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Raiffeisen’s Upward Sustainability

The new Raiffeisen tower, which opened last month on the Donaukanal, is now part of the ever-changing Danube riverscape. The building, shaped like the prow of a ship, points into the gentle curve of the canal, as if about to set sail. Vienna’s relationship with the Danube (and its meanderings) has a turbulent history. In […]

Green Austria: Smoke and Mirrors?

Green Austria: Smoke and Mirrors?

Meeting the 2020 Kyoto Protocol targets has been a struggle for many countries. Some have scaled back their original commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; others have withdrawn entirely. In emerging markets, most notably China, emissions are on the rise. In China a new coal-fired power station is being built every few days. In Austria, […]

Hofer supermarkets offer renewable energy contracts

In January, Hofer supermarkets began offering an energy deal with the Austrian sustainable power provider Oekostrom AG. Within three weeks, the 5,000 Hofer contracts sold out. This limited offer was priced at €0.08 per kilowatt hour (kWh), and guarantees customers that rate through 2014. The contracts also include no basic fee for a minimum annual […]

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