Manufacturing companies and breweries alike consume huge amounts of energy. Therefore, early on, Stiegl addressed the issue of the most environmentally friendly source of energy. The decision was made in favour of natural gas and there are seven good reasons for this:
- Natural gas belongs to the most environmentally friendly fossil fuels. Neither fine particulate matter nor sooty particles are produced during its combustion.
- Compared to oil, the carbon dioxide emissions that have a detrimental impact on the climate are reduced by 31 per cent.
- Natural gas is a non-toxic, colourless and an inherently odourless gas. However, because of its high flammability, a minute amount of odorant is added to the gas for safety reasons so that people become aware of any escape of gas.
- With increasingly strict emission regulations, environmentally friendly natural gas as a source of energy meets even the most stringent requirements.
- Natural gas is a sound long-term investment. According to the most recent scientific findings, natural gas reserves are likely to last for at least another 160 years.
- Europe has a dense natural gas distribution network providing all countries with gas. Thanks to large storage facilities, in which natural gas can be stored approximately 1000 to 1500 metres underground, peak demand can be met and fuel shortages can be prevented. Measured in terms of consumption, no other European country has as much gas stored as Austria. As a result of this, Austria is not greatly affected by price fluctuations which in turn results in price stability. Furthermore, the reliability of the system creates a feeling of safety.
- The natural gas is ‘transported’ to the premises via huge underground pipelines in an environmentally friendly and virtually risk-free way.
Although by switching to natural gas an environmentally friendly source of energy is being used, the cleanest energy is the energy that is not used at all. Therefore a lot of money was spent on the acquisition and construction of energy-saving systems.