Ence’s biofactory in Navia has received the “Zero Waste” environmental certificate awarded by AENOR to those organizations that carry out a more efficient management of their waste and that are capable of recovering it.
In this way, the Ence plant in Asturias has obtained this recognition that only five companies have in all of Spain, thus adding to the one already granted to the company’s biofactory in Pontevedra last year.
The AENOR certificate certifies that Ence values all its waste fractions, preventing them from going to the landfill as their final destination, and supports its commitment to the circular economy model, while demonstrating its firm commitment to sustainability and environmental care. A commitment that has also been recognized from the international level, with the Nordic Swan ecolabel, the official ecological seal of the Scandinavian governments.
In Ence’s case, the Asturian biofactory recovered practically all of its waste in 2019 (97%). Through its reuse, recycling or energy recovery, the plant not only prevented these materials from ending up in landfills, but also reintroduced them into its value chain, giving them a new life.
The granting of this certificate is part of the circular economy model, as it promotes proper waste management through responsible, efficient and sustainable use of resources.
The activity of Ence’s biofactory itself is an example of contribution to the aforementioned 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 using lignin, a component of wood that constitutes an excellent renewable and natural biofuel.
In this way, the more than 6,000 jobs linked to Ence Navia also contribute, with their daily work, to reduce energy intensity and carbon footprint, as well as to advance on the path of energy transition, towards the objectives of decarbonisation marked from the European Commission.