Sustainability

Biodiversity & Environment

The protection and preservation of our environment is firmly embedded in Wienerberger’s perception of its corporate mission: We respect nature reserves, use resources sparingly, and foster biodiversity at our production sites. Over the past 40 years, the world has seen an unprecedented loss of biodiversity – a development we must counteract.

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Our Commitment

Environmental Protection as Part of our Business Model

For Wienerberger as a producing company, natural resources are indispensable. Our commitment is to supply top-quality products and, at the same time, protect the environment to the best of our abilities.

Value creation: Half of the global gross domestic product (GDP), i.e. EUR 40 trillion, is dependent on nature. For Wienerberger, the preservation of the environment is an essential factor of sustainable business management. Environmental protection plays a crucial role along our entire value chain.

Biodiversity: All over the world, the natural balance has been profoundly upset. The main causes relate to the classic environmental problems, including climate change due to the emission of greenhouse gases, the sealing of surfaces, and nutrient and pollutant input in ecosystems. Over the past 40 years, 60% of the global wildlife population has been lost. A million species are at risk of extinction. By fostering biodiversity at all our sites, we improve land use and provide valuable habitat for flora and fauna in terms of quality and quantity.

Climate change: Biodiversity loss and the climate crisis are two phenomena that are closely connected and reinforce one another. The efforts necessary to contain climate change by 2030 therefore also involve measures such as soil rehabilitation, the restoration of wetlands, or the creation of green oases in cities. 

Our Goal

What We Want to Achieve

100 %

Biodiversity program for all our sites until 2023

We have set ourselves a clear goal: By 2023, we will implement a biodiversity action plan based on the Wienerberger Biodiversity Program at all Wienerberger production and office sites.

Our Measures

What We Are Doing

  • We are doing our utmost to minimize the impacts of raw material extraction and production on the environment. We are committed to nature conservation and the improvement of biodiversity.
  • We are recultivating and renaturing depleted clay extraction sites or making them available for subsequent use. Depleted clay pits provide ideal conditions to attract rare plants and animals. We are implementing appropriate measures in cooperation with local partners from agriculture or with local residents.
  • We avoid and substitute hazardous waste, especially in raw materials.
  • Climate action and biodiversity are taken into account in the design of products and system solutions. 

Our Success and our Challenges

Habitats for Animals and Plants

  • Our clay pits provide an environment conducive to biodiversity. The Biodiversity Action Plan is being adapted to the local conditions at our sites. Take the example of Orchard Farm in Kent, in the southeast of England, where Wienerberger is converting clay extraction sites step by step into habitat for animals and plants that are at risk of extinction.
  • Our product range for roofs and facades includes nesting boxes for birds and bats. Ceramic products can be fitted with insect hotels and nesting options for small mammals.
  • In our efforts to promote biodiversity, we are drawing on best-practice examples. These include cooperation between Wienerberger Germany and the WWF, renaturing projects at depleted clay pits and beehives on the roof of the Wienerberger headquarters in Vienna.
  • Our objective is to ensure that land use by Wienerberger has a positive long-term impact on biodiversity. To this end, we will upgrade existing surfaces and enter into new partnerships for compensatory measures.
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Orchard Farm in Kent in the southeast of England
Wienerberger AG

As a manufacturing company, Wienerberger cares about environmental responsibility. The Biodiversity Program is an important part of our Sustainability Program 2023. We are looking forward to having a biodiversity action plan implemented at all our production sites within the framework of this program.,

Johan Van der Biest

Johan Van Der Biest

COO Western Europe at Wienerberger

Further Information

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Sustainability Management at Wienerberger

On track for ESG: This is how the Wienerberger Group’s sustainability management is steered, implemented and evaluated.
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The Wienerberger Sustainability Program 2023

Decarbonization, the circular economy, and biodiversity: These are the environmental pillars of Wienerberger’s Sustainability Program 2023.
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Climate Change & Decarbonization

With our innovative products and systems we are providing solutions for decarbonization.
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A Circular Economy

The circular economy is a central pillar of Wienerberger’s Sustainability Program 2023: It enables us to ensure the long-term availability of raw materials.
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Employees

Wienerberger’s employees are the company’s most important success factor.
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Business Ethics & Social Impacts

The economy is an integral part of society. At Wienerberger, we take our responsibility as a corporate citizen seriously.