2021, a year of significant progress in sustainability for Aborgase

Abonos Orgánicos de Sevilla SA. (Aborgase) has always been committed to social responsibility and sustainability. Establishing transparency in its management process is a priority goal, especially in the economic, social and environmental spheres.

Numerous actions demonstrate this long road of continuous improvement, which has allowed us to achieve a complete integrated management system where quality, environmental, legal compliance, occupational health and safety and energy efficiency standards coexist.

For almost two decades Aborgase has maintained a comprehensive Environmental Management System. This system is certified in accordance with the UNE EN ISO 14001:2015 and 50001:2018 standards. The company has also developed its Environmental Statement in accordance with the criteria of the EMAS Regulation. Aborgase has calculated its Carbon Footprint for the years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 in accordance with the UNE EN ISO 14064-1 standard, as registered with the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. The company is currently immersed in the calculation of its Water Footprint, based on the Water Footprint Network’s Assessment Manual, as well as a company-wide Lifecycle Assessment process.

We continually strive to improve our management and incorporate technologies that enable us to meet the commitments demanded of us by stakeholders and society as a whole. In this regard, we place emphasis on recovering the resources contained in recyclable or recoverable waste, harnessing the energy contained in landfill gas, and reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants. All this is undertaken in line with the commitments outlined the European Union’s Green Deal and our commitments as a company to contribute on a global level to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.

We are fully committed to the inescapable responsibility of carrying out our operations and activities with the most scrupulous respect for environmental legislation and in accordance with our environmental authorisations. Preventing pollution and protecting the environment are perennial goals. Moreover, Aborgase is aware of the need to intensify efforts in research, innovation, dissemination and training for the purpose of meeting the challenges facing our society and achieving the transition to a more circular economy. We are also aware of the importance of creating spaces for close collaboration between academia and industry. In this spirit, and with the aim of consolidating the joint work carried out for several years with the University of Seville, the Circular Economy Chair has been created.

In the last year, we have taken a firm step towards the excellence we pursue in our management and we have incorporated actions that consolidate Aborgase’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility.

In 2020, we wished to compile our data and actions and publish our first Sustainability Report, featuring data analysis in accordance with Global Reporting International (GRI) standards.

This report provided our stakeholders with an outline of our economic, social and environmental management in 2019. It contained the conclusions of the year in terms of productivity, whilst also setting the objectives that would guide us in subsequent years. Ultimately, it provided a snapshot of what we are and what we wish to be.

During 2020, we sought to go further still by incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda into our management process. This was done through an exhaustive analysis of our strengths and weaknesses (certified by AENOR), as well as analysis of the opportunities available to us in terms of achieving a more sustainable and eco-friendly future for our community.

We emerged from this analysis with the conviction that we had made great strides in environmental friendliness, circularity and contribution to our social context, but that there were still issues requiring consolidation.

For this purpose, we developed a roadmap that formed the basis for our Sustainability Strategy 2021-2026, which defines medium and long-term objectives that revolve around four strategic lines: governance, circular economy, environmental excellence and social commitment.

All these actions reflect the work that Aborgase carries out with our stakeholders, our internal and external communication, involvement in our social context, care for the environment, commitment to environmental education, commitment to innovation and the circular economy, and improving working conditions and safety at our work centres. Ultimately, they reflect our firm commitment to social responsibility.

In December 2021, we published our second Sustainability Report, corresponding to the year 2020. This report outlines all the progress we made in a year marked by the global COVID 19 pandemic. Special emphasis is placed on how our organisation adapted in record time to continue offering an essential service to the public and, in these circumstances, to the healthcare system by offering all the tools necessary for the optimal treatment of bio-healthcare waste.

The report also outlines how the objectives set in the previous report were achieved as well as setting new objectives for the coming years, with a view to continuing along the path towards a more circular, more sustainable activity with even greater commitment to our community.

To complete 2021, we achieved certification for compliance with the IQNet SR10 Social Responsibility Standard (AENOR). To obtain this certification, we once again carried out an exhaustive analysis of our organisation and management and we made the necessary modifications and incorporations to achieve compliance with the Standard. 

Our aim now is to continue to take steps to optimise our organisation, to seek excellence and to reinforce our contribution to a fairer, more sustainable and more environmentally friendly society.