Wienerberger Water Footprint

Wienerberger is the world's largest manufacturer of bricks with 230 plants in 30 countries. Lucideon (which was at the time called Ceram) conducted a water footprint study of their Sandown works based in the West Midlands.

The Challenge

Wienerberger has a longstanding commitment to environmental management and all of its operating sites in the UK are certified to ISO14001. In order to continue to improve their environmental profile and to save costs by reducing water consumption, Wienerberger commissioned Lucideon to carry out a water footprint of their Sandown works.

What We Delivered

Lucideon calculated a water footprint of all bricks produced at the Sandown Works for 2010.

During a factory audit, Lucideon collected data relating to direct and indirect water inputs and effluent. The data included primary data collected by Wienerberger and secondary data from the water provider and suppliers. The data was then collated and analysed by Lucideon to create a report and water footprint of the factory.

Water Flow Sankey (click here to expand image)


Value to the Client

The report states the water footprint per brick and per tonne of brick manufactured on site during 2010. It highlights where water is lost, and where it could be potentially recovered for re-use in the manufacturing process. The work has identified potential savings of £20k a year based on technological innovations and Wienerberger are continuing to work with Lucideon to develop projects to realise these savings.

The report will also help Wienerberger to substantiate its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and achieve its objective of 100% mains free water usage in the production process by 2015.

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