The Model Region of Güssing – an Example of the Austrian Grassroots Strategy for Energy Independence

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Today, Austria is one of only four European countries that derive more than 30% of their total energy consumption from renewable energy sources excluding nuclear energy which is not considered a renewable energy source. In a 1978 referendum, the Austrian people rejected the construction of nuclear plants in our country, and a few weeks later the parliament unanimously passed a law prohibiting the use of nuclear power for the production of electricity. Instead, measures to promote energy efficiency have been at the top of the agenda for decades. Austria enjoys the world’s highest per-capita share of so called “Passive Houses” – low-energy homes and buildings that require less than 10% of the energy needed for the average U.S. home.

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