Sustainability / The mill, the workers

The quest for ever greater process efficiency through technological innovation is a hallmark of the paper industry in Spain. Making paper with less energy and less water and cascading the use of raw materials by turning waste into resources are key aspects of the sector's working philosophy.
Biomass and cogeneration
The paper industry is the leading sector in Spain in terms of producing and using renewable biomass-based energy. 28% of the fuel used in 2016 was biomass and biogas, and 70% was natural gas. 
The industry's mills produce most of the energy they use in efficient CHP plants with 1,086 MW of installed capacity. While generating 5.2 million MWh of electricity -lower than the previous year (5.4)- and producing 7.9 million tons of pulp and paper -higher than in 2015 (7.8)- the sector's CO2 emissions remained at a similar level
to 2015.
Optimisation of water use and consumption
Total water usage remained at the same level as the previous year (109 million m3), despite an increase in pulp and paper production volumes, which rose from 7.8 to 7.9 million tonnes. Compared to 2000, total water usage has been reduced by 32%, although in 2016 pulp and paper production was 22% higher than 15 years ago.
79% of process waste is re-used
In 2016, 79% of the waste from the papermaking process was either converted back into resources for direct agricultural use or as compost, recycled as a raw material for other industries, or recovered as an energy source.
Commitment to OHS
ASPAPEL implements an ambitious OHS program in collaboration with trade unions and with the participation of its member companies. Last year, the Association brought out a compilation of all the OHS material published over the last ten years. 
Despite the rebound in 2015 and 2016, in the last decade (2007- 2016), accident rates have been reduced by half: the near-miss rate dropped from 60.0 to 33.9, accident frequency rate went down from 37.1 to 20.7, and the severity rate from 1.1 to 0.7.


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Sustainability Report 2015: The mill, the workers

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