The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy sets out guidelines for the medium- to long-term transformation of the city. Today, new challenges and trends are requiring intelligent cities to step up and take action at comparatively short intervals. The threat of climate crisis, for instance, appears increasingly imminent and calls for ambitious responses and the capacity to adapt.

As a Smart City, Vienna thus has to measure its progress in order to steer it more effectively. To this end, Vienna has updated its Smart City Wien Framework Strategy (based on the results of the first Smart City monitoring process) in order to maintain its leading position and continue setting new standards. The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy 2019–2050 was adopted by Vienna City Council on 26 June 2019. The revised strategy builds upon the goals and objectives of the original 2014 version and retains the central tenet of Smart City Wien:

“High quality of life for everyone in Vienna through social and technical innovation in all areas, while maximising conservation of resources.”

The headline goals

  • Vienna is the city with the highest quality of life and life satisfaction in the world.
  • Vienna focuses on social inclusion in its policy design and administrative activities.

  • Vienna reduces its local per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, and by 85 per cent by 2050 (compared to the baseline year of 2005).
  • Vienna reduces its local per capita final energy consumption by 30 per cent by 2030, and by 50 per cent by 2050 (compared to the baseline year of 2005).
  • Vienna reduces its material footprint of consumption per capita by 30 per cent by 2030, and by 50 per cent by 2050.

  • By 2030 Vienna is an innovation leader.
  • Vienna is Europe’s digitalisation capital.

The goals and objectives in detail

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy defines 65 individual objectives in 12 thematic fields.

The Urban Innovation Vienna Energy Center played a leading role in co-developing the energy and climate objectives for individual sectors (cf. energy supply, buildings, other energy consumption). In the interests of transparency, all assumptions, considerations and data sources on which the calculations were based are detailed in the following document (German only).

A blueprint for the transformation of Vienna

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy provides a solid long-term foundation, a blueprint, for Vienna’s transformation into a sustainable urban living environment: sectoral initiatives, thematic concepts and various other projects all build upon it. Click here for a list of selected sectoral strategies.

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