Environmental protection & efficiency

What does sustainability mean for "Lebensland Kärnten"?

We believe that the harnessing and use of renewable energy sources is sustainable if it allows the underlying biological system to remain intact, and if it provides for that system's natural regeneration. Thanks to the work of "Lebensland Kärnten," Carinthia now has the know-how that is required for a clean and efficient utilization of our abundant natural resources.

With the construction of Austria's largest photovoltaics plant in St. Veit, we have taken an ambitious leap toward a future of "green" and sustainable energy production. Yet again, "Lebensland Kärnten" has assumed an EU-wide leadership role with regard to progressive energy policy, and we are currently involved in a number of other projects that also focus on alternative energy and eMobility.

Solar City St. Veit: Austria's largest photovoltaics plant

Located in central Carinthia, this innovative photovoltaics plant will serve as a model project for the renewable energy sector and we hope it will inspire other cities in Carinthia, Austria, and Europe to construct similar facilities. For us at "Lebensland Kärnten," the city of St. Veit is a key competence center, which consists of a number of businesses that have embraced renewable energy production and sustainability. Together, we set new standards concerning the photovoltaics plant as our signature project. An important aspect of the partnership between "Lebensland Kärnten" and St. Veit concerns the creation of modern, future-oriented e-Mobility infrastructure. For instance, we built rental locations for all kinds of e-Vehicles (e-Cars, Segways, e-Scooters, e-Bikes, etc.), as well as electric charging points powered by solar energy.

With an output of roughly 1.5 MWph, the St. Veit photovoltaics plant (Photovoltaics plant in the inner city and photovoltaics plant in Untermühlbach) can supply enough energy for about 2,000 e-Vehicles. When compared to "conventional" electricity, this amounts to an annual savings of 850,000 kg in carbon emissions. Put differently, Carinthia's e-Vehicles will be running for about six million kilometers per year thanks to the solar electricity "made in St. Veit." By supporting projects like this, "Lebensland Kärnten" seeks to reach an ambitious long-term goal, namely a 20% share of e-Vehicular traffic on Carinthia's roads by 2020. We believe that zero-emission vehicles will be our only option in a future that relies exclusively on renewable energy sources.

It is planned another photovoltaics plant with an output of 2 MWph, which should be built on the former waste dump in the western outskirts oft he city.

As "Lebensland Kärnten" and the city of St. Veit have demonstrated, small European regions already have the ability to achieve energy self-sufficiency today.