Ence Energía y Celulosa has developed a Sustainability Decalogue for Biomass as a Fuel, a pioneering action in Spanish companies set up to guarantee its commitment to sustainability in the use of biomass and environment protection in the use of this renewable source of energy.
With such endeavour Ence anticipates the future of biomass generation and guarantees -to all our stakeholders- the sustainable use of biomass and a permanent respect for natural resources. For its preparation, Ence has relied on the criteria required to create biomass sustainability established by some of the most important environmental European organizations.
Ence’s Sustainability Decalogue for Biomass as a Fuel:
1· It shall respect the natural environment:
Biomass management shall respect -at all times- biomass resource’s renovation capacity, soil quality, and shall not produce damage to the natural environment.
2· It shall be compatible with sustainable agricultural and forestry practices:
Ence’s activity shall be compatible with the good agricultural and forestry practices manuals for all crop and species.
3· It shall not burn roundwood:
Ence shall not use roundwood of more than 10 cm in diameter as a fuel, unless its only possibility of consumption is energy use, and wood will not come from invasive species.
4· It shall respect biomass priority uses:
Biomass used by Ence shall not compete with other possible biomass sustainable and priority uses (food, construction, furniture,…)
5· It shall not use biomass that is in competition with food crops:
Ence shall not use biomass that comes from energy crops plantations on land suitable for food agriculture and production.
6· It shall only take advantage of surplus agricultural biomass:
It shall only use residual agricultural waste and that do not involve lowering amounts intended for livestock feeding.
7· It shall respect laws and human rights:
Biomass collection shall always be undertaken respecting current legislations, human rights and the community.
8· It shall apply the best available technology:
Ence shall permanently apply the best available techniques to transport, store and produce biomass energy in order to minimize environmental impacts and maximize energy efficiency.
9· It shall minimize carbon emissions:
It shall envisage the overall carbon footprint, considering the balance of greenhouse gas emissions throughout its life cycle, and will limit the collection distance of agricultural and forestry waste.
10· It shall always pursue the highest energy efficiency:
Ence shall promote maximum energy efficiency through the development and application of technology to use waste useful heat from its plants for other industries and local uses.