State administration reported progress in saving energy

The Vorarlberg state administration has made progress in its efforts to organize its buildings and vehicle fleet in a climate-neutral manner.
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“All available buildings of the state parliament administration were converted to green electricity and the last oil boiler was removed,” explained Governor Markus Wallner.

The Vorarlberg state administration has made progress in its efforts to organize its buildings and vehicle fleet in a climate-neutral manner. Compared to 2017, annual CO2 emissions have been reduced by around 30 percent by the beginning of 2021. Compensation measures compensated for more than 27,000 tons of CO2 from 2019 to the end of 2021, the state government reported on Monday from the monitoring report.

“MissionZeroV” 2018 decided unanimously

In 2018, the Vorarlberg state parliament unanimously decided to make the state administration climate-neutral from 2019. As part of “MissionZeroV”, CO2 emissions are to be avoided as far as possible by 2040. Unavoidable emissions are to be offset by investments in climate protection projects, such as oil substitution in commercial operations or photovoltaic systems in “sun kindergartens”. According to Governor Markus Wallner (ÖVP), 190,000 euros will be available for this in 2022. Last year, the last oil heating system in a state building was replaced with a heat pump. Overall, the state administration had an energy requirement of around 25,120 megawatt hours (MWh) in 2020, of which 52 percent was used for heating and cooling buildings, 43 percent for building electricity consumption and 5 percent for fuel for the vehicle fleet. In 2017, the total energy requirement was still 29,250 MWh.

4,500 tons of CO2 are to be saved in 2022

In 2022, around 4,500 tons of CO2 are to be saved through measurable projects, according to the plan. According to Energy Councilor Daniel Zadra (Greens), 62 of the 187 administrative vehicles are currently powered by electricity, and a total of around 150 new electric vehicles are to be added by 2030. In 2020, state vehicles drove around 2.4 million kilometers, of which 68 percent were covered with diesel-powered vehicles and 20 percent with electric vehicles. A good 80 percent of the total energy requirement of the vehicle fleet, amounting to 1,240 MWh, was accounted for by diesel vehicles. In 2020, 169,380 person-kilometres were covered for business trips by plane. Due to the corona, air travel fell sharply that year, in 2018 it was still over a million kilometers by air. In the future, employees should travel more by train and make more use of tele and video conferences, according to the specifications.

Renovation projects FHV and country house

According to the regional councilor responsible for building construction, Marco Tittler (ÖVP), all state buildings, where possible, will be retrofitted with photovoltaic systems in a phased plan. The share of renewable energies for heating and cooling continues to rise steadily. “By the end of 2021, systems with a total output of around 700 kWp will be installed on the state buildings recorded,” says Tittler. This year, further renovation projects are to be tackled, including the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences and the Landhaus.

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