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Klima:aktiv - Going Green: Buildings, mobility, energy efficiency, renewable energies!

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‘Klima:aktiv’ (k:a) is the Austrian initiative for climate protection launched by the ‘Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management’ (BMLFUW). The programme fosters a competitive lowcarbon economy based on the efficient and sustainable use of resources, the protection of the environment, and the establishment of innovative green technologies and production practices. The programme’s ultimate objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging green solutions: green buildings, green jobs, green economy, green energy as well as green mobility.

To enforce green solutions and environmental legislation as well as the implementation of policy goals, k:a sets various activities in four thematic clusters: Building, Energy Efficiency, Mobility and Renewable Energy. A selection of the various activities are:

  • green minds: k:a fosters awareness raising in society for climate protection and provides the public with all relevant information: k:a provides online information platforms to empower consumers, companies and professionals (i.e. topprodukte.at); k.a participates in about 1,500 events every year; a k:a tour was organised in 2010 around Austria to promote green solutions and to inform the citizens as well as the media about the benefits of climate-friendly mobility such as cycling and public transport, fuel saving eco-driving, alternative vehicles and renewable energy encouraging environmentally friendlier and healthier mobility; so far, the programme has fostered a change in public awareness concerning climate protection. Already in November 2009, 36% of Austrians recognised the brand and associated it with a variety of positive attributes: economic, positive, modern, dynamic, and ecological.
  • green advice: k:a offers tailor-made technical consulting and support for companies, investors and public administrations, tourism, leisure and youth, etc.
  • green subsidy: k:a mobil offers financial support with a focus on alternative vehicles, investments in improving cycling, demandoriented buses and awareness raising. More than 1300 projects were supported by k:a mobil, inducing green investments of about €239 million!
  • green jobs created by k:a. Some 200,000 people are employed in the areas of renewable energies, the energy-efficient building sector, waste management, recycling, etc., including the environmentalrelated retail sector.
  • green trainings: k:a provides the qualifications needed in the thematic programmes and coordinates training and education in the various fields (further training on solar heating, heat pumps, biomass, the k:a building standards for plumbers and planners; training for renovation consultants; trainings in eco-driving, etc.). Altogether more than 5000 participants have taken part in k:a trainings.
  • green buildings: k:a established nationwide quality standards for energy-efficient buildings. It serves as an orientation for all stakeholders to assess their projects and as a basis for training.
  • green ministry: The BMLFUW also encourages internal changes in the means of environmental management.
  • green house gases: k:a activities save 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 yearly.
Award info
Award category: going green
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2011
Project type
Sector: Environment, climate change, agriculture (incl. food safety) and fishery
Type of activity:
Keywords: Green solutions, green jobs, green building, green economy, green energy, green mobility, climate protection, market transformation, energy efficiency, building and refurbishment, sustainable transport, mobility management, renewable energy sources
Short English description: The programme fosters a competitive lowcarbon economy based on the efficient and sustainable use of resources, the protection of the environment, and the establishment of innovative green technologies and production practices.
Further information
Organisation: Austrian Energy Agency Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
Other applicants:
Homepage: http://www.klimaaktiv.at
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: >15
Country: Austria
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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