        the International Digital Signage Trade Fair
                         places of tourist interest the customer may     held in Madrid’s IFEMA conference centre. ■

                                                                                                                          can obtain the
                                                                                                                          information they
                                                                                                                          need by using
                                                                                                                          a touch screen to
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                        A complement to
                        customer service
                        The interactive information
                        points are an addition
                        to other measures
                        implemented by abertis
                        autopistas with the aim
                        of providing the most
                        complete and detailed
                        about the state of the road
                        network –in real time–
                        with the Infotráfico system.
                        The system is based on
                        maps provided by Google
                        Maps, and uses information
                        on the status of the
                        traffic, on any incidents
                        which have occurred on
                        the toll road network and
                        on the service levels in
                        the different sections
                        of the network.
                        The system can display
                        19 webcams which show
                        the status of the traffic in
                        real time. acesa and aucat
                        have implemented this
                        system along the whole of
                        the AP-7, and on the C-32,
                        between Mataró and
                        Palafolls and between
                        Castelldefels and Sitges.

                        abertis autopistas

                                                         La Jonquera
                             Altube                  Porta de
                            (AP-68)                 Barcelona


Information points on the abertis autopistas road network.

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                         TOLL ROADS

                         abertis autopistas creates specific
                         rest areas for lorry drivers
                         The first rest areas are already being constructed on the AP-7 toll
                         road, and are expected to be fully operational in the second quarter
                         of 2011, providing a total of 174 places
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                abertis autopistas will open the first
                                rest areas specifically for lorry drivers
                         on the AP-7 toll road, in the second quarter
                         of 2011.The Montseny area, with 118 places,
                         and the Porta Barcelona area, with 56, will
                         be the first ones to be operational. abertis
                         autopistas, which is driving this project,
                         plans to extend this service to La Jonquera
                         and Sagunto by the end of 2012.
                              These rest areas will have baths and
                         showers, laundry services,Wi-Fi connections
                         and public telephones. They will also have
                         strong security measures, including security
                         patrols, CCTV recording systems and loud-
                         speaker systems, checks licence plate at
                         access and lighting, among other services.
                              The managing director of abertis
                         autopistas, Josep Lluís Giménez, presented
                         this initiative to a group of businessmen
                         at the Gerona Chamber of Commerce last
                              The new installations are intended to
                         bring an end the situation in which large
                         numbers of lorries are parked in some of
                         these zones at night, and to offer essential
                         services to professional drivers without them
                         needing to leave the toll road, while also
                         ensuring the security of their loads.

                         Two more areas being studied
                         The managing director of abertis autopistas,
                         Josep Lluís Giménez, who presented this
                         project to business people from the sector
                         for the first time at the Gerona Chamber of
                         Commerce, explained that, in addition to          with a 3.5 metre high fence with components
                         these two first rest zones (which, in fact, will   designed to prevent theft.There will be vibra-
                         be located on existing service areas), two        tion sensors all around the perimeter, and
                         more rest zones will be constructed in the        individualised access control for pedestrians.
                         medium term at La Jonquera (Alt Empordà)          There will also be a check on the occupancy
                         and Sagunto (Valencia). It is possible that, in   level, and information panels displaying the
                         the future, two more will be constructed, in      number of free spaces.
                         Lleida and Zaragoza.                                   Inside this area, there will be a services
                                                                           building with relaxation rooms, a laundry,
                         Security installations                            bathrooms and showers, internet connection
                         The areas which are now being constructed         and vending services. Outside the fence, the
                         in Montseny and Porta Barcelona, at an esti-      lorry drivers will also be able to use the serv-
                         mated cost of 7 million Euros, will enclosed      ice area’s own cafeteria and restaurant.

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                         Personal. Bathrooms
                         showers, laundry services,
                         Wi-Fi connections
                         and public telephones.
The new services
will be created          Security. Licence plate
to prevent large         checks on entering,
numbers of lorries
parking on the           lighting, security patrols,
AP-7 toll road           CCTV recording systems
at night.                and loudspeaker systems.

                     Creating a network
                     The managing director of abertis autopistas
                     also emphasised that the widening of AP-7
                     toll road by adding a third lane will not only
                     increase the capacity of the toll road, but
                     also make it easier to offer this type of serv-
                     ice to lorry drivers.The concession company’s
                     intention is to create a network of these
                     areas, three or four and half hours’ travelling
                     time apart, to give lorry drivers a chance to     Link
                     rest, since current regulations require them      abertis autopistas
                     to stop for a minimum of 45 minutes every
                     four and a half hours. ■                          abertisautopistas

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                         abertis telecom and Indra will
                         develop smart cities in Lleida
                         and Sant Cugat del Vallès
                         The proposal also includes creating a Reference Centre
                         in Catalonia for deploying solutions associated with
                         smart city projects
                         TEXT abertis | PHOTOS Andrés Pardo

                                 abertis telecom and Indra, two lead-    partnership agreements on this in Barcelona.
                                 ing European infrastructure and IT      Antoni Castells, the former councillor for
                         companies, will collaborate with Town Halls     Economy and Finance of the Generalitat of
                         of Lleida and Sant Cugat del Vallès in devel-   Catalonia, was present at the signing.
                         oping and promoting smart city projects.             These agreements fall within the
                         Last October, the mayor of Lleida, Àngel Ros;   collaboration framework agreed by abertis
                         the former mayor of Sant Cugat del Vallès,      and Indra for developing the concept of
                         Lluís Recoder; and the presidents of the two    smart cities. This includes a study to create
                         companies, Salvador Alemany, of abertis         a Reference Centre in Catalonia for deploying
                         telecom, and Javier Monzón, of Indra, signed    and operating the solutions, technologies

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and services associated with smart cities.        adaptable, and better able to respond to its      From left to right: Lluís Recoder,
                                                                                                    former mayor of Sant Cugat
     The contracts signed cover collaboration     citizens’ more complex needs.                     del Vallès; Salvador Alemany,
to prepare strategic plans for the cities of                                                        president of abertis; Antoni
Lleida and Sant Cugat, identifying the projects   Improving municipal services                      Castells, the former counsellor
                                                                                                    for Economy and Finance of the
and specifying the strategies that will convert   Specifically, the development of smart cities      Generalitat of Catalonia; Javier
these two municipalities into cities that fully   in Sant Cugat del Vallès and Lleida will          Monzón, president of Indra;
reflect the smart city concept.                    make better use of municipal services, by         and Àngel Ros, mayor of Lleida.
                                                  carrying out projects such as: efficient irri-
The objective: to improve                         gation management in parks and gardens,           Towards the city
the quality of life                               based on weather conditions; remote meter         of the future
Smart cities are a concept of future towns,       reading; optimising rubbish collection and        The concept of smart cities
based on the intensive use of cutting-edge        checking on how full containers are; light-       aims to make the best
technologies to efficiently manage financial        ing management through synchronising              possible use of the most
resources when planning, managing and oper-       with hours of sunlight; and managing mobil-       cutting-edge information
ating the various municipal services provided     ity by controlling free parking areas and         and communications
for the citizens, with the aim of improving       limiting parking time in loading and unload-      technologies, in order to
their quality of life, making public services     ing zones.                                        ensure the most efficient
                                                                                                    possible management of
more efficient, increasing citizens’ participa-         Additionally, as a result of the informa-
                                                                                                    the services and resources
tion in public services, improving environ-       tion generated in the development of intel-
                                                                                                    (financial, energy, etc.)
mental sustainability and increasing the          ligent infrastructures, local citizens and com-   of a great city. The objective
opportunities the city offers to both compa-      panies will be able to access local government,   is to improve the quality of
nies and individuals.                             create new businesses, improve individual         life of the inhabitants and
     Smart cities also imply that Local Gov-      decision-taking and customise services to         increase the opportunities
ernment will be more proactive, flexible, and      their own needs.                                  available to them.

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                            The keys of                                             Creating a Centre of
                            an agreement                                            Reference in Catalonia
                            for the future                                          abertis telecom and Indra’s proposal for
                            The aim of Strategic Plan                               joint action also includes creating a Centre of
                            is to make these two                                    Reference in Catalonia to work in the field
                            cities benchmarks                                       of smart cities and lead the development of
                            for the process of                                      the technical solutions required to intelli-
                            implementing and using                                  gently manage the services that town halls
                            new technologies, with a                                offer to their citizens.
                            “framework of efficiency                                        To this end, a first concrete action to
                            and financial savings”
                                                                                    design and implement a pilot project is now
                            and improving local
                            services by meeting
                                                                                    underway in Barcelona, in zone 22@, which
                            four principal needs:                                   will permit an evaluation of the applications
                                                                                    and systems for smart city management.
                            The need for                                            There are also other more partial or sectorial
                                                                                    actions in this field in other parts of Catalonia.
                            infrastructures and
                            to improve the use
                            and management of the                                   The Sant Cugat Innovation Plan
                            existing networks owned                                 This Town Hall has, for the second consecutive
                            by the municipality.                                    year, been shown to most transparent on
                                                        The president of abertis,
                                                        Salvador Alemany,           Spain, according to the Transparency Inter-
                            To identify those
                                                        signing the agreement.      national NGO. It has also been recognised by
                            municipal services and
                            projects which could be
                            managed automatically
                            and coordinated through
                            an intensive use of ICT.
                            To prioritise projects
                            and services, based
                            on greater financial
                            efficiency, analysing
                            the financial return
                            on the investment
                            and operation of these
                            technological systems
                            with an operating
                            horizon of 8 to 10 years
                            and a timetable for
                            their implementation.
                            Focussing on improving
                            services, improving
                            the ability to respond,
                            increasing flexibility and
                            meeting the needs and
                            new demands of citizens.

                            abertis telecom

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the European Institute of Public Administra-    INTERVIEW | ÀLEX MESTRE
tion for its good financial management.
      The Sant Cugat del Vallès Town Hall is
currently developing an ambitious innovation
                                                “A smart city will imply
plan to provide the city with cutting-edge
telecommunications infrastructures (fibre
                                                greater efficiency and savings”
optics, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, etc.) and promote the                                             ■ ■ ■

use of new technologies by its inhabitants.                                             In what way is abertis telecom
The objective of this plan is to move towards                                           collaborating with the smart
the knowledge society and prepare the city                                              cities?
to meet the challenge of the 21st Century.                                              abertis telecom will contribute
      The agreement to develop the smart city                                           its experience in, and knowledge of,
project in Sant Cugat del Vallès –which was                                             the design, deployment and
signed by the Town Hall, abertis and Indra–                                             management of telecommunication
is also part of the town’s innovation plan.                                             infrastructure, as well as of
Apply the smart concept to municipal services                                           operational improvements and
will help to drive the new city model which     Àlex Mestre, director of Strategic      the provision of services over
is being designed in Sant Cugat del Vallès.     Marketing at abertis telecom.           critical infrastructures, so that this
      This will be a new model, based on        ■ ■ ■                                   experience is reflected in
improving efficiency, optimising management      What effect will the smart cities       the management model for
of services and spending, energy saving and     project have on the day-to-day          infrastructures that must support
improving environmental sustainability. ■       life of the citizens of Sant Cugat      the construction of smart cities.
                                                and Lleida?                             We mustn’t forget that, on a day-to-
                                                The smart cities concept is very        day basis, abertis telecom carries out
                                                broad, and we can find many              total and integrated management
                                                different fields to which it can be       of highly critical services, operations
                                                applied and visions of what it          and infrastructure, including very
                                                means. However, most agree              varied services, and it manages them
                                                that a complete and integrated          based on the fundamental principles
                                                management of resources,                of smart cities: efficiency, global
                                                infrastructures and services is         vision and very short response times.
                                                required to, on the one hand,           ■ ■ ■

                                                increase the operating efficiency         Apart from the smart cities project,
                                                and financial savings of local           what other projects to deploy tech-
                                                government, and, at the same time,      nological solutions is abertis telecom
                                                increase satisfaction levels of         planning to implement?
                                                citizens and companies while            In the audio-visual area, we plan to
                                                improving their relationships with      tackle projects through which
                                                the city and its environment.           we will consolidate the DTT offering
                                                It is therefore necessary to create     by adding services which will
                                                an environment in which                 maintain the competitiveness of the
                                                the local authorities are capable       terrestrial platform. We have already
                                                of managing their citizens’             provided broadcasters with the
                                                expectations. They must also plan,      technological system for pay DTT,
                                                understand, operate, and manage         which is currently used by three
                                                the urban infrastructure,               channels. Now it is the turn of new
                                                in order to contribute, as the local    services and formats, such as High
                                                authority, to the city’s development.   Definition (HDTV) for DTT and 3D DTT,
                                                In general terms, a smart city          in which we have carried out the
                                                must use technology as an ally          first test at a European level.
                                                in achieving the best possible          The next stage is to define a hybrid
                                                management of resources                 environment combining broadcasting
                                                and services for citizens, such as      system (DTT) VoD (Video on Demand)
                                                transport, traffic circulation,           systems, in which televisions will be
                                                emergencies, energy and the             connected to internet. In terms in
                                                environment. In this environment,       operators, we are developing projects
                                                the Lleida and Sant Cugat Town          which will make it possible for
                                                Halls will lead their own projects      telecommunications operators to
                                                and contribute their knowledge          share infrastructures, especially for
                                                of their own needs and resources.       NGNs (Next Generation Networks). ■

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                         abertis telecom has been recognised
                         for its management system
                         In October, abertis telecom received the 500+ award from the EFQM
                         Foundation. This is awarded to organisations which have achieved a
                         high degree of excellence in management
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                abertis telecom’s management sys-        lence. Based in Brussels, it currently has about
                                tem has been awarded the 500+            500 members.
                         stamp of European excellence by the Club             Some of the Spanish companies that
                         de Excelencia en Gestión, the Spanish repre-    have been awarded the l 500+ Business Ex-
                         sentative of the European Foundation for        cellence are Siemens, Banesto, Red Eléctrica
                         Quality Management (EFQM). This body is         and Cepsa.
                         a private, non-profit foundation that was
                         created 22 years ago by a group of public and   Increasing the competitiveness
                         private organisations (among them, British      of European industry
                         Telecom, Nestlé, Philips, Renault andVolkswa-   The EFQM’s recognition scheme is more than
                         gen) with the aim of sharing management         just a simple recognition. One of the objec-
                         practices in order to improve business excel-   tives is that organisations should learn,

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   Taking Responsibility
                                                         •    Achieving Balanced Results                        The EFQM model
                                                                                                                of excellence
 for a Sustainable Future
                              •                                                                                 This is based on nine
                                                                                                                criteria, of which five

                                                                                •   Adding Value
                                                                                                                are called “enablers”,
                                                                                    for Customers               and include all the
                                                                                                                departments (what it
Partnerships   •                                                                                                does and how). The other
                                                                                                                four reflect the results the
                                                                                                                organisation achieves.
                                                                                                                The logic of the model is

                                                                                      •   Leading with
                                                                                          Vision, Inspiration
                                                                                          and Integrity
                                                                                                                based on the concept that
                                                                                                                achieving excellent results
                                                                                                                in the four management
                                                                                                                fields is related to
                                                                                                                leadership ability,
    Creativity and
                     •                                                                                          the quality of corporate
                                                                                                                strategy, and how it is

                                                                       •    Managing by
                                                                                                                deployed through people,
                                                                                                                partners, resources

                                                                            Processes                           and processes. The schema
           Succeeding through People                                                                            provides an analysis
                                                                                                                structure which allows
                                                                                                                a profound review to be
                            ENABLERS                                        RESULTS                             made of the organisation’s
                                                                                                                management, and acts as
                              People                              People
                                                                  Results                                       a diagnostic tool -a tool
                                                                                                                for measuring continuous
                                               Processes,                                                       improvement. The eight
        Leadership                            Products and       Customer              Key
                             Strategy                             Results             Results                   fundamental concepts
                                                                                                                of excellence which
                                                                                                                are evaluated by
                           Partnerships                           Society
                          and Resources                           Results
                                                                                                                the EFQM Foundation
                                                                                                                are shown above.

    improve and achieve sustained success, by          difficult and competitive. Adopting a culture             Much more than
    creating a management model based on best          of Excellence in an organisation improves                an award
    practice which, in turn, increases the com-        competitiveness and encourages continuous                The organisations whose
    petitiveness of European industry.                 improvement of total and integrated man-                 excellence is acknowledged
         It also aims to provide a dynamic model       agement. This stimulates employees’ wish                 by the EFQM receive
    which is updated through the practical and         to participate, excel and motivate, through              a series of recognitions:
    academic training provided by organisations        a common language of excellence. ■
                                                                                                                Prestige, and trust of interest
    from both inside and outside Europe, thus
                                                                                                                groups. Only organisations
    ensuring that the model is in line with the most                                                            with truly excellent
    up-to-date thinking about management.                                                                       management, which fulfil
         The 500+ stamp recently awarded to                                                                     a series of demanding
    abertis telecom has therefore been a con-          Organisations                                            requirements are recognised.
    sequence of a working model implemented            in the Ibex 35                                           Security and
    over 11 years with commitment from the
                                                                                                                professionalism. Because the
    whole team.                                                                                                 “enablers” and personnel
                                                                             ■ MEMBER
                                                                               COMPANIES 42%                    who are involved,
    The challenge of competitiveness                                         ■ NON-MEMBER                       and interact with the
                                                                               COMPANIES 58%
    Organisations aspire to this distinction for                                                                organisations, are qualified
    two main reasons: the need to improve their                                                                 at the highest level.
    management, and the desire to obtain both
    internal and external recognition of their
    management style.                                  Link
         Business organisations are currently          EFQM
    confronted with challenges that ever more

                                                                                                                 DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 53

                         abertis receives the Honos Prize
                         for its commitment to
                         archaeological heritage
                         The Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology (ICAC) has recognised
                         the Group’s policy of protecting the archaeological heritage
                         and encouraging on-site research and excavations
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                 abertis has been awarded the first
                                 Honos Prize by the Catalan Institute
                         of Classical Archaeology (ICAC), in recognition
                         of its policy of protecting archaeological
                         heritage, encouraging in-site research and
                         excavations, promoting studies and collabo-
                         rating with universities and research institu-
                         tions. Sergi Loughney, corporate director of
                         Institutional Relations abertis and director
                         of the abertis foundation, received the prize
                         in an event at the International Symposium
                         of L’Ager Tarraconensis. Paisatge, poblament,
                         cultura material i història, which took place
                         in Tarragona on the 27th of September.
                               abertis autopistas is one of the spon-
                         sors of the Ager Tarraconensis project, which
                         studies the archaeological landscape of the
                         Roman and Iberian eras in 16 municipalities
                         on the right bank of the River Francolí. The
                         Institute of Catalan Studies, the ICAC, the
                         Rovira i Virgili University, the Tarragona        Highlights of our activities
                         Regional Government, the County Councils          El Médol site. abertis is      the various aspects
                         of Tarragonès, Baix Camp and Alt Camp, and        ensuring that this Roman       of the landscape,
                         16 municipalities in these counties, also par-    quarry, which forms part       population and historical
                         ticipated in this study.                          of the Tarragona World         changes of ancient Tarraco.
                                                                           Heritage (as declared by
                         Cultural heritage and sustainability              Unesco), is preserved.         Cella vinaria (Roman
                         Disseminating knowledge of our archaeo-                                          wine cellar) and
                                                                           Castellet Castle. Located      Interpretive Centre
                         logical heritage is an example of the com-
                                                                           in Castellet i la Gornal       on the Romanisation
                         mitment of abertis and its various business
                                                                           (Penedès), this castle         of Teià. Sponsored by
                         units to promote cultural accessibility and       is the home of abertis         abertis autopistas,
                         to collaborate in restoring the cultural herit-   foundation. The Group          the project includes the
                         age. The aims are to recover assets that are      decided to restore             reconstruction of the
                         potential tourist attractions while providing     this Ibero-roman               Cella vinaria site at
                         educational institutions with tools for teach-    castle and put it to new       Veral de Vallmora de
                         ing young people about their heritage and         use, and it now hosts          Teià (Maresme), where
                         how to respect it. The abertis group is com-      scientific conferences,         wine was produced
                         mitted to conserving the cultural heritage as     workshops, corporate           in Roman times.
                         an example of sustainability and an essential     meetings, community
                                                                           activities and guided tours.   Horta Ferrerons.
                         resource for the development of people, com-
                                                                                                          Part of the most recent
                         munities and the region. ■
                                                                           ‘Ager Tarraconensis’.          excavations at this late
                                                                           abertis autopistas supports    Roman villa located
                                                                           this study, which has          at Premià de Mar
                         Link                                              produced a series of           (Maresme) has
                         Institut Català d’Arqueologia Clàssica            thematic and chronological     been financed by
                                                     maps, and several studies of   abertis autopistas.

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abertis’ toll roads
prepare for a winter
abertis autopistas’ objective is offer its customers
a safe and comfortable journey in the season when
the weather is at its most dangerous conditions
TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis autopistas

        During the winter, when the weather         specialised personnel who monitor the opera-         Preventive
        is worst, significant resources are used     tion of the toll road network 24 hours a day,        technology
winter highway care in order to keep the toll       manage the highway care services and cus-
road in perfect driving condition.The first phase    tomer service and information on the road. In        Cameras. CCTV cameras
                                                                                                         located all along the toll road.
in designed and preparing operating for win-        order to obtain the reliable real-time informa-
                                                                                                         Images are analysed in
ter highway care.These are protocols that set       tion necessary for decision-taking, the toll roads
                                                                                                         real time on CCTV.
out the technical and human resources               have advanced technological resources.
required, and the most efficient way to man-                                                              Sensors. There are
age them to handle bad weather, so that cus-        Preventive actions                                   temperature and humidity
tomers can travel completely safely.                When ice or snow is forecast, the first measure       sensors and weather
                                                                                                         stations located at key
      Once the winter care plan has been            taken is to apply preventative treatments
                                                                                                         points along the road,
defined, abertis autopistas presents it to the       (spreading grit and salt on the road to prevent
                                                                                                         which provide
relevant local authority. In order to ensure that   ice forming). Routes are planned to provide          relevant information.
it functions correctly, any measure which is        more frequent treatment at critical points.
taken is coordinated with the General Direc-        When snow is forecast, the human and tech-           Weather forecast. Systems
torate of Traffic, Civil Defence, Guardia Civil      nical resources are increased, and different         which provide reliable
                                                                                                         weather forecasts along
and any other bodies concerned in the man-          action levels are instituted, depending on the
                                                                                                         the routes of the toll roads,
agement of the highways.                            amount of snow expected.The winter highway           with intensive monitoring
      abertis autopistas manages more than          care teams clear the road surfaces, removing         at the most vulnerable
1,500 kilometres of toll roads in Spain. It has     the snow, following pre-set routes which opti-       points. This service
six Centres of Operations which are staffed by      mise the use of available resources. ■               rigorously monitors
                                                                                                         the forecasts issued the
                                                                                                         State Meteorological
                                                                                                         Agency and other bodies.

                                                                                                         abertis autopistas

                                                                                                         State Meteorological

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                         TOLL ROADS

                         sanef, abertis’ French subsidiary,
                         and Eiffage open the A-65 toll road
                         The A’liénor consortium, of which Eiffage holds 65% and sanef (abertis’
                         French subsidiary) holds 35%, has designed and build the new infrastructure
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS sanef

                                The A’liénor consortium of which Eiff-              In developing the A-65, more demanding
                                age holds 65% and sanef (abertis’              standards have been met in terms of minimis-
                         French subsidiary) holds 35% has today                ing its environmental impact. These have
                         opened the new A-65 toll road, also called            included integrating the road into the land-
                         the Autoroute de Gascogne, which is 150 kilo-         scape, preserving biodiversity and ensuring
                         metres long and connects Langon and Pau,              sustainable development of the areas through
                         in south-west France.                                 which the toll road runs. ■
                              A’liénor designed and built the new infra-
                         structure, at a cost of almost 1,200 million Euros.
                                                                               ROUTE OF THE NEW A-65
                         sanef –through sanef aquitaine– will manage
                         the toll road for 60 years. Eiffage, for its part,
                         completed the infrastructure construction
                         project through its subsidiary, GIE A-65.
                         Safer and pleasanter
                         The construction works on the A-65 began in
                         July 2008 and were completed four years                                          A-63                Langon
                         after the concession contract was signed, and
                         two and a half years after the start of the
                         work.The old road linking Langon and Pau was                                                                  A-62
                         known for its complex twisty route and the
                         accidents that happened on it. With the new
                         infrastructure, traffic conditions in this sec-
                         tion will improve significantly in terms of
                         both safety and comfort, with modern facili-
                         ties adapted to the environment.                                                             A-65
                               TheA-65 toll road thus becomes an impor-
                         tant backbone of the region, since it not only
                         increases mobility but will also bring greater
                         economic vitality which is estimated to be
                         worth 120 million Euros a year to the region.
                         The new road will also improve the north-south
                         relationships in the area, make the Pyrenees
                         more accessible and speed up communications
                         between Pau, Aquitaine’s second city, and
                         the capital, Bordeaux. The travelling time                              A-64
                         between Pau and Bordeaux will be approxi-
                         mately an hour and half. This translates into a
                         saving of 50 minutes for ordinary vehicles and
                         60 minutes for heavy goods vehicles.                                  FRANCE                     Pau

                         THE TRAVELLING TIME
                         BETWEEN PAU
                         AND BORDEAUX WILL                                                  SPAIN
                         BE APPROXIMATELY
                         AN HOUR AND HALF

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Francisco Reynés, new director of sanef
                                                The Board of Directors of abertis’ French subsidiary
                                                approved the appointment, replacing Florentino Pérez
                                                TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                                       The managing director of abertis,       grew by 1,743 kilometres of toll roads in
                                                       Francisco Reynés, has been appoint-     service in the north of France. sanef man-
                                                ed a director of sanef, replacing Florentino   ages four of the seven toll roads provid-
                                                Pérez. The appointment was approved by         ing access to l’Ile de France (the Paris re-
                                                the Board of Directors of abertis’ French      gion), as well as the road linking Germany,
                                                subsidiary yesterday.                          Belgium and Luxemburg with the north of
                                                     In 2006, abertis took over the con-       France and the United Kingdom.
                                                cessionaire sanef (Société des Autoroutes
                                                du Nord et de l’Est de la France), after the   Investments
                                                French Government, in December 2005,           This year, sanef has signed an agreement
                                                awarded the tender for the privatisation       with the French Government by which it
                                                of this company to the consortium Hold-        will invest euros 250 million over three years
                                                ing d’Infrastructures de Transport (HIT),      in projects aimed at improving both
                                                led by abertis with a 52.5% stake and          the integration of its infrastructures into
                                                in which Caisse de Dépôts, the insurance       the environment and the services it pro-
                                                group AXA, the French investment fund          vides to its customers. These investments
                                                Predica and FFP, a company controlled by       form part of the agreement known as the
                                                the Peugeot family, also have a stake.         Paquet Vert, which includes a one-year
                                                     sanef joining the group meant that        extension of sanef’s two concessions (sanef
                                                the toll road network managed by abertis       and sapn), until 2029. ■

Josep Lluís Giménez, new managing
director of abertis autopistas in Spain
Formerly assistant general manager and director

        Josep Lluís Giménez Sevilla (Barce-     Professional background
        lona, 1957) has been appointed as       Josep Lluís Giménez Sevilla, who had been
the new managing director of abertis            the assistant general manager and Business
autopistas, the unit that runs the abertis      director of abertis autopistas, is an
group’s toll road business in Spain. He         economist who holds degrees in General
replaces José Maria Morera, who is resigning    Management from the IESE and Finan-
from the post after a career in the group.      cial Management from the EADA. In 2001
He joined in 1987 as the managing director      he joined acesa as the manager of the
of iberpistas, of which he later became         South American Concessions Area, where
managing director.                              he also became president of Grupo Con-
     Since 2007 he has led the process          cesionario del Oeste (gco) and the vice-
of reorganising the network of abertis con-     president of Autopistas del Sol (Ausol), the
cessionaires in Spain as a single Business      companies running the toll roads into Bue-
Unit.                                           nos Aires (Argentina). Previously, from 1995
     José María Morera will continue to be      to 1999, he was the manager of the Oper-
linked to the Group, performing tasks involv-   ations and Financial Area of Inmobiliaria
ing contacts with the sector and with the       Colonial, and was later the managing
various public administrations.                 director of Q-Factory. ■

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                         Gefco rents 4,000 square
                         metres in Arasur
                         In this park, the logistics operator will install its first warehouse
                         to support the three distribution plants on the Iberian Peninsula
                         TEXT AND PHOTOS abertis

                                 Araba Logística has signed an agree-
                                 ment with GEFCO, a major French
                         logistics group, for the rental of 3,951 square
                         metres in Arasur (Álava). On this site, the
                         company will install its first warehouse to
                         support the three distribution plants on the
                         Iberian Peninsula (Vigo, Madrid-Villaverde
                         and Portugal-Mangualde).The initial contract
                         will be for a year.
                               The rented area consists of two mod-
                         ules, each of 1,882 square metres, and187
                         square metres of offices. GEFCO will install
                         a parts collection storage and distribution
                         area, designed to supply its suppliers, who
                         are over 1,200 kilometres from the produc-
                         tion plants.
                               This new warehouse is expected to
                         create 12 new jobs and receive 10 lorries
                         a day, principally coming from Eastern
                         Europe. Complete transport units will then
                         be prepared, in order to optimise direct
                         links with the Vigo, Mangualde and Madrid
                               GEFCO Spain has around 5,000 custom-
                         ers, and is responsible for 10% of the Group’s
                         total business. This Spanish subsidiary of the
                         logistics operator, which this year celebrated
                         its 25th anniversary in Spain, had a turnover
                         281 million Euros in 2009.

                         Rental in the Parc Logístic
                         The Parc Logístic in the Zona Franca has
                         signed a three-year contract with Vapores
                         Suardíaz Mediterráneo for the rental of 2,031
                         square metre warehouse in this logistics park
                         in Barcelona.
                              Vapores Suardíaz Mediterráneo belongs
                         to the Suardíaz Group, which was established
                         in 1944.The Group is involved in a wide range
                         of activities, including freight transport, con-
                         signment, commercial agents, customs
                         management, warehousing and distribution
                         and integral logistics. ■

                         abertis logística
                                          Details of some of the facilities at the Arasur logistics park in Álava.

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Queen Elizabeth II opens the new
Belfast International terminal
The renovation of the terminal in Northern Ireland has created
a more modern and spacious facility

        On the 22nd of October, Queen Eliz-                                    design shortening the passenger journey
        abeth and Prince Philip, the Duke of                                   from the Check-in Hall through to the secu-
Edinburgh, opened the renovated terminal                                       rity screening area.
at Belfast International Airport, (which is
managed by tbi), as part of an official visit                                   Gold award from customers
to Northern Ireland.                                                           Belfast International Airport has been
     During their visit to Belfast Interna-                                    named Gold winner in the Best UK Airport
tional, the Queen and Prince Philip met                                        category of the Holiday Extras Customers’
around 70 of the airport’s employees                                           Awards 2010. During the summer of 2010,
who are responsible for ensuring the safety                                    more than 24,000 cus-
and correct operation of the boarding gates                                    tomers cast their votes in the second annual
and runways.                                                                   Holiday Extras Customers’ Awards.
     The renovation of the terminal has                                             Travellers rated their air travel experi-
created a more modern and spacious facil-                                      ence across 12 categories, voting for 112
ity for both passengers and staff alike. The                                   airlines, 28 UK airports and hundreds of
glass facade allows greater use to be                                          airport hotels, car parks and lounges. Other
made of natural light and the inside has       Link                            winners included Belfast International Air-
been remodelled to house more commercial       Belfast International Airport   port customer airlines Aer Lingus, easyJet,
outlets which now number 18. The new  and Continental Airlines. ■

                                                                                 Moments of the visit of Queen
                                                                                 Elizabeth II and Prince Philip,
                                                                                 the Duke of Edinburgh, seen here
                                                                                 with John Doran, the director of Belfast
                                                                                 International Airport, when the new
                                                                                 terminal was opened.

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                         CAR PARKS

                         saba deploys new technological
                         The abertis Group’s car park subsidiary has installed a total
                         of 12 electric vehicle charging points, at no extra cost to
                         its customers, in 4 car parks in Barcelona
                         TEXT abertis | PHOTOS saba

                                 saba, the abertis Group’s car park sub-      equipped with this infrastructure are located
                                 sidiary, is developing a number of           in Rambla Catalunya (2 spaces), Diputació (2),
                         activities aimed at boosting both sustainabil-       Lluís Companys (4) and Cathedral (4 spaces
                         ity and technological advances in its car park       for motorbikes).
                         network in Catalonia, in order to improve cus-             In this initial pilot phase, the use of these
                         tomer service and become more environmen-            points will not involve any extra cost for
                         tally-friendly.                                      customers who charge up their electric vehi-
                               The company has installed a total of 12        cles, as they will only have to pay for their
                         electric vehicle charging points, at no extra cost   stay in the car park. The charging points also
                         to its customers, in 4 of its principal car parks    have differentiated blue signage with illumi-
                         in Barcelona. Of these, 8 are charging points        nated signs, making it easier to find them
                         for cars, and 4 are for motorbikes.The car parks     inside the car parks.

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ecosaba green points
saba is also implementing ecosaba areas in
its car parks, which are selective green collec-
tion points with different waste containers for
paper, plastic and refuse.
      A pilot test is currently being carried out
in the Cathedral car park (Barcelona).The com-
pany plans to continue progressively imple-
menting the ecosaba areas in the saba car park
network in Spain from 2011 onwards.

Providing improved                                  ecosaba
customer service                                    green points
This set of measures is part of saba’s policy       This initiative is part
of continuous improvement and is the result         of saba’s sustainability
of the company’s interest in improving mobil-       programme.
ity and the environment in those cities in which    These are green selective
it has a presence, improving the quality of life    rubbish collection points,
of the citizens and meeting the needs of its        with different waste
customers.                                          container for paper,
      Along the same lines, saba’s decisions        plastic and general refuse.
to introduce new technology and improve             saba plans to extend this
quality of service are examples of its wish to      initiative in 2011. In fact,
provide its customers with the highest levels       it is already running a pilot
of convenience and comfort, whilst also provid-     project in the Cathedral
ing a more personalised, safe and faster service.   car park in Barcelona.

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                               As part of its commitment to implement-       the application of new technologies, and the
                         ing new technologies, there are luminous signs      concept of a car park as a fundamental com-
                         in saba’s car parks which indicate where there      ponent in ensuring access to towns and met-
                         are free spaces. These are controlled by the        ropolitan areas –and improved traffic flow
                         Vehicle Guiding System which is designed to         within them– are just some of the factors which
                         improve traffic flow inside car parks by prevent-     define the company’s development. ■
                         ing unnecessary searching. Other innovations
                         include: latest generation automatic charging
                         systems; systems providing information on
                         urban roads; and the Centralised Remote Man-
                         agement Centre, an innovation by saba which
                         provides centralised support to car park person-    saba
                         nel, and, as a result, better customer service.
                               saba is a benchmark in the car park sector,   Via-T
                         both for Spain and internationally. Innovation,

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Extending the Via-T payment system
saba is progressively            With this system, a
implementing the                 customer no longer needs
Via-T payment system             to use payment machine,
throughout the whole             he can just go straight
of its network of car parks.     to the exit marked “Via-T”.
This technology is being         When he puts the ticket
used in a total of 34 car        into the machine, the
parks in Catalonia.              control recognises the
This system is                   vehicle and allows it leave.
currently used for 6%
of the payments made
in these car parks.

Car parks with Via-T technology
CAR PARK                       TOWN
Pl. la Plana                   Badalona (Barcelona)
Catedral                       Barcelona
Diputació                      Barcelona
Gràcia I                       Barcelona
Gràcia II                      Barcelona
Gràcia III                     Barcelona
Hospital Clínic                Barcelona
Hospital de Sant Pau           Barcelona
Joan Güell                     Barcelona
Lluís Companys                 Barcelona
Pau Casals                     Barcelona
Pau Claris                     Barcelona
Pl. Catalunya (Barcelona)      Barcelona
Pl. Urquinaona                 Barcelona
Rbla. de Catalunya             Barcelona
Travessera 17                  Barcelona
Travessera 43                  Barcelona
Passeig de Mar                 Blanes (Girona)
Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu   Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona)
El Garrigal                    Figueres (Girona)
Pl. Catalunya (Figueres)       Figueres (Girona)
Berenguer i Carnicer           Girona
Santa Caterina                 Girona
Can Xammar                     Mataró (Barcelona)
La Riera                       Mataró (Barcelona)
Pl. Santa Anna                 Mataró (Barcelona)
Pl. del Call                   Puigcerdà (Girona)
Dr. Robert (Sabadell)          Sabadell (Barcelona)
Mercat Central                 Sabadell (Barcelona)
Pl. Dr. Robert (Satsa)         Terrassa (Barcelona)
Pl. Vella (Satsa)              Terrassa (Barcelona)
Raval de Montserrat (Satsa)    Terrassa (Barcelona)
Vaporgran                      Terrassa (Barcelona)
Pl. Soler i Carbonell          Vilanova i la Geltrú (Barcelona)

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                         ABERTIS FOUNDATION

                         on the side of the disabled
                         Under the slogan ‘Another way of doing things’, abertis’ has organised the
                         Volunteer Day for the second year running. Twenty abertis group workplaces
                         in Spain and employees in Santiago de Chile joined in the activities
                         TEXT Albert Rossell | PHOTOS Josep Loaso

                                 The work of the abertis group volun-      some of the articles sold by the eight organ-    —1—
                                 teers –which had been going on qui-       isations taking part in the fair: Fundación      Photo of the
                         etly for the whole of the year– culminated        Privada Gaspar de Portolà, Teixidors, Fun-       in the Fageda
                         on the 2nd of December. The Volunteer Day,        dación Auxilia, Gymm, CET El Pla, Centro         d’en Jordà walk.
                         promoted by the abertis foundation, is            Ocupacional Bogatell, Atam and Aprodisca.        —2—
                                                                                                                            The president of
                         when voluntaris, the Group’s volunteer                 The Volunteer Day was opened by the         abertis, Salvador
                         programme, is most visible.                       president of abertis, Salvador Alemany, and      Alemany, at the
                              On this, the second Corporate Volunteer      managing director, Francisco Reynés. Àngels      presentation.
                         Day, the focus was on disability. Under the       Guiteras, president of the Mesa de Entidades     Workshop for
                         slogan Another way of doing things, activities    del Tercer Sector de Cataluña, gave a lecture    understanding
                         took place, throughout the day, at abertis’       entitled The volunteer and future society; and   blindness
                                                                                                                            and visual
                         corporate headquarters in Barcelona, situated     Ramon Giró, director of the Fundación Seel-      impairment.
                         in the Parc Logístic de la Zona Franca. Employ-   iger & Conde, lectured on Disability and         —4 —
                         ees could buy products made at special work       the World of Work: Myths and Realities. The      Products made
                                                                                                                            at special
                         centres by disabled people. Textile products,     volunteers gave a presentation on the Euro       occupational
                         ceramics, books, food and soaps, were just        Solidario project, through which those           centres.

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employee who wish it, can donate one Euro                                                           Association, which was proposed by Ann de
a month of their salary to a charitable            CLOTHING AND FOOD                                Groote, of abertis airports; Leisure after-
project.                                           WAS COLLECTED                                    noons, run by the Association for People with
     The Association for Disability Awareness                                                       Intellectual Disabilities, proposed by Josep
ran a workshop Live the experience! to allow       AT 20 ABERTIS GROUP                              M. Maza, of abertis autopistas Spain; and
employees to experience the difficulties           WORKPLACES IN                                    Smiles for children in hospitals. Humour as
which disabled people must overcome in             SPAIN AND BY                                     therapy, run by the Fundación Theodora,
their everyday lives.                              EMPLOYEES IN CHILE                               which Alba Rodríguez, of serviabertis works
     At the iberpistas Operations and Con-                                                          with. The most popular cultural project was
trol Centre in San Rafael (Segovia), the Vol-                                                       Histories from a feminine perspective, a trav-
unteer Day was held on the 3rd of December.                                                         elling exhibition on the role of women, run
José Antonio Juncá, who works with the Royal       Castile-Leon, Catalonia, the Basque Country,     by the Agima Association, proposed by Olga
Accessibility Trust, gave a speech entitled Liv-   the Canary Isles, Andalusia, Madrid, Asturias,   de Diego, of acesa. The environmental ini-
ing with different abilities: for an environment   Galicia and Aragon. In San Rafael, there was     tiative which received most support was
which is accessible to everyone, José Antonio      also a collection of toys for disadvantaged      Management and restoration of the habitat
Matesanz, the director of the Apadefim Occu-        children. It is also remarkable a first step     of Iberian river crab in the Llobregat basin,
pational Centre, gave a talk on Including          towards internationalising the Volunteer Day,    run by the Association for the Study and
intellectually disabled people in the world        since Group’s employees in Chile also col-       Protection of Native Fauna and Flora
of work through occupational centres.              lected clothing and food.                        Autóctona, proposed by Montse Bertran, of
     An exhibition of crafts and painting was                                                       abertis telecom. A total of 40,000 Euros
also organised by APADEFIM-Fundación Per-          The charity initiatives selected                 will be shared between these projects.
sonas, and, in collaboration with Fundación        Two weeks earlier, the Group’s employees in            The abertis volunteer project began
ONCE, there was a workshop on understand           Spain learned about the charities their col-     almost two years ago, when some of the
blindness and visual impairment.                   leagues collaborated with, and voted for one     Group’s employees decided to join forces to
                                                   of the 35 projects presented.                    encourage other colleagues to follow their
In Spain and Chile                                       The social initiatives chosen were Med-    example. The company supported this
Throughout the week, clothing and food was         ical and welfare assistance for women from       initiative and created communications sys-
collected at 20 abertis group workplaces in        Benares who suffer domestic violence and         tems to coordinate their work, under the
Spain, located in the Valencia Community,          social exclusion, run by the Flores del Ganges   voluntaris corporate volunteer programme. ■

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                         The castle of L’Albi
                         Currently being restored and reconstructed with the support
                         of abertis autopistas, L’Albi Castle will be opened to the public
                         as a museum and interpretive centre for history
                         TEXT abertis | PHOTOS Andrés Pardo

                                  In 1179, King Alfonso I of Aragon (“el    extended in the 16th Century, and, with later
                                  Cast”) ceded a series of fortifications    Baroque additions, became one of the largest
                         to Guillem de Cervera. One was a defensive         and most sumptuous Renaissance palaces in
                         tower which at that time was called castrum        Catalonia.
                         de Albio, and the current castle in the town of         1835 brought ruin to the palace: in one
                         L’Albi, (Catalan County of Les Garrigues) was      of many skirmishes of the Ist CarlistWar (1833-
                         constructed around it. King Alfonso’s father,      1840), the baron of L’Albi, a Carlist supporter,
                         Ramon Berenguer IV, had conquered this area        burned it down to prevent it falling into the
                         by defeating the Muslims, and it was now time      hands of the liberals. The flames devoured
                         repopulated and reorganise it.                     furniture and other belongings, and brought
                                Guillem de Cervera constructed the cas-     down the roofs. A century later, in the middle
                         tle, around the tower, in the Romanesque style.    of the Civil War (1936-1939), most of the
                         In 1336, his descendents began the construc-       structure was still standing, but was demolished
                         tion of a new Gothic palace on top of these        when the munitions it was storing exploded.
                         military fortifications. This was not only a                                                          The castle stood
                         change of style, but also a change of function:    Restoration and documentation                      until the Civil War,
                         from being barracks of the small military force,   The ruins were abandoned until the 1970s,          when the armament
                                                                                                                               store exploded
                         it became a seigniorial palace, lording it over,   when the barons of L’Albi donated them to          and the castle
                         and controlling, the surrounding area. It was      theTown Hall and groups of volunteers started      was demolished.

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work on buttressing the remains to stop them        reconstructing the parapet of the well in the
deteriorating further. It was in the 80s and 90s    main patio. This first phase of the works was
that professional archaeologist first began to       finished in early 2010, and work then contin-
visit the site, in order to determine and docu-     ued on: walkways for archaeological visits;
ment the remains.                                   floating floors in the cellar; bathrooms, light-
      In 2008, an ambitious archaeological          ing and air-conditioning; consolidation of the
project, to reveal the whole pre-1179 history       walls on the south-west side; and “museumi-
of the castle, began: this site had been occupied   sation” to prepare the building for its public
since the Iron Age (8th-5th Centuries BC), as       opening, and make it available for research.
shown by a section of the walls dating from              L’Albi Castle is part of the Route of Lleida
that time, and also by the discovery of many        Castles, which is promoted by the Fundación
artefacts (which will be displayed in the           Castells Culturals de Catalunya. The current
museum, when it is completed).                      president of this foundation is Carles II de Mon-
      With a view to this planned museum,           toliu de Carrasco, the 32nd Baron of L’Albi. ■
and with the help of abertis autopistas, the                                                            Its importance
first phase of consolidating and reconstructing                                                          in Roman Times
the castle has been completed. Some zones                                                               In several documents,
on the exterior walls have a calcium aluminate                                                          L’Albi is referred to as
cement-based concrete applied to them, and                                                              one of the most important
struts have been placed in existing walls and                                                           2nd Century towns in
cellar vault, to join structures together and                                                           Catalonia. Its importance
thus make them safe.                                                                                    arose as a result of its
                                                                                                        strategic position: the
Phases of the reconstruction                                                                            route followed by the AP-2
                                                    Links                                               toll road today was used
The first phase consisted of using stone to
                                                                                                        in Roman times to connect
build up the tower over the dungeons, putting       L’Albi Town Hall
                                                                                                        “imperial” Tarraco with
a roof over the remains of the old walls in the
                                                                                                        Ilerda, (formerly the capital
northern sector, reconstructing some arcades        Fundació Castells Culturals                         of the Ilergetes), which
and rooms at the ground floor level, and com-        de Catalunya                                        was later to become
pletely re-laying the cobblestone paving and                           the city of Lleida. Its
                                                                                                        strategic location meant
                                                                                                        that it benefited as a
                                                                                                        staging post for trade
                                                                                                        between the interior and
                                                                                                        the coast, and from the
                                                                                                        many passing travellers.

                                                                                                        The town’s name
                                                                                                        There is no general
                                                                                                        agreement on the origins
                                                                                                        of the town’s name:
                                                                                                        12th Century documents
                                                                                                        refer to it as Albium.
                                                                                                        Some researchers claim
                                                                                                        that this name derives
                                                                                                        from the Latin word
                                                                                                        albeum (river bed). Others
                                                                                                        say that is derived from
                                                                                                        the Latin word albus
                                                                                                        (pale, white, albino),
                                                                                                        and still others believe it
                                                                                                        originates from the Arabic
                                                                                                        word al-alwi (high place).
                                                                                                        Given the area’s history
                                                                                                        and topography, all three
                                                                                                        of these are possibilities:
                                                                                                        the town is next to a river,
                                                                                                        the land around it is pale
                                                                                                        or whitish, and it is
                                                                                                        located on a hill which
                                                                                                        is topped by the castle.

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                         ABERTIS FOUNDATION

                         Environmentally friendly driving
                         As part of European Mobility Week, the abertis foundation and FESVIAL
                         (the Spanish Road Safety Foundation) presented the results of the study
                         “Drivers and environmentally friendly and efficient driving”
                         TEXT Albert Rosell | PHOTOS Josep Loaso

                                The research consisted of a survey                              and efficient driving. Most motor vehicle
                                of 1,575 frequent drivers all around                            users (86.9%) believe that future drivers
                         Spain, in order to identify Spanish drivers’                           should be given information on environ-
                         habits and find out to what extent they                                 mentally friendly and efficient driving, and
                         have been informed about environmentally                               required to know more about it.
                         friendly driving and are aware its impor-
                         tance.                                                                 Variations determined by city size
                              According to the study data, more than                            Drivers in cities with over 200,000 inhabit-
                         half of drivers (56.1%) are personally con-
                         cerned about efficient, environmentally
                         friendly and economical driving, particularly
                         those aged from 45 to 54, and are therefore
                                                                          of drivers
                                                                                                ants admit that they take fewer measures
                                                                                                to drive ecologically and efficiently, and this
                                                                                                is accentuated significantly in Madrid and
                                                                                                Barcelona. Paradoxically, it is the inhabitants
                                                                          questioned are
                         willing to change their behaviour if shown       concerned about       of these two cities who say that their knowl-
                         how to do so. In fact, four out of five drivers   efficient, ecological   edge of environmental matters is good.
                         think that they have not received enough         and economic          In smaller towns, those surveyed said
                         information on environmentally friendly          driving.              they drove in a more eco-friendly manner.

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                                                                                              10 rules for
                                                                                              efficient driving
                                                                                              1. Ensuring that tyre
                                                                                              pressure and alignment
                                                                                              are correct leads
                                                                                              to lower consumption.
                                                                                              2. Changing the spark
                                                                                              plugs, air filter and oil
                                                                                              filter at the appropriate
                                                                                              time can reduce fuel
                                                                                              consumption by up to 20%.
                                                                                              3. A badly-tuned engine
                                                                                              can increase consumption
                                                                                              by 8 or 10%.
                                                                                              4. To not attach objects
                                                                                              to the vehicle that will
                                                                                              increase air resistance.
                                                                                              For example, a luggage
                                                                                              or ski rack increases fuel
                                                                                              consumption by between
     Similarly, three out of four Spanish      adopt other measures, such as regularly
                                                                                              2 and 5%. And a fully-
drivers say that they do take action to save   checking tyre pressure (79.9%) and start-
                                                                                              loaded luggage rack can
fuel and reduce pollution. The ecological      ing the car without using the accelerator      increase it by almost 30%.
habit most often implemented is driving        (77.2%). Although it is advisable to turn
at a steady speed, and it is women who         off the motor during long stops,18% of         5. Keep the windows
drive most steadily (87.7%) and avoid sud-     drivers to not do this.                        closed to prevent insects
den braking (87%), while men more often                                                       or other objects entering
                                                                                              the vehicle. Since this also
                                               Young drivers
                                                                                              reduces turbulence, fuel
                                               The research also reveals that 10.6% of
                                                                                              consumption is reduced.
                        In smaller towns,      young people between the ages of 18 and
                         drivers said they     24 never, or almost never, drive in high       6. Start the vehicle
                          drove in a more                                                     without using the
                    eco-friendly manner.
                                               gear, start without using the accelerator
                                               (17%), use the air conditioning moderately     accelerator, and, if it is a
                                               (14.6%), regularly service the vehicle to      diesel engine, wait a few
                                               prevent pollution (13.3%) or turn off the      moments before pulling
                                                                                              off. Do not press
                                               engine for long stops (28.9%).
                                                                                              the accelerator while
                                                     When buying a vehicle, 37.6% of
                                                                                              stopped at traffic lights.
                                               Spaniards take into account the level of
                                               exhaust emissions, especially women.           7. If you’re going to be
                                               However, this aspect is considered much        waiting for three minutes
                                               less important than safety (56%), the price    or more, turn off the
                                               (54.2%) and fuel consumption (53.4%) is        engine: this reduces
                                               granted the same importance as the make        consumption and
                                               (37.3%). Young people place a higher value
                                               of the car’s design and make. People           8. Use the gears correctly,
                                               between 35 and 64 place great importance       especially in towns;
                                               of the level of pollution, whilst those over   remember that cars
                                               64 are more concerned about the make.          consume less fuel in
                                               Savings (73.7%) and less pollution (56.9%)     high gear and low revs.
                                               are seen as the principal advantages of        9. Drive at a suitable
                                               eco-friendly driving. ■                        speed. Driving at 120
                                                                                              instead of 100 km/h
                                                                                              can significantly increase
                                                                                              fuel consumption.
                                                                                              10. Do not carry
                                               abertis foundation
                                                                                              unnecessary objects
                                                                                              or weight in the vehicle:
                                               Fundación Española                             30 extra kilos can increase
                                               para la Seguridad Vial                         fuel consumption
                                                                      by more than 10%.

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                         ABERTIS-UPC CHAIR

                         A research into traffic mobility
                         in cities wins the 7th abertis Prize
                         A study of infrastructure concessions and an analysis of
                         the flow of traffic on the AP-7 toll road are the ‘ex aequo’
                         winners in the final dissertation category
                         TEXT Albert Rossell | PHOTO Josep Loaso

                                 The thesis entitled Traffic prediction            The 7th abertis Prize was the first for
                                 based on license plate scanning.           which two categories have been established:
                         Observability and optimal location of traffic       Doctoral thesis, and master’s degree disserta-
                         counters, by María Pilar Jiménez Gómez, has        tion or final-year degree dissertation.The prize
                         won the 7th abertis Prize –in the doctoral         for this second category was awarded jointly
                         thesis category– on Transport Infrastructure       ex aequo to the reports Pooling de concesiones
                         Management, which is awarded annually by           de infraestructuras de transporte en Project
                         the abertis-UPC chair.                             Finance, by Juan Argote Caballero and Traffic
                               The winning study develops different         stream macro and microanalysis in the AP-7
                         mathematical models for reproducing traffic         Turnpike, by Jordi Soriguera Farrés. A special
                         conditions, using the licence plate scanner and    mention was also given to the paper entitled
                         proposing methods to optimise the location         Dynamic OD estimation in freeway paths using
                         of scanning points.The final aim is to provide      traffic counts. Application to the E4-South
                         solutions to mobility problems in cities.          in Stockholm, by Manuel Valls Comamala.
                               María Pilar Jiménez was awarded the prize,
                         which is worth euros10,000 and includes pub-       Promoting research
                         lication of the paper, at a ceremony in the        The abertis prize, created in 2003 and spon-
                         Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)          sored by the abertis-UPC chair of Transport
                         presided over by the vice-chancellor of the        Infrastructures Management, is one of the
                         Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC),         company’s main initiatives for promoting
                         Antoni Giró, the former Catalan Government         research in this field. The abertis-UPC chair,
                         councillor for Territorial Policy and Public       instituted in 2003 by abertis and UPC, of         Link
                         Works Joaquim Nadal, and the Business and          which Francesc Robusté is professor, aims         abertis chair
                         Operations general manager of abertis, Josep       to promote training and research in the field      www.catedras
                         Martínez Vila.                                     of transport infrastructure management. ■

                           VII abertis Prize photo family.

70 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010

‘link autopistas’

A new digital publication
addressed to customers,
institutions and society
This digital magazine is one of the actions that abertis autopistas is taking to
promote sustainability, since it will save tons of paper because it is not sent by post

        link autopistas is one of the new         emission of greenhouse gases such as CO2.
        type of the abertis group corporate       This is one more of the actions that abertis       THIS IS AN ADVANCED
publications. The aim of this magazine is to      autopistas takes to promote sustainability
                                                                                                     DIGITAL PUBLICATION,
inform institutions, customers and society        and conserve the environment.
in general about toll road news, as well as            Like previous magazines, such as Tercer       WHICH COMBINES
offering interviews and suggestions for those     Carril, the new magazine is quarterly. Addi-       TEXT, PHOTOS,
planning journeys, advice and information         tionally, to reflect the cultural reality of each   VIDEO AND AUDIO
of interest related to road safety, news of the   and every one of the regions where abertis
motoring world, etc.                              autopistas has a presence, link autopistas is
                                                  published in Spanish, Catalan and Basque. ■
Audiovisual digital magazine
This is an advanced digital publication, which
combines text, photos, video and audio
to make reading it an engaging and fluid ex-       abertis autopistas
perience. As a result, tons of paper are saved
and the use of new technologies is encour-        link autopistas
aged.As the magazine is not sent by post, but
by email, there is an indirect reduction in the   index_cas_num1.html

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                          ABERTIS FOUNDATION

                         The abertis foundation is awarded the Medal
                         of Merit for Road Safety by the Traffic Directorate
                                The Ministry of the Interior has
                                awarded the Silver Road Safety Medal
                         of Merit to the abertis foundation in rec-
                         ognition of its contribution to the improve-
                         ment of road safety in Spain.
                              This was proposed by the Directorate
                         General for Traffic. The first vice-president
                         of the Government and Interior minister,
                         Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, presented the
                         award to the president of the Foundation,
                         Miquel Roca i Junyent, at a ceremony held
                         at the Ministry’s headquarters on the 1st of
                         December. ■

                                                Miquel Roca
                                                receives the award
                                                from Alfredo
                                                Pérez Rubalcaba.


                         Salvador Alemany
                         is decorated by
                         the Barcelona Local Police
                                 The president of abertis, Salvador
                                 Alemany, received the Medal of Hon-
                         our for Merit awarded by the Barcelona Local
                         Police to those people and organisations                     TELECOMMUNICATIONS
                         whose relationship with them has been
                         outstanding.                                                 Accord with the
                              The mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu,
                         presented him with the medal in the Saló
                                                                                      Generalitat on
                                                                        Jordi Hereu
                         de Cent of Barcelona Town Hall, on the         presents      communications
                                                                        the medal
                         day dedicated to the patron saint of the
                         Police Force. ■
                                                                        to Salvador   infrastructures
                                                                                              abertis is one of the companies that
                                                                                              has signed an Accord aimed at improv-
                                                                                      ing mobile communications services and
                                                                                      infrastructures, in which the Catalonia Gen-
                                                                                      eralitat’s Public Administration and Govern-
                                                                                      ance Department is taking the lea-ding role.
                                                                                      This initiative brings together public and pri-
                                                                                      vate endeavours to develop mobile com-
                                                                                      munications infrastructures to cover the
                                                                                      whole of the region. Its objective is to improve
                                                                                      the quality of life of Catalonia’s people
                                                                                      and the competitiveness of its companies.
                                                                                      Josep Maria Coronas, the general secretary
                                                                                      of abertis, signed the Accord committing
                                                                                      the Group to this project, in an event held in
                                                                                      the Palace of the Generalitat. ■

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TOLL ROADS                                                                                            ABERTIS FOUNDATION

Madrid engineers give abertis an                                                                      ‘Espai Terra’
award for the AP-6 widening project                                                                   awarded a prize
                                                                                                      at the Science
       On the 25th of November, the 2010            both directions, it has substantially increased
       Awards Jury of the Madrid College of         capacity, functionality and safety.               in Action Fair
Road Engineers Prizes gave a Special Mention,             Esperanza Aguirre, the president of the
in the Best Public Works category, to the           Madrid Community, presided over the award                 TV3’s Espai Terra has been awarded a
AP-6 toll road widening. Third lane and third       ceremony, and José María Morera, the general              prize in the Sustainability category at
Guadarrama Tunnel between the Valle                 manager of abertis autopistas Spain               the Science in Action International Fair in
de los Caídos intersection and San Rafael.          received the award.The College of Road Engi-      Santiago de Compostela. The award was for
     The works, carried out by Castellana de        neers also gave the 2010 Prize for the Out-       a television report on the restoration of the
Autopistas, part of the abertis group, was          standing Road Engineer to Florentino Pérez,       aquifer in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park,
given the prize for the improvement to the          the president of the ACS group and vice           Ciudad Real. Espai Terra, which is sponsored
access system from the Madrid Community             president of abertis, for his business achieve-   by the abertis foundation, is broadcast every
to the northeast of Spain, as, with its system      ments and excellence, in addition to his pro-     weekday afternoon. It covers matter relating
of three tunnels, one of which can flow in           fessional record as a road engineer. ■            to nature, respect for the environment and
                                                                                                      traditions linked to agriculture.The programme
                                                                                                      has an average audience of 260,000 and an
                                                                                                      audience share of 11.6%. ■

                                                                                                      TOLL ROADS

                                                                                                      Donation by aumar
                                                                                                      to a FUNDEM project
   José María Morera, general
   manager of abertis autopistas,                                                                             aumar donated 5,000 Euros to the
   receiving the award.                                                                                       Fundación Enrique Montoliu for the
                                                                                                      Conservation of Mediterranean Flora and
                                                                                                      Fauna (FUNDEM), which will be used to
                                                                                                      purchase additional land in Vall de Gallinera
TELECOMMUNICATIONS                                                                                    (Alicante), where the natural and landscape
                                                                                                      are being protected. The donation was made
Overon’s coverage of Chile                                                                            in an event at which the local mayor, Fran-
                                                                                                      cesc Miquel Cortell, the general manager
       Last October, a team from Overon, in                                                           of aumar, Enrique Villalonga, and the pres-
       which abertis telecom is a share-                                                              ident of FUNDEM, Enrique Montoliu, were
holder, covered the rescue of the 33 Chilean                                                          present.
miners who were trapped in San José Mine in                                                                 The donation was part of the savings
Copiapó, in northern Chile.At the entrance to                                                         that resulted from a paper consumption
the mine shaft, Overon provided live broad-                                                           reduction campaign, in which it invited its
casting, play out and editing services. From                                                          customers to change from paper bills to
the morning of the 12th of October, it provided                                                       electronic billing. This campaign was pro-
64 services to over 18 television channels,                                                           moted by aumar as part of its commitment
including Fuji TV (Japan), Channel 7 (Australia),   at the entrance shaft of the mine, from where     to, and responsibility towards, the environ-
TVNZ (New Zealand), ARD (Germany), M6               the miners who rescued emerged one by one.        ment. This resulted in a double benefit for
(France),TVE,A3 and TV3. Overon was one of          It had another outside unit operating in the      the environment, and the customer recei
the four companies selected by the Chilean          Copiapó Hospital, where the miners were taken     ved faster, more secure and more confiden-
Government to install their equipment right         for medical attention. ■                          tial service. ■

                                                                                                                    DECEMBER 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 73
                         TOLL ROADS

                         Jordi Graells, appointed as senior vice-chairman
                         of the International Bridge, Tunnel and
                         Turnpike Association (IBTTA)
                                                                                                     Jordi Graells, managing director of
                                                                                                     abertis Tollroads North America &
                                                                                             International, has been appointed senior
                                                                                             vice-chairman of the International Bridge,
                                                                                             Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA). The
                                                                                             appointment was made during the associa-
                                                                                             tion’s 78th annual conference held in San Diego
                                                                                             (California) from 12 to 15 September.
                                                                                                  Jordi Graells, who is already on the IBTTA
                                                                                             Executive Committee and Board of Directors,
                                                                                             will hold this post in 2011. He is expected
                                                                                             to be appointed as chairman of IBTTA next
                                                                                             September, at the annual conference to be
                                                                                             held in Berlin.
                                                                                                  The International Bridge, Tunnel and
                                                                                             Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the global
                                                                                             association of toll road operators and associ-
                                                                                             ated industries. Founded in 1932, it provides
                                                                                             a forum for sharing knowledge and ideas with
                                                                                             the aim of promoting and improving the toll-
                                                                                             financed road transport infrastructure. IBTTA
                                                                                             also has considerable influence on the devel-
                                                                                             opment of turnpikes and concessions in the
                                                                                             United States. The association is made up of
                                                                                             turnpike, tunnel and bridge operators from
                                                                                             25 countries all around the world, and has
                                                                                             its headquarters in Washington DC. ■

                                                                                             Jordi Graells, managing
                                                                                             director of abertis
                                                                                             Tollroads North
                                                                                             America & International,
                                                                                             is the new senior
                                                                                             vice-chairman of IBTTA.


                         abertis marked highly in
                         the Dow Jones sustainability indexes
                                The results of the 2010 Review con-   ranked: economic, environmental and
                                firm that, for the fifth year run-    social. The company achieved top scores in
                         ning, abertis has retained its listing in    the environmental information and climate
                         the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI     change strategy categories, and significantly
                         World) and also, on a European level, the    improved its position in areas such as codes
                         DJSI Europe Index.                           of conduct and operational eco-efficiency.
                              Once again, abertis has been given an   The DJSI World and DJSI Europe reviews
                         above-average score in the three variables   became effective on 20 September 2010. ■

74 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
                                       APPOINTMENTS 82
                                    INTERIM DIVIDEND 82

                Results – January to September 2010

             Another quarter’s
             growth for abertis
                                    MARZO 2010 ■ LINK abertis ■ 73
                                      REVENUE      Most of abertis’ revenues            ■ TOLL ROADS 75%
                                                                               ■ TELECOMMUNICATIONS 14%
                                      BY SECTORS   come from the toll road                 ■ AIRPORTS 7%
  INVESTOR’S                                       sector, followed by the                ■ CAR PARKS 4%
                                                                                           ■ LOGISTICS 1%
  LINK                                             telecommunications

January-September 2010*

The Group has continued to grow this quarter, with net profit
increasing by 4.2% in the first nine months of 2010, to reach
a total of 561 million Euros

        abertis’ results for the first nine
        months of 2010, prepared under IFRS
criteria, and incorporating adjustments arising
from the sector interpretation for conces-
sionary businesses (IFRIC 12), confirm, for
another quarter, the upward trend of the
Group’s principal figures: revenue, EBITDA
and net profits.
      The keys aspects of January-September
2010 have been; the growth of traffic in the
toll road network outside Spain; the ability to
generate cash; the control of operating
expenses, which only grew by 1.6%; the con-
tainment of financial costs; the changes in
perimeter; and the positive equity-accounted
contribution of the companies, especially
      The first nine months have been distin-
guished by the consolidation of the recovery
in traffic levels on the toll roads in Chile and
also on sanef’s toll roads in France.After nine
consecutive quarters of reductions, the third
quarter of 2010 was the first to show a small
increase in traffic on the abertis network as
a whole. The diversified businesses maintain
their position in the Group, by contributing
25% of the revenue.

Operating revenue
In the first nine months of 2010, abertis’
operating revenues climbed to 3,097 million
Euros, 5.5% more than for the same period
in the previous year. sanef contributed 1,098
million Euros (35% of total revenue) to this
figure. 50% of the abertis Group’s operating
revenue came from outside Spain, principally
from France, the United Kingdom and Chile.

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                                                                 Contribution by sectors January to September 2010 (M €)
REVENUE                       ■ SPAIN 50%   CONTRIBUTION                                      REVENUES           EBITDA
                            ■ FRANCE 35%                         Toll roads                         2,332           1,645
GENERATION                   ■ OTHERS 6%    BY SECTORS           Telecommunications                   418             165
                               ■ CHILE 5%
                                 ■ UNITED                        Airports                              211             64
                             KINGDOM 4%                          Car parks                            114              45
                                                                 Logistics                              16              7

                                            Key Points
50% OF THE REVENUE                          After nine consecutive                  service offering, which
AND 47% OF THE EBITDA                       quarters of reductions,                 offset the effect of the
                                            the third quarter of 2010               analogue switch-off,
WAS GENERATED                                                                       completed in April.
                                            was the first to show a
OUTSIDE SPAIN                               small increase in traffic                 The positive trends in the
                                            on the Group’s toll road                satellite sector continue.
                                            network as a whole.                     In the first nine months
CASH FLOW BEFORE                            For the group as a whole,               of 2010, Eutelsat’s equity-
INVESTMENT                                  the reduction in traffic                  accounted contribution
                                            is slowing down, closing                was 60 million Euros,
AND DIVIDENDS                               at -0.4% (-0.7% in the                  and Hispasat’s was
GREW BY 7.4%                                first quarter).                          20 million Euros.
                                            50% of the revenue and                  abertis airports’ operating
                                            47% of the EBITDA was                   revenues reached

                                            generated outside Spain.                211 million Euros (+3%).
                                            75% of the revenue comes                The reduced level of activity
                                            from the toll road business,            at tbi’s airports, principally
       abertis had                          and the remaining 25%                   those in the United
       operating revenues                   is shared between the                   Kingdom –a drop of 5.6% in
       of 3,097 million                     telecommunications                      the number of passengers–
       Euros (+5.5%).                       infrastructures business                is made up for by a 6.6%
                                            (14%), airports (7%),                   increase in revenue per

                                            car parks (4%) and                      passenger, the higher
                                            logistics parks (1%).                   overall contribution from
                                            The strong cash generation              dca and the favourable
       growth in                            rate was maintained: cash               changes in exchange rates.
       abertis’                             flow before investments                  saba showed operating
       net profit:                           and dividends grew by                   revenue of 114 million Euros
       561 million                          7.4%, to 1,205 million Euros.           (+5%), with vehicle rotation
       Euros.                                                                       of 41.7 million (+2.3%).
                                            94% of the Group’s debt
                                            is long-term (92% in                    In logistic parks, there
                                            September 2009),                        has been an increase
                                            and 86% is at fixed rates.               of 10.9% in built area
                                            The average cost is 4.5%                (to 533,350 square metres).
                                            (4.6% in September 2009).               The average occupancy
                                            In the toll road business,              of warehouses and offices
                                            the operating revenues                  is 63.1%, an increase of 3%
                                            to June were 2,332 million              in rented square metres
                                            Euros (+6%). The traffic                  compared with the end
                                            on sanef’s toll roads                   of the 2009 financial year.
                                            in France grew by 1.8%. In              Operating revenue grew
                                            Chile, Argentina and Puerto             to 16 million Euros.
                                            Rico traffic also grew, by
                                            5%. In Spain, traffic dropped
                                            by 4,3% over the period.
                                            abertis telecom achieved                (*)
                                            operating revenues of                   Summary of the results presented
                                                                                    to the stock market regulator - the
                                            418 million Euros (+7%).                Comisión Nacional del Mercado de
                                            This increase reflects the               Valores (CNMV). The full version
                                            deployment of increased                 can be viewed at,
                                                                                    in the Investor Relations section,
                                            DTT coverage, and the                   or may be requested by calling the
                                            radio-communications                    Shareholders Office on 902 30 10 15.

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—1&2—                          Of the total revenue, 75% was gen-           months of 2010. In this period, abertis
abertis’ toll road       erated by the toll road business, while            generated a cash-flow (before investments
business contributed
revenues of              14% corresponds to telecommunications              and dividend payments) of 1,205 million
2,332 million Euros.     infrastructures and 7% to airports. The car        Euros (+7.4%).
—3—                      park sector contributed 4%, and the logis-              abertis’ average workforce in this
The factors
contributing             tics parks 1%.                                     period was 12,507, 58% of which was out-
to the good                    In this period, the gross operating result   side Spain.
performance of the       (EBITDA) was 1,916 million Euros (+4.6%)
business included        while the net operating result (EBIT) was          Balance sheet and investments
the DTT rollout          1,206 million Euros (+3%). The finan-              As of 30 September, abertis had total assets
and the increased        cial result for the period was -442 million        of 25,035 million Euros and net equity of
coverage, in addition
to the new radio-        Euros. In the period January-September             5,146 million Euros. The Group invested a
communications           2010, the equity-accounted results made            total of 430 million Euros during the period,
service contracts.       a contribution of 84 million Euros (+45%),         of which 332 million (77%) was used for
                         basically from the holding in Eutelsat             organic expansion and 98 million for operat-
                         (60 million).                                      ing investment.
                               The abertis Group showed a net profit              Expansion investment in toll roads (229
                         of 561 million Euros (+4.2%) the first nine         million Euros) included the investments

78 ■ LINK abertis ■ DECEMBER 2010
  INCREASED                 Increased operating revenue:
                                                                                                          EBITDA (86%). The total traffic on the
  OPERATING                 Operating revenue: 3,097 million Euros (+5.5%)       (M €)
                                                                                                          abertis toll road network up to the 30th
  REVENUE                   Ebitda:                                              1,916          (+4.6%)
                                                                                                          of September 2010 reflects a stabilisa-
                            ‘Cash-flow’:                                          1,205          (+7.4%)
                            Net profit:                                             561          (+4.2%)   tion of the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) at
                            Investments:                                           430                    23,426 vehicles (-0.4%).
                                                                                                               During this period, the recovery of traf-
                                                                                                          fic levels in France was consolidated, with

                                                                                                          an ADT recorded in sanef’s network of
                                                                                                          23,804 vehicles (+1.8%). Growth was also
                                                                                                          recorded on toll roads in Chile and Argen-
                                                                             million Euros,
                                                                                                          tina: gco (Argentina) reached an ADT level
                                                                                                          of 71,716 vehicles, (+6.7), while for Chilean
                                                                             to the satellite             concessionaries the ADT was 64,462 vehicles
                                                                             business.                    (+3.2%) on the Autopista Central, 22,533
                                                                                                          vehicles (+4.7%) on the Rutas del Pacífico

                                                                                                          and 4,920 vehicles (+4%) for Elqui.
                                                                                                               Spain has seen a slowing down in
                                                                                                          traffic reduction, with an ADT of 23,277
                                                                             million                      vehicles for the period (-4.3%, compared to
                                                                             Euros,                       -8.1% for the same period in 2009 and com-
                                                                                                          pared to -4.8% for the first six months of
                                                                                                          the year).
                                                                                                               On abertis’ toll roads in Spain, 34.3%
                                                                                                          of the transactions were made using the
                                                                                                          teletoll system. For acesa, teletoll usage
                                                                                                          accounted for 38.4% of the total transac-
                                                                                                          tions, while on sanef’s network in France, it
                                                                                                          was 35.4% (75.3% for heavy vehicles).

                                                                                                          The telecommunications business increased
                                                                                                          its contribution to the Group somewhat in
                                                                                                          comparison to the previous financial year,
                                                                                                          with operating revenue of 418 million Euros
                                                                                                          (+7%) and an EBITDA of 165 million Euros.
                                                                                                          This sector represents 14% of abertis’ total
                                                                                                          revenue and 9% of the EBITDA.
                                                                                                                Factors contributing to this good per-
                                                                                                          formance included the Digital Terrestrial
 3                                                                                                        Television (DTT) rollout and the increased
                                                                                                          coverage (to 98% from 96% in September
made by acesa (widening the AP-7 and C-32          Debt structure                                         2009), in addition to the new radio-com-
toll roads) and by sanef (Reims southern           As of the 30th of September 2010, abertis              munications service contracts, such as the
ring road and extension of the A13 and             had net debts of 14,337 million Euros. Of              emergency system for Navarre and the serv-
capital investment in the A65); while the          the total debt, 57% is secured on the com-             ice for the General Directorate of the Mer-
investment in telecommunications (68 mil-          pany’s own projects (i.e. non-recourse). 94%           chant Marine, (which offset the effect of the
lion Euros) was related to the DTT rollout         of the debt is long-term (92% in September             analogue switch-off), and also the increase
and the building of the Hispasat 1E and Ama-       2009) and 86% is at fixed rates or fixed               in satellite capacity.
zonas III satellites by Hispasat.                  through hedging. The average cost of the
      Operating investments of 14 million          debt is 4.5% (4.6% in the same period of the
Euros were made in airports, including             previous year) and the average maturity is
improvements to Belfast International, Car-        6.8 years.
diff and Stockholm Skavsta.                                                                               AFTER NINE CONSECUTIVE
      In car parks, investments in expansion       Performance of the businesses:                         QUARTERS, THE THIRD
(20 million Euros) mainly went to the growth       toll roads                                             QUARTER OF 2010 WAS THE
of saba in Spain (a new car park in Palma de       In the first nine months of the year, abertis’
                                                                                                          FIRST WITH INCREASED
Mallorca) and Italy, while in logistics parks,     toll road business contributed revenues of
investments were made (13 million Euros)           2,332 million Euros (75% of the Group’s                TRAFFIC ON THE TOLL ROAD
in constructing parks in Chile and Portugal.       total revenues) and 1,645 million Euros to             NETWORK AS A WHOLE

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     In the satellite sector, Eutelsat’s equity-   revenues of 3% (despite tbi’s drop in business
accounted contribution was 60 million Euros,       to 16.6 million passengers between January
while Hispasat’s contribution was 20 million       and September), thanks to a 6.6% increase
Euros. The satellite business contributed a        in revenue per passenger and the higher over-
net positive effect (including the financial        all contribution from dca airports –which        —1—
costs of the acquisitions) de 46 million Euros     grew by 8.7%– and the favourable changes         saba’s number
to abertis’ results.                               in exchange rates.                               of spaces has
                                                                                                    increased by 5.3%.
Airports                                           Car parks                                        In logistic parks,
In the first nine months of 2010, the airports      In the first nine months of 2010, saba           there has been
                                                                                                    an increase of 10.9%
business had operating revenue of 211 million      increased its operating revenues by 5% to        in built area.
Euros (+3%),i.e. 7% of abertis’ total revenue,     114 million Euros, basically due to a change     —3—
and an EBITDA of 64 million Euros (+1%),           in the scope of the consolidation perimeter      The airports
                                                                                                    business provides
3% of the total for the Group. In this period,     and new management contracts. The car            3% of the Group’s
the airports business recorded an increase in      parks division contributed 4% of abertis’        revenue.


EUROS (+3%)



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                                                                                                  PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNTS FOR
total revenues, and 2% of the EBITDA, at 45      of abertis’ total revenues, and the unit con-
                                                                                                  JANUARY-SEPTEMBER 2010 (IFRIC 12)
million Euros (+12%).                            tributed an EBITDA of 7 million Euros.
                                                                                                  (Million €)
     saba manages a total of 130,778 park-            The revenues for this period are not com-
                                                                                                                         SEPT          SEPT       VAR.
ing spaces at sites in Spain, Italy, Chile,      parable with those of January-September                                  2010         2009
Portugal, France and Andorra. The number of      2009, due to changes in the consolidation of     Operating
spaces has increased by 5.3% compared            Areamed which, since the end of 2009, forms      revenue                3,097       2,935       5.5%
with the same period in the previous year.       part of the Toll roads Unit. Without these       costs                  -1,181      -1,102        7%
Vehicle rotation grew by 2.3% to 41.7 million,   changes, the drop in revenues would be 8%.       Ebitda                  1,916       1,833      4.6%
and the number of pass holders increased              In logistic parks, there has been an        Depreciation            -710        -666         7%
to 34,168.                                       increase of 10.9% in built area over this        Operating
                                                 period (now 533,350 square metres). The          Profit                  1,206        1,166        3%
Logistic parks                                   average occupancy of warehouses and offices       Financial
                                                                                                  Result                 -442         -412         7%
In the first nine months of 2010, abertis        is 63.1%, an increase of 3% in rented square
logística recorded operating revenues of         metres compared with the end of the 2009         result                    84          58       45%
16 million Euros (-31%). This represents 1%      financial year. ■                                 Pre-Tax
                                                                                                  Profit                    848         812         4%
                                                                                                  Tax                      -221       -220
                                                                                                  Financial yr.
                                                                                                  profit/ loss              627         591         6%
                                                                                                  Interests                -66         -53
                                                                                                  shareholders’ profit      561         539       4.2%

                                                                                                  BALANCE SHEET FOR
                                                                                                  9 MONTHS OF 2010 (IFRIC 12)
                                                                                                  (Million €)

                                                                                                                           SEPT. 2010         DIC. 2009

                                                                                                  Tangible fixed assets             2,156        2,184
                                                                                                  Intangible fixed assets          16,908       17,022
                                                                                                  Financial investments            4,456        4,413
                                                                                                  Current assets                    1,516       1,253
                                                                                                  TOTAL ASSETS                    25,035       24,873

                                                                                                  Shareholder’s equity         5,416            5,334
                                                                                                  Loans and bons              14,950           14,932
                                                                                                  Other liabilities            4,669            4,607
 2                                                                                                TOTAL LIABILITIES               25,035       24,873

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abertis’ Board of Directors
appoints three new directors
Javier de Jaime, José Antonio Torre de Silva and Santiago Ramírez
are the new members of the Group’s Board

        In October, abertis’ Board of Directors                                                   García Altozano and Miguel Ángel Gutiérrez.
        agreed to the proposal made by its                                                        At the same time as these appointments,
Appointment and Salaries Committee, to                                                            Antonio García Ferrer, Javier Echenique and
appoint three co-opted directors: Javier de                                                       Julio Sacristán, who until now were directors,
Jaime, José Antonio Torre de Silva and San-                                                       left the Board of Abertis Infraestructuras, SA.
tiago Ramírez. The new directors, together                                                        Additionally, Braulio Medel has resigned for
with Florentino Pérez, Ángel García Altozano                                                      personal reasons.
and Pablo Vallbona, will be proprietary direc-
tors, representing Trebol Holdings, a company                                                     About the new directors
in which ACS and funds managed by CVC                                                             Javier de Jaime is a managing partner of CVC
Capital Partners have stakes.                                                                     Capital Partners at a global level, and CEO of
      After this remodelling, the abertis Board                                                   the company in Spain. He previously held
of Directors, presided over by Salvador Ale-                                                      various executive posts in 3i.
many, has four vice presidents: Isidre Fainé,                                                          Santiago Ramírez is an industrial partner
Florentino Pérez, Carmen Godia and Javier                                                         in CVC Capital Partners. He is also executive
de Jaime (who replaces Pablo Vallbona).                                                           president of Lecta (Torraspapel) and Mivisa.
      The Board also gave the green light to                                                      His previous responsibilities include posts as
bringing Javier de Jaime and José Antonio                                                         executive president of Tudor, Exide Europe
Torre de Silva onto the Exectutive Commit-                                                        and BSN Glasspack.
tee. This Committee is thus made up of Sal-                                                            José Antonio Torre de Silva managing
vador Alemany, the four vice presidents of            Approval was also given for Ricard For-     director of CVC Capital Partners in Spain. He
the Board, Francisco Reynés (the managing         nesa and Javier de Jaime to join the Appoint-   has held various posts in Cortefiel, Inalta,
director), Marcelino Armenter and José Anto-      ments and Salaries Committee, which is made     Mivisa, Colomer, Itevelesa and IDC. Before
nio Torre de Silva.                               up of Manuel Raventós (president), Ángel        joining CVC, he worked for Paribas. ■


Shareholders paid interim dividend
       This dividend was paid on the 21st of      INTERIM DIVIDEND                                total amount paid to abertis’ shareholder
       October 2010, the ex-dividend date,        ACCOUNTING YEAR 2010                            in 2010 –complementary dividend, bonus
and was payable to those share holders who                                        EUROS           issue and interim dividend– is 5% than was
held company stock at close of market of                                                          paid out in 2009. ■
                                                  Gross amount per share          0,30000000
the 20th of October.
     The interim dividend payment is part         Withholding tax 19%             0,05700000
of abertis’ well-known policy for pay-            Net amount per share            0,24300000      Telephone
ing shareholders on the basis of an an-                                                           abertis’ Shareholders’ Office
nual dividend plus this bonus issue. The                                                          902 30 10 15

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