CO2 Emissions
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CO2 emissions from primary energy sources reduced by 2%

Despite higher production volumes, total CO2 emissions from the ceramic plants of the Wienerberger Group covered by ETS remained at the previous year’s level. Plants not covered by ETS reported an increase in total CO2 emissions by 2% due to increasing production volumes. The 4% increase in process-related emissions compared to the previous year’s level is due to the same reason. However, despite increasing production, CO2 emissions from primary energy sources dropped by 2% as a result of the consistent optimization of fuel use.

CO2 emissionen
in tonns 2013 2 2014 3 Change in %
From primary energy sources 1,002,751 979,996 – 2
From processes 645,355 668,298 + 4
Total – covered by ETS 4 1,648,106 1,648,295 0
Plants not covered by ETS 5 187,589 191,259 + 2
From biogenic materials 6 257,986 228,694 – 11

1 Following the transition to the third EU emission trading period in 2013, Wienerberger’s data from previous years are no longer comparable; therefore, CO2 emission data from 2013 serve as the new reference base for future developments.
2 The previous years’ figures were adjusted retroactively, as data registration at the EU server (EUTL) had not been completed at the time of publication of the report.
3 Tondach Gleinstätten not included.
4 Source: Community Independent Transaction Log (CITL).
5  Calculated in accordance with national rules (Switzerland) or EU standard emission factors. Only CO2 emissions from the combustion of primary energy sources are included for production sites in the USA; from 2015 onward, CO2 emissions from processes will also be included.
6 Figures from Wienerberger CO2 monitoring are based on national rules.

CO2 emissions from primary energy sources: an essential aspect for Wienerberger

The results of the materiality analysis have shown that, from the stakeholder point of view, our measures in the field of climate action are relevant only in connection with energy consumption. Therefore, only fuel-related CO2 emissions that can be directly influenced by Wienerberger have been classified as a material aspect of climate action for Wienerberger. For this reason, the updated quantitative target definition exclusively refers to the reduction of specific CO2 emissions from primary sources of energy. The calculation of the index of specific CO2 emissions was adjusted accordingly, with only fuel-derived CO2 emissions included in the index. On account of the transition to the third emission trading period of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, the index of specific CO2 emissions was reset to 100% in 2013.

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