Action for climate protection 

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“Austrian oak” Arnold Schwarzenegger and leading green tech companies from his native region join forces in the context of the R20 climate protection initiative. The technological heart of green power, green heat and green mobility lies in this Green Tech Valley.


Pioneers united
Arnold Schwarzenegger is known around the world as the “Austrian oak” due to his strength – a strength he now primarily uses for climate protection. In 2010, he founded the non-profit organisation R20 Regions of Climate Action in cooperation with the United Nations. The initiative aims at supporting climate protection projects and best practice examples implemented by regions, nations or companies and thus promoting the green economy. Schwarzenegger’s international network is thereby reinforced from his native country: Styria – with its technology leaders – is another climate protection pioneer and actively weighs in. To celebrate the partnership’s start, 20 oaks were planted in cooperation with the innovative companies at Thalersee lake close to Graz. The trees symbolise Styria’s contribution in the form of various renewable energy sources.

Small region, big effects
Even though this Green Tech Valley with Graz at its centre is only home to 1.2 million people, the technologies invented there have big effects on a global scale: Styrian solutions allowed 550 million tons of CO2 to be saved around the world in 2017. That is 40 times more than the region emits and equals the amount of emissions Canada produces annually. Above all, 20 % of global green power are generated with Styrian technology at the heart: Hydropower, biomass and solar power systems from the Green Tech Valley. The 1,220 TWh thus generated are enough to meet the annual power demand of the entire nation of India with its 1.2 billion people.

 In 2017, biomass and solar power systems from this technology hotspot have generated 100 TWh of green power and cold. This equals the entire district heating demand of Germany. In the field of mobility, some 960 million litres of bio fuel were produced in Styrian facilities in 2017 which is enough to travel from the earth to the sun 107 times. On top of that, 116,000 battery packs from Styria power 4 % of all electric and hybrid cars currently on the road. Recycling also contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for instance in the glass industry: 26 million tons of glass are recycled internationally with the use of Styrian sorting systems which is double the amount collected in the EU.



A summit of action heroes
At the R20 Austrian World Summit on 15 May at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, the former Cali-fornian Governor, the heads of state of many countries and these companies will strive to set good practice examples and create pos-itive momentum for the COP 24 in Poland in December of this year. And for joint projects full of action, as well.

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Andreas Pompenig
Green Tech Cluster