Sustainable Development Goals as a Compass for Transformation


Keynote by WIFO Economist Daniela Kletzan-Slamanig

On 14 May 2019, ÖKOBÜRO and the Vienna Chamber of Labour organised a joint morning meeting to discuss the future of work and the environment in the context of the UN objectives for sustainable development. In her keynote speech, WIFO economist Daniela Kletzan-Slamanig presented the results of the research project "Monitoring Sustainable Development. Climate and Energy Policy Indicators".

In a set of indicators for climate and energy policy, both the sectors households, transport, industry, services and energy supply and all three dimensions of sustainable development – ecology, economy and social – were taken into account. An assessment for nine European countries – including Austria – showed that positive developments are currently driven primarily by the ecological dimension, for example by the expansion of renewable energies.

On the other hand, there has been little progress in the economic dimension – e.g. energy efficiency – and social aspects. Therefore, a credible political commitment, stable framework conditions, as well as ambitious policy measures on the national level are needed to achieve the SDGs. But this also requires a transparent and an evidence-based discussion about conflicting goals and social costs, Kletzan-Slamanig said in her presentation.

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Daniela Kletzan-Slamanig

Research groups: Environment, Agriculture and Energy
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