Spain: Sustainability in the meat industry
This was the third of a series of seminars called 'Sustainability in the meat industry: essential elements' of the series that INTERPORC is developing on this subject . On this occasion, the contents focused more on the industries themselves, after the first two that focused on production.
As Cristina Marí, from the INTERPORC Sustainability department, pointed out, "at Interprofessional we work to fulfill the commitment we have made to achieve a neutral climate impact on swine by 2050 in line with the provisions of the European Green Pact. For this reason, it is a great satisfaction to contrast in these webinars that the companies in the sector have joined this initiative with total conviction".
During the webinar, Carlos Ballesteros, general director of the National Association of Energy Services Companies (ANESE), explained among the possible resources that meat companies have to address improvements in sustainability, the EPC contracts, which "offer the possibility of recovering part of savings from the beginning of the contract and the total at the end".
Likewise, it clarified that "Energy Saving Certificates are neither fees, nor taxes, nor CO2 emission rights, nor subsidies. They are an asset that allows improving the performance of investments in energy efficiency".
For his part, Javier Donato, director of SITRA, referred to the actions that can be carried out in terms of water to improve sustainability, which include "adjusting the quality of the water used in each process; regenerate and reuse; select more sustainable technologies; and look for water-waste-energy solutions". In addition, he placed special emphasis on "digitization to be able to adequately measure the consumption of each process because that is the principle to be able to improve it".
Finally, Mariana Reina, legislative technician from the AIMPLAS competitive and strategic intelligence department, reviewed the evolution of European and Spanish legislation on plastics, and recalled that "the current objectives are to reduce the weight of packaging waste compared to 2010 with 13% in 2025 and 15% in 2030".
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