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Austria has been an IEA Member Country since the Agency was founded in 1974.
Austria’s energy policy rests on three pillars – security of supply, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The country’s decarbonisation drive has strengthened as the economy and renewable energy use have continued to grow, while fossil fuel use has decreased. Notably, Austria more than tripled the public funding for energy research, development and demonstration from 2007 to 2014.
Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use, which peaked in 2005, still need to be reduced further, and the transport sector offers prime opportunities for this. In the context of EU negotiations on an energy and climate policy framework to 2030, Austria should develop a strategy that also integrates security of supply and internal market dimensions. Closer cross-border integration of both electricity and natural gas markets and systems is required to build a single European market. This calls for increased co-ordination and co-operation with neighbouring countries. Austria should also encourage investment in networks, optimise demand response and integrate variable renewable energy supply in a cost-effective and market-based manner. A well-functioning internal market can help reduce the growing concerns over energy prices and costs, both for industry and for citizens. Austria could address these concerns also by implementing more energy efficiency measures and facilitating greater retail market competition.
- IEA Executive Director meets with Austria's Prime Minister Mr Christian Kern
4 September 2017
- Energy ministers set course for new era at IEA
18 November 2015
- IEA Executive Director and OPEC Secretary-General hold talks
25 September 2015
- IEA praises Austria for well-balanced energy policy, but sees areas for further improvement
9 April 2014
- Austria has made commendable progress on R&D and developing renewables, but needs to act on energy efficiency and market competition
27 February 2008
Technology Collaboration Programmes
The IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) underpin IEA efforts to support innovation for energy security, economic growth and environmental protection. The TCPs operating today involve about 6 000 experts from government, industry and research organisations in more than 50 countries.
Austria participates in technology collaboration programme.