At 31,015,806 kWh and with a total share of around 70 percent, the group’s electricity consumption had the largest impact on the environment. In 2017, we purchased 93% of our electricity from renewable sources. In 2018, our goal is to purchase 100% of our electricity from renewable sources.
Our electricity consumption stems above all from the operation of our computer centers, the slot machines in our casinos and the video lottery terminals in our WINWIN outlets. The statutory requirements that slot machines and VLTs be connected to the Austrian Federal Computer Center and that slot machines remain switched on around the clock have resulted in a huge increase in energy requirements. In 2017, our WINWIN outlets obtained authorization to switch off the VLTs outside business hours. Casinos Austria is likewise seeking to obtain such authorization.
The remainder of our energy consumption stems from fuels, district heating supplies and heating energy as well as from the energy-intensive cooling of technical equipment in our computer centers and offices/rooms in our operations.
To continually reduce our energy requirements, we introduced the following measures in 2017:
- The latest energy efficiency technology was used in the construction of our 16th WINWIN outlet in Bischofshofen. The rooms in this outlet are equipped with zone regulators to regulate the air conditioning and heating as required. This reduces electricity consumption by over 50% compared to other outlets of a similar size.
- Climate protection measures were introduced at our 12 casinos in Austria. In the refurbishments of Casino Graz (completed in fall 2017) and Casino Salzburg particular attention was placed on energy efficiency. The project to switch to LED lighting in our casinos was also continued throughout the year.
- The energy meters in our MC4 warehouse in Wiener Neustadt were extended to ensure better energy management. The old air-conditioning pumps were replaced with new, more energy-efficient models. LED lighting was also installed in the high-bay warehouse. In 2018, we plan to replace the cooling unit at the MC4 site.
- We extended the number of charging stations for electric vehicles at the Rennweg 44 building in Vienna to eight. All members of staff can make use of these charging stations.
Our IT landscape also became “greener” through our focus on low electricity consumption and higher performance “Green IT”.