|Agency||•Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management|
|Related Policies||Consumer Guide to Energy Efficient Products|
|Policy Superseded by||Austrian Climate Change Strategy|
|Policy Supersedes||National Climate Strategy 2000-08/12|
|Stated Objective||•Climate Change Mitigation|
•Education and Outreach
•RD & D
•Multiple Renewable Energy Sources
|Policy Sector||•Framework Policy|
|Description||In 2004 the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management (?Lebensministerium?) launched an eight-year initiative program for active climate protection. klima:aktiv is an innovative add-on to common instruments of the Austrian Climate Strategy, introducing target-group oriented program in the areas construction and energy efficiency, transport and mobility, communities and renewable energy sources. Within these fields 19 thematic programmes were launched at the end of 2005.
The klima:aktiv program combines various market-constituent measures and effectuates target-oriented implementation, by providing easier access to target groups and resources for attaining the commonly set targets, by enhanced know how-transfer with support in vocational training and networking of important actors, by the organisation and development of quality assurance and standards as well as by target group-specific information and marketing.
The overall objective is to reduce energy consumption and to enforce CO2-neutral usage of energy. klima:aktiv seeks to affect a breakthrough in the use of climate-friendly technologies and services for increased energy-efficiency and of renewable energy sources, as well as to accrue their market shares in different fields.
The initiative is aimed at enhancing quality and accelerate introduction of climate friendly technologies and services, which shall become the self-evident alternatives for companies and for private end-users as soon as possible. By activating all relevant actors through networking the business location of Austria will be strengthened in a sustainable and innovative way.
klima:aktiv programmes educate those investing in climate-relevant areas (i.e. promotors of residential housing projects, companies, and home builders) by developing expertise of the providers of respective services (master builders, architects) and by promoting experienced workers on their relevant markets.
The government provides about 5 million euros per year to the klima:aktiv programmes, and invites relevant branches of business to contribute.