The city of Vienna recently published Smart KLIMA City Wien, which outlines how it will achieve climate neutrality in the next 20 years. It is an updated version of the previous Smart City concept but has been tailored to reflect the climate goals combined with social policy aspects. This step is important for Vienna to ensure that it can continue being a highly livable city in the future.

The city has the lowest CO2 emissions per capital in Austria and has already taken serious steps to change the climate performance of the city: In fact, compared to 1990 C02 levels, a drop of 40% has already been recorded[1].  Nevertheless, the new Vienna Climate Roadmap contains over 100 measures, which are based on seven broad values:

  • Be inclusive: climate-friendly policies that take social justice into account;
  • Viennese success stories: Vienna uses the initial advantage through excellent infrastructure, a functioning administration and a high level of social cohesion;
  • Use market opportunities: strengthen the regional economy with sustainable innovations;
  • More Green Jobs: create impactful new profession(s);
  • Actively involving citizens: shaping the future together;
  • Viennese climate modernity: integrating science, art and culture;
  • Doing our own homework: finding good examples.

All measures fall into one or several target areas and cover topics such as: energy (photovoltaic offensive, district heating, district cooling); mobility (expansion of public transport, development and of e-ride sharing offers, city of short distances, hydrogen drive) and buildings (subsidies, simplifications for photovoltaic systems, sustainable construction) just to name a few.

If you are interested in finding out more, join us at our CEESEN conference in Ptuj. The city of Vienna will be giving a presentation on its plan on 18/05/2022. You can register for the conference here:


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