Energy Planning in the Austrian climate and energy model-region Urfahr-West

Jacob Byskov Kristensen & Tobias Gebetsberger

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The global energy demand is rising due to reasons like growth of population and economy, which pose a big challenge to energy planning. Not only is there a need to satisfy the demand, but also to cope with the resulting impact on the environmental. A way forward would be the change from fossil to renewable energy. Such a change needs to be pushed on first and foremost by rich developed countries. With this hypothesis, we turn our focus on Austria and discover a rather fragmented energy planning structure: The current bottom-up approach with a focus on small climate and energy model-regions is a new way which should bring change about. However, the current planning is short-termed and shows little consistency with other administrative levels. Hence, this report seeks to establish possible benefits of using long term energy planning in the climate and energy model-region Urfahr-West in Austria. The analytical approach is shaped through a backcasting scenario and seeks to develop our ability to commence regional energy planning while at the same time critically reviewing the current planning process of the region. We created an ideal situation, current situation, transition circumstances, system transition and final situation by using available data on energy from the region, data from an earlier Austrian backcasting project, as well as stakeholder interviews and a workshop with the energy planning group of the region Urfahr-West. We expected to discover trends and potentials that are not yet included in the local energy planning and come up with suggestions, which Urfahr-West can include in their further energy planning. However, due to the lack of legal competencies of Urfahr-West and a structural lock-in situation in Austrian energy planning, effect of backcasting is limited.

UddannelserTekSam - miljøplanlægning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato25 jun. 2013
VejledereJan Andersen


  • Austria
  • Backcasting
  • Energy Planning
  • Regional planning