Sustainability at the Europac Group is present in the development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies with a triple bottom line (economic, social and environmental) approach.
In line with its stated commitment to growth, the Europac Group undertakes to create quality employment. It is currently responsible for more than 2,200 direct jobs in Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco.
The packaging industry also generates indirect employment, above all in the services industry, and forms part of the backbone of industrial development of its area of influence.
On the social front, the Europac Group helps promote culture, sports and aid to those in need in its factories’ catchment areas. Europac Integra is the group initiative designed to achieve the social and labour integration of people with disabilities, a segment of the population affected by high unemployment. Its goal is to provide a productive service at the Company’s own plants, as well as at customers’ plants.
Sustainable development is a part of all the Europac Group’s processes and the manufacture of recyclable and biodegradable products using renewable raw materials...
Certified wood and recovered paper are used as raw materials for new recycled paper and kraftliner, which is subsequently used to make cardboard sheets and boxes. When boxes reach the end customer, they are recovered once again through waste management centres and converted into raw material for new products.
The Europac Group’s integrated business model is itself a sustainability factor.
A key factor of sustainability is the Europac Group’s integrated business model. The Company’s paper plants in Dueñas, Alcolea de Cinca, Rouen and Viana do Castelo consume approximately 850,000 tonnes of recycled paper. These production units recover the waste for use as a raw material for new products.
The geographic proximity of the paper plants and waste management centres guarantees efficient and competitive management of recovered paper in keeping with the proximity principle promoted by the European Union to save fuel and prevent the generation of new waste from transportation.
The waste-water treatment plants (WWTP) at the paper mills treat the water used in the production process. The slurries that remain in filters are processed to make organic fertilizers.
In addition, the use of a biomass boiler and a recovery boiler in Viana do Castelo enables the waste and bi-products of the industrial process to be used as a fuel to produce energy. Energy produced using biomass has a positive impact on the environment, promotes forestry development, helps absorb CO2 and clean hillsides, and reduces the risk of forest fires and the recovery of residue from tree-felling.
The next stage of the process, i.e. the production of corrugated cardboard packaging, reduces CO2 emissions. Recent studies indicate that the cardboard industry generates 80% less CO2 equivalent per tonne than the plastic industry and 80% less than the expanded polystyrene (EPS) industry.
FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council ®): An independent organisation providing certification of responsible environmental management
PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification): An international, non-governmental organisation which promotes responsible forest management.