Environmental Policies


The IFTZ has been certified according to the norm ISO 14001:2015 which created a System of Environmental Management to minimize any negative impacts on the environment.

environmental policies 

Madeira's IFTZ Environmental Policies


The Industrial Free Trade Zone of Madeira (IFTZ) has obtained, in March 2008, a certification according to the norm ISO 14001:2015, an internationally recognised set of environmental norms.

The ISO 14001:2015 norm specifies a set of requisites for the creation and development of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will help the organizations to minimize any negative environmental impact of their activities.

Although such measure applies only to the management of the IFTZ and therefore to its EMS, its efficiency will also depend greatly on the contribution by all of the companies installed in the park.

In that sense, S.D.M. has produced a guide containing a set of environmental recommendations which should be adopted by all companies in the park



The Environmental Management System

The existence of a certified Environmental Management System (EMS) in the IFTZ represents an increase in value, not only for the present and potencial investors, but also to all its stakeholders, including the workers of all the companies in the park, the suppliers and clients, the surrounding community and all entities which, directly or indirectly, are in some way related to the IFTZ.

Environment Protection

S.D.M. proceeds with periodical analysis to the effluents produced by the companies in the park, chosen randomly, with the purpose of confirming the conformity with pre-established limits, indicating adequate preventive or correctional measures to be implemented whenever necessary.

Solid Waste Management

The residue management system is selective and includes a solid waste transfer station, containers for the selective collection of waste and paper disposal recipients network throughout the park.

The residues are temporarily stored in a transfer station and sent afterwards for treatment, recycling or destruction.

S.D.M. has implemented a control system that allows the monitoring the quantities of residues produced in the park with recycling potential. Companies in the park are encouraged to separate the following residues: glass, plastic, paper and cardboard, metallic scrap and batteries.

Water Supply Systems

The supply systems of water for human and industrial consumption is managed by S.D.M.. The consumptions are controled by calibrated water-meters.

S.D.M. has implemented a consumption control system, which helps on the detection of any leakages, allowing quick repair intervention.

Water analysis are made periodically to atest the quality of the water being supplied to the companies in the IFTZ.

Control of Emissions

A control plan, created within the context of the EMS, determines the type and periodicity of the controls to be made by companies operating in the park in order to assess the quality and quantity of the emissions. Based on these assessments, the adequate measures to prevent and to reduce excessive emissions will be determined whenever required.

Environmental Requirements

Depending on the type of activity, companies must have adequate separate internal networks, including the drainage of residual domestic water, residual industrial water and rainwater, connected to the park sewage collectors.

In certain situations, it may be mandatory to implement treatment and pre-treatment solutions compatible with the activities being performed, in order to comply with applicable discharge norms.

Solid, liquid and semi-solid waste

Buildings must have areas suitable for the separation and storage of the various types of waste produced. Companies which activities originate waste residues harmful to the environment, such as solvents and used mineral or vegetable oils, must have the proper means to retain and temporarily store such waste.

Residues that could result on soil contamination must be stored within impermeable and covered storage areas, under strict safety conditions to avoid accidental leakages.

Atmospheric emissions

Companies with higher levels of particles and other atmospheric contaminants emissions must comply with regulations and adopt the necessary reduction measures, accordingly.


All industrial buildings must be constructed in a way that allows the observation of the applicable requisites imposed by law.

Equipments and machinery to be installed must fulfil all the necessary requisites and applicable regulations concerning the noise emissions, namely EC certification.

Energy efficiency

The industrial buildings must be projected and built in order to comply with the requisites imposed by law, namely through the use of good thermal behaviour and durable construction materials. The use of renewable energy technologies and eco-efficient equipment is encouraged.

Green areas

Companies are encouraged to grow and maintain their own green spaces, in the plots affected to their activities.



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