Invitation to the World Climate Summit: MFL in the international spotlight
August 01, 2022
Drastic energy savings, heat recovery, thermal upgrades and more: the comprehensive climate and environmental protection measures of Maschinenfabrik Liezen und Gießerei (MFL) are attracting attention far beyond the country's borders. This is currently proven by the invitation of the leading Ennstal-based company to the UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt: MFL will represent itself in the international spotlight at the World Climate Summit.
It is a showcase of ecological innovations, a get-together of global heads of government and decision-makers: the United Nations (UN) World Climate Conference is the annual highlight of global climate diplomacy. A Styrian industrial company will be involved in the summit to combat climate change, which will take place in Egypt this November: MFL will present the company's comprehensive ecological programme at the invitation of the organisers of the UN climate project "Vision 2045". As a point of reference, the last climate summit in Glasgow was attended by over 20,000 participants from every country in the world. "It is an honour to be able to present our sustainability measures, which we have been pursuing for years - especially in our foundry - on a world stage like this. For us, the invitation to "Vision 2045" within the framework of the UN Climate Change Conference is also a symbolic confirmation of the path taken by Styrian industry, which, from an environmental point of view, sees itself not as part of the problem, but as part of the solution," explains MFL Managing Director Herbert Decker.
The BBC, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times look to Liezen
Specifically, MFL representatives will not only attend the conference in person, but will also contribute to panel discussions with decision-makers from across industry and politics. In the past, media such as the "Wall Street Journal", "BBC" or "The Financial Times" have reported on such summit topics. MFL is also in the spotlight - in November - in the accompanying video documentary for "Vision 2045". As one of only 50 companies worldwide. This focuses attention on globally leading corporations and medium-sized companies that have incorporated the topic of sustainability into their DNA. In July, a film team from London and Berlin travelled to Upper Styria to shoot the film. The result will be presented at the climate summit and communicated worldwide via the New York-based news agency Thomson Reuters. "We are already looking forward to showing the world that in the Enns Valley we take responsibility for the environment and the global climate in a progressive and innovative way - and yes, we even play a pioneering role in the sector here," Managing Director Decker is delighted to say. Part of this documentary will also be the Gesäuse tourism region around the national park of the same name, as well as the energy company "Kelag - Wärme und Energie", which are critical partners for MFL in the implementation of their sustainability goals.
Ambitious ecological programme
What inspires the organisers of the UN project to look to the Enns Valley in particular are the comprehensive ecological measures that have been implemented for many years. For example, the company implemented a certified energy management system almost a decade ago, and in 2018 heat recovery systems were installed in the heat treatment furnaces in the foundry. In the previous year, the leading Upper Styrian company announced further investments in environmental and climate protection, including thermal upgrades, LED lighting and optimised heating controls. Specific energy consumption is to be reduced by around one third by 2030. The path to this goal has also "already been accomplished for the most part", says foundry manager Peter Fuchs. He emphasises: "This is not only about a commitment to the location and to future generations. The focus on climate-friendly and environmentally sustainable measures is also becoming an important competitive advantage on the international market, which our customers and partners are placing more and more value on," says the MFL decision-maker. This means that ecological assessments are actively demanded. Key figures that the Liezen-based leading company is now happy to hand out.