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10.27.2005

For the third year running, Befesa Gestión de Residuos Industriales has had its Nerva Center EMAS certificate renewed

For the third consecutive year, Befesa Gestión de Residuos Industriales’s Nerva Center has had its EMAS certificate renewed. In the year 2000, it had its Environmental Management System certified by AENOR according to the standard UNE-EN-ISO 14001:1996. Nonetheless, the company’s objective of protecting the environment, combining it with industrial and economic development, went even further and therefore, in 2003, it voluntarily subjected itself to the EC Regulation 761/2001 (EMAS), "Eco-Management and Audit Scheme".

The Nerva Center is an authorized waste management center, which covers waste collection, transportation, provisional storage, treatment and elimination in the hazardous and non-hazardous waste safety deposit. In addition, it is an authorized transport manager in Extremadura and the Canary Isles. Due to the variety in the origins of the wastes, Befesa offers its customers an integral waste management service that commences with its commercial agents contacting the waste generators. The agents facilitate the waste admission application documents taking the reception parameters established in the authorization into account, and when necessary, they take a sample to verify the type of waste. Once the waste has been accepted, and depending on the nature thereof, it will follow a specific treatment process: provisional storage, grinding and pressing, conditioning plant, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste safety deposit. Lixiviate control is carried out to finalize the process.

This Center is committed to preparing an Annual Environmental Statement to provide society with its most significant environmental information and the results of its environmental program. It also makes its future objectives for improving environmental performance known – the most significant of which are: to reduce the consumption of drinking water, minimize the polluting load in the generated lixiviates by treating the organic waste in the conditioning plant, improvement of the surroundings, that is to say, reducing impacts on landscapes, achieving zero discharging of the waters from the non-hazardous wastes impounding reservoir, increasing the valorization of plastic and metal containers and increasing the recycling of used paper.

This all indicates that the renewal of its EMAS certificate is further recognition of the advances made by Befesa in environmental management and reflects the interest shown in implementing good environmental management in order to reduce the impact caused by production processes.