Adequa’s Quality and Environmental Policy principles include a firm commitment to protect the environment through effective environmental management that promotes the prevention of environmental pollution. This commitment is structured through adequa Policy, whose principles include working towards sustainable development. This commitment is structured through the adequa Policy, whose principles include working for sustainable development
adequa has implemented an Integrated Quality and Environmental System in accordance with the ISO 14001:2015 standard, certified by AENOR.
Responsibilities have been defined for implementing the Integrated Management System in the work centres, providing the necessary information on process quality, products, environment and occupational safety, and proposing and executing the appropriate action plans to resolve deviations, with all employees being responsible for the progressive improvement in its scope of application.
In 2019, the expenses for Environmental Management (management of hazardous waste and non-hazardous waste) have included the elimination of equipment with fluorinated gases, the replacement of injectors and lighting, environmental maintenance and maintenance and adaptation to the Environmental Certification in force.
With the aim of responding to the most significant aspects of the organisation’s activities, actions have been carried out in the following areas:
In adequa we work daily to adapt to the legal requirements and recommendations of official European and national bodies in terms of product certification, increasing by 48.3% the number of pieces certified according to specific national regulations, certifying a new range of non-pressure sanitation, and achieving the necessary certification in our URATOP range to be able to market the product in Morocco and the UK. In addition, we have strengthened our participation in the various national and European committees and working groups, in order to adapt more quickly and efficiently to their requirements in the future.
Adequa complies with national pollution regulations through the maintenance of equipment and the control of atmospheric emissions through OCA bodies.
Adequa has implemented various measures aimed at minimising environmental impact, such as the installation of gravimetric equipment in Antequera to save MMPP.
Action plans have also been carried out to reduce electricity consumption with actions such as the installation of dry-coolers in Antequera and Alovera, change of lighting to LEDs in Alovera, replacement of the Injector with a reduction in closure and reduction in consumption, finally resulting in reductions in consumption in kW.h/Tn of 4.04% in the overall Alcázar section, 3.95% in the Antequera Orientation section, and a reduction of 8.47% in the overall Alovera accessories section.
The investment in new machinery in Alovera has resulted in reductions in oil and absorbent consumption, in addition to the aforementioned energy consumption.
The reduction in box consumption at Alovera was achieved by improving the transport ratio and the purchase of agricultural containers instead of box consumption. The introduction of strong French customers who buy full pallets that facilitate loading and increase orders for larger boxes, resulted in the elimination of the use of small boxes.
In Alovera, 72.6% less packagingcontaining hazardous substances has been produced than in previous years, as thanks to the elimination of Pb and the use of the Ca-organic based stabiliser, the waste generated has been managed as non-hazardous waste.
Solid urban waste has been reduced by 11.6 tonnes in Alovera, thanks to the separate management of FILM – plastic bags (recyclable material).
Fluorinated gas refrigeration equipment has been eliminated in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real), being replaced with modern equipment with less environmental impact and lower energy consumption.
In general, all production plants define specific actions to improve in this field, and these are monitored monthly through indicators such as generation of industrial oil, generation of absorbents, reduction of electricity consumption and reduction of own balances, etc., all of which are aimed at minimising environmental impact.
One of the main impacts is the noise generated by the production plants, due to the production machinery and equipment and the refrigeration equipment in the industrial plants.
A series of acoustic impact measurements were taken and actions were carried out to prevent and improve the environmental impact by installing acoustic screens in Antequera, insulating pump and compressor rooms, and changing to cooling units with better acoustic performance in the centre of Alcázar, etc. It should be noted that the measurements in Antequera, carried out by an OCA before and after the actions, certified a 15% reduction in the noise generated, endorsing the actions carried out.
Adequa has obtained the certificate of recognition for its environmental policy and for its adherence to the program OCS (Operation Clean Sweep), for the implementation of good practices to prevent the loss of pellets, flakes and resin powder at its plants in Ciudad Real, Guadalajara and Malaga, issued by ANAIP and Plastics Europe.
adequa has also obtained the MORE seal, and the certificate awarded by ANAIP and European Plastic Converters. As a result, it again demonstrates our commitment to the circular economy by incorporating recycled material into our products.
On the other hand, adequa has the ISO 14001 Environmental System Management certificate for the manufacture of plastic products for sanitary, sanitation and supply applications.