City of Graz
Austria

Population: 269997
Area of jurisdiction: 128 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 80% by 2050 (2008) 30% by 2020 (2008)
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: 75% by 2050 50% by 2020
Energy efficiency target: n/a 30% by 2020 (2008)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 1994 ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

District Heating Development Program Implementation
In July 2011, Graz’s city council approved a “District Heating Implementation Plan” (Communal Energy Concept 2011), part of the City Development Concept (4.0 STEK; §21(3) lit 5 StROG 2010). It allows the city of Graz to make district heating compulsory under certain conditions and move toward long-term air quality health in a particularly polluted area. As a consequence, two areas have been legally designated for compulsory connection to the district heating system. Start year 2012
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Solar Collectors and Photovoltaic Promotion
The city of Graz subsidizes solar collector installations that provide hot water for household heating and use, offering € 100 per m² of installation costs up to 30 m². To find out their roofs’ solar potential, citizens use Graz’s online solar roof app. Photovoltaic installations are subsidized at € 500/ kWp up to 5 kWp. Start year 2012
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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District Heating Promotion
The city of Graz offers financial benefits for building owners who switch their heating to district heating systems. For heating installations within apartments, subsidies between 30 and 100% of recognized investments are provided according to beneficiary income. Standard single-family residential installations including water heating are also subsidized regardless of owner income. Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Solardachkataster Fotovoltaik
  Start year 2011
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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PITAGORAS
  Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Next Generation Heat - Fernwärme
  Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Looking for Funding
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Minus 3 %
  Start year 2008
Sector  
Type  
Status Completed
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I Live Graz
  Start year 2011
Sector Other Emissions
Type  
Status In progress
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Graz Tasche
  Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type  
Status In progress
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Fernwärmefördermittel Land
  Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Fernwärmeanschlussauftrag
  Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Feinstaubförderungspaket
  Start year 2010
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Energy Neighbourhoods
  Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Energiegespräche
  Start year 2008
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Einsparkraftwerk
  Start year 2011
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Denkmalaktiv I
  Start year 2009
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Cradle to Cradle
  Start year 2010
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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BEAM
  Start year 2012
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Type  
Status In progress
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Adaptation actions

Smart City Graz
Climate-change adaptation measures require farsighted, intelligent planning for the future. The “Smart City Graz Mitte” Project seeks to demonstrate new urban energy concepts as part of innovative, sustainable city development. A mixeduse 400-hectare urban quarter is to be transformed into an environmentally friendly, livable and intelligently developed neighborhood. In 2012, task forces for key project phase-1 areas and milestones have been defined; in-detail planning is underway. Participant organizations: AVL, DI Markus Pernthaler Architekt ZT GmbH, Energie Graz, Energie Steiermark AG, Holding Graz GmbH, FIBAG, SFL, Alfen Consulting, SOT – Süd-Ost- Treuhand, Technische Universität Graz, Cities of Darmstadt, and Zagreb, Verein LaborStadtGraz. Start year 2012
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Graz Rivulet Program Implementation
Frequent floods (e.g., 2005 and 2009) led to the assumption that climate change in general is increasing heavy rainfall in Austria. The “Graz Rivulet Program” seeks to provide the best possible flood protection over a ten-year period at the same time it sets up ecological and recreational benefits. In 2012, the previous ten years’ flood protection work continued on specific Graz area rivers. Start year 2011
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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