MEETING EVERY ENERGY NEED
The Burgos factory, which has been actively involved in L’Oréal’s sustainable production policy, has already spearheaded many environmental initiatives for treating waste, saving water and reducing CO2 emissions. In 2014, the site kept its momentum by building a new biomass plant. For the first time in Spain, the trigeneration process will be used, supplying the factory with three types of energy: thermal energy, cooling capacity and electricity, thereby covering all the site’s energy needs for producing and packaging its products. The biomass plant will also be fitted with photovoltaic panels and the electricity produced will be used entirely by the L’Oréal plant, making the site carbon neutral in 2015.
RECOVERING LOCAL WASTE WOOD AS AN ENERGY SOURCE
The plant, which spans 3,800 m2, will produce 20,000 MWh of thermal energy each year. The factory will consume 70% of this production and the remaining 30% will be sold to neighbouring businesses. As a biomass source, it will use some 12,000 tonnes of waste wood from forests and sawmills in the Castile and León region.
The Burgos plant was designed and built by Biocen, a joint venture between the private company Cenit Solar and SOMACYL, a public environment and infrastructure company in Castile and León that now manages the plant.