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Iberchem reduces its carbon emissions by 85.14% and achieves a neutral Carbon Footprint in 2021

Iberchem was able to reduce its CO2 emissions by 85.14% at its headquarters between 2018 and 2021 and neutralize its scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions in 2021, adding to CO2 absorption projects.

The company has achieved a neutral carbon footprint in 2021 as regards its scope 1 and 2 emissions, and has absorbed the remaining CO2 emissions by joining the carbon-neutral natural regeneration project Galixia Rexenera: Outeiro do Catadoiro (Caldas de Reis).

Head of Department Jose Manuel Frutos highlights the following: “Our Quality, Health, Safety and Environment department makes a continuous effort to ensure that the company’s sustainability achievements result in certifications such as ISO 14001, zero waste certification, and, more recently, the Calculate, Reduce and Compensate seal, recognised by the Spanish government. But our commitment doesn’t end here and we are continually looking for new ways to reduce and compensate the impact of our activities”.

“Our commitment goes beyond our headquarters”, he adds, “and, in 2021, we launched a decarbonization program for each of our 24 subsidiaries around the world, adding to the commitment of our parent company Croda to be Climate, Land and People positive by 2030”.

Since 2018, the company, whose headquarters are in Alcantarilla (Murcia), has been Spain’s main producer of fragrances for fine perfumery and the industry in general. It has had a firm commitment to control its carbon footprint, in accordance with the UNE-EN ISO 14064-1:2019 standard, and duly verified by the certifying company AENOR. It aims to reduce direct and indirect carbon emissions derived from its business activities, and to compensate its environmental impact, in accordance with the objectives of the Calculate, Reduce and Compensate seal.

Between 2018 and 2021, Iberchem was able to reduce its total carbon scope 1 and 2 emissions by 85.14%. The company achieved this milestone at its headquarters by replacing luminaires with LEDs, installing solar panels, and purchasing electricity from properly certified renewable sources and high-efficiency cogeneration companies.

Although the regulations only require compliance with scopes 1 and 2, the company’s sustainability objectives go even further, and Iberchem is currently implementing plans to reduce scope 3 emissions, seeking out, by way of an example, local waste management firms, in order to pursue the goal of zero decarbonization.

The company’s latest efforts in terms of sustainability are aligned to Croda’s sustainability commitment, which sets a goal of a 50% reduction in scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050.