Technologies for Sustainable Development


Only an economy based on the principles of sustainability will be able to secure our prosperity and quality of life in the long run. This, however, requires a radically reduced consumption of resources, which, in turn, can be achieved only by a fundamental change in our way of life and our economy. In addition to an appropriate political framework and increased awareness in consumer behavior the economy itself will be an important factor in sustainable development. The Austrian Program on Technologies for Sustainable Development aims at supporting the economy with future-oriented innovations and developments.

It is a well known fact that an orientation towards sustainability not only contributes to a relief of the environment, it also opens up completely new opportunities for the economy. For, saving on energy and raw materials also means developing considerably smarter and more efficient solutions and products to meet our needs.

Austrian Program on Technologies for Sustainable Development

This initiative has been developed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT). It initiates and supports trendsetting research and development projects and the implementation of exemplary pilot projects.


  • New opportunities for the economy
  • Economical use of natural resources
  • Consolidation of Austria's position in the field of technology
  • Positive effects on the economy and on employment

achieved through

  • Strengthening of R&D competence
  • Interdisciplinarity and networking
  • Diffusion and application of R&D Results

Guiding Principles of Sustainability

  • Orientation towards benefit and need
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Use of renewable resources
  • Multiple use and recycling
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Fault tolerance and risk precaution
  • Securing employment, income and quality of life

Why "Sustainable Development"

A linear continuation of the present development of industrialized nations would cause growing global inequality at the expense of future generations (e.g. greenhouse effect). Therefore, fundamental changes in our way of life and economic system are imperative. On an international scale, there is general agreement that the concept of sustainability is a constituent element of future-oriented research and development and that research will play a key role in this area. In addition to innovation in the field of technology, structural and social innovation will be of great importance.


Building of Tomorrow

"Building of Tomorrow" refers to residential and office buildings that feature the following improvements as compared to the present practice in Austria:

  • Improved energy efficiency over the whole life cycle
  • Pronounced use of renewable sources of energy, in particular solar energy
  • Increased use of renewable raw materials and efficient use thereof
  • Increased consideration of service and use aspects for the benefit of users of residential and office buildings
  • Costs comparable to those of conventional building designs

In Phase 2 of the program – Building of Tomorrow Plus – the following aims are currently prioritized:

  • Creating the technological basis for the building of tomorrow, especially the plus-energy house.
  • The program is also focused on office and factory buildings and on modernizing existing buildings.
  • Adapting innovative technologies and products for large-scale industrial manufacture.
  • Initiating demonstration projects (buildings, settlements, networks …) to put new technologies and approaches on the map.
  • Supporting the interlinking of the key Austrian providers of know-how internationally, boosting the transfer of know-how across borders, accumulating human resources and integrating existing knowledge into suitable training schemes.

Energy Systems of Tomorrow

The "Energy Systems of Tomorrow" subprogram focuses on research and development questions pertaining to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, paying special attention to aspects of an efficient overall system. Crucial to this is the exploration of innovations on the following three levels:

  • Structural innovations: changes in structure and systems, system behaviour, basic conditions
  • Social innovations: changes in user behaviour dependent on knowledge, attitudes and lifestyle
  • Technological innovations: developments in key areas of the entire spectrum from primary energy sources to energy services

Factory of Tomorrow

The subprogram "Factory of Tomorrow" addresses the trade and industry as well as service enterprises that produce and provide products of tomorrow using materials of tomorrow to meet tomorrow's needs. The following aspects have to be taken into consideration:

  • Aiming at zero-waste and zero-emission technologies and methods of production
  • Increased use of renewable raw materials for materials and products
  • Increased use of renewable sources of energy in the production process and in the enterprise as a whole
  • Development of new partnerships and co-operations as well as in-house models for further training and participation of employees in order to achieve these objectives

Programme owner

Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and TechnologyAustrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology
Division of Energy and Environmental Technologies
Head of Division: Michael Paula
Renngasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Factory of Tomorrow

DI (FH) Isabella Zwerger
Tel.: +43 (1) 71162-652918

Building of Tomorrow

DI (FH) Isabella Zwerger
Tel.: +43 (1) 71162-652918

DI Theodor Zillner
Tel.: +43 (1) 71162-652925

Energy Systems of Tomorrow

Ing. Michael Hübner
Tel.: +43 (1) 71162-652922

Programme management

Austrian Research Promotion AgencyAustrian Research Promotion Agency
Dr. Andreas Geisler
Sensengasse 1
A-1090 Vienna, Austria
phone: + 43 (0) 5 7755 - 5072

Information and networking

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)
Hollandstraße 10/46
A-1020 Vienna, Austria
phone: +43 (0)1 315 63 93-14

Working group Building of Tomorrow Plus

FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Dr. Andreas Geissler
Mag. Robert Schwertner
Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien
phone +43 (0) 5 7755 - 5072

Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft (aws)
DI Dr. Wilhelm Hantsch-Linhart
Ungargasse 37, 1030 Wien
phone+43 (1) 50175 - 311

Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT)
DI Claudia Dankl
Hollandstraße 10/46
1020 Wien
phone +43 (1) 3156393-24