Dr. Reinhold MitterlehnerDr. Reinhold Mitterlehner
Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Science, Research and Economy of the Republic of Austria

In 2009 representatives of eight Vienna based international organisations dealing with energy topics gathered for the first time and created a platform to identify common ground for cooperation and coordination and thus to profit from the evident potential of synergies.

As Energy Minister of Austria I am proud that leading international organisations such as the Energy Community, OPEC, OFID, IAEA, IIASA, OSCE, REEEP and UNIDO are actively engaged in turning this informal gathering to a strong network, thus strengthening the cluster of energy-related organisations. There is no other case where such organisations have chosen to meet and exchange views on a regular basis, forming their own club. With this powerful network we hope to attract other international energy organisations who might want to engage in the work of the club and participate in its discussions.

This unique association significantly enhances the value of Austria and Vienna as an energy hub, for not only the institutions concerned today but also for the entire “energy world".

The Vienna Energy Club is heading into a very bright future and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy will continue to support its endeavours. I appreciate the efforts of all the members and I`m looking forward to the benefits of their common work.

Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner

Minister KurzSebastian Kurz
Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria

The central nervous system of the world economy – that’s what energy has been referred to. Worldwide demand for energy will rise considerably within the coming decades. Access to energy and its most efficient use will continue to be indispensable for global development. Therefore, the way how we deal with energy issues today will decisively influence our common future tomorrow. This is not only a challenge to global economic governance but also to our capacity to combat climate change and reduce poverty.

In view of the various social and environmental implications of how we generate, transmit and consume energy it is not surprising that these issues figure prominently on the global agenda. Over the years Vienna has become the seat of a series of international organizations dealing with questions of energy. In 2009, eight of these organizations formed the Vienna Energy Club as a platform to exchange information and expertise on their manifold activities. By the end of 2013, the Club’s membership has risen to ten, showing both the growing importance of Vienna as an international energy hub and the useful role the Vienna Energy Club has been playing as a place for dialogue, synergy and creative solutions. I congratulate the organisers and participants of the Club on the excellent work they are doing in carrying forward this stimulating process and can assure them of my continued support.

Sebastian Kurz