Submitted by: ÖVP Burgenland
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Information campaign for an energy-efficient Burgenland (Austria)
Government must create the necessary conditions for effective energy saving. Here the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) has assumed a harbinger role in persuasion by hosting contests and events and preparing information brochures. Since the start of 2009, the party has provided energy consulting. In association with the Climate Alliance of Austria, the party makes cost-free presentations in municipalities in the Austrian province of Burgenland (18 to date). The goal of the project is to raise consciousness about energy. In one municipality, measures such as motion detectors, timers, reduced brightness of street lights, optimized thermal insulation, and a municipal biomass heating plant have saved 40% of energy costs since 2002.