In Austria every effort is made to achieve a 34% rate of renewable energy in the national energy mix (in line with European targets in 202)0. Data for 2014 show that a rate of already 33 percent of renewable energy has been achieved and Austria is on the right track. Renewable energies are bringing Austria closer to its climate protection targets but makes the country also less dependent on imports.
With a renewable share of 33% (2014) based on the gross final energy consumption, Austria ranks on top in Europe. In 2014, the use of renewable energy, avoided 28.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in greenhouse gas emissions. The data is even more impressive in EU comparison:
In 2014, the biggest contributions to the total volume of genereated renewable energy in Austria were achieved by hydropower with a share of 38.2%, solid biomass with 29.7% and the renewable share of district heating by 9.6%. Further large contributions came from the areas of energetically used leach with 6.8% and biofuels with 6.2%. The contributions of wind power, solar thermal energy, environmental warming, biogas, geothermal energy and photovoltaics totalled 9.4%
The long-term developments of the last 20 years in the field of energy supply in Austria are mainly characterized by:
Based on the targeted promotion of local companies, the energy and environmental technology industry writes many success stories:
Austrian companies for example are leaders in building-integrated photovoltaics and exhibit global references:
In 2015, Austrian companies generated sales of EUR 4.3 billion and employed 27,500 people in biomass, photovoltaics, solar thermal, heat pumps and wind power. These innovative Austrian technologies provided more than 56.5 terawatt hours of renewable energy and avoided climate-damaging emissions of 12.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
According to a study caried out by Vienna’s School of Ecnonomics in collaboration with Deloitte and Wien Energie 2015, Austrians are very positive about renewable energies. About 40% of Austrian households have installed renewable energies.