AustroCel Hallein’s new bioethanol plant currently under construction is set to come on stream by the end of the year.
The plant will produce up to 30 million litres of bioethanol annually and end product will be added to petrol and replaces about 1% of the annual petrol consumption in Austria. Such replacement of fossil fuel makes a saving of around 50,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.
This biofuel is considered particularly environmentally friendly because it is not produced from feed or food, but from pulp production residues.
Added to this, after a one-year process and a strict audit, the company has been awarded the B Corporation certificate by the non-profit organisation B Lab.
The seal of approval certifies in particular commitment to sustainability, responsible use of resources, socially responsible management and innovative strength.
"We are very proud of the B Corp certificate, as it is a testament of our commitment to sustainability, environmental protection and innovation. We will continue on this promising path of 'Green AustroCel' and bring together sustainability and economic success,” said Jörg Harbring, CEO of AustroCel Hallein.
The internationally respected B Corp certificate measures the overall social and environmental performance of a company.
AustroCel Hallein achieved high scores particularly in the areas of environmental protection and sustainability.
The implementation of the new bioethanol plant and the secure, quality jobs were also included in the evaluation.
Christian Spark, head of purchasing and logistics in AustroCel Hallein and project manager for certification, added: "The thorough, holistic analysis and evaluation goes far beyond the scope of many other seals of approval, which is what makes the B Corp certificate so special.
“As an international supplier of high-quality textile pulp, proven sustainability is very important to us. Our customers in the textile industry will benefit from this, as will consumers, who increasingly want to know whether their clothing has been produced responsibly.”
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