Climate Target 20-20-20

How can the climate target 20-20-20 be achieved?

The EU climate target, from December 2008, for the year 2020 is an ambitious target

with the abbreviation: 20 – 20 – 20:

  • 20% less greenhouse gas emissions than in 2005
  • 20% of renewable energy from renewable sources
  • 20% increase in energy efficiency

Together with our home residents, we looked for an answer. The three most effective proposals were awarded a prize by the WIST on June 24th 2012.
Michael Richter, Matthias Zarhuber, Julian Lamplmayer and Daniel Schiferer were the lucky winners.
Nina Anranter received the creativity award.





Energy Finds Home

Photos from this event

Energy finds home

Thursday, March 13th 2014, 6pm WIST, Moserhofgasse 34, 8010 Graz

The topic “Energy and Sustainability” has been of great importance to the WIST since the winter term 2010/2011.

In the autumn of 2010 – for the first time and uniquely among non-profit accommodation providers – an energy saving competition based on the model of the Land Steiermark was launched. In June 2012 it was successfully concluded with the award of the prizes for the winners of the categories “Heating and Heat”. 667,000 kWh, an equivalent value of more than €60,000 could be saved without any special loss of comfort. On the basis of this success, it has already been possible to forego an increase in the operating costs for heating and electricity twice.

Through this competition, towards which many students and above all the home committees contributed with great commitment, a number of students have developed a fundamentally new user behaviour. In addition, the WIST is eager to make use of further potential savings and make the topic of “energy saving” a connecting element outside of the WIST, for example among the other student accommodation providers in Graz.

In order to find available potential savings, Mr. DI Jürgen A. Weigl, his trademark “Energy detective”, was commissioned to examine all the WIST student residences for possible improvements to the domestic installations. This action was supported by the Business Initiative Sustainability. Further, with its professional support, a significant reduction in electricity prices could be achieved.

The WIST would like to share its knowledge and experience for the benefit of our environment and future generations. The WIST, together with other charitable organisations in Graz, want to set an example. This is to raise environmental and energy awareness within the area of student accommodation.

On Thursday, March 13th 2014, the event “Energy Finds Home” took place at Moserhofgasse 34. It was organised as part of the project “Climate-oriented Society Life”, which was commissioned and financed by the climate protection coordinator of the Land Steiermark. The well-attended event was organised and accompanied by the Grazer Energieagentur.

The WIST also acts as multiplier and is happy to share their experience. Deputy WIST chairman Dr. Müller, the “father” of the WIST Energy Saving competition, reported on the successful energy saving campaign in the WIST. DI Lang from the Grazer Energieagentur presented the project “Energy Hunt” and gave tips and tricks on saving energy in student residences.

With the support of DI Weigl and other experts, the WIST will continue to encourage two key components of energy saving. These are the improvement of user behaviour and the investment in devices with low power consumption and optimal use.

WMM WIST mobilises

WMM WIST mobilises

▶ Certificate of the mobility prize




Photos: Land Steiermark

Since 2010, the topic “Energy, Sustainability and Careful Treatment of Resources” has been very important to the WIST Steiermark. During the winter term of 2010/2011, an energy saving competition was initiated among the student residences. The winners of the categories electricity and heating were awarded a prize in June 2012. Even after the competition, the WIST still pursues the idea of sustainability. For this, constant awareness raising is necessary, as there is a large turnover in the student residences. The new students are informed at arrival about energy saving measures and ways to conserve resources.

As a further area on the subject of sustainability and the careful treatment of resources, the WIST aims to promote the sustainable transport of the residents.

In order to mobilise the student residents of Graz to commute to their university by bicycle, professional bicycle service boxes were installed at six WIST locations. This is to help the residents keep their bicycles fit for the road.

This project was generously supported by the Environmental Office of the City of Graz, the Land Steiermark and Wiener Städtische Versicherung.

On November 23rd, 2015, a bicycle service box was symbolically “opened” in Moserhofgasse, representing all six service boxes. The board members present and the members of the WIST staff were delighted about the success of this project. Some high-profile guests included Landesrat Jörg Leichtfried, Stadträtin Lisa Rücker, the Landesdirektor of the Wiener Städtische Dr. Gerald Krainer and Gerd Kronheim from the “Bicycle” association.

The project WMM received a certificate of the VCÖ mobility prize 2015. This was as a thank you for the special commitment and the important contribution towards sustainable traffic solutions.