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Oktober 2012

Austrian Side Event at the High Level Forum in Accra

A showcase of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – Made in Austria!

Best practice and opportunities for cooperation

30th of October 2012, Accra, Ghana

Renewable energy and energy efficiency are the core pillars of the Austrian Energy Strategy. Over 65% of Austria’s electricity supply and 30% of the total energy supply are generated from renewable energy sources, making Austria one of the best on the global stage. Bundled Austrian expertise in this area has also led to a shining track record in exports. The know-how of Austrian companies, their expertise and their technological leadership all enjoy high international demand. What is more, the market for sustainable power from renewable energies is growing steadily. Renewable energies such as biomass, hydropower, solar energy and wind power are crucial to ensure sustainable supply that does not harm the environment.

This workshop aims at highlighting the Austrian experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency and seeks to facilitate the know-how exchange with ECOWAS Member States, in order to enable the identification of joint projects and intensify cooperation opportunities.

Key questions of the Workshop:

  • What are the key elements to ensure market penetration of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Technologies?
  • Framework conditions and Financial support mechanisms- what are the lessons learned?
  • How to establish successful cooperation? 


Austrian Companies in the Field of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – Some of the Best on the Global Stage!
Nella Hengstler, Austrian Embassy, Commercial Section Lagos

A Showcase of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency – Made in Austria!
Peter Traupmann, Austrian Energy Agency

The Contribution of Hydropower to a Sustainable Energy Supply
Rudolf Huepfl, Hydropower Expert and Special Adviser to the GFSE

Solar Heating and Cooling - Best Practice Examples and Potentials for the ECOWAS Region
Christian Holter, Company SOLID

Energy Efficiency in SMEs, Best Practice and Lessons Learned from Austria
Andreas Karner, Consulting Company ConPlusUltra

Successful Project Development
Leo Schiefermüller, Project Developer

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: Business Partnerships as Instrument
Robert Zeiner, Austrian Development Agency

The Financial Mechanisms and Principals of Cooperation of the Austrian Development Bank (OeEB)
Andrea Hagmann, Austrian Development Bank