In the ACS Group’s Environment business , innovation constitutes a basic principle both in management and in processes for recovery, reuse and reclamation of wastes. To carry out this task, Urbaser has its own specific R&D+i department with a formal management system certified under the UNE 166002:2006 standard and audited by an independent third party.
A Strategic Plan for R&D+i is determined annually or biannually, setting the priority lines in R&D+i for the company and framing the projects to be carried out. At 31 December 2012 there were 26 research and development projects in progress, in which €8.07 million were invested, 43.6% more than in 2011.
As a significant part of its activity, Urbaser’s R&D+i area collaborated with a total of 64 research institutions, including 14 research and technological centres, 13 universities and another 37 institutions promoting innovation or research of other types.