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AT Austria - Scenario Results and Monitoring Approaches

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Monitoring the Regional Housing Stock in the Province of Salzburg, Austria

Last updated: 30.05.2016


Scale No. of dwellings No. of buildings No. of inhabitants m² reference area
Regional (Province of Salzburg) ~ 282 800 ~ 120 400 ~ 534 270 ~ 20.9 million (living space)
National (Austria) ~ 4,441,408 ~ 2,191,280 ~ 8.4 million ~ 383 million (living space)


Description of the action

The main objective of the Austrian energy strategy is the stabilisation of final energy consumption, which means that the level of energy-use by 2020 should be reduced comparing to the level in 2005. This will be achieved by improving energy efficiency and reducing energy consumption in all sections and by means of replacing fossil fuels through renewables, thereby guaranteeing security of supply. For the building sector, this means an energy reduction of 10 %. In 2020, all new buildings should be built as nearly zero energy buildings or nZEB.

The Austrian pilot project of EPISCOPE concerns the housing stock of the province of Salzburg, which has set ambitious goals in its energy efficiency action plan. Its short-term goals until 2020 include a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30 %, compared to the emissions in 2005, and an increase of the share of renewables up to 50 %. Until 2040, 100 % of the energy used for space heating in buildings is planned to be provided by district heating and renewables. These goals have emerged on the basis of the targets of the national plan for the nearly zero energy buildings 2020.

Short, middle and long term goals of the Province of Salzburg, greenhouse gas reductions compared to the emissions in 2005 [AEA, based on the Klima- und Energiestrategie SALZBURG 2050 by Land Salzburg 2015]

In cooperation with the province of Salzburg, a business-as-usual and two additional scenarios were examined in order to forecast the potential development of final energy demand and CO2 emissions. The two additional scenarios consisted of a) an increasing renovation rate and b) higher share of renewables. These scenarios were achieved by examining various retrofit strategies, such as the efforts of the province in implementing energy efficiency and subsidy schemes in its building stock.

The above mentioned scenarios are based on the residential building typology developed during the first part of the EPISCOPE project. Information on the energy demand of residential buildings was obtained through the EPC- and regional energy experts’ database, while data regarding the final energy consumption was provided by Statistics Austria.

Last updated: 19.10.2015

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