Upper Austria Regional Energy Agency

The OÖ Energiesparverband, established by the regional government in 1991, drives the energy transition by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative energy technologies. It provides comprehensive services to households, companies and the public sector.

Upper Austria Regional Energy Agency

Key activities

  • face-to-face energy advice sessions (10,000 per year) for households, municipalities and companies
  • a wide range of training courses on energy topics at the ESV’s Energy Academy (about 40 trainings per year)
  • developing and managing funding programmes on behalf of the regional government
  • supporting energy technology companies in the context of the Cleantech-Cluster (network of energy & environmental companies with 250+ partners).
  • organiser of the World Sustainable Energy Days – one of Europe’s largest annual conferences on achieving climate neutrality with over 600 experts from more than 50 countries each year
  • issuing or checking energy performance certificates for buildings (over 200,000 buildings so far)
  • participating in EU projects (more than 40)

The region of Upper Austria – a leader region in the energy transition

Upper Austria, the most industrialised of Austria’s 9 regions with a population of 1.5 million, is well on its way in the clean energy transition. Significant progress has already been made: 73 % of the electricity, 56 % of all space heating and 31 % of the primary energy come from renewables. Through significant increases in energy efficiency and renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions from buildings were reduced by 32 % in the past 10 years.

Upper Austria has a thriving clean energy sector. Already 2.3 billion Euro are invested each year in the energy transition: 40 % in renewables, 30 % in energy efficiency in buildings and 30 % in industrial energy efficiency and CHP. Sustainable energy as key factor in global competitiveness is a cornerstone of the region’s economic and industrial policy. The ambition is to achieve competitiveness and quality of life through energy decarbonisation. Fostering cooperation among key market actors along the entire value chain has resulted in the growth of a vibrant industry that successfully exports worldwide. The region’s progress in the energy transition is owed to its targeted energy policy approach, supported by the OÖ Energiesparverband.

In the news

FEDARENE’s 2022-2025 Board of Directors has been elected in León, Spain

The 11 Vice-Presidents and the treasurer have been elected by FEDARENE members at the occasion of the 2022 General Assembly on the 14th of June. Julije Domac has also been reelected for his third mandate as President of the network.

World Sustainable Energy Days 2022: a great success!

Over 650 experts from 55 countries participated in the World Sustainable Energy Days 2022 from 5-8 April – more than 60 % of them on-site! The energy transition community met in Wels/Austria and presented opportunities, solutions and strategies to make global climate neutrality reality.

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.

Celebrating the 30 years of OÖ Energiesparverband!

In 2021, the OÖ Energiesparverband (ESV) celebrates its 30th anniversary.

WSED 2022 – Grab your seat in the worldwide sustainable energy community!

Energy transition – full speed ahead! This is the focus of the next World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) on 6-8 April 2022 in Wels/Austria. Energy agencies, be part of it!

650 experts gathered at the World Sustainable Energy Days

The WSED concluded yet another successful Conference organised in Wels Austria. The dates for the 2022 edition are already out.