Our corporate social responsibility
Environmetal project: Patronage of stag beetle habitat
As of 1st January 2015 we have taken over patronage of the stag beetle habitat in the Mödling urban forest (in Brentenmais, Austria). The area of 4.5 hectares is an oak forest with very high levels of biodiversity. Thanks to our support, the regular use of wood, in other words the removal of biomass, can stop and the forest can be completely returned to nature. This means that 1,970 tons of previously sequestered CO2 will remain in the ground and will not re-enter the natural cycle. In addition, around 45 tons of CO2 will be newly sequestered, with a consequent sparing of the burden on the atmosphere by this amount. We are relieved about reducing our CO2-footprint.
As one can guess from the name, the severely endangered stag beetle can find in this area the conditions that it needs to survive. The dead wood in the forest - preferably oak wood - enables the larvae to grow in the roots, trunks and stumps of the dead trees. Depending on the quality of the wood, this development takes between five and eight years. But other species also benefit from this natural paradise in the urban forest of the town of Mödling, such as wild boar and salamanders.
Also visit: Stadtgemeinde Mödling - Naturerleben in Mödling
“Following our ISO 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 150001 (energy management) certification in 2013, it was a logical next step to engage actively in protecting our environment. Sustainability and localism were important criteria in this. So we’re very happy to have found this excellent project and, in the form of the town council of Mödling, such a committed partner.” Claudia Wallner, Quality Management