Stölzle is investing EUR 18 million this year in a move to improve its environmental footprint, and has changed from regenerative heating technology to recuperative power, replacing its amber furnace with a new furnace at its Koflach, Austria plant.
Stölzle has replaced its amber furnace with a new furnace at its Koflach, Austria plant, also starting to use regenerative heating technology instead of recuperative power.
According to the company, this year’s investment of EUR 18 million is an indication of its intention to improve its environmental footprint.
The key benefit has been a 50% reduction in the amount of electricity used to heat the furnace and also 20% in gas. The adoption of the technology has resulted in a reduction in CO2 emissions by 4500 tons per year.
During a recent celebration ceremony, the last brick was placed on top of the furnace by Dr. Cornelius Grupp, owner of Stölzle Glass Group.
Dr Grupp said: “Stölzle has always been an Austrian-based group with international production sites. For me it is very important that the Austrian headquarters maintains a strong position in the business.”