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Endesa, first company to receive AENOR's 'zero waste' certificate for its Ferrol, Algeciras and Carboneras port terminals

Ferrol port terminal (A Coruña, Spain).
Ferrol port terminal (A Coruña, Spain).
  • Endesa has received the AENOR’s Guarantee of Waste Management Traceability certificate. for the waste recovery system (reusing, recycling and energy recovery) of its three port terminals,  located in Ferrol (A Coruña), Algeciras (Cádiz) and Carboneras (Almería).
  • Endesa is the first company to receive this "zero waste" certification for its port activity.
  • This certificate recognises Endesa as a company that is committed to sustainability and circular economy.

Endesa has received the AENOR "Zero Waste" Certificate  for the waste recovery  system (reusing, recycling and energy recovery) of its three port terminals, located in Ferrol (A Coruña), Algeciras (Cádiz) and Carboneras (Almería). By applying circular economy criteria, this management system avoids depositing waste in landfills and documents the traceability of over 90% of the waste products from the production centre to the final destination. This certificate is part of the action plan that Endesa is developing  to make its business more renewable and contribute to the generation of a new Circular Economy model.

Endesa is the first company to receive this "Zero Waste" Certificate for its port activity.

This recognition by AENOR extends to the activities of mooring and unmooring, and loading and unloading of ships, as well as handling and shipping of solid bulk products. These activities have resulted in a waste volume of 425.55 tonnes in the three terminals, of which about 409 tonnes -96 percent- have been reused for a different purpose. This way, waste products become raw materials in different production processes such as the manufacture of paper and cardboard or concrete, among others, avoiding the extraction and use of first-hand materials.


Waste recovery


Recovery of organic substances that are not used as solvents: 


Recovery of metals and metal compounds


Recovery of other inorganic materials


Recovery of compounds used to decrease pollution


Regeneration or other new use of oils


Energy recovery


Specifically, in 2019, 17.21 tonnes of waste products were generated at the Ferrol terminal, of which 11.73 tonnes were recovered. In Carboneras, 250.34 tonnes were produced, of which 241.34 tonnes were recovered. Lastly, in Los Barrios (Algeciras), 158.01 tonnes were generated and 155.63 tonnes were reused.

The main activity of these three terminals has traditionally been coal importing, an activity that is decreasing due to the decarbonisation process that Endesa is carrying out. This entails a change in its electricity generation model, with a gradual closure of coal plants to be replaced by renewable energy in order to reach zero emissions by 2050. According to the company's latest Strategic Plan, Endesa's next milestone has been set at 10.2 GW of renewable installed capacity in 2022, compared to the 7.4 GW estimated by the end of 2019, with a total investment of about 3,800 million euros.

In the last five years, the three terminals have received a loading/unloading volume of 38,215,268 tonnes: 19,687,007 tonnes received in Ferrol, 5,129,540 in Los Barrios, in the port of Algeciras (Cádiz), and 13,398,721 tonnes in the Carboneras terminal, Almería.



AENOR is a company dedicated to professional services that identifies and helps to correct the competitiveness gaps of companies, industries and the economic fabric, contributing to the transformation of society by creating trust in companies and people. AENOR is the leading certification body in Spain.

As a global entity, it operates in 90 countries in the fields of certification, verification, validation, inspection, analysis, training and information services. Currently, more than 82,000 workplaces have one of the AENOR certificates in fields such as Quality Management, Sustainability, Occupational Health and Safety Digital Transformation, Animal Welfare, Verification of Non-Financial Information and Compliance.


About Endesa

Endesa is the largest electricity company in Spain and the second largest in Portugal. The company is also the second largest gas operator in the Spanish market. Endesa operates an end-to-end business from generation to marketing and through Endesa X also offers value-added services aimed at the decarbonisation of energy uses in homes, companies, industries and public administrations. Endesa is firmly committed to the United Nations SDGs and therefore strongly supports the development of renewable energies, the electrification of the economy and Corporate Social Responsibility. The Endesa Foundation is also active in CSR. Our workforce numbers around 10,000 employees. Endesa is a division of Enel, Europe’s largest electricity group.


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