EU, Austria advance clean energy transition

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Wind turbines are seen during sunset near Mistelbach, Austria.

Austria close to achieving its 2020 renewables target, needs higher energy efficiency


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European Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said Austria is already very close to achieving its 2020 renewables target, in particular, that 73% of its electricity comes from renewables.

Šefčovič was due to visit Austria on February 28 – March 1 for the second Energy Union Tour. He is expected to meet Vienna’s Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger, National Council President Wolfgang Sobotka, members of the National Council as well as representatives of Austria’s social partners.

The EU and Austria are discussing the country’s progress towards Energy Union targets and its post-2020 national energy and climate strategy, its role in regional energy cooperation in central Europe, and the possibility of using EU funding to invest in projects that will contribute to the clean energy transition.

Šefčovič was expected to give a keynote speech at the Urban Future Conference 2018 and participate in a discussion on the future of energy and climate with students of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), as well as visit the Aspern Smart City Research project in Vienna’s new Seestadt Aspern district.

Ahead of his visit, Šefčovič said Austria is a European champion in renewables, “and we look forward to Austria’s plans for 2030. It will need to do more, however, to meet its energy efficiency and effort sharing targets, especially in the transport and residential sectors”.

Šefčovič noted that Austrian energy infrastructure projects have already benefited from the European Fund for Strategic Investments, but there is potential for more. He also encouraged project promoters to make full use of the EU’s European Investment Advisory Hub and European Investment Project Portal.

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