The well known City of Tulln is situated in Lower Austria on the river Donau. 14.500 inhabitants live in an area of 72 km2. The city is divided into nine local authorities (Kastralgemeinden). A district councillor with a committee is responsible for ecological policy.
Previous activities on sustainable development
For many years the policy in Tulln has more and more focussed on reducing the CO2-emissions by energy savings and integration of renewable energies. As many cities in Austria Tulln has a well developed network biomass energy. Its institutions like LFS and GVA Tulln supplies a huge amount of best practice knowledge on biomass to energy, waste to energy, material flow man-agement and energy farming.
The municipality Tulln has initiated actions to enable a sustainable energy supply. One of those is the catalogue of measures for energy saving in communal buildings, developed in the Altener project. Furthermore a biomass master plan for the region was developed together with students from the Vienna University.
Already implemented achievements in Tulln:
A biomass district heating system based on biomass is working for already three years.
The electricity supply for the community is provided by EVN, about 57 percent of the pro-vided electricity is generated from renewable energy sources
Besides photovoltaic plants and geothermal heat pumps the installation of about 100 private solar thermal systems and further installations on public buildings was supported by the city
A biogas plant of the IFA Tulln supplied the IFA-Tulln itself, a hospital and a surrounding residential area, which are now supplied by the biomass heating system.
A demonstration biomass power plant running on corn in the LFS Tulln supplies 100% heat energy to the buildings of the LFS Tulln
Linked to prospects of significant growth in the next decades a new concept for urban development was established for the city of Tulln as base for energy saving in municipal planning.
In 2003 the first political commitment was made concerning a binding district heating supply for a new housing area and it is running since 2005.
Since 1999 Tulln is member in the climate alliance. A working committee was installed to organ-ise several public relation and information activities for the citizens.
Concerning CO2 emissions in the field of mobility the municipality supports public transport and the improvement of cycle tracks.
Within the frame of the project â€śLocal Sustainable Development Networkâ€ť LSDN starting in 1999 in the City of Tulln, the school buildings of the economic high school were analysed and energy saving measures were implemented jointly by experts and students during the four years of pro-ject duration. The local project consortium of LSDN was very active in public relation and educa-tion activities and showed in a very impressive way the big potential of a well composed active network for broad information on sustainable development topics.