Ence is fully committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From its Energy area, and thanks to the promotion of generation with renewables, Ence contributes directly to the fight against climate change (SDG 13) and to the promotion of sustainable and environmentally friendly energy (SDG 7). In this way, the biomass generation of Ence is a model for the decarbonisation process of the national energy system.
Ence, within its commitment to sustainability, manages a circular business model that achieves positive impacts aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the company has implemented in its strategy, and are guides to its daily management, those objectives such as Climate Action and Affordable and Non-Pollutant Energy, already mentioned, in addition to responsible Production and Consumption, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, the promotion of sustainable Cities and communities, and the preservation of Life of terrestrial ecosystems.
Ence generates renewable energy in its pulp biofactories, where it takes advantage of the excess heat from the process and energetically valorises lignin, a natural material found in wood. In addition, the company has 10 independent power generation plants – 8 biomass, 1 cogeneration and 1 thermosolar – with the capacity to contribute more than 2 million MWh / year to the network, enough to supply the annual electricity needs of 566,000 homes. mainly from agroforestry biomass and the sun, renewable sources
The company extrapolates to its energy business all its experience and the circular economy model of its pulp biofactories, where it values practically all waste. This model management has earned him to obtain the AENOR “Zero Waste” certification at his plant in Pontevedra. In this way, as a producer of renewable energy, it valorises the agricultural and forestry biomass from the nearby environment of its operations centers in Andalusia, Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha.
The company’s objective is to emulate nature and eliminate the concept of waste, minimizing the environmental impact, avoiding risky operations such as uncontrolled burning in the field and assuming an important boost to the economy and rural employment.
Furthermore, biomass generation is the only renewable technology that can be managed without meteorological dependencies, which makes it a key factor for the necessary just transition towards a decarbonised energy model, as promoted by the Sustainable Development Goals.
Other strategies that mark Ence’s outstanding contribution to the SDGs are the direct and sustainable management of forest stands that absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, the biodegradable nature of products made from Ence’s cellulose, or the company’s commitment to innovation and continuous implementation of the Best Available Technologies in its operating plants and in all its growth projects.