Kyoto Protocol And Emissions Trading
What is the Kyoto Protocol?
Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997 when the International Community became aware of the importance of the climate change and its relation with the greenhouse gas emissions. The developed countries intended to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Kyoto protocol created a range of tools to ensure the fulfilment of the agreements, such us the emission trading.
The emissions trading
Vives participates in the emissions trading through Ferraes Ceramica and Ceramica Vives within the trading period 2013 - 2020, receiving a free annual allocation of allowances. Vives annually checks its CO2 emissions by an authorized control organism and delivers to administration an amount of emissions allowances equal to the tonne of CO2 emitted. CO2 emissions covered are both the produced by the combustion of natural gas in their fixed installations, such as the emissions of CO2 emitted baking high temperature tiles due to decomposition of clays.
A small contribution to the fight against climate change
On the other hand, we have incorporated into our facilities Ferraes Cerámica, S.A. a new pioneering system in the sector for the plasticizing of our palletized products that does not consume natural gas. This system uses a tubular elastic film reel that fits directly on the palletized load and does not require heating by natural gas burners as in conventional systems, thus reducing CO 2 emissions. It is estimated that with this new system we can reduce the consumption of natural gas by around 2400 Nm 3 / year in the plasticizing of palletized products, equivalent to a reduction in our emissions of 5.2 tons of CO < sub> 2 / year, thus making a small contribution to the fight against climate change.