Environment and Energy
The production sites of the Plansee Group are located in unspoilt countryside and others in large industrial zones. Responsible production in this context is associated with a range of challenges. To meet these responsibilities, we have introduced environmental and energy management systems in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. We regularly evaluate our impact on the environment, set ourselves annual environmental objectives and plan and implement the environmental programs that will allow us to achieve them.
*These figures are accumlated values of our main sites: CB-Ceratizit Xiamen, Ceratizit Austria GmbH, Ceratizit Luxembourg S.à.r.l., Global Tungsten & Powders Corp., Plansee SE
Various measures at our sites:
Daylight + solar power
Energy-efficient from the word go: Plansee India’s new building uses as much daylight as possible in the production facilities and offices. And when artificial light is needed, the site uses solar power that it generates itself.
In Reutte, Plansee and Ceratizit have saved 1.3 million kilowatt hours of energy in 2014 and 2015. This has met with statutory requirements and avoided additional energy costs (penalties). Evidence of compliance with the obligations to save energy that arise from the Austrian Energy Efficiency Act must be provided every year until 2020.
Ceratizit has been awarded the Luxembourg’s Industry Federation environmental prize for its recycling activities. The prize recognizes the achievements of companies in bringing the demands of productivity in harmony with the need to preserve natural resources.
Renovation of the facade of one of the production halls in Reutte, which included the installation of new, energysaving windows, has allowed Plansee to reduce the amount of power required for heating by 200,000 kilowatt hours per year. New LED lights that allow the brightness to be adjusted for each individual workplace have also brought huge energy savings.
Waste heat for heating
Heat at no cost: The new four-story building with workshops and offices houses the entire infrastructure and plant engineering department at Reutte. The low-energy building uses the waste heat from the neighboring production plants to feed a large-scale low-temperature heating system.
A new annealing plant for molybdenum and tungsten products at Plansee in Reutte produces around 800 tonnes less CO2 per year. The new plant replaces four old furnaces and is some 30 percent faster for each annealing run. The new furnace has a capacity of up to four tonnes of molybdenum and tungsten products.