Energy Management for Austria

Between 1998 and 2008 the end energy consumption for producing goods in Austria increased by 32% and power consumption by 42% in the same period. The currently existing political instruments (emission trade, energy taxation, national environmental aid) are not considered sufficient to be able to influence the companies’ energy consumption essentially. 

A broad approach of an energy management system comprising energy controlling as well as training, suggestion schemes, plans of measures to be taken, structured involvement of the management etc., is a prerequisite for continuously improving the energy efficiency on a company-wide basis.

Implementing an energy management system

During the current project, realised by the Austrian Energy Agency together with the OEKV (Austrian Energy Consumers Association) and KEV, a survey was carried out in 20 Austrian companies in situ and with 80 further companies by telephone, to establish the status of energy management and evaluate the results in comparison with the requirements of the standard EN 16001. The following points in particular show an improvement potential:

  • definition of saving objectives and programmes for implementation
  • determining parameters influencing the energy consumption of production processes
  • specific definition of efficiency criteria for procuring products and plants
  • firmly establishing responsibilities for the energy sector
  • setting up training plans in the energy sector and
  • targeted survey for energy data at a consumer level.

With the support of the partners, five selected companies introduced energy management systems. Two of these companies have already had the introduction according to EN 16001 confirmed by a certification organisation. 
Based upon the energy management checks and evaluations of possible saving potentials, about 4.3% of the overall end energy consumption in Austria can be saved in the service provider and goods production sector; that means that up to 300 million euros of energy costs could be saved. 

The project consortium worked out a list of legally energy-relevant regulations for the individual companies, as well as maintenance lists and procurement guidelines. Companies can make use of these documents for implementing the requirements of an energy management system.

The consortium also checked possible certification systems and political incentive systems for a national implementation. To this end, the introduction of energy management should be legally fixed in Austria on the one hand and a relevant certificate attached to the application of an energy tax reimbursement for example. This requirement would be accompanied by a system of voluntary agreement between the company and an official authority, for implementing pre-defined or bilateral measures and achieving certain efficiency targets.

Project Dates
ClientClimate and energy fund
Project ManagerKonstantin Kulterer
Project TeamPetra Lackner
Julia Gsellmann