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Restructuring the Austrian Energy System: An Extended Technology Wedges Approach

Claudia Kettner (), Daniela Kletzan-Slamanig, Angela Köppl, Stefan Schleicher, Andrea Damm, Karl Steininger (), Brigitte Wolkinger, Hans Schnitzer, Michaela Titz, Heidemarie Artner and Andreas Karner
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Daniela Kletzan-Slamanig: WIFO
Stefan Schleicher: Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Brigitte Wolkinger: University of Graz, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
Michaela Titz: Graz University of Technology, Institute for Process and Particle Engineering
Andreas Karner: KWI Consultants GmbH

No 385, WIFO Working Papers from WIFO

Abstract: EU climate and energy policy defines ambitious objectives for the EU member countries requiring a fundamental change of energy systems. This paper suggests basing the analysis of restructuring options on energy services instead of energy flows. In order to provide the energy services in a sustainable way the guidelines "low energy – low carbon – low distance" should be used. This refers to an increase in energy efficiency, the reduction of fossil fuels and the reduction of (redundant) transport. An extended technology wedges approach is applied for Austria to illustrate emission reduction options through technological and behavioural changes. Two portfolios of technology wedges are quantified regarding their effects on energy flows and emissions as well as the economic impacts of investments required.

Keywords: climate and energy policy; energy services; input-output analysis; technology options (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2011-02-01
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