The greatest global challenges facing the world and society today are climate change and the scarcity of the planet’s resources. For this reason, the fight against climate change, biodiversity and the protection of the environment are integrated into our General Management Policy and are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
These goals are the response to environmental challenges while helping to identify and take advantage of the opportunities arising from the energy and ecological transition.
One of the most important and obvious challenges we must address and tackle today is climate change, which has greatly accelerated global warming, mainly due to the growth of greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels.
Our commitment is in line with the objective of “Climate Action” as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations.
To this end, our contribution will be active and sustainable with economic, social and environmental development. It will consist of seeking and implementing actions on the path to reducing our carbon emissions, minimising the environmental impact of our operations and activities.
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Biodiversity plays the most important role in the functioning and balance of the planet’s ecosystems, especially in the water cycle and climate regulation by preventing air pollution and natural disasters.
According to the UN SDG-15 (¿), 31% of our planet’s surface is covered by forests and we depend on them for our livelihoods through the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat, which is why combating their degradation is essential.
Forests are also home to great biological diversity. More than 80% of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects are found in forests. Of the 8,300 known animal breeds, 8% are extinct and 22% are endangered.
Ultimately the aim here will be to sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Therefore, all our activities take place in locations, which do not affect natural areas protected for their ecological and biological value. However, human presence inevitably changes the ecosystems of which it is a part by its presence alone.
Our products, activities and services are not related to and do not directly affect biodiversity. However, we recognise that we can make choices that help prevent, conserve and support biodiversity in the locations where we operate.
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Our industrial activities have a significant impact on the environment in which they take place, so we need to manage environmental risks in an integrated way to achieve environmental excellence and contribute to the achievement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Typically, we may encounter emissions, spills, waste and other issues.
We are also aware that all our efforts to reduce environmental impacts must be combined with collaboration with our customers, people and stakeholders and that we must lead environmental improvements throughout our supply chain, to ensure that improvements are implemented at all stages of the life cycle.
For this reason we implement methodologies for the identification of aspects and assessment of impacts on the environment, in accordance with the international standard ISO 14001 as a reference. The purpose will be to identify our “environmental risk” associated with the activities and processes performed by our production plants around the world, taking into consideration the complete life cycle of the product shipped to our customers.
We are aware that the European Sustainable Development Strategy has included the Circular Economy as a critical element to boost the competitiveness of companies, create jobs and generate sustainable growth.
For this reason, we analyse and quantify our impacts on the environment at all stages that form part of the life of the product or service, from the extraction of the materials for its manufacture to the end of its useful life and the management carried out.
In this way we can,
– Reduce our overall environmental impacts.
– Determine strategies to improve and minimise environmental impacts at all stages of the life cycle.
Mitigating climate change involves limiting and reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere to levels much lower than those prevailing today. This is a task that requires the participation of all parties on a cooperative and global basis.
In addition to governments, businesses must understand and manage the risks associated with these GHGs(¿), ensuring the best long-term performance in a competitive business environment and prepare adequately for future national and international policies related to climate protection.
By the end of 2020, we committed to reduce our carbon footprint by 2030 to at least 75% of its Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Achieving this target will include measuring, reducing and/or offsetting the CO2 generated directly or indirectly.
The factors that have moved us to establish this commitment have been mainly due to the analysis of the following environments:
· The current market, which requires companies to adapt in order to take advantage of new opportunities in the fight against decarbonisation and climate change.
· Our customers, who have set ambitious long-term targets to be carbon neutral, including “net CO2 emissions”, which refers to absolute emissions without the use of offsets.
· Today’s society, which demands climate awareness from business leaders,
· Environmental regulations and standards.