Austrian experts in renewable heating shared their knowledge and best practices on how to provide a vibrant and modern heating industry with their Canadian colleagues, representatives of the Canadian provincial and municipal governments.

Austria is one of the most experienced countries in the world in terms of biomass heating. Biomass is a sustainable and carbon-neutral fuel that is well suited for heating homes, businesses and public buildings. The use of biomass for heating ensures energy independence, supports the forest products economy and is environmentally friendly.

Austrian experts on biomass and renewable energy heating technologies and Canadian representatives of Ministries and Municipalities came together on November 2, 2021 to conduct the Austrian Greentech Webinar organized by the Austrian Trade Commission. 

The event took place on the occasion of the COP26 summit, which brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change. 

Mr. Gregor Postl, the Austrian Consul and Trade Commissioner was on hand to start the webinar followed by the keynote speakers Ms. Christiane Egger from Upper Austrian OÖ Energiesparverband-Cleantech-Cluster Energy, Mr. Werner Emhofer from the Austrian company Fröling and Mr. Viktor Radic from the Austrian company Polytechnik Biomass Energy.

Participants were very interested in what Austria does to encourage the transition to climate-friendly heating technologies in Canada. It was very notable how Austria is leading in renewable heating and how biomass is emerging as an important economic driver – on a provincial and federal level.

During the webinar, attendees shared opinions, questions and thoughts for consideration during the upcoming Word Sustainable Energy Days, March 2 – 4, 2022.