Tratos is delighted to share a piece of good news at the start of the new year. As a company with strong corporate social responsibility, Tratos continues to collaborate with AENOR in the expression of its long-term commitment to enhance its sustainable model of business further and protect the environment.
In addition to ISO14067, Tratos is proud to achieve ISO 14064 certification by AENOR making it possible to calculate the CO2 emissions for every single product. This is a milestone achievement in Tratos’ commitment towards reducing carbon emissions, as only when you know the numbers of such emissions you do start to realise the full spectrum of the related issues and get prompted to act.
Reduced carbon emissions
During the last three years, Tratos has significantly reduced its carbon emissions by using as much as possible local resources provided around its factories, embracing innovation, strengthening its R&D activities, updating technology, installing greener machinery, etc. A long time ago, Tratos started the journey of increasing energy efficiency in all its sites and offices and reducing carbon emissions. In addition to using its own water plant for energy generation since 1980 and being proud of the fact that in all its processes, the water has always been reused inside the factory constantly(thanks to a closed circuit), Tratos has recently significantly improved its independent power generation capacity by installing solar panels. At present, solar panels contribute to the supply of about 30% of the total energy used by Tratos Group.
Tratos believes in the great potential of the circular economy in lowering carbon emissions. Extracting and using raw materials has a significant impact on the environment and increases energy consumption and CO2 emissions. By keeping resources in the loop for longer, we’ll avoid emitting greenhouse gases caused by the energy needed to make products. It will also lead to a reduction of habitat loss, which will improve biodiversity. Less waste will mean less pollution.
Another successful mitigation action in offsetting carbon emissions is planting trees in manufacturing sites owned by Tratos itself. Our carbon footprint calculations show that planting trees leads to a CO2 absorption of approximately 4.6 tons CO2 per year.
Most recently, thanks to a successful cooperation between Tratos and Borealis, it was made possible the first use of Bornewables™ in the energy industry. The Bornewables™ are made of renewably-sourced feedstocks derived solely from waste and residue streams: from vegetable oil production as well as oil waste and residues; the timber industry; the food industry – for instance, used cooking oil.
With Borealis, Tratos created a truly innovative and sustainable solution, which we hope will be the norm across all energy cable networks one day. With the Bornewables™ solution, for a 185 mm2 MV cable, Tratos reduced by 320 kg/km the CO2 emissions when compared to the traditional solution based on fossil feedstock.