Jakarta, 11. May 2010 Press release

"Austrian Diplomacy Goes Green"

Austria’s first "green" Embassy in Indonesia

Jakarta, 11 May 2010 – Today the Austrian Ambassador in Indonesia, Klaus Wölfer laid the cornerstone for the new building of the Austrian Embassy in Jakarta during   an official ceremony attended by the Governor of Jakarta Fauzi Bowo. The embassy building, the first to be designed as a passive house, will be built in accordance with the international LEED standard for sustainable and economically compatible construction. It will thus underscore the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s commitment in the growth region of Southeast Asia, and will also serve as a business card for the Austrian economy.

The environmentally friendly and energy-saving project by the Viennese architecture firm „pos“ had won the tendering procedure, and will now apply an insulation and climate technologies hardly known in Indonesia. The optimum use of energy will allow for a significant reduction of operating costs in the new embassy, which render the alternative of renting office space.

„A qualitative, green landmark in the centre of Jakarta with its population of 12 million, which will benefit the entire economy of Austria by displaying its strengths“, noted Josef Ullmer, head of the Andritz-Hydro branch office in Indonesia, with regard to the construction of the new embassy building. Wolfram Kalt, President Director of the Lenzing subsidiary PT South Pacific Viscose, also expressed his satisfaction about this development: „I am particularly pleased that, with this innovative „green Embassy“ the Austrian Foreign Ministry successfully demonstrates its commitment to climate protection and energy efficiency beyond the borders of Europe”.

Indonesia, a member of the G20, boasting an economic growth rate of almost six percent, is the 3rd powerhouse – next to China and India – in the future region of Asia. Thanks to strong internal demand and abundant natural resources, the global economic crisis has left Indonesia almost unscathed. At the same time, Indonesia is by far the largest economy in the Jakarta-based Southeast Asian organisation of ASEAN, which comprises 10 member states, such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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