Gebrüder Weiss puts its fifth solar power plant in Austria in operation

Gebrüder Weiss and Global Freight System (GFS) have set up the joint venture “Gebrüder Weiss Express China”, specialising in parcel transports between China and Europe.

Gebrüder Weiss has announced that it has started relying on sustainably generated electricity also in Lower Austria; its new solar power plant at the Pöchlarn location produces a total of some 1,725 megawatt hours (MWh) per year on a total surface of 16,000 sq m.

The logistics company uses 462 solar panels to generate some 130,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar power per year for its own needs on a surface of 786 sq m, which corresponds to the demand of approximately 26 four-person households and CO2 savings of some 76 tonnes per year. With this amount of electricity, Gebrüder Weiss Pöchlarn said it covers around 25 % of its daily power requirements.

Bernhard Schartmüller, Branch Manager of Gebrüder Weiss Pöchlarn, commented: “We want to make use of the new source of energy within the company in the best possible way. Therefore, we are going to charge our forklift trucks, for instance, by means of rechargeable batteries during the day in future, instead of during the night as previously done.”

Electricity is being produced from solar energy also in Kennelbach (Vorarlberg), Maria Saal (Carinthia) and Wels (Upper Austria). At the same time, the roofs of the transhipment and logistics warehouses in Maria Lanzendorf near Vienna are rented out to a solar power company. Two more plants are located in Memmingen (Bavaria) in Southern Germany. Across the Group, approx. 784,000 kWh of electricity are sustainably produced for the company’s own use, the total output of the plants being approximately 5,200 MWh.

The company said that investing in photovoltaic technology is one of many measures it has taken to reduce its CO2 emissions.

Source: Gebrüder Weiss

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