A commitment with the next generations
Our sustainability ecosystem
Reducing our environmental impact, optimizing our industrial process and manufacturing environmentally-conscious products are the three key parts of NUDEC's environmental sustainability strategy
NUDEC’s commitment to the environment is not just focused on obtaining sustainable products; we understand that it is essential to account for the product’s transformation process and its surrounding factors.
And we have called this environmental responsibility Cyrclus Ecosys. A set of actions and certifications
which are focused on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and incorporating a new consumption and production model: the circular economy.
We thus take care of the shared environment via an efficient use of resources in the extrusion process, which in turn reduces our environmental footprint. We also encourage our suppliers,
customers and employees to join our ecology and efficiency initiatives in order to develop and promote sustainable communities.
This strategy is integrated into the Integrated Management System (Quality, with ISO 9001 and Environmental Management, with ISO 14001), which have been implemented and embedded into NUDEC’s management processes for many years, and the recent incorporation of the ISO 50001 of Energy Efficiency.
A project which complements and offers an extension to the 5S cleaning system in order to manage a very specific type of waste: microplastics. A global and voluntary initiative in the plastics industry to prevent plastic particles from being released into the environment.
We certify an energy policy and rationally manage the energy vectors deriving from our activity, notably in the facilities and products, with the aim of promoting a real and measurable reduction in the amount of energy used.
The EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) are the certified documents that offer quantified and verifiable information on the environmental performance of our products, which allows us to assess the environmental impact throughout their life cycle.
ISCC is a sustainability certification system which is used to establish traceability in the supply chains of renewable raw materials. By using this system, we contribute to the change towards the circular economy and bioeconomy, manifesting our contributions through the use of the ISCC PLUS certified system.
A small gesture which represents a big commitment to the Environment: providing our production process for plastic plates with 100% sustainable and renewable energy. The GdOs (guarantees of origin) are a method of certifying that 100% of the energy that reaches our facilities has been produced by renewable energy or cogeneration.
We analyze all our products, both internally and externally, to certify that their properties and composition side with the search for a circular economy. Our products are manufactured using lower levels of water consumption, many of them are recyclable and others allow processing companies to think about ecodesign.
The Circular Economy
This is how we manage the packaging that protects our products when we send them to our customers.
At NUDEC, we analyze each stage of production from an environmental perspective in order to achieve sustainable development from raw material to final product. This is demonstrated in our implementation of far-reaching measures which update the company’s know-how and form the strategic basis for the next 20 years. A set of actions and certifications which are focused on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and incorporating a new consumption and production model: the circular economy.
The role of plastic in today's society and the importance of responsible plastic waste management
Plastic, a versatile and omnipresent material in our society, has revolutionised multiple aspects of modern life, from medicine to the food industry or technology. Its intrinsic characteristics have driven significant innovations that have improved the quality of life of many people: its resistance and durability allow us to reuse it, giving it a multitude of use cycles; its lightness translates into a saving of resources and energy; and its versatility allows innovative uses such as those in medical applications, guaranteeing the safety and protection of patients, or in food packaging to prolong its life while preserving its properties. NUDEC plastic sheets are a good example of this, since they are used in countless critical applications and are recyclable.
However, this success also brings significant environmental challenges, making the need for responsible management of plastic waste imperative. In the last decade, awareness of the negative effects of plastic on the environment has grown considerably. Oceans inundated with plastic waste and the impacts on marine life have highlighted the urgency of addressing this problem. In this context, European Directives, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Global Compact play a fundamental role in involving businesses in the promotion of sustainable business practices, seeking to reduce the environmental footprint of plastic and promoting a more circular economy.
To achieve a positive impact on the environment, the 5Rs must be applied to plastic products throughout their life cycle. This involves designing products with recyclable materials, encouraging the reuse of packaging and promoting efficient separate collection and recycling systems, thus minimising waste and dependence on virgin resources by giving a new life to existing plastic. A crucial approach to mitigate environmental impact and move towards a more sustainable society.
Plastics can play an essential role in the fight against climate change by offering lightweight and efficient solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (in automobile manufacturing or construction, for example). If we replaced all plastic with other materials, (1 and 2), we would use four times as much raw material, twice as much energy and generate three times as many emissions. Furthermore, its optimal management contributes to SDG No. 12 by promoting responsible production and consumption.
Health and safety
As we saw in the recent COVID-19 pandemic, different forms of plastic play a fundamental role in improving health and safety in various fields: sterile and single-use plastic devices, plastic containers that extend the shelf-life of food and medicines, plastic sheets that protect us from contact with crowds or personal protective equipment, such as helmets and safety glasses. Innovation in biocompatible plastics has even brought about advances in prosthetics.
Microplastics in the sea
Images of plastic islands in the oceans have been recurring for years. Even so, microplastics that sink in water and become part of the food chain of a multitude of species are also harmful. In this regard, NUDEC is a member of the OCS – 0 pellet loss, a global plastic industry initiative to prevent the emission of plastic particles (pellets, flakes, dust) into the environment, which may occur at any stage of the plastic value chain.
EsPlásticos | Plastic life cycle
Plastic waste is a very valuable resource in itself. The plastic products we use are containing an increasing percentage of recycled material every year.
Plastics | Better industry. Better world
The plastics industry is essential in our lives. It has to become efficient and think about the circular economy in order to create an environmentally sustainable world.
Anaip | Circular economy
The plastics industry’s commitment to the environment is a reality: this can be seen with the minimal use of raw materials and resources, reduced waste and promotion of recyclability.