EKKO - Energy concept for communes
Topic of the practice
Achieving energy self-sufficiency through the exploitation of renewable energy potential
Good Practice Information
Burgenland is seeking long-term energy self-sufficiency by 2020 through the exploitation of renewable energy be reached in 2020. To achieve this goals, the region is planning to increase the wind farm capacity (300 MW) and develop cogeneration plants using biomass. Beside energy production from renewable resources energy saving is also important. In addition, implementation of new business and technologies, avoidance of conflict with food production and measures at regional, communal and private level are at core of the energy strategy. EKKO (Energy concepts for communes) project is an example of how the communes in the region are involved in achieving these strategic energy goals. In particular, the energy concepts are being developed for communes in Burgenland that envisage intelligent and coordinated measures concerning climate protection and energy savings.These cover several fields. For every involved commune a sustainable communal energy strategy is developed with focus on energy saving, energy efficiency, energy resources and energy production. The project is structured into the following steps: analysis of the baseline situation, target-setting, concept development, and drafting of implementation plans and co-operation process. The communal energy concepts are designed in order to be consolidated and integrated into the development of an energy concept for Burgenland. This cooperative bottom-up-process secures the active collaboration of the communes.
Evidence of success
So far 48 communes joined the network. After several meetings they finished the analysis of the actual situation and existing resources. in the communes. In addition an external expert was assigned for every commune in order to assist them in developing measures on the basis of the identified individual strengths and potential. For example, one commune will focus on biomass-heating because of available natural resources while other will support insulation of public buildings. The measures foreseen by the communes will contribute to the overall aim to reach energy self-sufficiency by 2020 in Burgenland.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Technologieoffensive Burgenland GmbH
Annex completed on: 03-22-2011