In order to ensure that the Smart City Wien becomes reality for all citizens, a regular review will be conducted to evaluate to which extent it was possible to achieve the objectives set out in the Framework Strategy. However, this monitoring process is not just used to assess status quo, but also to create a platform to improve coordination between activities and to further cooperation between individual players.
The monitoring process was carried out for the first time in 2017. Around 120 employees from 50 institutions and enterprises of the City of Vienna were involved. For each objective defined in the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy indicators were developed in advance – parameters that can be used to evaluate to what extent a target has already been reached. In the case of qualitative goals that can not be measured by a single parameter, a set of indicators was compiled, which together allowed an assessment of the achievement of the goal. Existing surveys and reports of the City of Vienna formed the basis for the compilation of the data. The assessment of the achievement of goals was carried out by teams of experts from different departments, who brought their respective professional perspectives into the discussion.
The level of attainment was assessed on the basis of a four-grade qualitative scale:
The assessment was based on the indicators defined for the respective objectives at the deadline of 31 May 2017, as well as the appraisal by the experts from the objective evaluation team.
Results of the first montoring
A synopsis of the results paints a positive overall picture: for two-thirds of the objectives of the Framework Strategy, Vienna is either fully or largely on track. The city‘s water supply, waste water management and waste management infrastructures are guaranteed in the long run, for instance; strict energy standards have been introduced for new buildings and building refurbishment, and green spaces still account for over 50% of Vienna‘s entire municipal territory. At the same time, the monitoring drew attention to those areas that will require more effort in the coming years to achieve the long-term goals.
Headline Goal: CO2 Emissions
The reduction of CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases is the prime objective of global climate protection efforts. The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy is committed to these goals and assigns them central importance. According to the calculation method applied in the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy, Vienna has de facto already achieved the medium-term goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 2030. The focus now must therefore be on developing appropriate strategies and measures for achieving the ambitious goal set for 2050 – and on sharpening the objectives in the light of the Paris Agreement on Climate Action.
The emission of greenhouse gases – above all CO2 – as well as the energy consumption per capita has been declining in Vienna for twelve years. The reason for this is that, on the one hand, total emissions are falling and, on the other hand, the population is increasing rapidly. In order to achieve the goal of a reduction of 80% compared to 1990, measures must be massively strengthened, especially in the areas of energy, buildings and mobility.
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