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The 4BIOMASS Transnational Action Plan for Bioenergy in Central Europe

Seven energy agencies collaborated in order to advise policy-makers on how an integrated and transnationally co-ordinated bioenergy policy should be designed. Through research, knowledge exchange and stakeholder consultations the 4BIOMASS project produced the ‘Transnational Action Plan for Central Europe’, which quickly inspired regulatory changes in participating countries. 

 

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities aiming at sustainable construction and supports as well the augmentation of green public procurement.

Contracting private Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to undertake feasibility analyses and implement the necessary technologies to provide guaranteed energy savings for clients.

As an Energy Saving Partner of the Berlin Senate’s Administration for Urban Development and Environment (Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt), Energieagentur Berlin is responsible for providing guaranteed energy savings for a pool of buildings that the Senate governs (e.g., hospitals, day-care centres etc.). The Energieagentur Berlin receives a share of the saved energy, which it can use to refinance investments in energy saving technologies and measures it undertakes as part of the project.

Landfill taxes – Dedicated green taxes to reduce waste sent to landfill

Landfill taxes are already widely spread fiscal measures across Europe. They help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and mitigate harmful environmental effects. Additionally, landfill taxes provide incentives to use more sustainable solutions of waste management, such as waste reduction and prevention, recovery or recycling. The instrument can bring about large tax revenues and lead to a significant decrease in the number of landfill sites a country has – for instance in the UK by two thirds in eight years.

ÖKOPROFIT® - Local public-private-partnerships to boost clean-tech in firms

ÖKOPROFIT® is a cooperative model between local or regional authorities and companies, mostly based in Austria and Germany. It boosts profitability of firms, encouraging them to implement environmental management systems and clean technologies. This investment in eco-efficient technologies reduces firms’ future costs. The “ÖKOPROFIT®-Betrieb” label is awarded to businesses that have undergone training and successfully introduced new practices and technologies. 

“ÖkoKauf Wien" – A programme for sustainable public procurement

The ÖkoKauf Wien programme supports Vienna City Administration to purchase its goods and services according to sustainability criteria — from laundry detergents and office supplies through to construction services.

FATTY – Used cooking oil collection and utilisation in Styria

The issue of disposing of used cooking oils in a sustainable way has been solved in Styria, Austria through the use of an innovative collection system and the use of the oils as a raw material for biofuel production. 

The ECOPROFIT® programme supporting sustainable economic development

ECOPROFIT® ("ECOlogical PROject For Integrated Environmental Technology) is a programme for promoting sustainable practices and economic development created by the Environment Department of the City of Graz, Austria, in 1991. The goal of the programme is to motivate enterprises and municipalities alike to incorporate cleaner production practices and policies into their everyday business.

The Baubook portal provides ready-made green technical specifications for small municipalities interested in sustainable construction. The portal supports the enhancement of green public procurement.

The Baubook system facilitates the exchange of communication and knowledge in relation to the energy and material efficiency of construction materials and processes. Its services encourage municipalities and companies to identify and exploit business opportunities which arise from sustainable construction projects.[1] The Baubook company is a not-for profit public-private partnership in Austria.[2]

Ultra Low dust: small-scale biomass combustion technologies with ultra-low emissions

An ensemble of three innovative technologies covering the whole range of residential biomass heating appliances defines a new State of the art regarding ultra-low emission biomass combusting systems. These technologies are: ultra-low emission pellet and woodchip boilers; new stove technology based on optimised air staging and on automated control system; new electrostatic precipitator system (ESP) for old stoves and boilers.

Wood Hybrid Building System up to 30 stories

Building and constructing in a sustainable way is becoming more vital given a growing global population and environmental challenges. The company Cree has developed a hybrid timber construction system for reducing resources, time and money when building new public buildings, offices, hotels, restaurants etc. This is achieved by building with wood and a modular construction.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a market catalyst for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets. In this role it acts as an investor, information provider and connector for up-scaling clean energy business models.[0]

 

 

Based on the Austrian sustainable procurement action plan, an open tender procedure was carried out to establish a national framework agreement for dairy products.

Via an open tender procedure Austria’s Federal Procurement Agency (BBG) aimed at supplying approximately 350 kitchens in public organisations via a framework contract. There were eleven bidders in total, five of which were dairies. Finally the contract was awarded to two companies, the value of which is approximately €3.8 million including VAT. 

Innovative Electric Buses in Vienna

An Urban Development Plan for 2025 has been established by the City of Vienna. As part of the plan, a sustainable transport policy has been put in place with the goal of reducing the amount of motorised transport by 20% by 2025. Therefore, the City is making significant changes and introducing a more sustainable transport system.

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

The mission of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is to promote and develop sustainable and professional waste management worldwide. By promoting the most appropriate technologies and practices available on the market, combining activitiesraising awareness and carrying out tailored training, the Association is promoting the sector of solid waste management.