European EMAS certification recognises Spanish terminal


The Terminal de Contenedores de Gijón, belonging to Grup TCB, has been recognised by EMAS, a voluntary certification issued by the European Union, which guarantees companies’ environmental commitments following an independent audit. As a result, TCG has been included in the EMAS Registry in the principality of Asturias.

“Achieving EMAS certification means having a well-defined environmental policy and an environmental management system that we report on periodically. There is no doubt that this seal of approval affects our future action as it represents a commitment to the development of actions and environmental evaluations,” said Daniel Muñoz, Quality Manager at TCB, designated as TCG assessor by Grup Marítim TCB. Reducing energy consumption and proper waste treatment are among TCG’s main goals.

The European Union’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) was created in 1995 as a tool for industrial companies to use to evaluate their environmental actions in a standardised way and implement ways of improving them. The certification has been open to all economic sectors since 2001 and constitutes a seal of approval that guarantees the continual improvement of environmental sustainability processes, the credibility of companies via external auditing and transparency regarding company actions concerning these matters.

As Tomás Palacios, General Director of the Terminal de Contenedores de Gijón, explained: “EMAS certification involves both a recognition and a drive to continue to optimise our environmental management, which is a structural part of TCG and another component in the improvement of our services at the Muelle de la Osa”.

In 2011, the Terminal de Contenedores de Barcelona (TCB) became the first container company in Spain to receive EMAS certification, followed by the Valencian branch of the holding company, TCV.