Ence’s activity in its bio-factories in Pontevedra and Navia (Asturias) is above the average for the cellulose pulp, paper and packaging products sector in terms of environmental parameters and transparency. In this way, the company is a benchmark for other companies, obtaining a rating of 74.3 points out of 100, according to the non-governmental organization WWF, through its 2019 “Environmental Paper Company Index” (EPCI) report. , which highlights the company’s wood supply management very positively.
The WWF Index is a voluntary participation tool that aims to increase transparency in the sector, while also raising awareness of how cellulose pulp, paper and packaging products can reduce their environmental footprint.
Ence – Energía y Celulosa is part of the set of thirty companies that, at the international level, have voluntarily participated in this evaluation. For this, Ence has collaborated with WWF by providing information about its indicators for the supply and consumption of raw materials, certifications, the pulp production process, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption management, among other parameters. The total production of its two biofactories has been evaluated.
In the cellulose pulp category, Ence has achieved a score of 74.3% of the total within the EPCI index. Thus, it is above the average for the companies in the pasta sector (66% on average).
An important factor is the environmental quality of its Navia and Pontevedra biofactories, at the global forefront of the sector in environmental performance. In fact, both plants have an Integrated Management System in accordance with ISO 9001 and 14001 standards, and are adhered to the EMAS regulation, in addition to having the “Nordic Swan” seal, the official ecological seal of the Scandinavian governments and the ecolabel European EU Ecolabel.
The section in which Ence stands out well above the sector average is in the responsible supply of fiber, obtaining a score of 89% within the EPCI index, the cellulose production sector average being 74%, and that of the total of the industry evaluated by WWF of 76%.
This is largely due to Ence’s commitment to forest certification, in particular FSC®, in Spain, which guarantees a responsible management model, not only of the forest stands that the company directly manages, but also extending this policy to its supply chain, promoting the certification of the surfaces of partners and collaborators.
Thanks to this effort, 82% of the wood that is processed in the bio-factories in Pontevedra and Navia (Asturias) have forest certification (FSC® License Code FSC-C081854) and has management traceability. All of this contributes actively to creating value for owners and generating employment in the forestry sector in rural areas.