To attain the highly-prized carbon neutral status Neolith® followed the internationally recognized Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG) and implemented a dynamic, innovation-led sustainability strategy coupled with tactical, high value carbonoff-setting.
These measures have led to carbon neutrality across the entire business, significantly seeing the brand receiving 100% of its electricity in the year 2019 from renewable energy sources. This means no less than 7,690 tons of CO2 emissions have been removed. (*the 2019 electricity mix published by the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition calculator was used for this calculation).
On the other hand, 90% of the waste generated by Neolith® is recycled and given a second life either with company operations or through authorized 3rd party players which goes to prove the brand’s solid commitment to a circular economy.
Neolith® surfaces also embody these principles, with up to 48% of the weight of each slab produced from recycled material. ( *depends on the model, see the wwww.neolith.com/zona-de-descargas/#certificados).
Plant machinery has been upgraded to improve energy efficiency, particularly the 3rd line’s furnace which has benefitted from the installation of an O2 and pressure control system, significantly reducing the amount of gas consumed. This is complemented by a 40% reduction of forklift truck diesel consumption and a 20% decrease in hazardous waste.
A policy has also been implemented to reduce the quantity of disposable plastic which is a small measure yet leads to major progress in reaching carbon neutrality.
Given the brand’s founding vision, achieving carbon neutrality represents the achievement of a core company objective.Mar Esteve Cortés, Neolith® CMO
All these measures directly meet GHG’s reduction objectives, which include: direct emissions company activity (e.g. natural gas, gasoil used in forklifts, cars in property), emissions from electricity used and other indirect emissions, generated from other day to day company activity.
I’m proud that architects, designers and consumers can choose Neolith’s surfaces, confident they are investing in the greenest Sintered Stone available. This will make their projects even more eco-friendly.Mar Esteve Cortés, Neolith® CMO
Neolith® has also undertaken a number of environmental projects in line with its wider sustainability strategy. These projects compensate for and absorb a specific quantity of CO2.
Chief amongst these is an exciting, upcoming project in Central America to protect and maintain the unique biodiversity of the Guatemalan Caribbean Conservation Coast.
Corporate social responsibility is not only about ensuring your business practices are as sustainable and ethical as possible, it’s also about giving back to wider society. Particularly, helping others less fortunate than yourself.José Luis Ramón, Neolith® CEO.
Through this project, Neolith® will be seen working to protect the unique biodiversity of the forests and jungles remaining in the region and helping to fight the factors leading to deforestation through effective application of the law, efficient territorial planning, education, economic opportunities and sustainable agriforest initiatives.
As a direct result of the project activities, four million tons of CO2 will be avoided by 2021,the equivalent of taking over 440,000 homes off the grid for a year. When considering the lifetime of the project over 30 years, the CO2 avoided will be closer to 22 million.
There are also important biodiversity benefits given that over 400 species of birds that have been documented in the project will be protected as well as the habitats of an abundance of mammals and reptiles, including 30 High Conservation Value (HCV) species.
Our work on Guatemalan Caribbean Conservation Coast project will have myriad benefits, not only for this unique region’s biodiversity but also the people who live there. It will strengthen the natural habitat and provide a much needed socio-economic boost to the local population, which is one of the poorest in Central America.José Luis Ramón, Neolith® CEO.