Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2014
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning, Regulatory Instruments>Obligation schemes 
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Agency:Austrian Energy Agency

A new law, the Federal Energy Efficiency Act, was adopted on July 9th, 2014, with the required constitutional majority in the National Council and was published on August 11th, 2014. In this new Austrian Energy Efficiency Law, which is now already implemented and also in force, the national energy efficiency headline target -  the Austrian final energy consumption must not exceed 1.050 PJ in 2020 - is set out.

Austria will reach this target by:

  • a bundle of measures which can be divided into the categories industrial buildings, production and services as well as trade and small-scale consumption, mobility, energy provision, security of energy supply and general measures as well as by
  • an obligation system.

As of 1st January 2015, all energy suppliers (with the exception of very small businesses) must implement demonstrable measures to increase energy efficiency to reach a target of 0.6% annual increase in energy efficiency (energy savings obligation system). Small energy retailers are excluded (<25 GWh). The residential sector must represent 40% of savings.

Large-scale consumers must either implement an energy management system or be subject to an energy audit every four years. Medium-scale and small businesses are exempt from these requirements, but can choose to voluntarily introduce energy saving measures.

The obligation requirements are calculated as a combination of deemed, scaled and metered savings. Also surveyed savings are permissible. There is a large catalogue of deemed savings values (mainly for the household sector) that is updated regularly. 

A monitoring body has been appointed for M&V. Reporting via an online portal. All data is processed electronically. Three main pillars of M&V: plausibility checks (all measures), desktop check of detailed documentation of measures and on-site checks (both for representative samples of measures).



year effective: 2014 (July 9th)

Last modified: Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:09:14 CET