Project title:
Regional analysis of the economic effects as a driver for the implementation of climate strategies – on the example of the KEM Murtal (Climate and energy model region Murtal)

Project partners:
Akaryon GmbH


Dr. Günter Wind, Ingenieurbüro für Physik

Energieagentur Obersteiermark GmbH

Goal of the project:
Regional economic effects are an argument for the implementation of climate strategies. Regional leaders are often faced with the task of justifying projects and overcoming resistance. Typically, however, there are no well-founded figures on the effects. In cooperation with the KEM Murtal, scenarios for the implementation of climate strategies and economic linkages in the region are being developed with the help of a survey of businesses in the region and during two participatory workshops. The mapping of material and energy flows and the regionalisation of the input-output analysis determine the regional economic effects – and reflect the results back to the region.

Companies, responsible persons and the population are to be won over with well-founded arguments for investments in climate protection. This innovative approach is transferable to other regions.

A wide range of dissemination of the results is achieved through a publication of the results and the “Guide for Replication” as well as presentations at KEM professional events or at events of the Regional Development (e.g. LEADER).

Investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency increase regional value creation and create jobs. How much this amounts to in the Murtal region is determined on the basis of the energy potentials and economic interdependencies in the region and put into figures.

The project highlights the regional anchoring of the production sectors and service industries. Customers increasingly appreciate the regional value of companies, which is also an important part of raising awareness for climate protection.

Project duration:
March 2021 to July 2021

Stefan Kirchweger

Wolfgang Baaske


Project title:
Land management and nature conservation on alpine pastures and mountain meadows – a participatory economic observation (LANA-Partizip)

For centuries Austria’s landscape has been shaped by agriculture. Agriculture is thus mainly responsible for shaping the living space in rural regions and the resulting cultural landscape. In alpine regions, farming extends to high altitudes and is also of considerable importance on alpine pastures. Especially there one finds a unique flora and fauna. To preserve this flora and fauna and to ensure these special habitats for plants and animals, some alpine pastures and mountain meadows in Austria have been included in the zones of Natura 2000 areas, nature reserves and national parks.

This can result in land use regulations for agriculture that do not always correspond to the prevailing management of the land. Such restrictions on use can take different forms with different management prohibition periods. The clash of different strategies for the conservation of the cultural and natural goods of the alpine pastures can lead to conflicts of use. Since both nature conservation and agriculture are supported with public funds and alpine pastures are a point of attraction for tourists, societal expectations play a decisive role in the design of utilisation strategies and support measures. The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of societal expectations regarding the use of alpine pastures and mountain meadows. In particular, agriculture and nature conservation are to be better harmonised in order to achieve an optimum of both goods. The knowledge gained should lead to a sustainable development of these regions and increase the value of alpine pastures and mountain meadows in society. It facilitates agricultural management with respect to the amenities of the alpine landscape and the sustainability of its production. The demands of residents and visitors can then trigger local value creation and the building of resilient regional supply.

02/2021 – 07/2022

Project partner:
Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics, BOKU

Project lead:
Stefan Kirchweger, STUDIA

Commissioned and financed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism and the Office of the Upper Austrian Provincial Government, project number (101558)

Concrete energy system transformation

Concrete energy system transformation – regionally integrated with resource / energy and value added potential

The main objective of the project is to be able to easily survey regional renewable resources, to illustrate them clearly, to optimise their use and to show the (regional) economic and ecological value added.

We create a digital toolbox for the development of integrated energy concepts for local and regional managers and planners with

  • A strong energy map software for the localization of measures, e.g. power plants etc. (including the calculation of land requirements and potential energy yields),
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  • the coupled optimized energy conversion calculator REsys for comparison of demand and application over time and the process network synthesis PNS for the (not only economic) optimization of a technology network,
  • integrated energy demand data,
  • a standardised communication and process design for the economic implementation of projects involving stakeholders in energy system transformation processes
  • new functions for strong local climate models as well as for
  • with functions for the determination of costs and benefits and an assessment of the value added of energy system transformation measures from a (regional) economic perspective.

The Consortium:
akaryon – coordinates the project, collaborates on the mathematical models, is responsible for common data structures and develops some of the tools for the toolbox, based on the tool REsys, which was conceived and launched in recent years together with Dr. Günter Wind and Dr. Horst Lunzer, both of whom are also involved in the project.
Strateco OG – introduces the optimization tool PNS and leads the work with the users.
IBBD – will contribute climate models and data.
STUDIA – will provide cost, benefit and value added analyses.
TU Vienna and BOKU Vienna – will contribute data and modelling on the energy supply and demand side as well as know-how in the field of communication and process design.

The project is supported by the FFG in the COIN conveyor rail.

There is the possibility for municipalities, regions, planners, consultants within the framework of this project to participate in workshops, to try out the toolbox or to go through an energy concept development process with it.
If you are interested please contact Petra Busswald from akaryon:

LTSER – local coordination

LTSER stands for Long-Term socio-ecological research. STUDIA is the node for LTSER communication in Upper Austria.


Local actors should become aware of the opportunities related to the platform, e.g. as a source of information, innovation and knowledge, as a clearing node for research questions, and partner for research and educational co-operative projects.

Contact: Wolfgang Baaske