Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Carbon footprint of ELIX products
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.
WE ARE CONTINUING OUR 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, which began in 2017 with the international programme Operation Clean Sweep (OCS), 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, during 2021, we have carried out the following improvement measures:
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
Calculating our carbon footprint provides us with useful information for identifying those aspects of our activity that have the greatest environmental impact, and helps us to focus our efforts on reducing it.
This year, we calculated the carbon footprint for our products by performing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based on the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards, which includes the impact from the extraction of the raw materials through to the transportation to our customers. When making this calculation, we took the three types of scope into account: scope 1 (direct emissions) and scopes 2 and 3 (indirect emissions).
The carbon footprint of our product is calculated from the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of the scope, called "from the cradle to the door", which has taken into account from the extraction and processing of raw materials until the product is packaged for final distribution. The main A novelty with respect to the calculation of previous years is that it has been possible to incorporate the carbon footprint values of our suppliers of the main raw materials
CARBON FOOTPRINT PROGRESSION (2019-2021)
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.
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.
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 13,6 %.
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