New sustainability management
We bear responsibility for our future
Packaging and plastic waste, biodiversity, energy, organic choices and social responsibility. We produce and sell everything from seed through to finished food products. In other words, we use resources, land, transportation and energy.
Doing so entails great responsibility. We bear social responsibility towards people and environmental responsibility to the planet that provides us with our livelihood.
Paying mere lip service to sustainability, or addressing it just because it happens to be “in fashion”, were never options for us. To do it justice, we launched our own sustainability management programme in May 2023. This develops important and exciting projects on economic, ecological and social responsibility themes, the aim being to standardise them for the entire Alwera Group. Working together, we want to create more awareness for protecting our planet and implement this in various projects (e.g., waste management, renewable energy, social projects etc.).
Our “Alwera Renewables Revolution” project is currently planning various measures.
- First, we plan to expand our PV systems and install solar panels on all vacant roof areas at Site 1 in Wollsdorf. We’re also reviewing our other Alwera and Estyria locations to see if they are suitable for PV systems.
- Further, we plan to replace the gas burners and heating we use for drying processes (seeds and food products) and for heating our premises (Sites 1 and 2 in Wollsdorf) with cascaded heat pumps. Primarily, these will provide warm water for our heating requirements. The cold air thus harvested will be channelled into our internal cold storage. We plan to use an internal local heating and cooling network to distribute hot and cold energy efficiently.
The planned completion date for the work is summer 2024. The aim of both measures is to make us less dependent on fossil fuels and further decrease Alwera and Estyria’s carbon footprint.
For more details on what we’re doing and planning to do, please see:
Ein kleiner Einblick
The biggest contract grower
of oil pumpkins PGI
Alwera AG, Estyria’s parent company, is responsible for production of the raw goods via a contract farming system. The two companies have for some years maintained the largest PDI area of oil pumpkin in Austria and they know the fields and the farmers personally.Read more
stamp press process
While modernity has brought progress in many areas, the traditional Styrian stamp press process is still the best way of making pumpkin seed oil. The main difference between this and other pressing methods is that we work with open roasting pans. At our plant, people check when the pumpkin seeds are perfectly roasted and so will yield the very best oil. This enables our experienced oil millers to produce the pumpkin seed oil that has won more prizes than any other – and which as a result of this type of pressing retains all the natural constituents. The untreated oil is not filtered; the particles that make it cloudy settle naturally when the oil is left to rest.Read more