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Energy autonomy 2050 Vorarlberg means: covering energy demand using a balanced, sustainable and local energy supply based on renewable sources. Energy Autonomy is the central programme of the state of Vorarlberg’s energy policy. Reaching energy autonomy by 2050 was a strategic decision made unanimously in the regional parliament in 2007. The decision was motivated by the will to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, to guarantee a safe energy supply and to protect the climate.

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Energieautonomie Vorarlberg

Location of CNA: Austria

Municipality / regional entity: Vorarlberg

Category of the experience: Strategy
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Other type : Technological and Sociopolitical

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Energy 
Secondary field(s): Transport, Buildings & construction, Industry & services, Industry & services Other field: Renewable energy

Spatial scale: Regional (large scale)
Time & duration:

Start date: 2007
Duration: 2050

Key word(s): energy autonomy, Strategy, Vorarlberg


Energy autonomy 2050 Vorarlberg means: covering energy demand using a balanced, sustainable and local energy supply based on renewable sources.


The programme has been launched in 2007. At the beginning there was a visionary process phase. The basic principles for how to achieve the overall goal have been identified within this 2-year process phase. Based on these results about 101 sustainable measures in the field of renewables, building sector, industry and transport have been elaborated in four thematic groups. The whole process focusses on public participation. The programme wants to encourage public participation during the process development and implementation to ensure support for the programme throughout the society.


The results of the visionary process phase (2007 – 2009) are: -70 Workshops, 5 conferences, 93 people in 10 work groups -about 2.780 hours of voluntary work -70 guidelines -330 recommendations In the measures planning phase (2010 – 2011): -101 measures in the fields of renewable energy, transport and spatial planning, industry and buildings have been elaborated in four thematic groups. Implementation phase until 2020 (2012 – 2020): -Currently about 80 persons are elaborating concrete implementation projects for the measures -At the end of 2012 there are about 30 measures starting with implementation in 2013

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Very high

Through the agreed measures Vorarlberg expects a CO2 reduction until 2050 of about 60 % and an increase of renewable energy in Vorarlberg of about 50 %.

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral


Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Neutral
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Neutral
- Water / soil / air: Neutral
- "Other": None

There will be effects on Landscape and Water due to installation of e.g. more photovoltaics. The potential of wind turbines is very low in Vorarlberg. However, the increase of hydropower will have effects on water.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None


Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Positive
- Added value / income: Positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Very positive
- "Other": None

Energy autonomy is a chance for the region of Vorarlberg to position itself as a model region of energy efficiency and sustainable living.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

A communication campaign has been launched in 2010. In communication activities Vorarlberg tries to emphasize on lifestyle changes and perspectives for a good life.

Transferability: Low

An overall regional strategy depends on regional characteristics. However, the strategy development and participation approach can help other regions when starting similar initiatives.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Very high

see above

Good governance: Very high

All relevant stakeholders are involved in the process. These are politicians, public administration, chamber of commerce, chamber of labour, industry, citizens, experts, municipalities, non-profit organizations…

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Administration

Provincial government of Vorarlberg, Department for Energy and Climate Protection

Contact person(s):

Name: Dr. Adolf Gross
Institution: Provincial Government of Vorarlberg
Address: Römerstraße 15, 6900 Bregenz, Austria
Phone: +43 5574 501-26119

Other contact persons:

Other contact person: Karin Feurstein, Energieinstitut Vorarlberg, Stadtstraße 33, 6850 Dornbirn, Vorarlberg.

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