Environmental compliance

Ercros goes beyond legal compliance with its adherence to voluntary agreements

Sello EcoVadis Platinum

We are adapting to increasingly strict environmental regulations

Ercros is diligent in adapting its production processes to changes in environmental regulations (European, Spanish, regional and local), which are constantly renewed and are increasingly demanding, in response to growing social demand.

We voluntarily participate in alliances that involve the application of good practices and commitments that go beyond legislative limits, among others: the Responsible Care programme of the global chemical sector; the Global Compact programme, promoted by the UN; or the commitment to climate action of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

We also align our strategy with long-term global alliances, such as the 17 SDGs of the UN's 2030 Agenda and the EU's Green Deal.

Ercros bases its activity on the protection of the environment.
Ercros bases its activity on the protection of the environment.

Main environmental regulations governing our activity

Detalle de la planta de electrólisis de la fábrica de Vila-seca I

Pollution prevention and control

  • Royal Legislative Decree 1/2016 contains the recast text of the IPPC Law.
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2013/732 (Bref) sets out Best Available Technology (BAT) conclusions for chlor-alkali production under the IPPC Directive.
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/2117 (Bref) sets out BAT conclusions on BAT in the large organic chemical industry under the IPPC Directive.
Simulacro de emergencia en la fábrica de Vila-seca I

Damage prevention

  • Royal Decree 840/2015 approves measures to control the risks inherent to major accidents involving hazardous substances (Seveso III).
  • Law 26/2007 regulates the responsibility of operators to prevent, avoid and repair environmental damage.
Extracción de gases del subsuelo del antiguo almacén exterior de la fábrica de Flix

Waste and contaminated soil management

  • Royal Decree 1/2001, of July 20, wich approves the consolidated text of the water law and all the regulations that derive from it.
  • Law 7/2022, of April 9, on waste and contaminated soils for a circular economy.
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/902 (Bref) sets out BAT conclusions for common waste water and waste gas treatment and management systems in the chemical sector under the IPPC Directive.
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1147 (Bref) sets out BAT conclusions on BAT for waste treatment under the IPPC Directive.
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Industrial emissions

  • Royal Decree 815/2013 contains the Industrial Emissions Regulation and implements Law 16/2002 on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPCC Law).
  • Law 1/2005 regulates the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme.
  • Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council establishes a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading.