The Ence biofactory in Pontevedra has once again successfully passed the environmental management system audit in accordance with the voluntary European regulation EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme), a community regulation of eco-management and eco – audit that promotes the improvement of the environmental performance of organizations. In addition, and also through the same audit process, it has been guaranteed that the biofactory complies with the ISO 14001 certification of environmental management systems.
The biofactory continues to improve its efficiency, thus consolidating its leadership in terms of environmental excellence. The investments made in recent years, together with the dedication and commitment of the plant’s human team, have contributed to this achievement, within a company firmly committed to sustainability in all its processes.
The main indicator of effluent quality – the Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) – improved by 85% the upper reference range established by the European regulations for the best environmental practices in the pulp sector for this parameter. The evolution of these data confirms the progress that Ence Pontevedra is constantly making in the quality of its final effluent.
With regard to the responsible management of resources, and thanks to the continuous improvement measures adopted, 2021 has been the year with the lowest water consumption in the entire history of the Pontevedra biofactory, having managed to reduce its water consumption by more than 22% over the past five years .
The Ence biofactory in Pontevedra reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel consumption by 22% in 2021. This milestone is part of our company’s commitment to climate action, through which we want to contribute to the mitigation of climate change in all of our activity.
Finally, regarding the generation of waste, 99% of those generated in 2021 have been recovered, which allows Ence Pontevedra to position itself as a reference plant in terms of management, being endorsed by the “Zero Waste” certification.
Ence’s bio-factory activity is an example of the aforementioned contribution to the circular economy: throughout the pulp production process, the plant produces and operates with recyclable materials. At the same time, it generates renewable electrical energy from biomass that is not used for the production of cellulose, using lignin, a component of wood that is an excellent renewable and natural biofuel.
The environmental management of the Ence biofactory in Pontevedra is supported by international environmental certificates. Since 2014, it has had the Nordic Swan ecolabel, ecolabel of the Nordic countries, to meet the most demanding criteria of respect for the environment. It has also received the Gold Distinction from the European Commission for its environmental improvement, as well as the “Zero Waste” label from AENOR.