April 27, 2016

Celtejo, environmental crimes and certification

According to public denounce, Celtejo assumes that fails to meet one of the fundamental parameters of the attributed environmental license: the parameter related to oxygen, essential for life. The complaint alleges the practice of environmental crime in the Tejo River, through illegal industrial waste discharges.

Celtejo – Empresa de Celulose do Tejo S.A. is a company that belongs to the universe of the Altri Group, which produces bleached eucalyptus pulp of BEKP type (Bleached Eucalyptus Kraft Pulp)

Celtejo has chain of responsibility certification, issued by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification), by the certifying entity APCER.

The forestry chain of responsibility certification requires full compliance with the laws, necessarily including compliance with the conditions of the license awarded by the Portuguese authorities.

This company has also a certification under ISO 14001: 2015.

The complaint was issued by public television channel in Portugal, RTP, on "Sexta às 9", and it’s also available on the broadcaster website

Acréscimo believes that certifications attributed to Celtejo should not be considered valid, given the denunciation of major non-conformity, requiring international audits and re-evaluation, either by the FSC, PEFC and ISO.

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