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QUESTIONNAIRE GOOD PRACTICE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS ENERGY VISION MURAU CATEGORY: REGIONAL STRATEGIES AND PROGRAMS
Region / local area considered: Good practice submitted by CIPRA
Alps / Austria 1) Short description of the action/strategy/project (200-400 characters)
Energy vision Murau
Murau is a small region in Austria (Styria) with 35 municipalities aiming to be energy self-
sufficient by 2015. The strategy 'Energievision Murau' was col aboratively developed in sev-
eral regional working groups managed by energy consultants of the region. The objectives
and measures were developed by the “energy-actors” themselves (representatives of the
building chain and renewable energies, instal ers, energy suppliers, farmers and foresters,
schools, administration and political representatives, interested citizens). 2) Background/targets (500-700 characters)
Context: In the past, the energy issue was not taken very seriously in the region. Knowledge
connected with the technical aspects of the issue was available, but it was scattered among
many different people (all acting independently).
Motivation: The driving motivation of the “energy actors” lied in the desire of changing the
fossil energy system into a regional, sustainable, renewable system and in the same time
Aims: The project aims at having a self-sufficient heat and electricity production from renew-
able energy sources within the region in 2015 and at producing added value in the region by
exporting surplus energy. The important thing was to get individual stakeholders to work
together in order to create a common process.
“Energievision Murau” is supported by the energy agency of Styria (EAO), which manages
the project with the consulting agency (Wallner&Schauer – W&S) as moderator. 3) Detailed project/program description (1000-1400 characters)
The project began with individual actors who wanted to change the mix of energy used in
the region, and decrease the energy consumption. A broad participation process started in
order to implicate active actors of the regions. The Goal of the project was to create of a
support model for a good performance in realizing "energy systems of tomorrow" which is
characterised by a simultaneous technical and social accompaniment to manage a broad
participation of local and regional actors. In this way, the coordinator of the project orga-
- Interview with local energy stakeholders
- Big Workshops (5 meetings from 2002 to 2006)
- A central-group of stakeholders + an extended group with interested people
- Working groups with specific thematics (Bio heating, Intel igent building and renova-
tion, solar energy and biomass for private housing, regional electricity).
All relevant regional groups took part in designing the process and proposing a definition.
Actions have been implemented in the areas of:
- Local economy (knowledge transfer, capacity-building)
The implementation process of the strategy is drawing to its end and there were three main
- In the first step, capacity-building was most important, simultaneously important
stakeholders were identified and became valuable supporters of the whole project.
- In the second step, investments were made
- At all times and even after the goal is achieved in 2015, consciousness for the topic
has to be improved, by meetings, workshops, also excursions
At al steps, the Energieagentur Obersteiermark was the main promoter of the strategy; they
acquired support from particular entrepreneurs and mayors.
There were difficulties, specific for the different stakeholders:
- Public building: Need for action is high, but financial shortages put restrictions.
- Demography decrease and aging result in less investment into new private housing
and not much public building (schools…).
- Local economy: Most actors need enduring motivation to study further and acquire
Ideas for further improvement have been col ected in the brochure “Gelingensfaktoren zur
4) Funding/financing/costs (200-400 characters) The strategy was one of the first approaches in Austria as holistic turnaround in energy-
supply. Different stakeholders were involved in the process (politic, families, industry, energy
suppliers…). Thanks to its innovative approach, it received financial support from the Austri-
an Environment ministry and was taken as a good example for the design of new funding
Management of the Energievision process and animation is supported by:
- BMVIT - Austrian Ministry for transportation, innovation and technology
- Lebensministerium – Austrian ministry for Environment
Financing of individual projects is organised on an individual project basis, sometimes with
Estimation says that around 20 Mio € wil be invested in the project until 2015 (energievision
process and individual projects). This investment is mostly reinvested in the region (local
material, services and local energy). 5) Main results (800-1200 characters)
Until today, the energievision Murau process has good results:
- Success in setting in motion a process with goals that are supported by the communi-
- The theme-specific working groups that are responsible for the actual implementation
- The Stolzalpe hospital (LKH), the region’s largest energy consumer, has managed to
replace over a mil ion litres of heating oil with biomass.
Until 2015 the aim is to become energy-self-sufficient in the areas of heating and electricity
by exclusive use of regional resources. External results are also expected: a socio-technical
support model for a good performance in realizing sustainable total energy solutions should
be created within the process. This support model wil be described in a manual addressed
to energy agencies and regional managements for development and similar organisations
which are responsible for the topic of energy to afford a broader realization in other regions
Currently the project is on a good way to achieve its aim, energy-self-sufficiency, until 2015.
- Some of the municipalities go ahead faster than others; one is already “free of fuel
- Renewable electricity production is at 140% of the consumption already
- A big -instal ation biogas from local biomass is currently being built
- Al in al the region is about 80% energy-self-sufficient (according to their definition)
6) Analysis – lessons learnt and success factors (600-800 characters)
(Extract of an interview in 2009 with Josef Bärnthaler)
1. Persuasion: you have to be able to get the sceptical people on board, too.
2. Staying power: you have to be able to keep the process running over a long period of
3. Tenacity: the project management team have to constantly keep their eye on the bal ,
otherwise there is a danger that the processes that have already been set in motion wil pe-
Lessons learned to create a successful energy region:
1. You need a foundation of trust. The project management team must be impartial and in-
dependent; communication must be open and honest. How the working groups are
moderated is very important: actors who are normally in competition with each other, such
as tradespeople in the energy sector, have to unite around a common philosophy.
2. You need motivated people, who take a proactive approach to implementing ideas, are
active in working groups and have their own business models. For example, mayors who
refurbish local authority buildings in an exemplary way.
3. You need beacon projects. Abstract concepts are very difficult to sel , whereas a new en-
ergy facility or a wel -executed refurbishment project demonstrates both the vision and the
fact that it can be translated into reality.
The manual “Sozio-technisches Betreuungsmodel für Energieregionen der Zukunft” (socio-
technical support for energy regions of the future) should be – in terms of process - trans-
7) Time frame Start in 2003, ongoing, Evaluation in 2015. 8) Contact project owner
Organisation: Energieagentur Obersteiermark
Name contact person: DI Josef Bärnthaler
9) Add Logo and 2-3 pictures or diagrams if appropriate!
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