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Wienerberger Launches First Carbon-Dioxide Neutral Brick Production Line

Within the framework of its Sustainability Program, Wienerberger/AT is pursuing ambitious targets. With its focus on decarbonization, a circular economy, and biodiversity, the company is setting the course for a sustainable and desirable future for generations to come and supporting the European Green Deal. The start-up of a new, CO2-neutral.

New and highly advanced technologies are being used for the CO2-neutral production of brick slips at Kortemark, the objective being to reduce material consumption, introduce closed cycles, shorten transport distances in the building industry, and, at the same time, reduce COemissions. The new, innovative molding technology differs from previously used methods, by which brick slips were produced by sawing bricks, which invariably generated a certain amount of waste. The new molding technology is unique, as it produces soft-mud brick slips of high dimensional accuracy and stability. Geometric variations are avoided, and the brick slips are ideally suited for prefab building construction. In the solution developed by Wienerberger, both the dryer and the kiln operate entirely on electricity. 25 % of the electricity required is generated by an on-site photovoltaic installation, supplemented by 100 % renewable electricity. Hence, the use of energy from fossil sources has been reduced to zero.

Wienerberger also redesigned the packaging of brick slips and developed an efficient circular packaging system. As of 2023, Wienerberger’s goal is to ensure that all new products are 100 % recyclable or reusable.

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