Ence's pulp mills in Pontevedra and Navia, Spain, and its renewable energy generation plants of Magnon, receive European Sure certification for second consecutive year; sites pass audit that guarantees sustainability of biomass consumed in its facilities

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September 21, 2022 (press release) –

Ence’s biofactories in Pontevedra and Navia and the renewable energy generation plants of Magnon, the group’s renewable energy subsidiary, become part, for the second consecutive year, of the group of facilities certified by the European Sure scheme, by successfully passing the audit process that guarantees the sustainability of the biomass consumed in its facilities.

Ence became, last year, the first company on the continent to start the certification process for the sustainability of its biomass through this procedure. Currently, after passing the process of verifying the requirements of the standard, the plants of the Ence Group continue to belong to the select group of facilities certified by the Sure scheme in Europe.

Ceganor has been the entity responsible for auditing the process, since it has the authorization by the Sure scheme to carry out this task. The SURE certification scheme is one of the tools developed to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive (EU) 2018/2001 (REDII), a European regulation that establishes various criteria that must be met by all biomass used in the bioenergy sector, focused on guaranteeing its sustainability, a correct mass balance, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.

Ence continues to be at the forefront of the sustainability of biomass as a source of renewable energy. Since 2017, the company promoted its Decalogue for the Sustainability of Biomass as Fuel, a pioneering initiative in the Spanish company through which the company can guarantee that the biomass it uses is sustainable, based on the criteria established by some of the most important environmental organizations in Europe.

In addition, it should be noted that the technology to produce electricity with biomass is based on a production process in which practically all the waste used is sent for recovery in other uses and processes, being an example of circular economy.

Ence, together with its renewable energy subsidiary, Magnon Green Energy, is the first Spanish company to produce renewable energy with agroforestry biomass.

Biomass is a renewable and manageable source of energy, which has great potential for development in Spain. In addition, it has great environmental advantages, reducing emissions and contributing to the transition towards a low-carbon energy model. Added to these environmental advantages is the fact that biomass is a renewable, local and especially abundant resource in Spain. The biomass that Ence uses in its process is produced as a result of agricultural and forestry activities, which are very important sectors for economic revitalization and employment in rural areas.

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