AmeyCespa, the waste challenge in the United Kingdom


AmeyCespa, el reto de los residuos en Reino UnidoEnrique Arquiaga, International Development Delegate for AmeyCespa, has already become accustomed to continually traveling from Spain to the UK. In 2007, Ferrovial Services identified the UK's waste market as a strategic objective to make the most of the opportunities of adapting British systems to the European waste management regulation. Amey and Cespa joined forces through the creation of a bidding consortium on a 50/50 basis to unite the resources of both companies: AmeyCespa. Since then Arquiaga has been doing a lot of flying and others, like Francisco Hevia, Technical Director of AmeyCespa, have permanently moved to the UK, where he has had to adapt to the PFI formula and the decision-making style of the British public sector. The British members of the team, in turn, such as Paul Rees, Director of AmeyCespa and David Izatt, Project Manager, have been experiencing the Spanish way of doing business. The European regulation, which requires higher percentages in recycling and the development of infrastructures for increasing the value of waste, demands the investment of large sums in waste treatment facilities despite announced cutbacks in public expenditure. The British Government has launched a programme to support local authorities in order to attract the collaboration of the private sector and to put in place the necessary changes to adapt the industry. Ferrovial Services has drawn up a unique service proposal. “AmeyCespa provides an integral solution: from design and planning to obtaining construction permits, financing and handling.” explains Gonzalo Nieto, Cespa's International Director. This is a strategy that has quickly produced its first results. AmeyCespa was chosen as a preferred bidder for the City of York Council and North Yorkshire County Council waste treatment PFI for a period of 25 years. The company's proposal is to create the Allerton Waste Recovery Park, a recycling and energy recovery plant. In addition, in August 2010 AmeyCespa completed the acquisition process of the Donarbon Group, a family enterprise dealing in waste management in the Eastern region of the United Kingdom. According to Mel Ewell, CEO of Amey, “AmeyCespa is in a good position to grow, making use of its considerable national and international competence to provide suitable solutions and services for local communities in the UK.” After taking its first steps, AmeyCespa plans to consolidate its presence in the British waste market through committing to profitable growth, leveraging its assets, entering new industries such as waste collection and urban cleaning and actively pursuing more opportunities in waste treatment. Today, having acquired Donarbon and with the Allerton Waste Recovery Park in the planning stages, AmeyCespa is taking the leap from being a bidding consortium to becoming a growing operational business.


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