Results of Energy Analysis Südburgenland

Common energy concept

Südburgenland is situated in the south east of Austria, bordering on Hungary and Slovenia. It is one of the three main regions of Burgenland. The region is mainly hilly and has an average height between 240 and 400 meters above the Adriatic (maA). Its highest elevation in the north of the region is 884 maA. The region is situated in a transition zone affected both by the Mediterranean and the continental climate.

The population density is 66.4 inhabitants/km2. Communities are relatively small and the average population of a municipality is around 1 350 inhabitants. The region is mainly rural with some industry around the district capitals. Tourism is concentrated around the hot spring resorts in Bad Tatzmannsdorf and Stegersbach.

High share of biomass

Electricity production by renewable energies
Heat production by renewable energies

The current share of renewable energy in the region is 45 %. This value is above the share of 31 % of renewables on national level and far above the current share of 10 % of renewables in the EU.

The high share of renewable energy is mainly caused by the richness of biomass from the forests and its traditional use.

Wood fuel covers about half of household heat demand. The use of renewable energy is a result of a regional development plan for 2011, enforced by the regional government. The main focus of the region’s energy production is on solid biomass and biogas. In addition, the share of solar applications for heat and electricity supply will be increased significantly.

Europäisches Zentrum für erneuerbare Energie Güssing GmbH