Think Green: Sustainability at WINTERSTEIGER

Machines, buildings, processes and relationships: WINTERSTEIGER takes a long-term view in all areas and consistently focuses on the future. The result is sustainability – for employees, customers and suppliers. 

 

"Thinking about tomorrow" – for more than 70 years!

Bike Services: Intelligent filter technology and efficient energy use

Bike Services: Intelligent filter technology and efficient energy use

Our Bike Services products contribute to sustainability wherever they are used. The focus is not only on effective cleaning of bikes and easy handling of the machines. Efficient use of available resources – in this case water – can make a big difference in everyday use. The fully automatic Velobrush uses a closed water circuit. The water is recycled through the use of filters and oil separators. Depending on the degree of soiling, between 50 and 100 bikes can be washed with just one tank filling. The manual Veloclean Pro washes with low pressure and hot water. This means that much less water is used than with high-pressure systems. In addition, the bike wash itself is much gentler. An oil separator in the Veloclean Pro also ensures that the dirty water does not contain environmentally harmful lubricants. The waste water can therefore be discharged into the sewer.

 

The careful use of resources is particularly important in alpine regions, which are heavily dependent on tourism. That is why we pay special attention to making our machines as economical and environmentally friendly as possible right from the development stage.

Electricity from our own photovoltaic plant

In March 2021, the first photovoltaic system with an area of 2,830 m², spread over 7 company roofs and an output of 300 kWp, went into operation. The new "Technik & Service Seedmech" building, which was completed in 2022, was also equipped with PV modules.

 

WINTERSTEIGER currently has a total output of 500 kWp and the company's entire base load can be covered by green electricity. For comparison: WINTERSTEIGER could supply 50 households with solar energy.

Heat supply from renewable energy

In 2017, the buildings at the WINTERSTEIGER site in Ried were connected to the geothermal network of “Energie Ried”. The environmentally friendly district heating from hot deep water supplies an area of 22,000 m2. Two gas boilers with an output of 1,200 MW and 750 MW respectively were replaced and dismantled.

 

In 2023, 1,954,980 kWh of heating energy have been be provided by geothermal energy. "The heating works wonderfully. We had to make some changes when we connected to the geothermal system because the new heating system is designed for low temperatures. However, maintenance is now very low," says Benjamin Hochholzer, Head of Facility & Service.

 

The geothermal network in which the local energy supplier “Energie Ried” is involved is the largest geothermal project in Austria. The town of Braunau and the municipality of Simbach have been supplied with district heating since 2000, the town of Ried im Innkreis and other surrounding communities since 2012.

Utilizing heat return

The Seedmech Service & Technology building, constructed in 2022, is uses recovered heat from the surrounding production buildings. This innovative solution is providing an additional building with environmentally friendly heating energy provided by the geothermal network.

 

More heat, less cost

The low-temperature heating system (concrete core activation) heats an area of 1,500 m² with a return temperature of only about 60 °C. The heating capacity required in the Seedmech building is 110 kW – this additional heating system did not have to be installed.

 

In addition, the lower return temperature reduces overall heating costs: the lower the return temperature to the geothermal network, the lower the district heating tariff.

Energy-efficient hall ventilation

The mechanical production and the surface coating areas are air-conditioned and supplied with fresh air via a highly energy-efficient ventilation system. The aim of the investment was to create a better production environment for the employees.

 

The ventilation works on the principle of heat dissipation: the heat load generated is captured under the ceiling and dissipated via the roof. Cooler fresh air is introduced draught-free through textile hoses or displacement air outlets (infinitely variable, temperature controlled).

The ventilation system not only cools the hall, but also provides a constant supply of fresh air: The typical smell of coolant emulsion in mechanical production has completely disappeared, and the working environment for employees has been significantly improved.

Project "Company Bike": WINTERSTEIGER supports active mobility

Since April, WINTERSTEIGER employees have been able to lease a new bicycle on attractive terms: In the first four weeks of the project alone, 60 colleagues opted for a "Company Bike". The Company Bike is an opportunity to use a high-quality bike – be it an e-bike, mountain bike, racing bike, trekking bike or city bike – at a very reasonable price. The monthly payment is deducted directly from your gross salary: This salary conversion reduces the tax base for income tax and social security, so employees make additional savings. 

Insurance and service are also included: if something breaks down or the battery stops charging properly, for example, this is included in the leasing contract, as are annual service works (e.g. adjusting the gears or checking the brakes).

 

Environmentally friendly and healthy

With the company bike, WINTERSTEIGER focuses on active mobility, because cycling keeps you fit and is environmentally friendly. Cycling helps to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

More than 130 e-cars at WINTERSTEIGER

e-cars at WINTERSTEIGER

More than 130 e-cars at WINTERSTEIGER

The mobility project "Social Car" is a complete success: since the last delivery, 100 employees have been driving an e-car sponsored by the company. They can choose between the VW ID.3, Cupra Born and Fiat 500e models. Including the electric company cars, the company already has more than 130 e-cars – this means that every sixth WINTERSTEIGER employee drives an electric car. The company car offer applies to all employees at the 7 locations in Austria: in addition to Ried, there are the locations in Mettmach, St. Martin, Vienna, Altach and Bartholomäberg in Vorarlberg as well as Liezen in Styria.

 

The number of charging stations on the company premises is being continuously expanded in parallel with the vehicle fleet: there are already 20 e-parking spaces with 22 kW, and a 150 kW fast charging station was recently put into operation. WINTERSTEIGER has expanded the existing photovoltaic system at the company headquarters in Ried to currently 500 kWp in order to sustainably cover the power requirements for e-mobility.