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Hydrogen on the road  

  • Start: since 2009 and ongoing
  • Country: Germany and Austria
  • Partners: H2 Mobility consortium, consisting of 17 companies and OEMs
  • OMV Focus Area: Innovative Energy
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 7 – Affordable and clean energy, 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure, 12 – Responsible consumption and production

Description

Hydrogen is the key to unlocking the future of transport. OMV opened Austria’s first public hydrogen filling station in October 2012. To promote a new generation of environmentally sound vehicles, hydrogen is being used in tried-and-tested fuel cell technology. OMV has been researching alternative drive concepts for years and this development marks a further step towards sustainability and pollution-free mobility. As early as 2000, OMV installed a fuel cell system in the laboratory at Graz University. OMV intends to bring the results of the research to the road.

Establishing hydrogen infrastructure

The automotive and energy industries cooperate closely on hydrogen filling stations to guarantee the optimal parallel establishment of hydrogen supply and demand. Together with partners, OMV is expediting the provision of hydrogen filling stations for Austria and Germany for a future of emission-free motoring.

Fuel cells in hydrogen technology

The range of applications for hydrogen is set to increase dramatically in the future. The energy it provides can be used on the road via a fuel cell system. This is twice as efficient as a combustion engine, so the same performance only takes half the energy.

Hydrogen – pioneering technology (PDF, 458,4 KB)

OMV opens hydrogen filling station in Graz, Austria

  • Country: Austria
  • OMV Focus Area: Innovative Energy
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 7 – Affordable and clean energy, 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure, 12 – Responsible consumption and production

Description

The ReOil pilot project (Schwechat refinery, Austria) uses plastic waste to produce synthetic crude in a pyrolysis process. This recycled crude can be processed into any desired refinery product, while reducing the dependence on fossil resources and improving carbon intensity.

Circular economy and urban mining are two important topics at OMV. Recycling used plastics instead of burning it as waste is one important way to make better use of a valuable resource.  However, the quality of recycled plastics is often not very high.

Raw material recycling is an innovative OMV research project which uses old plastics to produce synthetic refinery feedstock. This feedstock can be re-introduced into the refinery production process and processed into any desired refinery product, like normal crude oil. With this innovative approach, OMV closes a gap in plastics recycling technology and production by introducing a secondary raw material, called “ recent crudes“. This method reduces the amount of fossil resources needed in plastics production. Recycling of plastic waste improves carbon intensity by lowering CO2 emissions per ton of post-consumer plastics, compared to standard crude oil processing. OMV sees a large potential for this new technology and its associated services in a society that is increasingly looking for alternative resources and value-added recycling. 

At the beginning of 2018, OMV made the first scale-up step of the research project from the laboratory plant to the pilot plant.

Factsheet ReOil (PDF, 132,1 KB)
 

Cooperation with the Lebenshilfe Lower Austria - Workshop Matzen


Matzen workshop facility, opened in March 2005, is a place built to give life support to people in Lower Austria. The aim is to promote people´s abilities, regardless of the intensity of support needed. People with intellectual impairment and multiple disabilities are supported by providing sufficient space for creative design and social interaction. Above all, it offers to participants the opportunity to work.
 
  • Start: since 2005 and ongoing
  • Country: Austria
  • Partners: Lebenshilfe Austria
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4- Quality education, 8- Decent work and economic growth, 10- Reduced inequalities

They produce handmade goods such as candles, ceramics, soaps, jewelry, pictures, wood products, decorations or culinary delicacies, among others.

More information under:
Lebenshilfe Niederösterreich: Aktuelles und Veranstaltungen, (www.noe.lebenshilfe.at)

Ever since its inception, OMV Austria has actively supported Lebenshilfe Matzen. About five percent of the annual operating costs are paid for by OMV.

Since the beginning, easy tasks are also carried out for OMV, for example the maintenance of green areas and plants.

Project examples
  • The workshop offers around 52 people a daily workplace in different work Groups.
  • A new residential house was opened in 2011 in the immediate vicinity of the workshop and offers 24 permanent and temporary housing for clients of the life support. A similar house in Baumgarten also has 24 housing spaces.
  • The workshop clients produced the Christmas cards that OMV Austria sent to external partners.
  • On the annual Easter market at the head office, the life support clients sell their products to OMV employees. At the annual Christmas market as well they sell baked cookies to OMV Austria employees. The total profits go to the Lebenshilfe Matzen.
  • 300 candles in form of an oil rig were produced for the OMV retirement party.
  • Each year the works council orders small gifts for the children's Christmas parties.
  • Start: 2013
  • Country: Austria
  • Partners: Primary schools, high schools, new middle schools and integrative schools in Lower Austria and Vienna, Montanuniversity Leoben
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goal: 4 - Quality education

Objectives

  • Bringing the oil and gas business closer to kindergarten and school children, teachers and parents by explaining the business with hands-on examples from OMV employees.
  • Promote corporate volunteer programs
  • Awaking children’s interest in technical subjects. Breaking up traditional gender roles.
  • Deepening the community’s knowledge about geology and business in their area. Strengthening the relationship with the community around the operational site.

Description

Austrian schools and high schools foresee the topic of “oil and gas extraction” as part of their curriculum. Therefore, OMV provides material and sends experts into schools in its area of operation to deliver teaching units and special presentations. Since the start of Move2School in 2013 the feedback from students and teachers has been very positive.

Activities

  • The Move2School workshops fill two teaching units with a specially designed program for pupils to communicate contents about OMV’s business activities. An important component is the school bag with exhibits from the oil and gas business.
  • The schools are offered workshops from experts to give children an overview of the technical and also commercial operations in the oil and gas business. Furthermore OMV gives the opportunity to students and teachers to visit facilities of OMV out in the field.
  • Teachers get the chance to experience the oil and gas business through workshops with hands on examples and activities.
  • The "Montan Uni Truck" tours through the region to inform potential students on Montanuniversität Leoben (University for mining in Leoben, Austria), which offers specialized study programs in the technical oil and gas field.
  • OMV has prepared a book explaining the oil and gas business for elementary pupils through stories with the two characters Olivia and Gasolino.
  • Both kindergarten children and school children can participate in a competition related to health, safety and education aspects.
  • The trial days ("OMV Schnuppertage") offer 50 selected pupils from partner schools the opportunity to get to know the apprentice system and the mechanical workshops for two days. The pre-selection is done by our partner schools based on school performances and interest for the OMV´s business.

Supported UN SDGs

  • Start: since 2009 and ongoing
  • Country: Austria & Germany
  • Partners: MA57, Stadtschulrat, WKO, Volkswirtschaftliche Gesellschaft Wien Niederösterreich
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Society
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 5- Gender equality

This annual event motivates girls to consider choosing a new and even unconventional career path. To this end, OMV experts – both men and women - introduce them to various technical professions.
Every year 30 to 50 girls take advantage of the opportunity to get an idea of typical technical jobs at the OMV locations in Gänserndorf and Burghausen.

Background

Studies show that some 90% of industrial companies in Austria have difficulties in finding employees for technical positions. At the same time, the mere 15% of women in technology remain the exception. That is why we put special emphasis on supporting women in technology. Our scholarships, the OMV initiative “Austria is looking for the queens of technology” and the OMV Girls Day aim at countering the lack of qualified specialists while increasing the number of women in technology in the long term.
 
Supported UN SDGs

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 Vienna Daughter’s Day, (www.toechtertag.at)

  • Start: December 2017
  • Country: Austria
  • Partner: Wiener Tafel
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Society
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No Poverty

Objectives

  • Awareness of social responsibility and support for people affected by poverty throughout Austria
  • Strengthen employee enthusiasm for voluntary social commitment

Description

A soup provides energy and warmth – for a better life.

The "Suppe mit Sinn" is the winter aid campaign of the "Wiener Tafel" to provide people suffering from poverty with food in social facilities in the wider area of Vienna. OMV participates in the campaign for the first time and donates 50 cent to the "Wiener Tafel" for each soup consumed in the OMV employee restaurant. In addition, employees can voluntarily round up the amount to one Euro, which directly benefits the "Wiener Tafel". With this campaign, a total of 4,402 Euros was handed over to the "Wiener Tafel" in December 2017.

The "Suppe mit Sinn" is since ten years the winter aid campaign of the Austrian "Tafel" organization: From 1 November to 31 December, around 200 socially engaged restaurants throughout Austria dedicate one soup on their menu to the "Wiener Tafel". With just one Euro, the "Wiener Tafel" can provide up to ten people suffering from poverty with food!

Exhibition Brings Natural Resources to Life


As from October 2014 the new "Oil & Natural Gas" exhibition at the Vienna Technical Museum is part of the permanent showcase highlighting "Energy".
 
  • Start: since 2013 and ongoing
  • Country: Austria
  • Partners: Technisches Museum Wien
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Society
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality Education
 
Experience and understand. In keeping with this motto, the permanent "Energy" exhibition at the Vienna Technical Museum uses interactive means to make the world of technology tangible for visitors. On October 10, 2014, a fascinating and completely revamped exhibition area has opened its doors to the public: "Oil & Natural Gas". In line with its Resourcefulness strategy, OMV assisted and participated in redesigning the new exhibition space both in terms of input and funding.

Where do we encounter oil and natural gas in our daily lives and how can we use these valuable resources efficiently? The new exhibition explores these and many other questions. Despite a strong focus being placed on the development of alternative energy sources, we live in the age of oil. Whether we use it for transport, heating, power generation or as a base material for plastics, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals – natural gas and oil are our constant companions. Covering an area of about 250 m², the new exhibition showcases why this is so and how natural resources are explored, transported and produced.

Six selected location examples highlight the efficient interaction between humans, the environment and technology. The locations Zistersdorf, Schwechat, Kaiserstrasse and Goetzis demonstrate the importance of Austria in the oil and natural gas sector. Trieste – the harbor that is being used to transport oil from all over world to Austria – as well as the Gullfaks oil rig in the North Sea are further stations that perfectly illustrate the global context.

A glass bottom floor provides interesting insights into the subsoil where raw materials originate. New exhibits such as a hydrogen fuel pump and a walk-in tank encourage visitors to give further thought to oil and natural gas. Some exhibits – such as sections of pipelines rising impressively high above the ground or crude oil samples with different properties – can be touched and their working mechanisms tried out. An exhibition for all the senses; it explains, enlightens and informs the tension between collective dependency and individual responsibility.

Where do we encounter oil and natural gas in our daily lives and how can we use these valuable resources efficiently? The new exhibition explores these and many other questions. Despite a strong focus being placed on the development of alternative energy sources, we live in the age of oil. Whether we use it for transport, heating, power generation or as a base material for plastics, fertilizers and pharmaceuticals – natural gas and oil are our constant companions. Covering an area of about 250 m², the new exhibition showcases why this is so and how natural resources are explored, transported and produced.

Six selected location examples highlight the efficient interaction between humans, the environment and technology. The locations Zistersdorf, Schwechat, Kaiserstrasse and Goetzis demonstrate the importance of Austria in the oil and natural gas sector. Trieste – the harbor that is being used to transport oil from all over world to Austria – as well as the Gullfaks oil rig in the North Sea are further stations that perfectly illustrate the global context.

A glass bottom floor provides interesting insights into the subsoil where raw materials originate. New exhibits such as a hydrogen fuel pump and a walk-in tank encourage visitors to give further thought to oil and natural gas. Some exhibits – such as sections of pipelines rising impressively high above the ground or crude oil samples with different properties – can be touched and their working mechanisms tried out. An exhibition for all the senses; it explains, enlightens and informs the tension between collective dependency and individual responsibility.

Cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business in research and teaching "When business creates knowledge!"

  • Start: since April 2013 and ongoing 
  • Country: Austria 
  • Partners: WU - Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration)
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality Education, 5 – Gender Equality

Objectives
 
  • Encourage the discourse between the scientific community and the energy industry
  • Develop high-quality research, transfer findings to OMV and create benefits by connecting OMV to outside perspectives by leveraging an international expert network
  • Promotion of gender diversity: Support female junior scientists in their professional career

Description

Companies must be more aware of their social responsibility. Excellent education is the key to young people’s future and thus security for Austria as a business location.

Today’s education is tomorrow’s competitive advantage. As an international, integrated oil and gas company based in Vienna, OMV can only manage the challenges of the turnaround in energy policy with the best technologies and the best brains. The cooperation with the Vienna University of Economics and Business is a milestone in collaboration with top universities.

Mutual benefits through an exchange of knowledge: An ongoing exchange of information and knowledge between business and universities inspires both sides in the fields of innovations, sustainability, and business performance.
 

Activities


WU Start-up Center
OMV supports the WU Start-up Center, which was established in 2015 with the objective to increase the quality and number of start-ups of WU students.

Energy Think Tank
The Energy & Strategy Think Tank was launched in spring 2013 as a partnership between OMV and the Institute for Strategic Management at WU. In 2017 also Wien Energie GmbH joined the Think Tank as a new partner. The Think Tank’s research focuses primarily on disruptive trends and business model innovation in the energy industry. Additionally, organizational design for innovation and strategic alliances are key topics. The objective is to develop high-quality research, transfer findings to OMV and create benefits by connecting OMV to outside perspectives by leveraging an international expert network.

OMV Central Libary
The cooperation between OMV and the WU is also visible on the new university campus, which has been opened in October 2013. The rooms in the Library and Learning Center are called OMV Central Library. Designed by Zaha Hadid, the Library and Learning Center forms the heart of the new campus. In addition to the OMV Central Library rooms, it also has ceremonial halls, student services, the Vice Rectorate for Teaching, the “WU ZBP Career Center”, as well as a café and a bookstore.

Ottillinger Women habilitation project
2 university positions for women will be established for a time period of 6 years to promote female junior scientists in their professional career.
Margarethe Ottillinger—the exciting life of OMV’s first female Executive Board member, more information (link to: (https://blog.omv.com/en/margarethe-ottillinger-exciting-life-of-omvs-first-female-executive-board-member/ )

Social inclusion
OMV provides financial support for the integration measures of WU for refugee students. In 2017 three internships for refugees were established, of which two were assigned to women.
Furthermore a mentoring position for refugee students was implemented with the support of OMV.

Other activities
OMV has been a corporate partner of the “WU ZBP Career Center”e for many years and also a regular guest at career events.

Contact
Rafael Tomososchi

Expert Talent Pipeline
Tel.: +43 (1) 40440 22924
 
  • Start: since 2010 and ongoing 
  • Country: Austria 
  • Partner: Energy for Life, mobile Children hospice MOMO, Gazprom
  • OMV Focus Area: Business Principles and Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3 – good health and well-being, 10 – reduce inequalities

Objective

  • Integration of socially disadvantaged young people in the Vienna area 

Description

"Energy for Life" Christmas ball for children

OMV supports the "Energy for Life" Christmas ball for children Around 1,000 disadvantaged children between 6 to 12 years spend an entertaining pre-Christmas afternoon in the Vienna Hofburg every year. Artists from Austria and young talents from St. Petersburg participate in the program - as a part of the project "Imperial Cities: Vienna - St. Petersburg", which is part of the Memorandum on cultural cooperation between OMV and Gazprom. 

For children who are unable to attend the Vienna Hofburg due to health reasons, there is a separate Christmas party with presents at the children's department of the AKH (General hospital) Vienna. In addition, the Christmas ball will also be broadcast live on a large screen in front of Hofburg at Heldenplatz.

Energy for Life-Social Foundation is a charity that has been active since 2006 in promoting the social integration of disadvantaged young people, including those with special needs. More than 12,000 children from 30 countries have already benefited from various projects of this organization. Whether in music camps, sports events or the Christmas ball: Energy for Life wants to inspire children, promote their talent and offer experiences they will remember.

Children hospice MOMO

Within the framework of the “Energy for Life” Christmas ball for children OMV also supports the mobile children hospice MOMO with a donation. 

MOMO has been founded by Caritas, Caritas Socialis und MOKI-Wien and supports critically ill children and their families at home on a medical as well as a psychosocial level. All help for the families is individually adapted and free of charge.

"Energy for Life" Christmas ball for children

  • Country: Austria
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality education, 8 – Decent work and economic growth

Description

The Association of Lower Austrian Petroleum and Natural Gas Municipalities was founded in 2005. The task of the association is to represent the interests of the communities in relation to the petroleum and natural gas industry.

OMV has therefore committed itself to contribute to maintaining the high quality of life and social development in the region and to compensate for the burdens it faces by making sustainable investments in social projects, education, health and environment. OMV Austria's management and the mayors of the 57 oil and gas communities meet quarterly to inform each other of their plans. The relationship between the local authorities, the association and OMV is characterized by mutual understanding, flexible and good cooperation. We will pursue this cooperative partnership in future.

  • Start: since 2013 and ongoing
  • Country: Austria
  • Partners: WU – Vienna University of Economics and Business, Wien Energie
  • OMV Focus Area: Innovative Energy
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4 – Quality Education, 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Objectives
  • Provide OMV with access to new knowledge and innovative methodologies, thereby representing a key example of a fruitful cooperation between academia and industry
  • Advance research and education on organizational design for innovation and strategic alliances, as well as disruptive trends and business model innovation
  • Set up a valued forum for exchange between experts  from the academic world and industry in energy innovation 
  • Identify and recruit future OMV employees for talent pipeline

Description

The energy industry is undergoing considerable changes. In addition to conventional business models, new technologies and business areas are constantly gaining importance. The continuous development of new business models in response to disruptive trends is essential to secure long-term competitive advantage. The “Energy & Strategy Think Tank” of Vienna University of Economics and Business, instituted at the Institute for Strategic Management, was founded as a knowledge network that aims at gaining and gathering insights on industry trends for answering strategic questions in the energy industry. The Think Tank was set up in spring of 2013 with OMV support. Since its establishment, emphasis has been placed on the research and development of innovative business models. In 2017, also Wien Energie joined the Think Tank cooperation as additional partner
 

Beverage can recycling

  • Start: since 2018 and ongoing
  • Countries: Austria
  • Partners: Every can counts - Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation, ARA – Altstoff Recycling Austria, Ecker & Partner, Wiener Tafel
  • OMV Focus Area: Social Responsibility
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 12 – Responsible consumption and production

Goals

  • OMV encourages responsible consumption amongst its employees
  • Contribution to a broader common goal of reducing greenhouse gases

Description

OMV supports the beverage can recycling initiative „Every Can Counts“. The initiative advocates for the recycling of beverage cans made from aluminum. Aluminum can be recycled almost infinitely and without loss of quality, and saves around 95 % of the energy compared to new production. 

Employee’s Engagement

As of August 2018, beverage can recycling containers have been provided at the OMV Headoffice in Vienna to collect aluminum beverage cans for recycling. By participating in this recycling initiative, we want to raise our employees' awareness of responsible consumption. Additionally the collected cans will be converted into full beverage cans, which OMV donates on behalf of its employees to the supported association "Wiener Tafel" which provides food for people at risk of poverty.

More info: www.everycancounts.eu

House of the Future and Social Innovation

  • Start: since 2018 and ongoing
  • Country: Austria
  • Partners: CAPE 10 Foundation, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Siegfried Meryn, Dkfm. Hans Schmid, Dr. Martin Kehrer and further partners from the private sector, social innovation, arts and culture
  • OMV Focus Area: Poverty, Health
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 3 – Good health and wellbeing, 4 – Quality education, 10 – Reduced inequalities

Goals

  • OMV supports children in Austria living in poverty
  • Access to medical care and counselling for homeless and poverty-prone mothers with children at CAPE 10
  • Fostering of health and prevention via Corporate Volunteering

Description

CAPE 10 – House of the Future and Social Innovation is an innovative, unique, and visionary social project under development in Vienna’s Sonnenwendviertel quarter. CAPE 10 will open in 2020, offering a space for various social groupings of the society to meet under the roof of CAPE 10 to learn with and from one another.

Social Responsibility

OMV takes its social responsibility seriously and supports CAPE 10 with a focus on Health and the Fight against Poverty. OMV as a main partner is working together with CAPE 10 in the construction and equipment of a low-threshold, medical and social ambulance, targeted at uninsured women and children. Within this cooperation, possibilities for social volunteering opportunities of OMV employees will also be created.

Together with OMV, CAPE 10 stands for hope and optimism. In this modern, future-oriented, public building, responsibility will come alive; supporting a better life for its beneficiaries.

More info: www.cape10.at
 

OMV as a Culture and Leisure Godparent of Max & Lara

Within the framework of CAPE 10, OMV supports the participation project "Max & Lara" as a cultural sponsor, for children who otherwise do not have the opportunity to take advantage of corresponding leisure activities. 

With OMV's cultural and sports sponsorship, synergies between social commitment and art education for underprivileged children can be levied. Experiences with peers at "Max & Lara" help children to grow, broaden their horizons, promote general education and strengthen their personality.
 

More info: www.maxundlara.at

Activities

Max & Lara become Artists at the Leopold Museum

With the LEO children atelier, children of the "Max & Lara" initiative were able to walk the exhibition halls of Vienna’s Leopold Museum marveling at masterpieces of Picasse, Magritte, Marc, or Chagall. Afterwards, at the LEO children atelier, the children created their very own personal memory oft he day with lots of fantasy and the gathered artistic impressions.

Max & Lara visit the Vienna Concert House

In the cycle „Vorhören!“, young people from underprivileged families will go on a discovery tour through the Vienna Concert House. During the first part of chosen concert they will also be led through the music of Robert Schumanns Symphony Nr. 4 that is displayed in the second part of the concert. The introduction to the work takes place in an age-appropriate and creative manner. Afterwards, the young audience has the possibility to listen to the fascinating realization of the musicians work in the great hall, together with their families. 

 

OMV Fund-raising campaign

  • Start: July 2018
  • Country:  Austria
  • Partners: little hearts - kleine herzen e.V., KIWI – Kinder in Wien
  • OMV Focus Area:  Business Principles & Social Responsibility, 
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 10 – Reduced inequalities 
  • Voluntary contribution of employees to social responsibility
  • Awareness-raising and sensitization on the topic of poverty

Description 
Since 2009 OMV has been supporting two KIWI (Kinder in Wien) company kindergartens in Vienna. For some time KIWI has been sponsoring Russian orphans through the non-profit association "kleine herzen". As part of an internal fund-raising campaign, donations were collected for the renovation of a Russian orphanage.

Social responsibility     
OMV assumes social responsibility and supports the association "Kleine Herzen" with the focus on poverty eradication and social integration. OMV employees help with personal financial contribution to provide orphans a better life. Through the purchase of small chocolate hearts in the head office, employees voluntarily participated in the campaign. A donation of 1,418 euros was handed over to the OMV company kindergarten on behalf of the employees.