The circular economy at Industrias Químicas del Ebro S.A.

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Industrias Químicas del Ebro S.A. (IQE) is committed to growth projects based on the circular economy, seeking to make maximum use of the natural resources needed for production processes (raw materials, water and energy).

The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that guarantees sustainable growth. Its aim is to prolong the useful life of products required for human activity and to manage sub-products and waste efficiently to give them a second lease of life through reuse and recycling. This is a model that reproduces Nature and aims to reflect the behaviour that the environment has developed and selected during the course of evolution.

The chemical industry, and IQE as one of its players, needs raw materials, energy and water to perform its function, but at the same time is aware that the use of these resources needs to be controlled and optimised. Our society is the chemical industry’s end customer, and it demands that, along with the end product (detergents, paints, plastics, food additives… in the case of IQE), our activity generates less impact on the environment. IQE establishes its strategy for growth and continuous improvement on these same lines.

The authorities have launched strategic plans to support R+D activities, and to foster and incentivise a “green” culture; Industrias Químicas del Ebro is committed to this goal and promotes and leads numerous circular economy projects. Some examples of these are:

  • FLOREAL Project, (New flocculants with fillers of recycled origin). The project represents an initiative to market and sell aluminium by-products of recycled origin.
  • REDEFINE Project, the aim is to provide innovative detergent and cleaning product solutions that are more effective, safer for human health, more eco-friendly and that guarantee hygienic cleaning of garments and surfaces.
  • ZEROBRINE Project, it focuses on the reutilisation of industrial brine, converting waste into clean water which can be reused to reduce current consumptions and to obtain a concentrated product with new business opportunities.