Sustainability Report 2021 of SIMAL as a company of the IQE Group

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The Sustainability Report allows us to share the organisation's strategy in terms of social responsibility, the progress achieved and the challenges for the future. An exercise in transparency that analyses all the areas in which the companies that form part of the IQE Group operate.

The IQE Group ensures that its three member companies implement actions to minimise the impact of their activities on the environment. The following are the most representative of the last financial year in relation to SIMAL.

Responsibility in energy use

To carry out our activity we require a high consumption of energy. Aware of our production needs, we are constantly making improvements to our production plant that allow us to make efficient and responsible use of energy resources.

These have been the most noteworthy initiatives we have carried out at SIMAL in 2021:

  • Commissioning of a new oven with improved energy efficiency and which incorporates the best available techniques for the production of silicate.
  • Energy audits in all the Group's plants, including SIMAL. In line with Law 4/2019 on Energy Sustainability of the Basque Autonomous Community, in 2021 the energy certification/qualification of the Central Services of the SIMAL plant was carried out.
  • Installation of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity for self-consumption with solar energy. We are studying increasing our electricity production capacity for self-consumption through the installation of new panels as one of the actions included in our decarbonisation plan, with implementation planned between 2022 and 2023.

In addition to these actions, the installation of bag filters in silicate manufacturing furnacesemissions, achieving a reduction of particulate matter emissions beyond the regulatory requirements.

Looking to the future

At the IQE Group we want our activity to have a positive impact on society. Therefore, we work to implement continuous improvements that are responsible and respectful of the environment, we are committed to renewable energies and we invest in new technologies that allow us to make responsible use of resources.

We invite you to get to know us better through the full report of the Sustainability Report 2021.