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Austrian National Working Group
July 10, 2013

The first meeting of the Austrian National Working Group on Low-Carbon Policies took place in Graz on July 10, 2013, hosted by JOANNEUM RESEARCH (JR). Seven of the nine group members attended the meeting, which was chaired by Andreas Turk and Gudrun Lettmayer (both of JR)

Andreas Turk opened the meeting with a brief overview of the LOCSEE project. He highlighted the added value that the project offers to national stakeholders and the potential for knowledge exchange between national stakeholders and participating partners, based on good and bad practices. Mr. Stockmayer (Clean Energy and Carbon Consulting) underlined the potential advantage of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in the participating SEE countries and recommended an assessment of this potential during the project.

Hannes Schwaiger (JR) presented the current status of the 10 national state of the art reports and the regional state of the art report. Ms. Gossinger-Wieser (Climate protection coordinator of the Government of Styria) raised the question of how SEE countries can improve their own living standards while keeping actual energy consumption at the same level. Future renewable energy and energy efficiency targets are seen as too ambitious. However, these targets still demonstrate the willingness and motivation for climate change mitigation in SEE countries. Ms. Gossinger-Wieser mentioned that the project has the potential to offer added value for Austrian climate and energy policy. On the other hand, Austria can export its building regulations and national and local experience in order to raise public awareness of climate change issues in SEE countries. Mr. Padinger (JR) highlighted Austrian technological competence in the area of biomass combustion, which may be of importance in the SEE region. In response to doubts raised by Mr. Stockmayer regarding the successful transfer of best practices, as a general conclusion the working group argued for the assessment of possibilities to leapfrog inefficient solutions in order to identify appropriate best practices in SEE countries.

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