Weinberger in Reichenfels generates around 20% of the electricity it needs for production with its own hydroelectric power plant. This is our active contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and protecting our climate.
A simple calculation
The CO2 emission for every kilowatt hour of electricity that is generated in Austria is on average 302 grams (source: Environment Agency Austria, as of: October 2017).
In the first half of 2018, our own hydroelectric power plant in Reichenfels worked for 4,231.5 hours and generated 107,525 kW of electricity. This means around 610 kW of emissions-free electricity every day.
- If we now multiply these 610 kW per day by the average 302 grams of CO2 emissions, we arrive at around 185 kilograms of CO2 that we save every single day. This all adds up to approximately 32.5 tons of CO2 that were saved in the first half of 2018.
- For a better understanding: the 185 kilograms per day roughly correspond to the amount of CO2 removed from the atmosphere every day by 31 trees.
Weinberger water power since 1929
- We have been generating electricity here at Weinberger since 1929, when we converted the mill into a power plant.
- The hydroelectric power plant was modernised in 1945 and then supplied the whole of Reichenfels with electricity.
- After our hydroelectric power plant had been brought to a standstill by flooding in 2012, it was lovingly restored and reactivated in 2014.
- Since the autumn of 2017, a new control system has ensured that we can generate even more electricity with our hydroelectric power plant.
Electricity from sustainable hydroelectric power is an important part of the comprehensive environmental strategy that Weinberger implements consistently in all of its business units.