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Diplomats explore renewable energy in Austria

Diplomats explore Austria's renewable energy © ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA


11. July 2011

In keeping with their annual tradition, the Foreign Ministry in Austria has again invited the diplomatic corps accredited in Austria and the leading figures from international organizations based in Vienna to participate in a joint excursion. The trip was hosted for the first time by both Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger and State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner.

The thematic focus of this year’s trip was renewable energy and the diplomats’ destination was the town of Güssing in the province of Burgenland. As Austria’s Foreign Minister explains, “In recent years Güssing has become an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the field of renewable energy. Today, the town is more or less independent of energy supplies from the outside, and it has become an important centre for renewable energy in Europe”.

These outstanding achievements in self-sufficiency made the town an excellent choice of destination. Güssing has won international acclaim for its strategy of decentralised local energy production making use of all renewable sources available in the region. What is more, in 2005 the town received the acclaimed Energy Globe Award.

The trip started with a tour of the facilities of Blue Chip , a solar cell producer, and the biomass power plant of the European Centre for Renewable Energy (German abbreviation EEE). This was then complemented by a short introduction to the activities of the Centre, offering some 90 participants an insight into the Austrian expertise in the field of renewable energy. An afternoon visit to the Austrian chocolate maker Zotter in Riegersburg, Styria, completed the programme.

For further information, please visit The Austrian Foreign Ministry website here .