Greiner AG and its three divisions, Greiner Packaging, Greiner Bio-One and NEVEON, share the goal of increasing the proportion of energy they generate themselves. Since August last year, photovoltaic plants have therefore been installed at eight Austrian production sites and offices, all of which are now in operation.
Approximately 9,500 solar panels have been installed over a total area of 15,000 square meters – the size of more than two soccer fields. The plants generate 2.7 GWh of electricity per year, which equates to the consumption of approximately 900 households.
“With these eight photovoltaic plants, we can cover four percent of our energy needs in Austria with power we have generated ourselves. We are therefore opting for sustainable, green alternatives and taking another step to reduce emissions,” says Axel Kühner, CEO of Greiner AG.
With its “Blue Plan” sustainability strategy, Greiner is implementing a variety of measures to protect the climate. In addition to the focus on the circular economy, one area that can be leveraged for this is to make greater use of renewable energy sources and to increase the share of energy generated in-house via photovoltaics.
In Austria, Greiner already obtains 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Worldwide, the figure is 58 percent (as of 2022) – and is expected to increase to 100 percent by 2030. Greiner has also set itself the target of self-generating 1.5 percent of the electricity it consumes worldwide using renewable energy by 2025. By 2030, worldwide 2.5 percent of Greiner sites’ energy is to be self-generated.
The eight locations of the PV plants in Austria:
- Greiner Campus, Kremsmünster
- Greiner Packaging, Kremsmünster
- NEVEON, Kremsmünster
- Greiner Bio-One, Kremsmünster
- NEVEON, Enns
- Greiner Bio-One, Rainbach
- Greiner Packaging, Sattledt
- NEVEON, Linz
Video of the PV plants (drone footage): LINK
Press photos can be downloaded here. The location is stated in the file name.