23 July 2019. Ence, a biomass power plant in Pontevedra, today received the environmental certificate "Zero Waste", awarded AENOR to organisations with efficient waste management systems in place and which are capable of reprocessing this waste.
The director of the Pontevedra biomass power plant, Paulo Gaia, together with the director of Quality and Environment, Carlos Casas, collected the award, only held by five companies in Spain.
The AENOR Zero Waste certification accredits that Ence reprocesses all its waste fractions and is committed to sending zero waste to landfill. This way it reaffirms its support for the circular economy model and demonstrates its firm commitment to sustainability and the protection of the environment. This commitment has also been recognised internationally, with the awarding of the EU Gold Medal and the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the official ecolabel of the Nordic countries.
In 2018, Ence, the biomass factory in Lourizan, reprocessed almost all its waste (99.1%). Through reuse, recycling or energy recovery, the plant not only ensured that these materials were not sent to landfill, but they were also reintroduced into the value chain, giving them a new life.
This certificate recognises the company's commitment to the circular economy model, promoting proper waste management through the responsible, efficient and sustainable use of resources.
The activity of the Ence biomass power plant is proof of how the company is working towards a circular future: throughout the cellulose production process, the plant produces and operates with recyclable materials. It also generates renewable electrical energy from biomass not used for cellulose production, with lignin, a wood component used to produce excellent natural, renewable boifuel.
Thus, the over 5,000 jobs linked to Ence Pontevedra also contribute to reducing energy intensity and the carbon footprint, and embrace the lean energy transition towards the EU goal of decarbonisation.