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Spain's National Court dismisses APDR’s appeal seeking expiry of concession for Ence's biofactory in Pontevedra

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Spain's National Court dismisses APDR’s appeal seeking expiry of concession for Ence's biofactory in Pontevedra

May 25, 2020 - 06:11
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MADRID, Spain, May 22, 2020 (Press Release) -The National Court has dismissed the administrative contentious appeal filed by the “Association pola Defensa da Ría de Pontevedra (APDR)” that sought to declare the total expiration of the concession granted to Ence’s biofactory in Pontevedra.

This court has dismissed all the motives put forward by the APDR against the concession. Among them, the argument that the plant generates harmful effects for the environment.

Thus, in its ruling, the National Court indicates that an Integrated Environmental Authorization (IAA) is in force and that the appeal of the aforementioned association does not prove that it has been breached.

This sentence deepens the position that the National Court already expressed when, in December 2018, issued  parallel sentence, in relation to an appeal from the Pontevedra City Council that used the same argument as that put forward by the APDR.

On the other hand, the company is waiting for the National Court to pass judgment on the three appeals raised against the extension of the concession, predictably in the second half of the year.

For its part, Ence wants to express its firm commitment to sustainability and its determined intention to contribute to the solution of the current health and economic crisis through a business model that delves into the principles of the circular economy. The company works to advance openness and dialogue with the communities with which it lives, and works to provide them with employment, well-being and value.