Process Materiality Analysis: Clay Bricks and Roof Tiles Segment
Materiality Analysis: Clay Bricks and Roof Tiles Segment

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Previous targets in the Clay Bricks and Roof Tiles Segment

Even before the materiality analysis performed in 2014, Wienerberger had set quantitative sustainability targets for brick production. CMBE had set itself the goal of reducing specific energy consumption and the volume of specific CO2 emissions by 20% each by 2020, compared with 2010. In clay block production the energy consumption target was already reached in 2014 (-21%); in roof tile production we are on track (-6%); in facing brick production an improvement has been achieved over the previous year’s level, but there have been no efficiency gains yet compared with 2010 (0%). As regards specific CO2 emissions, savings of between 2% and 8% were achieved in all three product groups in 2014 compared with 2013. The Group-wide target of reducing the amount of water drawn from public networks to 40% of total water consumption was reached ahead of schedule. As regards the safety and health of our employees, the target of reducing the frequency of accidents has been pursued consistently. Nevertheless, a slight increase in accident frequency was reported in 2014, compared with 2013. The corrective measures taken are described in the chapter “Employees”. The percentage of potentially exposed employees covered by dust exposure monitoring has been increased to 95.6%; the percentage of employees receiving training has gone up to 93.8%. Moreover, additional technical and organizational measures have been taken to reduce the generation and release of respirable crystalline silica in an effort to protect our employees even more effectively against this hazard.

Results of the 2014 materiality analysis in the Clay Bricks and Roof Tiles Segment

“Avoidance of hazardous substances”, “Security of supply” and the “Protection of local residents and employees at extraction sites” were classified as material issues in raw material sourcing. As regards environmental protection in production, the main focus was on energy efficiency and climate protection. Specific water consumption was not perceived to be a material issue. Employee issues – with few exceptions – were generally regarded as matters of high priority. The results of the materiality analysis have been translated into the Sustainability Roadmap.

The aspects “long service life and long-term value” and “safety and health impact of buildings” were classified as material. However, given the fact that these are core qualities of brick products, no specific targets were set for the Roadmap. Clay blocks and facing bricks are an essential innovation driver for the energy efficiency of buildings. Therefore, the issue “energy efficiency of buildings” is an integral part of the target of increasing the share of innovative products in total revenues. Maintaining good relations with local stakeholders is one of the tasks of the operational management at production sites; training of employees is covered by human resources management; therefore, specific targets for these issues have not been set in the Sustainability Roadmap 2020.

Material sustainability issues for the Clay Bricks and Roof Tiles Segment

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