Policy implementation in Austria

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Implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) in Austria.

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  • Note: Information believed to be current as of 1 October 2011.


Overview of the EU Directives

Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

  • The Renewable Energy Directive sets mandates for the use of renewable energy in the European Union. This includes a mandatory target for European Member States that 10% of energy in land transport should be from renewable sources by 2020. This renewable energy could be in any form, such as hydrogen or electricity, but it is widely expected that the bulk of the target will be met by the use of biofuels. The Directive includes sustainability criteria (mirrored in the Fuel Quality Directive) that put a minimum threshold on the direct emissions savings from biofuels based on a lifecycle analysis methodology described in the directive, and define categories of high biodiversity and high carbon land that must not be converted for biofuels production. The Directive puts an obligation on European Member States to enforce both the overall targets and the sustainability conditions, and so the legal requirements on economic operators may vary from Member State to Member State. See Renewable Energy Directive.

Fuel Quality Directive

  • The Fuel Quality Directive includes a mandatory target that the carbon intensity of transport fuel supplied in Europe should be reduced by 6% in 2020 compared to the baseline. It is anticipated that the bulk of this saving will be achieved with biofuels, but electric vehicles and other low carbon vehicle technologies may also be important. There may also be recognition available for reduced emissions intensity from fossil fuel supply, such as by reduced flaring emissions. The 6% target is intended to be achievable by any economic operator supplying all of its mandated 10% renewable energy under the Renewable Energy Directive as biofuel with an average carbon saving of 60%. See Fuel Quality Directive.


  • Austria is party to the Renewable Energy Directive and Fuel Quality Directive and has developed targets for the share of renewable energy in total energy usage and transport fuels from the present through 2020, but has not yet implemented legislation for these targets.

Policy name(s)

  • "Acceleration of a gradual, comprehensive introduction of electromobility in Austria". [1]

Type of policy

Implementing authority

  • Likely to be the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment & Water Management

Year introduced

  • This measure has not yet been introduced. [1]


  • This measure is in discussion. [1]

Scheme website


  • Year by year, the targets for the share of renewables in transport fuels are: 6.9%, 7.0%, 7.2%, 7.4%, 7.7%, 8.1%, 8.5%, 9.2%, 10.1%, 11.4% in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively. [1]

Legally obligated parties, opt-in parties and compliance pathways


  • As of 2010, no sustainability regulations on biofuel production, apart from existing regulations on agriculture and protected areas, were in place. According to the National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2010 for Austria, such a regulation was due at the end of 2010 but did not appear to exist on the government website [1]. Presumably Austria's sustainability criteria will be in line with those in the Renewable Energy Directive.

Greenhouse gas emissions

Life-cycle analysis (LCA)


GHG emissions from ILUC

Mandatory environmental criteria on land types

Additional environmental and social reporting requirements

System for verifying carbon and sustainability claims

  • Austria does not intend to develop voluntary certification schemes for biofuels [1].

Reporting system

Double reward for cellulosic biofuels, use of wastes and residues

Eligible feedstocks

Credit trading

Aviation and shipping


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 National Renewable Energy Action Plan 2010 for Austria (NREAP-AT) under Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council. Karner, A., Koller, S-C., Kettner, C., Kletzan-Slamanig, D., Koppl, A., Leopold, A., Lang, R., Nakicenovic, N., Reinsberger, K., Resch, G., Schnitzer, H., Steininger, K., Bitterman, W., Nemestothy, K., Schonbauer, C. 2010. Accessed on 2011-12-22.
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