Wienerberger Group further reduced its water consumption
The Wienerberger Group succeeded in further reducing its total water consumption in 2014 by 3%, whereas the volume of water drawn from public networks increased by 3%. We attempt to use water that comes primarily from closed systems and from our own wells.
|2012||2013||2014 1||Change in %|
|Wienerberger Group||in million m3||3.2||3.8||3.7||– 3|
|of which from public networks||in %||45||38||39||+ 3|
1 Tondach Gleinstätten non included.
Specific water consumption further reduced in almost all operating segments
In the year under review, specific water consumption was again reduced significantly in almost all operating segments. Water plays a secondary role in ceramic production. In contrast, plastic pipe production requires comparatively large volumes of water to cool the extruded pipes. Pipelife therefore uses water from own sources (wells), from ponds (rainwater) or rivers. Investments in the optimization of water management continued in 2014, particularly in the plastic pipe segment, where they resulted in a further 2% drop in specific water consumption by Pipelife. The water consumption in paver production resulted from the percentage of premium products with special protective surface finishing (Semmelrock Premium Protect) produced in 2014, which greatly facilitates cleaning even of heavily soiled surfaces.
|in m3/t||2012||2013||2014 1||Chance in %|
|Brick products 2||0.186||0.178||0.170||– 4|
|Ceramic pipes||0.242||0.227||0.219||– 4|
|Plastic pipes||4.476||4.238||4.133||– 2|
1 Tondach Gleinstätten not included.
2 The previous year’s figures were restated due to correction of the tonnage produced by one roof tile plant.