Smurfit Kappa obtains the ECO20 seal for its photovoltaic self-consumption

May 7th 2024

Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa It is the first company in the sector to obtain the ECO20® seal: Made with Solar Energy. This distinction comes after the study carried out by the environmental consulting firm EcoQuality and the auditor OCA Global at the plants in Almería, Huelva and Córdoba.

The results of the study, carried out from June to September 2023, show that, in the months of greatest photovoltaic production, the three plants reached a level of total self-consumption of 33,57% in the case of Almería, 25,92% in Córdoba and 23,49% in Huelva, avoiding, between the three, the emission of 244,15 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere the equivalent of those absorbed by 1.465 trees. 

In the words of Susana Amaya, head of Quality & Food Safety & Sustainability at Smurfit Kappa Spain | Portugal | Morocco: “This qualification, unique in Europe, provides third-party verification that Smurfit Kappa is faithful to its commitment to the use of renewable energy in our production process, which is a guarantee not only that our products are environmentally friendly. environment, but also compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Agenda 2030.”

For its part, Carlos Faigl, head of ECOQuality, points out: “we congratulate Smurfit Kappa for the effort, both financial and that of its team, which has led it to achieve very high percentages of self-consumption of renewable energy. The ECO20 certification demonstrates that it is possible to efficiently reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the impact on the environment of a sector as in demand worldwide as cardboard.”

Obtaining this distinction certifies the percentage of energy from renewable sources that a company uses in its production processes and the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions avoided into the atmosphere in a specific period. It also represents a guarantee for customers that their products are environmentally friendly.

This achievement is added to those achieved by the company in recent months, reflected in su recently published Sustainability Report, and among which the installation of 12.000 solar panels in the Sangüesa paper factory (Navarra) stands out, which will reduce CO2 emissions by more than 3.200 tons per year or the 900 tons of CO2 emissions per year that the Moroccan plant It will avoid emitting into the atmosphere thanks to its 1.500 solar panels.

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