Antolin, a key player in sustainable mobility



Antolin, a key player in sustainable mobility

2024-06-04

Antolin wants to contribute to a more sustainable world by reducing its environmental footprint and minimizing the impact of its products. On the occasion of World Environment Day, the company wants to reaffirm its commitment to the aims of the 2030 Agenda.

Antolin's sustainable commitment is embodied in the Value for the Planet, one of the three pillars of the sustainable business strategy that aims to create a positive impact on the environment. Developing this pillar will allow Antolin to become a carbon neutral company by 2050 and consolidate the circularity of its business.

As part of the company's transformation plan, targets have been set for reducing emissions, use of life cycle analysis as an ecosystem tool and incorporating sustainable materials in its products.

1. Towards carbon neutrality

Antolin continues to work on three main lines of action with clear aims for 2050:

-Consume less: reduce consumption by 5% through digitalization and the introduction of energy efficiency criteria in processes and products.

The Smart Energy project applies big data analytics to monitor and control energy consumption in real time. In 2023, Smart Energy was implemented in 7 plants. It is currently in 12 European plants and is being considered for application in other factories in the medium term.

-Better consumption: consume 70% of energy from renewable sources.

In 2023, four new photovoltaic installations were commissioned (three in Spain and one in France), in addition to the two existing ones in India and Spain. Spain was the site of the company's first PV installation, located at its headquarters. In 2024, the company made further progress with the addition of a photovoltaic installation at the Calvi Risorta plant in Italy.

In addition, all the electricity used at the Spanish and Portuguese sites will come from renewable sources from 2022. A reality also presents in some plants in Brazil. As a result of these actions, the consumption of energy from renewable sources increased to 12.42% in 2023. An increase that has avoided a total emission of 18,196 tons of CO2.

In recent years, Antolin has moved towards a comprehensive measurement of its carbon footprint, which involves also addressing the calculation and analysis of indirect emissions. In 2023, it measured two new major Scope 3 categories. These categories account for 89.40% of total emissions.

As a result of all these actions, Antolin reduced CO2 emissions (scopes 1 and 2) by 37% in 2023 compared to 2019 (-2.2% compared to 2022).

2. A circular company

Antolin is focused on being a circular business that prioritizes responsible use of resources and integrates materials with lower environmental impact.

The company is committed to incorporating 40% sustainable plastic material in the products supplied to customers by 2030, with an intermediate target of 20% by 2025.

Antolin is making progress in the following lines of work:

-Eco-design and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in its main products.

An internal team of experts leads organizational initiatives that drive significant progress on the LCA goals set by the company. They highlight the LCA analysis on instrument panels and upper components, which improves the understanding of the environmental impact of materials and processes, key to Antolin's decarbonization strategy.

-Innovation in the service of more sustainable materials is already offering significant advances to customers.

Several projects illustrate Antolin's ability to combine its strength and experience in innovation with its firm commitment to sustainable development. The company has developed a composite material based on mycelium, the vegetative growth part of fungi, which is naturally present in terrestrial ecosystems. In addition, Antolin has taken another step forward with the market launch of a vehicle roof substrate with polyurethane obtained from vegetable waste.  And has developed together with Renault the chemical foaming technology for visible applications in door panels. This innovation is a sustainable alternative in terms of weight, which is reduced by 20%, recyclability, ductility and carbon footprint.

In alliance with the star-up PersiSKIN, it offers a natural, organic and sustainable coating for vehicle interiors using vegetable waste, specifically surplus from the persimmon harvest.

Lastly, Antolin completed the validation of a recycled polyester fabric using SEAQUAL® YARN, a material that is composed of recycled plastics: 10% from marine origin and 90% from land-based sources.

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