On February 5th, Austrian Energy Agency´s REPLACE workshop took place: with national stakeholders and a representative of the state of Salzburg, a pilot region in Austria.
Participants of the workshop were federal representatives of end consumers, guilds, renewable energies, ministeries, funding agencies, boiler manufacturers and contractors, exchanging views on the implementation of REPLACE in the target region of Salzburg.
In the course of 2020, another meeting of the group is envisaged in order to receive information about the progress in Salzburg and to be able to contribute ideas. That way, the group acts as a national advisory board of the Local Working Group in Salzburg
Invitations went out: REPLACE’s Local Working Group for the Bayerisches Oberland starts in Penzberg in February. During four to five meetings, replacement-campaigns will be developed and implemented: inefficient heating systems in exchange for economic and eco-friendly ones.
The kick-off meeting of the local working group for the Austrian REPLACE target region, the province of Salzburg, will take place in the city of Salzburg at the beginning of March.
At the beginning of February the Austrian Letter of Support donors and federal organisations relevant to REPLACE will be invited to a project presentation and brainstorming meeting. Ideas for implementing an oil-fired boiler replacement effectively will be discussed and it will be explored where and in what form cooperation is possible with activities planned.
The Austrian Energy Agency had exploratory talks with core members of the Local Working Group about the project, the LWG composition and the tasks and a sounding of the activities of the LWG by mid-December in the City of Salzburg.
In REPLACE’s 10 European target regions, local working groups start from January until April 2020. Their common goal is to develop, implement and steer regional replacement campaigns and to realize sustainable heating and cooling systems. Until March 2022 there are 4 – 5 meetings planned for each region.
At the REPLACE Kick-Off in Vienna in November 2019, 12 partner-organisations from 10 European regions met to get activities started. Their common goal: to replace old heating and cooling systems with climate-friendly alternatives and to save energy through simple renovation measures.