Smart City Wien Framework Strategy 2019-2050

Long-term strategies such as the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy provide the necessary orientation for the city’s medium to long-term development. However, the rapid changes make it necessary to review and adjust these at comparatively short intervals. The global climate crisis requires ambitious answers and Vienna not only wants to set standards now but in the future too. This is why the Smart City Wien framework strategy was subject to a readjustment in a comprehensive process, which also took into consideration the results of the first monitoring process.

Municipal council resolution from the 26th of June 2019

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy 2019-2050 in its present form was agreed upon by the municipal council on the 26th of June 2019. You can download the document in the version of the municipal council resolution dated 26 June 2019 here (only in German).

Strategic orientation and objectives

background discussion on Smart City Wien: FLTR Verena Madner (Co-Head of the reserach institute for Urban Management and Governance), Mayor Michael Ludwig, Vice-Mayor Birgit Hebein, Thomas Madreiter (Director of Planning), © PID/Jobst

The second, updated version of the framework strategy is based on the existing strategic orientation and objectives of the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy 2014 and further develops them:

  • “Digitalisation” and “participation” were added as new target areas.
  • All areas were aligned and linked with the objectives of the “UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
  • The target areas are no longer assigned to one of the three dimensions of quality of life, resources and innovation. Rather, every target area combines all three guiding principles: aspirations for the radical conservation of resources, contribution to quality of life and social inclusion, as well as a focus on innovation as the pivotal lever for a sustainable development.
  • New topics such as adapting to the consequences of climate change, the circular economy and consumption-based use of materials were integrated in the strategy.
  • The indicators and their underlying calculation methods were specified.
  • Governance principles, methods and instruments (management, coordination, implementation and monitoring) were reflected and adjusted where necessary.

In order to achieve the stated vision, concrete objectives were defined for the different subject areas – from energy and mobility to education and research – which are to be realised gradually by 2030 and 2050. Thus, Smart City Wien is the future strategy of the City of Vienna in the areas of sustainability and digitalisation, and a comprehensive transformation programme for the city. The key objective for 2050 is:

“The best quality of life for all inhabitants of Vienna, while minimizing the consumption of resources. This will be realized through comprehensive innovation.”

The key objectives in detail

Quality of Life
  • 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.
Resource Conservation
  • Vienna reduces its local per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, and by 85% by 2050 (compared to the baseline year of 2005).
  • Vienna reduces its local per capita final energy consumption by 30% by 2030, and by 50% by 2050 (compared to the baseline year of 2005).
  • Vienna reduces its material footprint of consumption per capita by 30% by 2030, and by 50% by 2050.
  • By 2030 Vienna is an innovation leader.
  • Vienna is Europe’s digitalisation capital.

Building on these key objectives, a total of 65 concrete individual objectives were defined for all target areas. You can download an overview of these objectives here: overview of the 65 objectives

Information about the energy and climate objectives

The Energy Center of Urban Innovation Vienna modelled the energy and greenhouse gas target paths for the different sectors (traffic, buildings, other energy consumption, etc.) as part of the development of the new Smart City Wien Framework Strategy and was in charge of reconciling of the later agreed upon targets. All assumptions and considerations as well as the databases available at the time of the calculation (2018 to the beginning of 2019) are shown transparently in the following documentation (only in German). The documentation is aimed at those who want to understand in detail the considerations that led to the definition of the goals of the new Smart City Wien Framework Strategy.

2014 resolution

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy as of adopted by the municipal council in 2014 can be downloaded here for the sake of completeness: Framework Strategy (2014 resolution)Framework Strategy | Overview (2014 resolution)

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