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Wienerberger Releases Sustainability Report

Wienerberger AG recently released a 2011 update to its 2010 sustainability report. The company has decided to publish a full sustainability report every two years and, in the interim periods, issue a review that presents the latest key facts and figures, as well as progress in specific areas. According to Heimo Scheuch, CEO, the focus will be placed less on sustainability rankings, and more on the transparent documentation of concrete improvements and increased efficiency in the company and its immediate environment.

“Wienerberger is focused on long-term success—and anyone who also wants to be successful tomorrow must be committed to sustainable actions,” said Scheuch.

Highlights of the report include:

  • The 2010 launch of a Health & Safety Initiative, which is designed to implement uniform standards throughout the company and significantly reduce the number of accidents. Many steps have already been taken, including the breakdown of company-wide safety targets to the individual plant level and the definition of specific safety targets for each plant, the creation of occupational safety committees, the definition of responsibilities, and the introduction of comprehensive training programs.
  • Wienerberger launched an Environmental Action Plan with company-wide goals to reduce specific energy consumption (based on kilowatt hours of energy per ton) and specific CO2 emissions (based on kilograms of CO2 emissions per ton). The first steps involved the implementation of measures at nine plants, which led to an average reduction of 4.8% in both specific energy consumption and specific CO2 emissions in these facilities during 2011. On a group level, the share of used renewable electrical energy increased from 25% to 43% through the targeted selection of suppliers.
  • The company illustrated its goal of sustainable brick construction with the “e4 BRICKHOUSE” in Zwettl (Austria), which is currently under construction by a family who will move in this fall. The project uses products from all Wienerberger product groups. The central element is a thermal building envelop made of high thermal insulating bricks filled with mineral wool. This house will reportedly produce more energy than it uses and also have a positive CO2 and energy balance.

For additional information, visit www.wienerberger.com.

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