The Neusiedler See and its surrounding region are attractive in many respects and hence face an increasing pressure regarding spatial and settlement develpment, building areas at the waterside, recreation, culture and tourism, energy, economy, agriculture, nature protection etc.
In order to develop a coordinated strategy for the future development in the region, mecca is appointed to develop a “Master Plan Neusiedler See” based on a comprehensive regional analysis and the involvement of stakeholders, policy makers, interested public and other relevant organisations and institutions.
Since 2013, the Carinthian Legislation of Photovoltaic Arrays regulates the exploitation of photovoltaics. Four years after its effective date, mecca evaluated the possibilities of legal project implementation, protection rules and different systems of regulation.
CEP (Courier, Express and Parcel)-Services are of increasing importance to urban supply. The demand on these services is expected to grow, caused mainly by the booming e-commerce market, but also by increasing population numbers and numbers of single-households. But how is the economic development of the sector, what’s the CEP-Service’s importance in regard to the business location and urban development and what are the hot topics in the years to come? On behalf of the Wirtschaftskammer Wien, we are working on these and further questions together with Umweltbundesamt GmbH.
Lower Austria has commited to reducing the energy consuption and the greenhouse gas emisions. Measures are defined in the NÖ Klima- und Energieprogramm 2020 (Lower Austria Climate and Energy Program), they are consistent with the european, austrian and lower austrian climate protection measures.
Aim of the study instructed by EVN is the question how regional and communal development and energy supply could be adapted better. mecca conducted a data analysis and developed usage suggestions for model communities and energy space types.
Our project partners are the Umweltbundesamt Österreich (Federal Environmental Agency Austria)
The city of Schwechat has about 17,500 inhabitants. The increase of the population is approximately 1,000 people per year. Green- and freespaces are very important for the quality of living in the city.
The project “Green City Schwechat” concentrates solely on green- and freespaces and collaborates strongly with citizens, the governing authority and politics. The most important questions are: “What roles will green- and freespacess play in the year 2050?” and “How do the habitants imagine Schwechat in der future?
The partners of the project are the Green City Lab Schwechat, the township of Schwechat and the LEADER-Region Römerland Carnuntum.
Since a few years, efforts habe been undertaken to improve the cycle path along the march and find new routes, which are more suitable for touristic use. Since the new routes pass through ecologically sensitive areas, this entails certain nature conservation requirements. To meet these reqirements, a set of measures to safeguard the visitor guidance needs to be undertaken and subsequently monitored regarding their efficiency.
In close cooperation with the concerned municipalities, we elaborate the necessary measures in detail (e.g. visitor information, enclosures…), define their location and outline them in a code of practice.
The outdated wastewater treatment plants in Frauenkirchen and Podersdorf are to be replaced by a new, innovative approach (“NEW”). This approach fullfills along with the standard tasks of wastewater treatment new aspects by reusing wastewater as a pool of resources, which is in Austria and also internationally trendsetting.
To implement the project, it’s intended to seek funding by the EU LIFE program: LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects. Together with the Technical University of Vienna, mecca takes care of the LIFE-application.
E_PROFIL is a set of methods (an IT-supported toolkit) for the elaboration of neighbourhood profiles. The aim of the project is to facilitate an energy and resource efficient development in the planning practice of Austrian cities. Furthermore, the project is an important asset for research and planning activities in Europe and can also be applied to other neighbourhoods.
Our project partners are:
mecca produces two thematic maps on recycling in the Danube Region. One map shows the amount of waste material in more than 40 significant cities and sites withinin the Danube Region from Germany to the Ukraine.
The second map shows where recycling companies are settled in the Austrian Danube Region.
Since 2012, the Carinthian Legislation of Wind Power Sites regulates the exploitation of windpower. Three years after its effective date, mecca evaluated the possibilities of legal project implementation, protection rules and different systems of regulation.
A missing transport link over the river March hinders the integrated development of the region Weinviertel – Zahorie despite similar economic and spatial preconditions. However, after a negative referendum, the planned bridge connecting Angern an der March and Záhorská Ves won’t be built. In this project, we developed an alternative concept to enhance cross-border mobility.
Countries: AT, SK
„EXREN – EXplore REnewable ENergy“ is a cross-border project in the scope of ETC SK-AT. This project deals with the following challenges: (youth) unemployment and unavailable professionists to enhance energy efficiency via awareness raising and establishing a regional network. mecca assisted EXREN in identifying and adressing the relevant stakeholders as well as in etablishing a summer camp for teenagers.
The cross-border energy strategy for Burgenland and the west hungarian counties Győr-Moson-Sopron, Vas and Zala analyzed both the actual energetic condition as well as developable potentials for future cooperation and appropriate measures. The national and international policy background was researched and analyzed too
The cross-border study analyzes both the current energy status as well as resulting or developable future cooperation potentials between Burgenland and the self-governed region Trnava. Additionally the national policy background was researched and analyzed.
Hannes Schaffer gave lectures on project-management in environmental projects for students of the mastercourse “Environmental Technology & International Affairs”.
Students get an introduction to:
mecca supported the State of Carinthia in the creation of the Regional Energy Concept: Upper Carinthia. The goal was to use spatial planning to lay the groundwork for addressing critical questions facing Carinthia’s energy future. This should provide the basis for energy security through increasing the energy independence of Carinthia while at the same time improving the ‘value-added’ aspect by focusing on regional power generation. As results are gathered, they should be used to develop a detailed energy concept that is inclusive of the communities and key stakeholders.
The LEADER Region Southern Lower Austria has decided to become a climate and energy model region. mecca provides support to the region, in cooperation with the Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha, in submitting a funding application to the Climate and Energy Fund’s program “Climate and Energy Model Regions”.
A regional energy concept with a strong focus on actionability was developed over a 6 month period through involving key regional and local stakeholders.
To ensure that the solutions presented are practical and feasible, meccal engaged in intensive discussions with local authorities, plant operators, companies and producers in the region.
The LEADER Region Römerland Carnuntum has decided to become a climate and energy model region. mecca provided support to the region, in cooperation with the Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha, in submitting a funding application to the Climate and Energy Fund’s program “Climate and Energy Model Regions”.
MOVE is a cross-border EU project in the framework of ETC (European Territorial Cooperation) SI-AT. mecca provided support to the participating regions in Austria and Slovenia by preparing a SWOT analysis concerning renewable energy and energy efficiency. This analysis is intended to be utilized as an overview for the 55 MOVE network partners of the potential, opportunities, risks, and challenges within these 8 regions.
Project Website: http://www.move.si
Main challenges of the Region:
The state government of Carinthia wants to foster academic and extracurricular activities in environmental education. mecca prepared a feasibility study to analyse organisational and content-related aspects of these activities in order to stengthen cooperation and networking of all key stakeholders.
Although mobility is one of the key issues that needs to be addressed in order to achieve national and international climate protection targets, it has been disregarded in a regional context. The project ClimateMOBIL analyses the ability of regions to manage mobility in terms of energy efficiency, as well as issues related to climate protection in rural areas. Action research or working in cooperation with existing structures and models in order to develop strategies for sustainable mobility management is the primary research method utilized in this project. mecca’s research partners are: Energy Park Bruck on the Leitha, Mobility Central Burgenland and the Upper Austria Transit Authority Inc.
Project partners: TU Vienna (Institute of Transportation, Research Center of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering), Austrian Ecology Institute Vienna, Austrian Energy Agency
A regional energy concept for the LEADER region Römerland Carnuntum was prepared by Energy Park Bruck an der Leitha. mecca’s contributions include drafting a range of maps for improving the quality of presentation of data concerning the following topics: energy production, wind power, geothermal energy, forestal biomass, agrarian biomass, photovoltaics and solar energy. Additionally, mecca coached the client in PR and moderated workshops.
Project Website: http://www.energiepark.at/start.html
The project aims at developing tools for measuring the energy efficiency of existing and planned settlements. Therefore spatial planning instruments are assessed concerning their effects on energy efficiency and recommendations for new measures are given.
As a part of a pan-regional effort to develop a master plan for country development, mecca drafted a set of planning atlases for the city of Santana in the Romanian Banat region. The atlases display Santana’s current situation based on large scale measures of European standards at both a local and a regional level. It also displays the current and future opportunities for Santana’s development. The collection was prepared in English and Romanian.
As part of the preliminary proceedings of the environmental impact assessment S3 Weinviertler Schnellstraße Hollabrunn Süd – Guntersdorf an expert assessment was provided on the topics of landscape, leisure and recreation as well as people, communities and businesses.
REGIO Energy analyses feasible potentials of renewable energy in all administrative districts in Austria for 2012 and 2020. Before the project began, the technical and reduced technical potential for renewable energy was documented and analysed. The effects of bureaucratic requirements and spatial planning on these potentials play a major role in the projects.
For the first time, the energy potential from renewable sources such as biomasse, wind and geothermal has been measured in Eastern Austria. Utlitizing GIS Modelling software, the energy potential from areas as large as Municipalities and as small as “micro regions” has been graphically displayed. This tool will act as an important asset for regions developing their future energy policies. This project was successfully developed by engaging in focused and regular communication with all key stakeholders.
Because of activities like the academic course on renewable energy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the prevalence of pre-existing international networks, the region of Bruck an der Leitha was developed as a centre for sustainable energy systems with it’s primary focus on the CEE. The project consisted of 3 essential components:
Project partner: Energy Centre Bratislava, Municipality Bruck an der Leitha, University of Mosonmagyarovar (HU)