In the future, low-income households will receive a targeted subsidy when switching from fossil oil or gas heating to a modern, climate-friendly heating system. The Ministry of Climate Protection will provide 100 million euros for this purpose over the next two years. Climate protection and social justice go hand in hand. “Because we will only succeed in combating the climate crisis if we all come together,” says Climate Protection Minister Leonor Gossler. So that everyone who wants climate-friendly heating can have it in the future. “
Michael Landau, President of Caritas Austria welcomes the initiative and says: “If it is about something like an energy transition, it must be socially acceptable. The climate crisis is a reality. In our country, too, people affected by poverty suffer relatively more from the consequences of this crisis: they live in Apartments are poorly insulated and are severely affected by heat, cold and air pollution. Currently, many are facing the question of whether they can heat their homes or buy something to eat. Social solutions are needed. And the Environmentally sensitive. Subsidized exchange for heating systems that consume a lot of energy is one of them. ”
A total of 300,000 low-income households are still heating with climate-damaging oil heating. As part of the “Exit Oil and Gas” reward, the federal government wants to subsidize the switch to a climate-friendly heating system with up to 5,000 euros. In this way, families in the bottom quintile should receive more targeted support. A total of 750 million euros will be available over the next two years for the conversion to climate-friendly heating systems. In the future, up to 100 percent (depending on household income) could be supported by a new climate-friendly boiler.