Interview Walter Kogler, environmental management
The wood from AustroCel Hallein comes from sustainably managed countries in the EU. What else has value when acquiring wood and in 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 raw materials from sources which meet our responsibilities 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 and increase wood supplies by rail, and these are an important part of our environmental protection activities.
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 is then 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 to lower the proportion 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 to gain 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.”