GRI Renewable Industries is continuously tracking the environmental impacts of its activity, measuring performance, minimizing its impact, and identifying opportunities for improvement. Because of our activity, we are aligned with the fight against climate change and the definition of a strategy that will allow it to move towards an emission-free future.
In GRI Renewable Industries we operate in an efficient and responsible way and we show our interest in the preservation of the environment. Our work is done under the umbrella of an Integrated System and a Quality, Environment and Health and Safety Policy.
Nowadays, the 87.5% of our plants are certificated under the standard ISO 14001, pending of the certification GRI Towers India II, GRI Casting Zestoa and GRI Corte y Biselado (Brazil).
Lifecycle approach: Circular Economy
Part 1: The role of our products in the circular economy
The economic system needs to move from the current linear model, in which products are manufactured from raw materials and discarded after being used, to circular models in which products have the capacity to be repaired, reutilized, returned and recycled.
In this context, steel, besides being a fundamental material in society, is the main component of all the processes of GRI Renewable Industries, contributing to the world’s socio-economic growth, to the development of more sustainable production models and, therefore, to the Circular Economy.
Part 2: A transition based on 5 transversal elements
In addition to developing and spreading the circular vision throughout the organization, 5 specific elements have been identified on which GRI Renewable Industries tries to support its progressive transition towards the circular economy.
Part 3: circularity at GRI Renewable Industries
At GRI Renewable Industries, instead of focusing on the Circular Economy as a final goal, we want to use this concept as a tool to guide us towards a continuous improvement of our productive processes and a greater environmental responsibility.
The proposals cover the entire life cycle, from production and consumption to waste management, including the secondary raw materials market.
3.1. Innovation: product and process improvements
The concept of product design and process efficiency is essential to the circular economy. Our innovation teams design towers that are lighter and therefore more versatile, efficient, economical and easier to develop, transport and assemble, without compromising either the final height of the tower nor its strength, allowing for the construction of more modern wind farms with less impact.
In addition, we make significant investments focused on improving existing processes and/or incorporating new technologies, which contribute to more sustainable production. These projects have managed to generate significant savings by reducing the consumption of raw materials, natural resources and the generation of waste, emissions, and spillage, thus contributing to the circular economy.
3.2. Our raw material “steel” and the integrated management of scrap
In spite of the economic downturn and the decline in the use of coal, carbon dioxide emissions have increased to new records, with a growth of 0.6% compared to last year (in 2018 and 2017 this increase was of 2.1% and 1.5% respectively), according to the last Global Carbon Project report. As the World Meteorological Organization has highlighted, 2019 is the final year in the hottest decade ever recorded.
Therefore, taking the environment, the risks and the expectations of our stakeholders into consideration, 2019 represents a period of analysis and reflection for GRI Renewable Industries in which a new roadmap must be defined in line with the current needs and trends, as well as the demands of our stakeholders, in which the fight against climate change, for the reduction of CO2 emissions and a carbon-neutral future, play a fundamental role.
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