Molecor moves forward in its decarbonisation plan
There is currently great concern for the environmental situation we are facing, both in terms of the depletion of available resources and the climate emergency resulting from global warming. This is driving all governments worldwide, and in particular in the European Union, to greatly increase their efforts to find solutions to these problems, proposing actions both in the fight against climate change and in the transition to a circular economy model. In the first case, the solution is implementing a decarbonisation plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the second, adopting eco-design and promoting the reuse and recycling of waste generated by using it as a new raw material.
The plastics industry is a sector with high potential to contribute towards improving the current climate situation. On the one hand, alongside construction and waste cycle management – sectors in which Molecor products are widely used – it has been considered one of the European Circular Economy Strategy's priority sectors for action; and on the other hand, as part of the business fabric, it also has a very important role to play in decarbonisation by reducing emissions.
Molecor is an industry committed to the environment, and our responsibility makes us reduce to a minimum the use of resources and generate the lowest impact possible on our surroundings. Hence, since the beginning of our activity, we have shown our commitment to the environment, and consequently have included it in the Sustainability Strategy the company is developing for the coming years.
With the aim of aligning with the goals of the European Green Deal to be climate-neutral by 2050, Molecor is firmly committed to increasing its contribution to the fight against climate change and, in line with this commitment, is taking a further step towards achieving the targets included in its decarbonisation plan by incorporating renewable energy sources in its energy consumption.
In collaboration with POWEN, a company specialising in the development, construction and management of photovoltaic plants, a photovoltaic panel system in PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) mode on a self-consumption basis has been installed. The system has been set up on the roof of the production plant in Loeches (Madrid) where TOM® pipes and PVC-O ecoFITTOM® fittings are manufactured, and which started operating at the beginning of 2022.
The installation has 3,170 solar panels on the roof of the facilities capable of generating 1,413,490 KWh of energy per year, which represents 13% of the total consumption required, with an installed power of 1,077 KWp.
The use of this renewable energy can significantly reduce the organisation's carbon footprint – specifically in this case, the decrease in electricity consumption means a reduction in CO2 emissions associated with this consumption of 544 tonnes per year.
In Spain, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITERD) is promoting self-consumption as part of its energy policy, and, therefore, with this initiative, Molecor is contributing towards achieving the goals set out in the PNIEC (Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan) 2021-2030, which consist of a 23% reduction of greenhouse gases compared to 1990.
It should be noted that the globally patented manufacturing process for Molecor PVC-O pipes and fittings only uses electricity and already offers a very significant improvement in energy efficiency, therefore, lower CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, compared to other processes for manufacturing pipes and fittings in both PVC-O and alternative materials.
Moreover, this significant and verifiable action in the fight against climate change marks a new milestone in the drive towards energy transition and achieving Molecor’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the company is adopting other measures to reduce consumption and environmental impact – such as developing products with a smaller environmental footprint, implementing energy management systems in production processes, and the responsible use of resources.
This photovoltaic energy initiative is making a significant contribution to the SDGs.