Spanish company Sanmel-Biovera, producer of Culinary Collective’s Rey de La Vera Pimentón and Matiz Fig and Apricot Bars just announced that their business is now carbon-free, using 100% clean energy produced without carbon emissions or nuclear power. Owner of Sanmel-Biovera, Iván Sánchez says that “We believe that using 100% clean energy is an important step in the work to become a more environmentally-friendly business. Our factories are pretty clean already and don’t produce harmful environmental residues like smoke or toxic wastes, so indirect carbon emissions from electricity production are what we are focused on right now.”
Sanmel-Biovera began their clean energy initiative quite a few years ago, but it wasn’t possible until now to achieve 100% carbon-free, due to issues with Spanish energy legislation along with a lack of companies that could provide clean energy. In 2008 they began working with a solar energy plant to provide part of their energy needs, and they also began installing solar panels on top of they factories so they could minimize reliance on an external solar network. However, they quickly ran into problems once Spanish legislation came into effect that benefits large electric companies as opposed to small businesses. Spain now has a tax on solar energy that is produced my individuals and companies for their own needs. As Sanmel-Biovera owner Iván has said with some disbelief “They put a tax on the sun!” Now their solar panel project is on hold, but Iván is still determined that someday all of the energy they consume will be from their own solar panels.
Iván isn’t going to stop with solar, and is committed to improving all aspects of his business that have an environmental impact. He says that the next step for them will be to work towards becoming a B Corp (Culinary Collective is also a B Corp), ensuring that Sanmel-Biovera remains a responsible business for years to come.