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enhancing  the  efficiency  of  the  production  facilities  in
                                                                  operation.  Smart  plant  and  district  heating  grid  controls
                                                                  ensure the efficient use of facilities and resources and make
                                                                  the  greatest  possible  contribution  to  conserving  the
                    KELAG  Wärme  GmbH  was  renamed  KELAG  Energie  &   environment. Furthermore, the facilities are not only highly
                    Wärme  GmbH  on  1 August  2018  and  has  since  been   efficient but also have a lower environmental impact as a
                    responsible for the heat business as well as electricity and   result of the reduced fuel usage.
                    natural gas sales to individual customers. The decentralised
                    organisational structure of the former KELAG Wärme GmbH   The project to lay a heat transmission pipe connecting the
                    will  thus  also  be  used  in  future  to  provide  support  to   Kärntner  Restmüllverwertungs  GmbH  in  Arnoldstein  to
                    electricity  and  natural  gas customers  throughout  Austria   Villach  was  successfully  completed  in  the  financial  year
                    and increase market penetration.              2018. Via a transmission pipe of around 15 km in length, up
                                                                  to 50% of the heat volume needed in Villach can be covered
                    The Heat business division is represented by several entities   as of the heating period of 2018/2019 by using waste heat
                    within the Group. In addition to KELAG Energie & Wärme   from the waste incineration plant in Arnoldstein and thus
                    GmbH,  Kärntner  Restmüllverwertungs  GmbH  is  also   above all substitute the use of natural gas. In addition, with
                    bundled  in  the  Heat  business  division.  KELAG  Energie &   this investment, the sustainable ecological district heating
                    Wärme  GmbH  is  the  largest  supra-regional  provider  of   supply in the largest district heating grid of KELAG Energie
                    heating services in Austria and operates 77 district heating   & Wärme GmbH will also be ensured for future extensions
                    grids and around 900 central heating stations. The focus of   in the long term. A new biomass boiler with a capacity of 4
                    entrepreneurial  activity  is  placed  on  producing  heat  and   MW was installed at the Friesach district heating grid on
                    process  energy  in  a  sustainable  and  environmentally   account  of  the  age  of  the  existing  biomass  plant,  and  a
                    compatible way and on electricity and natural gas sales to   complete renovation of the existing second biomass boiler
                    individual  customers  in  Austria.  The  range  of  services   was  carried  out,  thus  increasing  system  efficiency
                    covers  services  such  as  the  management  of central  heat   significantly. At the Grillgasse district heating grid in Vienna,
                    stations and the provision of heating and process energy.   construction work began on a PV system that will lead to an
                    The company is also represented in the Czech Republic with   ecologically sustainable supply to the district heating grid
                    one company.                                  operated with natural gas. On account of its sustainability
                                                                  concept, this project was also subsidised as part of the EU
                    Industrial  waste  heat  and  biomass  are  used  as  primary   project “Smarter together”. In autumn 2018, a joint venture
                    energy sources for the production of heat. KELAG Energie &   was  entered  into  with  a  partner  in  the  area  of  invoicing
                    Wärme  GmbH  holds  a  leading  position  in  this  area   heating costs in order to extend the value added chain in
                    throughout  Austria.  Around  63%  of  the  heat  required  is   the  heat  business  in  future  and  to  intensify  customer
                    already being generated from renewable raw materials and   relationships.
                    waste  heat. Where  industrial  waste  heat  cannot  be  used
                    and it is not possible to produce heat from biomass, natural
                    gas  –  by  far  the most  environmentally friendly  of  all  the
                    fossil fuels – is preferred. In addition to implementing new
                    projects,  the  focus  is  primarily  on  the  continued
                    densification of existing district heating grids to supply new
                    customers. In this context, particular attention is given to
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