Gerhard DELL & Christiane EGGER

Vice-Presidents for Energy Efficiency,
Managers of OÖ Energiesparverband (AT)

Energy efficiency and renewable energy – what we call today the energy transition –moved from being a fringe topic followed by a small number of organizations to be at the top of the policy agenda. In Upper Austria – through commitment, action, and support of the regional government – greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector have been reduced by 40% in the past 10 years and the share of renewable energy in space heating has increased to an impressive 60%. Change is definitively happening!

Gerhard Dell is Managing Director of the OÖ Energiesparverband and Energy Commissioner of Upper Austria. He is Joint Representative for Energy Efficiency of the 9 Austrian regions and Deputy Joint Representative for Buildings. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Austrian Electricity Regulator. As Energy Commissioner to the Upper Austrian Government, he is responsible for advising the regional government on all energy-related matters, and for the coordination and scientific support to the Upper Austrian Energy Strategy. He is the author of the annual Energy Report of the Region of Upper Austria. He was awarded the National Energy Research Award and Merit Award in Gold of the Republic of Austria. He holds a doctorate and post-graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Energy Economics.

Christiane Egger is Deputy Manager of the OÖ Energiesparverband and Manager of the Cleantech-Cluster Energy, a network of 250 companies active in sustainable energy and the environment. She is Conference Director of the World Sustainable Energy Days, one of Europe’s largest annual conferences on the energy transition and climate neutrality. She has developed and led over 40 EU funded projects. She is a Member of the management board of the Austrian R&D platform for the decarbonisation of industry (NEFI). As an expert in market development, she has developed and implemented numerous promotional activities for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. She holds a law degree and a post-graduate degree in environmental engineering.

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Better Narratives: Better Energy Transition. What can we, as Energy Agencies, do?

Read Christiane Egger's editorial, FEDARENE Vice-President for Energy Efficiency and co-manager of OÖ Energiesparverband. She discusses the role of Energy Agencies and policies in regions and countries and how the Energy Efficient Watch project has been providing strong insights and analysis on the subject.

Highlights from the EUSEW Award Ceremony

FEDARENE and its members were well represented at the 2021 EUSEW Awards Ceremony, both as the award winners and in the expert jury!