Regional Energy Globe Award Steiermark (Austria) (overall winner)
Submitted by: VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH
Implemented country: Austria
Title: VAE Eisenbahnsysteme GmbH as a CO2-neutral iron and steel processing plant
On site for 150 years Zeltweg be made turnouts. The iron and steel processing is inherently very energy intensive. As a result of electricity consumption, natural gas for heating and processes, and fuel consumption for transportation and fleet resulting annual tons of CO2 emissions. To reduce these CO2 emissions, the natural gas-fired heating system was converted to biomass-fired district heating. A small river power station was built buy the less electricity needs to be. Improving energy efficiency has been through numerous projects, such as Insulation, heat recovery, lighting concepts, etc. achieved. The measures taken by the CO2 emissions could be reduced by approximately 50%.