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Austria - Energy efficiency

Synergies power Danish-Swedish eco-technology cluster
Øresund Environment is a regional eco-innovation forum bringing together researchers, businesses and policymakers to drive development of green technologies, mobility and cities. Denmark and Sweden have long histories of environmental awareness and action to protect their natural heritage. They...
Balancing electrical energy supply and demand
Renewable energy presents a challenge: how to meet peak demand with increasing reliance on intermittent sources. A new analysis explores storage options to facilitate use of renewables. The challenge of reducing greenhouse gas emissions has prompted a shift from conventional power stations to...
Solar photovoltaics set to provide 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020
The European PV industry has redefined its targets following technological developments and rising energy prices. The sector aims to supply 12% of Europe's electricity by 2020. During the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) September 2008 conference in Valencia, Spain, an...
Rising tide of marine energy to lift the UK
The United Kingdom is at the forefront of marine energy research and development, and many believe this growing sector could in the future meet a fifth of all British energy demands. The development of marine energy is progressing at a fast pace in the UK. Through the combined efforts of both...
Austria adopts tough measures to increase energy efficiency in housing
Tough new measures have been introduced in Austria to increase energy efficiency in both public and private buildings. These measures favour adoption of eco-innovative solutions A series of tough housing and construction measures to be implemented across the country's nine states from 2009 has...
Taking a united approach to battery recycling
The new EU Battery Directive came into force in October 2008 and is set to change how spent batteries are processed at national level. Some Member States have already been showing the way. Following in the footsteps of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Battery...
The practical contribution of ICTs to sustainable growth
Application of information and communication technologies (ICT)-based solutions in industry could yield dramatic energy savings, and ultimately lead to a more sustainable society. Information and communication technologies have the potential to help Europe overcome its biggest challenges. Only...
SPIRE aims to inspire through resource and energy efficiency  
A major cross-sectoral partnership is planning to channel €1.4 billion in private sector research spending to resource and energy efficiency in Europe's process industries – those sectors, such as steel and cement, that transform bulk resources into products that underpin modern economies. The...
'Concrete' solutions
The European Union's construction sector faces a testing target. Under the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), it must, by 2020, reuse or recycle at least 70% by weight of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste. In some countries, such as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands,...
Island communities explore sustainability
A group of North Sea island communities have combined their energies to test a range of sustainability ideas involving water, energy and materials use, in the European Union funded The island communities - representing Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom -...