AMAG has been consistently implementing a sustainable rainwater management strategy at its Ranshofen location for several years now. Recognition for this commitment has now come in the form of a nomination for the Energy Globe Awards. The Energy Globe is awarded to outstanding, sustainable projects with a focus on resource conservation, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies.
Some five hectares of land are used for construction in Austria every day. This means that these areas are no longer available for natural rainwater drainage. On the other hand, extreme precipitation events and increased periods of drought create ideal conditions for small-scale flooding and high water levels. AMAG is implementing its sustainable rainwater management strategy as an active measure to combat these developments.
Numerous infiltration basins and percolation trenches have been created on the factory grounds to help maintain the natural water cycle. The rainwater filters down through the soil layer and percolates directly into the groundwater.
Infiltration surfaces covering approximately four hectares of the AMAG factory grounds are in planning or have already been created. These infiltration surfaces serve to drain the runoff from 130 hectares of roof and other areas. This not only recharges the groundwater, but also reduces the amount of water flowing into the local rainwater canal. It also has a positive effect on the soil, vegetation and the soil water balance, wildlife and the climate. In addition, these measures contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations with regard to the sustainable management of water.
The total cost of the projects that have already been implemented or are currently in planning amounts to approximately 3 million euros.