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Greening Production at the World's Biggest Brickmaker is Yielding Record Profit

  • Wienerberger earnings rise even as emissions, energy use fall
  • CEO Scheuch sees growing demand for energy-efficient building
A worker uses a forklift truck to sort bricks in a storage facility at the Wienerberger AG brickmaking plant in Haiding, Austria.

A worker uses a forklift truck to sort bricks in a storage facility at the Wienerberger AG brickmaking plant in Haiding, Austria.

Photographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Record earnings at the world’s biggest brickmaker shows how profitability is becoming increasingly linked to measures that reduce energy consumption, according to Wienerberger AG Chief Executive Officer Heimo Scheuch. 

Sales and net income hit new highs through the first nine months of the year while greenhouse-gas emissions fell 6% due to lower energy use, the Vienna-based company reported Tuesday. Wienerberger’s results convey a message to delegates gathered in Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, the CEO said in an interview.