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Sustainability

We are one of the biggest green energy producers in the province of Salzburg and Austria. Electricity and district heating are produced from the natural energy sources of biogas and biomass and fed into the public grid. This year, we will supply the public grid with around 110 GWh district heating and 90 GWh green power. For this, we were awarded with the Salzburg Energy Globe in the Fire category as well as Winner of the Austrian Energy Globe, among others.

The basis for the manufacture of our textile pulp is spruce wood from sustainable forestry in the European Union. In accordance with PEFC standards, the majority of our requirements of around 900,000 solid cubic metres each year comes from Germany and Austria, with smaller quantities coming from Eastern Europe. Around 90 percent of the wood used for pulp production is certified to PEFC standards. The largest proportion of our wood is sawmill residue from sawmills.

Zitat Walter Kogler Umweltmanagement

AustroCel Hallein takes their responsibility towards the environment and the livelihoods of current and future generations very seriously.

Walter Kogler, environmental management

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Interview Walter Kogler, environmental management

The wood from AustroCel Hallein comes from sustainably managed countries in the EU. What else is of great importance when acquiring wood and making purchasing decisions?

When working with our suppliers, we strive to develop and maintain long-term partnerships. Characterised by reliability and mutual respect.
We only accept wood from sources that meet our requirements regarding the responibility we have towards nature and our stakeholders. AustroCel Hallein supports the production and use of wood products from sustainably managed forests. At the same time, we support sustainable forestry management and manage to continually improve forest resources through the supply and demand of sustainably produced products.
We make an effort to receive wood supplies by rail and to increase that amount, which is an important part of our actions for the protection of the environment.

Wood is used for the production of textile pulp. Waste products from this process are then used (as side streams) for the production of bioenergy. How much of it is  actually waste and cannot be used anymore?

AustroCel Hallein is one of the largest green power producers in Austria.
Energy is produced in the biomass thermal power plant using residual materials from production, for example, bark, wood dust, rejects of the pulping process and sludge from the waste water treatment system.
This is how biogas is obtained from side streams of the pulp production using a method that is unique in the sector. With this biogas, power (3,000 kWh) and district heating are generated in a thermal power station.
The overall energy production occurs in the form of combined heat and power. 14,000 households are supplied with district heating and 27,000 households are supplied with green power.

Are there plans for lowering the portion of waste any further and generate added value from side streams?

Increasing resource efficiency is an essential part of our business dealings. There are several options for gaining further sustainable products from secondary raw materials. Our experts are working very intensely on this challenge, true to our philosophy: “Whoever works with nature’s resources has a great deal of responsibility for the future.”

EMAS Prüfzeichen

EMAS mark of conformity

EMAS (short for Eco Management and Audit Scheme), also known as Eco-Audit, is a community system consisting of environmental management and environmental operational audits for companies who want to improve their environmental contribution. For a company to receive the mark of conformity and therefore count as a certified sustainable company, all requirements of the directive (EC) no. 1221/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council must be met.

Facts

Pulp capacity in t

155.000

per year

Pulp wood in solid cubic metres

900.000

per year

Biomass in solid cubic metres

100.000

per year

Green energy supply in GWh

60

per year

District heating supply in GWh

120

per year

Biogas production in GWh

80

per year

Recovery boiler in MW

90

Biomass boiler in MW

30

Waste water purification equivalent

200.000