The factories are environmentally very efficient
97% of the total production of the sector in Spain is carried out under an Environmental Management System (ISO or EMAS).
- Mix of fuels: biomass (32%) and natural gas (65%).
- The electric energy required to move the machinery and steam to dry the cellulose and paper is produced by the sector in cogeneration plants (1,135 MW of installed power) beside the factories. Cogeneration saves primary energy and reduces emissions. IDAE/ASPAPEL
- Manufacturing all the paper a Spaniard consumes in one year produces less CO2 emissions than a single journey by car Madrid-Barcelona-Madrid. Facts by ASPAPEL and Pitney Bowes Inc.- The environmental Impact of Mail: A Baseline, 2008
Efficiency in water use
In the paper making process, water is used, it is not consumed. Only 5% of the water used is consumed and the remaining 95% is returned after purification.
Water use in the industrial process has been reduced by 22% since 2000 in total volume and effluent per tonne has decreased by 18% for cellulose and 57% for paper.
Efficiency in waste management in the process
77% of the waste materials in the process are recycled: energy recovery (27%), direct agricultural use (24%) composting (10%), cement industry (2%), ceramics industry (1%), raw materials in other industries (8%).
ASPAPEL: Update 2014 Sustainability Report