ETIRA Secures Victory for Sustainability in Spanish Airport Authority Tender

July 1, 2024

In a landmark achievement for sustainability, the Spanish airport authority, AENA, has agreed to include remanufactured printer cartridges in their tender process following the intervention of ETIRA (European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association). This decision marks a significant step towards promoting reuse, a core principle of the European Green Deal.

Previously, AENA’s tender specifications required only OEM printer cartridges, to ensure product quality following concerns about extremely poor quality of “Compatibles” thereby disadvantaging the reuse sector. Recognising the potential environmental impact, ETIRA, led by President Javier Martinez and supported by Secretary General Vincent van Dijk, vigorously lobbied for a change in the tender requirements.

ETIRA’s efforts have paid off, as AENA has now revised its tender to accept remanufactured cartridges produced in Europe. This change supports the circular economy and ensures compliance with stringent environmental standards. Remanufactured consumables may be accepted, provided they originate exclusively from the European Union and demonstrate the highest quality and environmental respect through a Type I environmental label in accordance with ISO 14024.

AENA’s compromise with sustainability is clear, and it has taken a new step forward. Most of the company branches are EMAS-certified.

Javier Martinez expressed his satisfaction, stating, “This decision by AENA is a significant win for sustainability and the environment. It demonstrates the value of remanufacturing and supports our goal of reducing waste and promoting reuse.”

Vincent van Dijk added, “We are delighted that AENA has recognized the importance of including remanufactured cartridges. This sets a positive precedent for other organizations to follow.”

ETIRA’s successful advocacy underscores the importance of collaboration and persistence in achieving environmental goals, paving the way for a greener future in Europe.

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