Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2002
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multi-Sectoral Policy
Description:In April 2002, the federal government concluded the Austrian Strategy for Sustainable Development (Die Österreichische Strategie zur Nachhaltigen Entwicklung), which, inter alia, established goals for the further reduction of the countrys energy intensity (defined as national TPES per unit of GDP). Regarding the resolution of the European Council of 7 December 1998 on energy efficiency in the European Community, the strategy aimed for an average improvement of energy intensity of 1 percentage-point per year beyond the normal improvements that could have been expected without any explicit policy initiatives. The report defined this normal energy intensity improvement to be the average EU decrease of energy intensity in the time period 1990-1997, which it estimated as 0.6% annually. Another goal was the further increase of the share of renewable energies by about 1 percentage-point annually up to the period 2008 - 2012. The federal government, sworn in on 28 February 2003, stated in its programme 2003-2006 a variety of measures for sustainability and environment protection, for example: - An increase in energy efficiency (energy consumption per GDP unit) by 1.6% p.a. - An increase in the share of renewables by 1% p.a. - Additional annual investments from 2004 to 2006 to implement the Climate Strategy. - Taking a further step toward shaping an ecologically-oriented tax system, including price signals for the consumption of non-renewable resources and incentives for environmentally benign and sustainable behaviour. - Further expansion of alternative forms of energy, e.g. an increase in the share of green electricity, more solar energy and more biomass. - Contracting programmes for energy saving in public buildings. - An ncrease in the use of biomass by 75% up to 2010.

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