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International regulations and internal specifications require all legal requirements to be identified, as well as any other kinds of requirements that apply to group companies, and to their products and services.

Abengoa verifies compliance with all prevailing requirements on a regular basis, and, in the event of non-compliance, corporate Troubleshooting Reporting (TSR) and Improvement Action (IA) system applications duly record such instances for subsequent control and follow-up.

These requirements include all aspects pertaining to product and service information and labeling, although there were no cases of non-compliance in this regard reported through Abengoa’s reporting channels over the course of the year.

Technology equipment and systems issued by Abengoa in the European Union require an EC Declaration of Conformity and EC Labeling.

As far as labeling of products related to biofuel production is concerned, there are three different product categories:

  • Bioethanol: the European product is accompanied by information on safety and quality features, as well as information pertaining to product and feedstock sustainability.
    Also included are the corresponding safety and security form and waybill. The container is identified in compliance with ADR (European agreement pertaining to highway transportation of hazardous goods) or according to RID specifications in the case of railway transport.
    Each batch of bioethanol is accompanied by a statement on sustainability, specifying feedstock origin, corresponding greenhouse gas emission savings, and the traceability systems employed from feedstock to bioethanol, among other aspects.
  • DDGS: bioethanol-produced DDGS (dried distillers grains with solubles) shipped bulk, along with documentation that includes data on the shipper and marketing company, authorized producer’s registry number, technical product name, GMO (genetically modified organism) statement, protein, fat, fiber and moisture content percentage, and batch traceability. Information is also included on guaranteed quality systems employed in productive processes to yield the product.
  • Sugar: produced at bioethanol plants in Brazil, and accompanied by the laboratory analysis demonstrating compliance with contracted specifications (polarization, color, moisture and ashes) and an invoice showing volume and consignment value.

Revenues from the sale of these products accounted for 11 % of total revenues for Abengoa in 2011.

In the case of construction projects, the customer sets down the guidelines and therefore all of the information required for responsible use of the completed project can be found in the documentation accompanying the supplied product or service.

Award-winning label in the “Contest for designing the company’s CO2 label”.