Katharina Kumerschek
Environmental Management

Tel. 0043 (0)4262-505-321
Fax 0043 (0)4262-505-8321


Taking responsibility - for the environment and safety

We only have one planet, so every individual should do all they can to protect it. A company like Treibacher Industrie AG naturally has particularly strong obligations in this regard. 

Protecting the environment is one of our top priorities. That is why we continuously monitor our emissions and immissions. Each year, up to 1,200 measurements are taken indoors and some 120 measurements outdoors. The checks are primarily used to assess air and water quality and to monitor noise levels. Investment in environmental protection today accounts for 20 percent of total investment levels.

Environmental monitoring/(UIG)

Environmental monitoring/(UIG)

Treibacher Industrie AG is fully committed to protecting the environment for the long term. The emissions values published here in the interests of transparency provide an insight into our outstanding environmental performance. They show that our immediate and neighboring environments are not exposed to harmful pollution.

UIG 2011 PDF

Waste water

Waste water

Clean water is our elixir. Waste water is only ever fed into the River Gurk once it has been treated and carefully checked. However, it is not just waste water that is subject to checks. Ground water, well water and when necessary the waters of the River Gurk are also closely monitored.

Key parameters include temperature, pH value and specific impurities. Well water is used as high-quality drinking and process water at Treibacher Industrie AG.

Waste water

The following properties are measured: Temperature, pH value, electrical conductivity, substances that can be filtered off, ammonium, nitrogen compounds, chromium,  cadmium, copper, zinc, chloride, fluoride, and organically bonded carbon.

Ground water

The following properties are measured: pH value, electrical conductivity, evaporation residue, aluminum, arsenic, boron, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, sodium, amount of hydrocarbon, organically bonded carbon, nickel, vanadium, zinc, chloride, sulfate, nitrate, nitrite, fluorite, ammonium and the temperature of the water.

Well water

The following properties are measured: pH value, electrical conductivity, total hardness, carbonate hardness, boron, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, chloride, sulfate, nitrate, and ammonium. Bacteriological tests are also performed.



The term “immission” describes the process whereby air pollutants are transmitted to and have an influence on people, animals and  plants. Treibacher Industrie AG measures immissions at the factory premises and outside the company grounds pursuant to the Austrian Air Pollution Control Act (IG-L). This Act defines immissions as air pollutants that impact on people, animals and plants and can modify the natural composition of the atmosphere through particles, gases or aerosols.

Treibacher Industrie AG therefore ensures continuous monitoring.

The following properties are measured: cobalt, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, vanadium, lead, cadmium, and manganese. The immissions values have been cut significantly through, in particular, the increased use of mechanical sweepers and extraction systems.



Emissions are air pollutants at the point of origin, i.e. pollutants originating from manufacturing facilities, machinery or equipment that are released into the free atmosphere and that modify the natural composition of the atmosphere through particles, gases or aerosols.

Continuous monitoring is therefore a top priority. Measurements are taken to assess the volumes of a wide range of heavy metals in dust and other air pollutants.

Measured gaseous emissions include hydrogen chloride, chlorine (nitric acid), sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and ammonia. Measured dust particles include tungsten, niobium, tantalum, titanium, iron, total organic carbons, calcium, manganese, boron, barium, cobalt, chromium, molybdenum, nickel, and vanadium.

Continuous improvement

A key focal point of our operations besides using state-of-the-art air purification technologies and continuously improving and modernizing plants is to reduce diffuse emissions from the manipulation (e.g. transporting, loading and unloading) of dusty raw materials.

Such emission-reduction measures include:

  • Establishing an automated slag unloading station in the VO Plant that unloads raw materials and fills the silo via a closed system.
  • Modernizing the existing exhaust gas treatment plant in the SE Plant and optimizing the exhaust gas treatment process. This both improved operational safety standards and further reduced emissions.
  • As part of an inter-plant project, a new product filling system and a new raw materials loading station were installed in the NR and PM Plants. This has completely prevented the generation of diffuse emissions during transport within the plant.



Treibacher Industrie AG operates in full accordance with official guidelines, ensuring that noise levels recorded at the closest neighboring property measure only around 50 decibels and continue to decrease with every meter further away from the premises.

This is achieved by continuously implementing noise protection measures such as fitting loud equipment with sound absorbers and insulating cabinets and installing equipment that operates with lower noise levels.

Waste and left-over materials

Waste and left-over materials

The company’s own “St. Kosmas” landfill site is located in the Mölbling district. The left-over materials that are deposited there are predominantly leached ore and slag from production. Any substances that can be used by Treibacher Industrie AG, for example vanadium, are extracted in upstream production processes. The only substances that remain are inert materials that do not generate gas or react in any other way.

Most left-over materials come from FL, PM and VO production processes. Furthermore, low quantities of residues from the VO waste water treatment plant are also sent for landfill.


We work tirelessly to minimize the volume of left-over materials sent for landfill by continuously improving our production technology, increasing the proportion of materials that can be recycled and making use of specific left-over materials (e.g. using calcium sulphate as a fertilizer).



We are ready for anything

To report any type of incident that occurs at the workplace, please contact Helene Leitner 04262/505-0.

Measures for the prevention of accidents

The most important equipment for air, soil, water and noise protection:

  • Measuring stations for immediate alarm in case of faults
  • Filters in all exhaust-air plants
  • Scrubbers and exhaust air treatment systems for specific pollutants
  • Extraction systems, sealings and sweepers
  • Waste water treatment facilities
  • Waste water collecting tanks, which are activated as soon as there is even the suspicion that the River Gurk could be contaminated
  • Oil extractors that prevent organic substances from entering the sewerage system
  • Floor coverings must comply with specific requirements
  • Enclosures and sound-absorbing walls

Equipment to alert the emergency services quickly:

  • Automatic and manual fire alarm systems
  • Plant security service and switchboard (manned 24/7)
  • Internal alarm system for the works fire service
  • External alarm system for the public emergency services, such as the district alarm and warning control center (LAWZ), the police, and fire services

Fire-fighting equipment:

  • Stationary and mobile fire extinguishers
  • Officially approved works fire service, equipped with state-of-the-art technology
  • Internal and external contingency plans and fire safety regulations
  • The emergency management plans of the regional administrative authorities are also based on these regulations
  • Coordination between the authorities
  • Regular training exercises with all the services that would be involved in an emergency
  • Ensure targeted cooperation and, therefore, effective defense

Depending on the type of emergency, Treibacher Industrie AG informs the following authorities:

  • Landesalarm- und warnzentrale (LAWZ) Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt district alarm and warning control center)
  • Amt der Kärntner Landesregierung, department 15U, environmental protection (Kärnten regional government office)
  • Bezirkshauptmannschaft St. Veit an der Glan, Gewerbereferat (St. Veit an der Glan regional administrative authority, trade supervisory department)
  • rbeitsinspektorat für den 13. Aufsichtsbezirk (Labor Inspectorate for the 13th supervisory district)
  • If necessary, the company medical officer and rescue teams

The need to request additional emergency services depends on the severity of the incident. The decision is taken by the emergency services already on-site, according to the regulations stipulated in the contingency plan. The competent authorities are responsible for informing the population in the event of a hazardous incident.