In 2017, ASFINAG was able to provide decisive impetus in its sustainability management and thereby achieve important successes. As in the Sustainability Report 2016, the online format was also chosen for the 2017 report. The report is in line with international reporting standards and complies with the Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (NaDiVeG) in force since 2017. In the area of investors, a prime rating was achieved for the first time, whereby the ambitious sustainability management of ASFINAG was also confirmed by independent experts.
The 2017 Sustainability Report can be accessed on the ASFINAG website at www.asfinag.at/about-us/responsibility and the detailed version at www.nachhaltigkeit-asfinag.at (only available in German). Thomas Steiner, Sustainability Officer of ASFINAG, is available as a direct contact at email@example.com or +43 (0) 50105-10300.
Considerable success with the CSR rating: ASFINAG sustainability awarded
ASFINAG is a forward-looking and sustainable company. This is certified by the most renowned independent rating company in Europe – oekom research, which appraises more than 6,000 companies worldwide every year. Only about 500 pass this test with the prime award. Since October, ASFINAG – as the only motorway operator in the world – has been able to decorate itself with this certificate. The success results from the many successful management initiatives of all companies – from diversity and energy and environmental measures, personnel development, purchasing to traffic and occupational safety – and demonstrates that sustainability at ASFINAG is not just lip service, but that it is increasingly becoming a corporate philosophy.
We are aware of our responsibility to society, the environment and the economy. The prime rating certifies that we live up to this responsibility.
Barrier-free on the ASFINAG network: stage plan concluded
Mobility is an integral part of our society. This also applies to people with disabilities. The simplest possible use of ASFINAG’s facilities and information offers is therefore part of modern-day customer service. In order to ensure consistent observation and the ongoing further development of facilities, a stage plan was drawn up in accordance with the Federal Disability Equality Act. This plan fulfils two central tasks: to show measures that have already been implemented and those that are still open. Particular focus has been placed on the ASFINAG rest areas. The last minor improvements were started with in 2017. Not all ideas and requests for accessibility can currently be implemented. For ASFINAG, however, it goes without saying that there are a number of alternatives and measures to be taken to meet the requirements as well as possible.
Accessibility is a matter of course for us! It must become routine to think about this topic in all our planning and processes. However, this will only succeed if each and every one is sensitised to this particular topic in their own area.
Green energy for own needs
Tunnels are the largest consumers of energy on Austria’s motorways and expressways. That is why ASFINAG pays special attention to energy efficiency and the production of renewable energy. On the one hand, all tunnels will be successively equipped with LED lighting to save electrical energy. On the other hand, in 2017, photovoltaic systems were constructed in the Pack area along the Herzogberg and Kalcherberg tunnels on the A 2 South motorway. In 2018, five more tunnels are to obtain some of their energy needs from the power of the sun.
Hydropower will also be used in the future as a further source of sustainable energy. The plans for a pilot project on the S 16 Arlberg expressway and the S 6 Semmering expressway were successfully completed in 2017. The possibility of generating energy through wind power was also raised by a study at five selected locations.
Motorways have a decisive impact on living space – especially for those who use them every day for work or pleasure or live in the vicinity of a motorway. Also foreign holidaymakers first – and often only – experience Austria through its motorways. This makes a carefully planned appearance of the road with increasingly aesthetic elements particularly important.
The federal government is also committed to its responsibility vis-à-vis the Austrian building culture and published guidelines on building culture in 2017.
This includes, for example, the increased use of architectural competitions, the implementation of design advisory boards, the consideration of the principles of accessibility and the development of space in an economical and high-quality way. ASFINAG was also invited to participate in the process to develop the guideline. The guidelines that have now been adopted show, fortunately, that ASFINAG, with its design initiative that has been running since 2010, has cemented these requirements in its working methods and thus fully complies with them.
Procurement: Sustainability criteria expanded
Since September 2015, the best bidder principle has been applicable to all tenders for construction projects with estimated costs of more than one million euros. Procurement takes into account not only the price but also sustainable aspects, which are weighted with up to ten percent. In 2017, the quality catalogue was expanded from 18 to a total of 31 criteria – such as increasing the share of workers over 50 years and of apprentices, reducing transport kilometres and CO2 neutrality in steel-making. This reinforces the incentive to consider sustainable aspects of supply for bidders. In 2017, 151 procedures with a volume of almost one billion euros were tendered using the new catalogue of criteria and enjoyed a high degree of acceptance among suppliers.
“emobility@asfinag”: granting service concessions
ASFINAG is committed to active climate protection and decarbonisation, which is achieved by switching from fossil fuels to renewable energies. The clear goal: reducing greenhouse gases.
In August 2017, ASFINAG issued service concessions for the construction and operation of charging stations in three regions. By the autumn of 2018, seven service stations will be equipped with e-charging infrastructure.
These charging stations will have at least four charging points and all common socket types will be offered. ASFINAG thus provides a boost to efforts to achieve CO2-neutral (greenhouse gas-neutral) traffic by installing the grid connections at service stations at its own expense.