Over the last 30 years Austria has moved from a country reliant on imported fossil fuels into one which now generates almost 60% of its energy requirement from indigenous sources, none more so that the town of Güssing, which has transformed itself, over the last 15 years into a centre of excellence for the production of energy from local sources.
The region of Burgenland, in which Güssing is situated, aims to source its energy requirements sustainably. It already has a biomass gasification plant producing electricity and heat, and a centralised district heating system. The town also hosts the European Centre for Renewable Energy, to share its research and experiences, which has added to the region’s knowledge and reputation and provided more local employment.
The BioPAD group benefitted from the opportunity to learn from the experiences gained during this transformation as part of a study tour in 2013. The policy learnings from this tour can be found in the document below: