ESG

Climate Change & Decarbonization

Climate change is threatening our survival on this planet. The building sector alone accounts for more than one third of worldwide energy consumption and almost 40% of CO2 emissions. With our innovative products and systems we are providing solutions for decarbonization. In doing so, we are supporting the European Green Deal and preparing the ground for the future.

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Our Commitment

Holistic and Smart Solutions

Decarbonization and adaptation to climate change are important topics for Wienerberger. We address these challenges by providing solutions that are fit for the future.

Group-wide commitment: Within the Wienerberger Group, we are committed to decarbonization along the entire value chain – from product design to sourcing to production and the end use of our products.

Positive climate balance of buildings: In the future, buildings ought to store more CO2 than they emit over their entire life cycle. With our products and building material solutions, we are actively contributing to the achievement of this target.

Plastic pipe systems that meet the future demands of energy supply: We are working on the development and supply of plastic-based pipeline systems for hydrogen and biogas. Such high-pressure systems are used in transport and industry.

Climate-resilient habitats, energy-efficient products: Global trends, such as climate change, are creating new requirements, for instance in water management. They are acting as drivers in the development of holistic and smart products and system solutions.

Our Goal

What we Want to Achieve

15 %
less CO2 emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 2023 as compared to 2020 

This target includes reductions of our:

  • Scope 1 emissions: direct CO2 emissions from primary energy sources and from raw materials (of special relevance in ceramic production).
  • Scope 2 emission: indirect CO2 emissions from the Wienerberger Group‘s electricity consumption; emissions from electricity generation. For further information and the definitions of Scope 1 and 2, please refer to the following chapter “Climate Change & Decarbonization”.

Our Measures

What We Are Doing

  • In our sourcing, we promote circularity by increasing the amount of secondary raw materials used. Group-wide supply management facilitates the optimization of transport. Moreover, we have decided to convert fully to green electricity.
  • In production and product design, we are minimizing CO2 emissions through technological innovations. The remaining greenhouse gas emissions are offset by climate protection programs.
  • Through ongoing optimization programs, such as the Plant Improvement Program (PIP) and the Production Excellence Program (PEP), as well as the Lean Six Sigma management approach, we are improving our production procedures and optimizing our processes.
  • We are advancing the decarbonization of our product portfolio through innovations and novel product designs. Examples include climate-neutral bricks and solar panels integrated into roof surfaces.
  • Our products and solutions represent our response to climate change. Examples include our smart pumping stations, rainwater management systems, and the greening of roofs and facades to improve the micro-climate.
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Our Success and our Challenges

Optimizing Processes and Breaking New Ground

  • Our decarbonization effort has been particularly successful in the clay block and roof tile segments. In recent years, we outperformed our targets in terms of efficiency enhancement.
  • However, genuine decarbonization will take more than mere process optimization. New ways will have to be found and new processes developed.
  • Wienerberger will spend EUR 60 million per year on decarbonization. These investments comprise research and development, innovative processes and novel products.

Our long-term target is to implement the European Green Deal: Wienerberger wants to be climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest. The decarbonization of production processes, an innovative product portfolio, and new technologies will take us there.

Johannes Rath

Johannes Rath

CTO of Wienerberger Building Solutions

Useful Information

Decarbonization in Figures

 

Unit

2018

2019

2020

Change (in %)

Total energy consumption

in gigawatt hours

8,211

8,194

7,415

-9.5

Specific energy consumption

Index in % based on kilowatt hours/ton
(2013 = 100 %)

98.7

98.6

100.4

+1.8

Direct absolute CO2 emissions
(Scope 1)

in kilotons

2,608

2,604

2,355

-9.6

Indirect CO2 emissions
(Scope 2)

in kilotons

-

-

296

-

 

Total CO2 emissions
(Scope 1 und 2)

in kilotons

-

-

2,652

-

Specific direct CO2 emissions from fuels

Index of ceramic production in % based on kilogram CO2/ton (2013 = 100 %)

92.0

92.1

92.7

+0.7

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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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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Biodiversity & Environment

The protection and preservation of our environment is firmly embedded in Wienerberger’s perception of its corporate mission.
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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.