Refurbishment offensive with a funding budget of 650 million euros for 2021 and 2022


“Get out of oil and gas” bonus for boiler replacement up to a maximum of 5,000 euros. “Renovation check” brings up to 6,000 euros for building renovation.

Refurbishment offensive with a funding budget of 650 million euros for 2021 and 2022

The new renovation offensive has a funding budget totaling 650 million euros for 2020 and 2021. The “Get out of oil and gas” bonus supports boiler replacement and the “renovation check” supports thermal building renovations. “Today we are starting a renovation offensive for the next two years and for this we are taking a budget into hand,” said Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens).

This would make 650 million euros available for modern heating systems for well-insulated houses and lower heating costs, and jobs for climate protection would also be created, according to Gewessler at a press conference on Tuesday. With the renovation offensive, they are working step by step to make Austria's buildings climate-friendly and support people in replacing their old, environmentally harmful, dirty oil and gas heating systems for new, climate-friendly heating systems.

With the “Get out of oil and gas” bonus, private individuals can get up to 5,000 euros for exchanging the heating system. The funding rate will be increased from 30 to 35 percent of the investment costs.

The renovation check supports building renovations with up to 6,000 euros. Funding of up to 2,000 euros is possible for individual component renovations. If environmentally friendly insulation materials such as hemp or straw are used, there is an additional 50 percent of the funding amount. The renovation check and the exchange of fossil boilers for private individuals in multi-storey residential buildings will be switched to property funding, i.e. the applicants will be the building owners in future.

The subsidies are an extremely important building block for climate protection, emphasized Gewessler. The initiative will create 64,000 new climate-friendly jobs in two years and trigger investments of 4.5 billion euros. You also work with the federal states.

More than 600,000 oil heating systems are to be replaced

Industry representatives and environmental organizations welcomed the renovation offensive. At the press conference, the managing director of Froling heating boiler and container construction GmbH, Thomas Haas, and Manfred Denk from the Federal Guild of Sanitary, Heating and Ventilation Technicians were pleased that the two-year period provided more planning security for customers and companies. According to the government program, all more than 600,000 oil heating systems are to be replaced by 2035. Of the 650 million euros, 400 million euros are earmarked for the exchange of oil and gas heating systems.

When replacing a heater, the ecological footprint now plays a bigger role for customers, while oil price movements used to be important, says Haas. Replacing an old oil heating system with a pellet heating system would cost around 25,000 euros including sales tax. In addition, funding from federal states is possible, said Denk. The costs of replacing a 20 to 30 year old oil heater should also be taken into account.

According to the Austrian Energy Agency from December of the previous year, there were around 3.9 million heating systems in Austria in 2017/18. Around 29 percent of this was for district heating, around 19 percent for biomass and around 8 percent for solar, heat pumps. There were also more than 913,000 (23.5 percent) gas heaters and around 626,000 (16 percent) oil heaters. The regional distribution of oil and gas heating was very different. The highest share of oil heating was found in Tyrol (35 percent), Vorarlberg (31 percent) and Carinthia (25 percent), the lowest in Vienna (1 percent), according to data presented by the ÖVI (Austrian Association of Real Estate Trustees) in mid-January . When it comes to gas, Vienna came first with 45 percent. It was followed by Lower Austria (33 percent) and Burgenland (26 percent). The Carinthians heated the least with gas (3 percent).

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