Geocycle España, a Holcim Group company responsible for the pre-treatment and conditioning of industrial waste for subsequent energy recovery in cement factories, has once again achieved the double ‘Calculo y Reduzco’ seal awarded earlier this year by the Spanish Office for Climate Change (OECC) of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO).
The achievement of this distinction is due to the fact that between 2018 and 2020 the company reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to fuel consumption (Scope 1) and energy consumption (Scope 2) by 15.76%. This is a very significant figure considering that, in the previous three-year period (2017-2019), the reduction was 8.47%.
Cristina Gómez, Geocycle’s plant manager, states that “this progress in terms of emissions reduction is due, on the one hand, to the increase in the amount of waste managed while the CO2 emitted, in relative value, has been lower and, on the other, to the fact that, in our commitment to sustainable management, the Albox plant reduced electricity consumption, with respect to the tonnes of alternative fuel”.
When the plant joined this voluntary register of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, it undertook to carry out an inventory of its carbon footprint and to reduce it, a fact that is being reflected in the figures for the last three years.
Objective framed within the “The Carbon Challenge” project.
In 2020, LafargeHolcim became the first company in the cement and concrete sector in Spain to obtain this double seal, which was joined by Geocycle España at the beginning of 2021 in its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
Obtaining this distinction by both organisations was precisely one of the objectives set within the “The Carbon Challenge” project, a think tank promoted by the company aimed at researching and defining specific measures in terms of decarbonisation from different areas such as: reducing emissions in the process, energy and material recovery and the development of a range of products with a lower carbon footprint.