Numerous steps have been taken in recent years to achieve Austria's energy and climate policy goals. Legally, this was partly regulated by the Energy Efficiency Act (Federal Law Gazette I No. 72/2014), which mainly comprises provisions for the period 2014 to 2020. Due to the new EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EU 2018/2002), it is now also necessary to adapt the Austrian legislation. This also allows to make adjustments, tighten up or concretise the Austrian measures.
e7 provides expertise on two points:
1) Proposals have been prepared on how or with which instruments SMEs can also make a more active contribution to increase energy efficiency. These have been discussed with experts in order to perform a detailed elaboration for a selection based on them.
2) For federal buildings, the current Section 2, §14 to §16 of the Energy Efficiency Act describes measures or sets targets for efficiency measures. These regulations do not apply to state and municipal buildings, but neither do they apply to the rest of the public sector, the scope of which has been underestimated.
This led to the following activities:
- Overview of the public sector with regard to energy consumption, with special emphasis on companies that are not directly assigned to the federal government, the federal states or the municipalities.
- Brief analysis of energy and climate protection measures and policy instruments applied to the public sector in selected EU Member States.
- Develop technical energy efficiency measures for the public sector that can be easily implemented.