Ence's pulp biofactory in Pontevedra revalidates its Zero Waste certification that AENOR grants to organizations with efficient waste management; verification guarantees recovery, through reuse, recycling or energy recovery, of waste generated in plant

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June 28, 2023 (press release) –

The Ence biofactory in Pontevedra has successfully revalidated the certification of the “Zero Waste” environmental seal that AENOR grants to those organizations that carry out more efficient management of their waste and that are capable of valuing it.

These facilities have repeated, for the fourth consecutive year, the results that made them worthy of recognition for the first time in 2019, and that make the Lourizán biofactory a paradigm of responsible use of resources and circular economy.

The verification process carried out aims to guarantee the recovery, through reuse, recycling or through energy recovery, of the waste generated in the plant, thus avoiding its transfer to landfills. Also, the traceability of the entire process.

This demonstrates that the efficient management of 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.
In fact, the very activity of the Ence biofactory in Pontevedra is an example of a contribution to the circular bioeconomy: throughout the pulp production process, the plant operates with materials of natural, renewable origin, to supply recyclable products. 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, and forest residues from the process.

All this demonstrates the company’s commitment to the circular economy model, while demonstrating its firm commitment to sustainability and care for the environment.

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