Climate change is a global challenge we must face: adaptation and mitigation are two sides of the same coin which we incorporate into our sustainability strategy.
Our "Caring about climate" project represents a step forward in our commitment to the protection of the environment and the reduction of our environmental footprint, as well as an opportunity for us to adapt to climate-related risks.
CARING ABOUT CLIMATE
REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
We have policies which define our commitment to environmental protection:
Reducing our environmental footprint means improving our energy performance and reducing our waste generation and water consumption.
Energy Efficiency Programme
Significant Environmental Aspects Programme
Project for minimising wastewater with high levels of TOC (total organic carbon)
Our plan is to reduce our environmental footprint by exploiting our energy efficiency and waste management programmes already in place, and adopting renewable energy and carbon compensation technologies.
ZERO PELLET LOSS PROGRAMME
ELIX forms part of a value chain of microplastics in the form of resin pellets and plastic powder. Though ELIX is not the direct cause of plastics being present in the sea, it does form part of the plastic life cycle, and therefore commits to being part of the solution.
To help face this global problem, it is important to act locally. Our Zero Pellet Loss Programme, started in 2017, aims to eliminate loss of granules, flakes and powder, and avoid the deposit of these materials into rivers and oceans, formalising our commitment to achieve SDG 14 for the protection of sea life.
At the same time, we carried out measures throughout the whole year to improve our facilities and operations:
We reached all of our specific reduction goals, in this way improving our energy performance
PLANT TOTAL FOR 2019
1 % VARIATION 2019-2020
TOTAL PER TONNE OF ABS PRODUCED
−2,3 % VARIATION 2019-2020
In 2021 we will recuperate the programmes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will plan new actions to continue improving our reduction of energy consumption.
The carbon footprint of our organization
Carbon footprint calculation provides us with useful information for identifying those stages of our activity with the highest environmental impact, and helps us to focus our efforts on diminishing it.
ELIX'S GHG EMISSIONS (2020)
TONNES OF CO2 eq
VARIATION COMPARED TO 2019
EMISSIONS PER PRODUCTION
VARIATION COMPARED TO 2019
EMISSIONS PER EMPLOYEE
VARIATION COMPARED TO 2019
VOLUNTARY AGREEMENTS FOR REDUCING GHGs
As a member company of the Voluntary Agreement for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions programme of the Catalan government’s Climate Change Office, we presented our updated emissions inventory along with a proposal for new actions and information on our improvement measures already in place.
The most significant measures are:
Significant reduction measures planned for 2021 are:
The carbon footprint of our products
We calculate our products’ carbon footprint using a full-scope Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) known as “cradle-to-gate”, which takes into account the extraction and processing of raw materials up until the final packaging of a product to be distributed.
This is the third consecutive year we’ve lowered our carbon emissions from ABS production.
CARBON FOOTPRINT PROGRESSION (2018-2020)
Source: includes ABS manufacturing and distribution processes; that is, raw material consumption and transport to ELIX, energy use, air and water emissions, waste management and transport to authorised waste management facilities, and transport of final products to customers. Also taken into account is the amount of intermediate SAN and powder produced and sold.
Contaminating atmospheric emissions of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide have hazardous consequences on the health of people and the environment.
ANNUAL AVERAGE PER SOURCE FOR EACH PLANT (mg/Nm3)
EMISSIONS IN 2020
1. Styrene copolymer and acrylonitrile production plant.
2. Waste gas treatment plant.
3. Thermal Oxidation Gas Treatment plant.
ANNUAL AVERAGE PER SOURCE BY PLANT (mg/Nm3)
Our emission levels of nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide are much lower than current regulations permit.
We are gradually shifting from linear collection and treatment management by an authorised facility to management with a circular economy perspective, constantly searching for ways to recuperate and revalue our own waste
We strictly monitor the proper and improper management of all our waste, identifying aspects we can improve such as labeling, packaging, location or warehouse deliveries.
TOTAL GENERATED WASTE
TONNES OF TOTAL WASTE PER TONNE PRODUCED
ABS production requires the use of dangerous chemical products and creates highly hazardous waste, which, if poorly managed, can pose serious health risks to people and cause environmental damage. Our protocols for monitoring and managing these products are stringent and comprehensive.
MAIN MANAGEMENT CHANNELS
(MANAGED TONNE PER CHANNEL/TONNE PRODUCED)
PREPARACIÓN PARA LA REUTILIZACIÓN
INCINERACIÓN (CON RECUPERACIÓN ENERGÉTICA)
We've maintained our downward trend in waste generation and have managed a 91 % reduction.
(vertedero + incineración)
We've reduced all of our hazardous waste by 13 %.
The greatest overall reduction was due to having completed the substitution of fiber cement on the roofs of some of our facility buildings.
We have a management contract with Covestro Industrial Park, which is where our wastewater is treated.
Covestro carries out periodic contamination analyses of ELIX’s incoming and outgoing water. We also carry out our own strict monitoring of pH, TOC and suspended solids in our wastewater.
Our water footprint
In the current context of climate change, predictions are that the Mediterranean coast will be one of the most affected areas. Water will become a scarce and precious good which will need to be distributed according to its different uses: domestic, agricultural and industrial.
We work to improve our efficiency in the use of this resource and to reduce the vulnerability of water drainage basins due to fresh water depletion. Our sustainability strategy 2030 sets the ambitious goal of reducing water consumption by 15% in comparison with 2017.
At ELIX we use closed circuit refrigeration water -- thus, there is zero consumption.
TOTAL INDUSTRIAL WATER (m3)
Water use efficiency:
WATER CONSUMPTION RELATIVE TO PRODUCTION (m3 /t ABS produced)
INDUSTRIAL WATER CONSUMPTION WITH RESPECT TO BASE YEAR 2013