The Environmental Department is one part of the public administration of the city of Graz which is situated in Styria in the south-east of Austria. In the Environmental Department 30 people are working on different topics such as energy and climate, air, noise, waste and operating environmental precautions. The environmental office is concerned with strategic planning and the local energy concept (KEK Graz 2020 – one focal point is the Expansion of district heating and solar energy) for a sustainable town development in Graz. Shaping opinions, furnishing opinions and accomplishing projects are main parts of the work of the department.

The duties of the 5 experts of the unit for energy and climate, who will bring their expertise into the project PITAGORAS, are to make energy audits of buildings, energy consulting, processing of futherances and so on.