Smart City Wien – an interim review

Smart City Wien carries out regular monitoring to assess the extent to which the goals and objectives of the Framework Strategy have been attained. However, the monitoring process not only serves to evaluate the status quo, but rather to create a platform for enhancing cooperation among all the various stakeholders. The first Smart City Wien monitoring process was carried out in 2017.

2017 monitoring results

Smart City Wien is fully or largely on track for attainment of two-thirds of its defined objectives! The city’s water supply, waste water management and waste management infrastructures are guaranteed for the long term, for instance; stringent energy standards have also been introduced for new buildings and building refurbishment, and green spaces still account for over 50% of Vienna’s entire municipal territory. However, the monitoring process also flagged up shortcomings in some areas which will require increased efforts in the coming years.The level of attainment was assessed on the basis of a four-grade qualitative scale, as shown in the following diagram:

Around 120 staff from 50 departments and agencies of the municipal administration and its associated enterprises and agencies were involved in the first monitoring process. A team of experts developed a pre-defined methodology together with indicators to measure attainment of each strategic objective (as of 31 May 2017).

For qualitative objectives that cannot be measured by a single parameter, a set of indicators and observation parameters was defined to provide an overall synopsis. The data for the assessment were compiled from existing surveys and reports of the City of Vienna. The current status quo was evaluated by teams from various municipal departments, based on their respective areas of expertise. The monitoring process was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE).

Headline Goal: CO2 Emissions

The reduction of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions is a central focus of global efforts to tackle climate change. The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy makes a clear and unequivocal commitment to this goal. According to the calculation method originally applied in the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy, however, Vienna has already de facto attained its 2030 target.  Emissions of greenhouse gases – above all CO2 – and per capita energy consumption in Vienna have both been declining for the past fifteen years or so. This is to some extent due to a decline in total emissions, but it is also a result of Vienna’s strong population growth.

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy 2019-2050 has therefore sharpened the medium- and long-term CO2 reduction targets to align them with the Paris Agreement on Climate Action and the latest scientific research. As a consequence, Smart City Wien needs to redouble its efforts in the fields of energy, buildings and mobility in order to meet its current target of reducing emissions by 85% by 2050 compared to the baseline year of 2005. The objectives and interim results of 2017 no longer reflect the current status quo.

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