Ence’s biofactories revalidate the certification of the sustainability of their biomass through the SURE standard

Ence’s biofactories in Pontevedra and Navia (Asturias) have renewed the certification of their sustainable management of biomass through the SURE scheme. This is a certification whose implementation the company was a pioneer in 2021, and which now, through its renewal in these facilities, confirms Ence’s leadership in the sustainable and responsible management of biomass as a raw material for the generation of renewable energy.

The biomass that Ence manages in its biofactories in Pontevedra and Navia is practically all local biomass, consisting of plant remains of forest origin, derived from the sustainable use of forest masses and the production of cellulose in the same facilities. Thanks to renewable generation with biomass, Ence’s biofactories are self-sufficient and have an energy surplus, and therefore contribute to the decarbonisation of its production process and the national energy system.

CEGANOR, a recognized Spanish company authorized to audit according to the SURE scheme, has been the entity responsible for reviewing the certification. Thus, compliance with the requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001 (REDII) has been ensured and accredited, a European regulation that establishes the criteria that all biomass used in the bioenergy sector must meet. , guaranteeing its sustainable origin, a correct mass balance, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.

In this way, Ence has established itself as a benchmark in sustainable biomass management, a commitment that the company materialized in 2017, when it released its Decalogue for the Sustainability of Biomass as Fuel, a pioneering initiative in the Spanish company, underway to guarantee total sustainability in the use of biomass and care for the environment in its use as an energy source. Later, in 2021, Ence was also a pioneer in the implementation of the SURE certification in all its facilities.

The Ence Group is the first in the production of renewable energy with agroforestry biomass in Spain. Through the renewable energy plants of its subsidiary Magnon Green Energy, it has a total generation capacity of 266 MW, to which are added 112 MW from its pulp biofactories. Biomass is a renewable and manageable energy source, which has great development potential in Spain. In addition, it has great environmental advantages, reducing emissions and contributing to the transition towards a low-carbon energy model, as well as generating employment and activity in rural areas.