Graphic representation of the Murtal region with its economic interconnections between different sectors (factories, farms, private households, energy production).

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