Ence optimizes its production processes to reduce water consumption and fight desertification

The reduction of water consumption in its production processes and the efficient management of water resources in its facilities is one of the pillars in Ence’s environmental management. It is also one of the company’s goals in terms of sustainability. Thus, its biofactories in Pontevedra and Navia are working on continuous improvement to reduce specific water consumption, which has reached minimum levels in the last year.

On the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Ence reaffirms its firm commitment to providing a sustainable response to this situation generated by human activity and climate change. A priority also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 6: guaranteeing the availability of water and its sustainable management and sanitation for all.

As a sign of the company’s commitment to reducing water consumption, its biofactories in Pontevedra and Navia have achieved substantial improvements in terms of water savings, thanks to the measures implemented to improve efficiency in consumption and reuse and fundamentally improving the control and engineering in the process. Thanks to this, the Navia biofactory, after the investments made for the technological optimization of the biofactory, has reduced its specific water consumption by 11% in the last year, the reduction achieved in Pontevedra being 4%.

Ence has also designed specific plans to improve water resources for its renewable energy plants with biomass. Thus, as an example, aero condensers will be implemented at the Puertollano plant, which will reduce water consumption by 10 times compared to other methods.

Similarly, the Lucena biomass plant is another example of efficient water consumption and circular economy, as it takes advantage of the treated water from the municipality’s WWTP, thus avoiding additional extraction and reducing consumption by 35%.

As a sign of its commitment to the responsible management of water resources, Ence is part of EsAgua, a pioneering network of Spanish entities committed to reducing their water footprint. It is a unique and innovative project in Spain, in which more than 30 Spanish entities already participate. By joining this initiative, Ence expresses its commitment to contribute to preserving the environment and achieving a more efficient allocation of water resources, making progress towards calculating the water footprint and raising awareness among all its stakeholders.