Upper Austria is one of Austria’s nine regions/federal states with a surface area of 12,000 km² and a population of about 1.4 million. Upper Austria accounts for about one quarter of the industrial production and of national exports. The region is characterised by a dynamic development, economic prosperity and a low unemployment rate. The renewable energy and environment technology sector shows rapid growth with presently about 45,000 employees.
With the Upper Austrian Energy Strategy - which builds upon regional energy strategies implemented since 1994 - following targets were adopted to be reached by 2030 (starting year 2005):
Together with the adoption of the targets, the first 148 implementation measures were passed.
The annual implementation report summarises statistical energy data of Upper Austria and provides an overview of the achievements in relation to the targets. In addition to presenting longer-term development, the development is analysed and presented in detail based on latest available data.
Upper Austria has a gross domestic energy consumption of 293 Petajoule. 31.5% of that are provided by renewable energies, the most important renewable energy source is biomass accounting for 14.5%, followed by hydro power with 10.5%. More than 70% of the gross domestic energy consumption is covered by imports.
The sectors transport, private households, iron/steel/chemical industries and other production sectors each account for about one quarter of the final energy demand.
The energy report 2012 shows that Upper Austria has made significant progress in achieving the "Energy Future 2030" targets and in the transition towards energy efficiency and renewable energies.
Summary of the Upper Austrian energy report 2012
Energy Commissioner Gerhard Dell, gerhard.dellesv.orat
Linz, April 2013