Energy consumption
Energy consumption

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More detailed data from all business units

The following figures cover the entire Wienerberger Group (excluding Tondach Gleinstätten). Data from plastic pipe production have been included since June 2012.

Energy consumption 1
in MWh 2012 2013 2014 2 Change in %
Natural gas 5,541,640 5,424,752 5,351,766 – 1
Coal 3 204,790 224,372 210,332 – 6
Fuel oil 4 92,466 54,757 17,623 – 68
Liquefied natural gas 62,338 45,123 26,028 – 42
Electricity 863,372 967,101 973,537 + 1
Wienerberger Group 6,764,606 6,716,106 6,579,287 – 2

1 Total energy consumption includes energy consumed in production, but excludes administration.
2 Tondach Gleinstätten not included.
3 Coal used as fuel in a brick plant now included in the three-year trend.
4 For comparability, the use of fuel oil in a Steinzeug-Keramo plant was restated for 2012 and 2013 to show a three-year trend.

Total energy consumption of the Wienerberger Group dropped by 2%

In 2014, the total energy consumption of the Wienerberger Group declined by 2% from the previous year’s level. The most significant savings were achieved in the consumption of natural gas. This development is due to continuous, Group-wide efforts to optimize production.

Group-wide conversion to low-emission energy sources

Efforts are being made throughout the Wienerberger Group to change over to lowemission energy sources. In particular, fuel oil and coal are to be replaced by other sources of energy in order to reduce CO2 emissions and save costs. The percentage of fuel oil used declined by 68% in 2014. The consumption of liquefied natural gas, which is used mainly in India, was reduced by more than 40%. In Italy and Germany we use electricity generated by our own photovoltaic systems. The consumption of coal was reduced by 6% in 2014. Coal is the most important fuel in North America, but the production sites of the North America Division are gradually being converted to natural gas. A biogas plant fired with local biomass was set up near a Steinzeug-Keramo production site. The biogas fuels a co-generation plant, the waste heat of which is used to dry the ceramic pipes.

Electricity consumption increased by 1%

The 1% increase in electricity consumption as compared to the previous year’s level is primarily due to the higher volume of production and changes in the product mix of the Pipelife Group, as the plastic pipe production plants run almost exclusively on electricity. In 2014, electricity from renewable sources of energy accounted for 27% of total electricity consumption. Steinzeug-Keramo converted its ceramic pipe production plants completely to electricity from renewable sources in 2014.

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