Companies on their way to climate neutrality
Upper Austria is the industrial heart of Austria and generates 25 % of the country’s industrial exports. Since manufacturing is responsible for 44 % of the total energy consumption, its decarbonisation is critical for the energy transition. Already 2.3 billion Euro per year are invested in the energy transition, of which 30 % are spent on energy efficiency measures in industry.
"24 hours of sun" is Fronius’ vision for a fossil-free energy future. The family-owned Upper Austrian company develops, manufactures and markets solar and battery technologies for the energy transition. Fronius is also successfully implementing the energy transition in its own manufacturing and logistics: 63% of its energy consumption is supplied by renewables. The Austrian locations are largely heated and cooled CO2-free and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation were reduced by 5% in 2019 (despite a 5% increase in transported weight).
The "Gemeinde-Energie-Programm" (GEP) is one of Upper Austria’s energy programmes for municipalities. Managed by the OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV), the regional energy agency, it boosts the implementation of local energy action plans by activating, motivating and providing technical support for concrete energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. A facilitation service with proactive contact with municipalities, onsite energy advice and individualised guidance in project planning are at its very core.
The financing and operation model of energy supply contracting makes it possible for companies to use solar power without having to take on the investment or risk. The Energie AG successfully offers this innovative business model, for which it received the Upper Austrian award for sustainable energy projects (the "Energiestar") from the regional government and the OÖ Energiesparverband, the regional energy agency.
By pairing with Starlim, the traditional toolmaking company Sterner developed into the world’s largest processor of liquid silicone. The company now manufactures 5,000 different silicone products at three locations in the Wels region. Most of these products go unnoticed in our daily lives. They are used, for example, as seals in cars, as dampers in kitchen drawers or in the form of keyboard mats. Each year, over 11 billion silicone parts make their way from the headquarters in Marchtrenk to industrial customers in Europe, America and Asia.
At Resch&Frisch, sustainability and profitability are mutually dependent, not contradictory. The well-known company from Wels has shown through a mix of measures how entrepreneurial success and innovation go hand in hand with resource and energy efficiency.
Benefiting from modern and efficient street lighting as well as guaranteed annual electricity and maintenance cost savings despite a tight municipal budget? Yes, it is possible, as shown by the 34 street lighting contracting projects that have been successfully implemented in Upper Austria in the past two years alone.
Sustainability is part of the BMW Group's business model. A clear commitment to sustainability has long been anchored in the company’s corporate strategy. Group-wide, measurable targets across all corporate levels ensure that decision-making processes consider both economic and environmental factors. For the BMW Group Plant Steyr – BMW’s largest engine plant worldwide – this primarily means goals for reducing product-specific energy consumption. The staff members follow the motto "Only known problems can be solved". Detailed energy monitoring lays the foundation for effective and extensive efficiency measures. These are accompanied with investments in renewables, innovative technologies, and employee training and engagement programmes.
Built in the 1970s, the primary school in Reichenau im Mühlkreis was bursting at the seams. Originally planned as a primary school, the building was also being used as an after-school care service and nursery school. The challenge was retrofitting and expanding the building to achieve a modern teaching environment, a barrier-free access and bringing it up-to-date thermally and technically – and doing this in an environment-friendly manner while complying with the cost requirements of the region of Upper Austria! The project was awarded the Energiestar, the Upper Austrian prize for sustainable energy projects, by the regional government and the OÖ Energiesparverband (the regional energy agency).
A cutting-edge event, 64 young professionals from around the world, 11 partner companies, 5 days in Upper Austria, 1 mission: tackling real-life challenges for the energy transition!
For more than 55,000 Upper Austrian children in 362 primary and secondary schools and 188 nursery schools, solar energy and energy efficiency have become part of daily life. The innovative and comprehensive programme "PV goes to school", developed and run by the regional energy agency OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV), offered a 75 % subsidy for the installation of a 3-kWp PV system, a toolbox of novel educational material on renewable energy, and a 1-day training for teachers on how to integrate these topics in their curriculum. 40 % of all Upper Austrian primary and secondary schools (children aged between 6 and 15) and 25 % of all nursery schools participated in the programme. Overall, 2 MW PV were installed.
"Automation by innovation" is KEBA’s motto. The Linz-based company is convinced that energy efficiency and innovation go hand in hand. For product development, KEBA’s experts monitor industrial trends, develop top-quality solutions and are always on the lookout for opportunities for improvement. The company demonstrates the same high level of innovation in its own building and production technologies though continuous optimisation and the most modern technologies. The Facility Management is constantly finding new ways to further increase energy efficiency – which also increases competitiveness, working conditions and motivation.
"How can we reach our colleagues?" This question was the first step in launching the Sparkasse Oberösterreich’s internal energy-efficiency campaign. The goal: increasing employees’ enthusiasm for energy efficiency and encourage conscious energy-efficient behaviours. The submission of more than 100 ideas for energy-saving measures and almost 30% electricity savings in the central administrative building in Linz (sBC) clearly show the success of the initiative.
Upper Austria is a leading region for the energy transition and climate protection. Energy efficiency and renewables have long been a top priority and significant progress has already been made. Greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector were reduced by 32 % in the past 10 years and more than 60 % of all space heating already comes from renewables.
Producing more with less energy - this is the motto at TIGER Coatings, a manufacturer of high-quality, innovative coating systems. To achieve this, the family-owned company headquartered in Wels, Austria, uses established measures like smart LED lighting systems and efficient circulator pumps. It also undertakes ambitious projects, such as the "Gemba Support Centre". This new award-winning office building is heated with waste heat from the production process and cooled with groundwater. An intelligent control system ensures an optimal indoor climate.
Thanks to a diverse mix of measures, Weber Hydraulik has its energy consumption under control despite increasing production. Waste heat recovery, concrete core activation, innovative lighting technology and biomass heating: energy efficiency is a top priority for the metal processing company. Weber Hydraulik is convinced that innovative energy technologies bring more than "just" low operating costs.
Peneder is a specialist in smart industrial and commercial buildings for new build, expansion and modernisation. Even in the most complex projects, it increases its clients’ energy efficiency as well as productivity with smart building technologies and automation. Through its tailored energy concepts, energy costs can be reduced by over 30 %. Peneder also sets standards in its own company buildings: The modern headquarters in Atzbach scores high in functionality and efficiency as well as being heated and cooled in an environmentally-friendly manner – with regional biomass.
Generating clean, renewable heat in a smart, user-friendly and affordable manner – this is ÖkoFEN’s mission. Technological leadership is at the core of the company’s values. The boiler manufacturer from Niederkappel/Austria has specialised in pellets, a local fuel that allows automated and easy to use renewable heat supply. ÖkoFEN also focuses on renewable electricity and green mobility in its own activities. The company’s Clean Mobility Programme has shown that innovative financing models can make e-mobility affordable for many people. Around a quarter of the employees at the European headquarters are now proud drivers of electric cars.
bellaflora is an Austrian garden centre chain with 27 locations. It primarily offers plants for hobby gardens, balconies and indoor living spaces as well as a wide range of gardening products. As the "green number 1" (the company slogan), bellaflora is strongly committed to sustainability, actively avoids environmentally and climate damaging products and sets itself clear goals to reduce its own ecological footprint.
A wood-processing company constructing its own building out of wood is hardly worth mentioning. However, Obermayr's production hall sets new standards for energy technology and design. In addition to offering high energy efficiency, low operating costs and an optimal work environment, it attracts considerable attention to the innovative company.
The Rexel Group is a global electrical wholesaler that offers a comprehensive range of products for household, commercial and industrial customers. Rexel Austria designs solutions and services for new build, retrofit and maintenance in the fields of automation, electrical, lighting, network and security technologies, energy efficiency and energy management. Sustainable development and environmental responsibility are strongly embedded in the company's corporate strategy.
Upper Austria, one of Austria’s 9 regions with a population of 1.5 million, holds a leading position in biomass heating: 15 % of primary energy comes from sustainable biomass, 35 % of all dwellings are heated with clean biomass and there are over 6,000 jobs in the biomass heating industry. The region is home to leading biomass boiler companies. More than 25 % of all modern small-scale biomass boilers installed in the EU are manufactured by Upper Austrian companies. The manufacturers cooperate in the Cleantech-Cluster Energy, managed by the regional energy agency, OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV).