In the European context, Vienna wants to maintain its leading position in the field of energy and climate protection – in conjunction with a well-functioning economic and social basis – and is therefore committed to the 2050 goals of the EU. Vienna will play a leading role in the implementation of the objectives. The beginning of the activities of the City of Vienna, apart from the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), is marked above all by the Smart City Wien project funded by the Climate and Energy Fund.
In March 2011 the Mayor of Vienna announced the initiative “Smart City Wien”, followed in its wake by a project of the same name funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund as part of the “Smart Energy Demo – FIT for SET”. The project brings together all relevant fields of knowledge and stakeholders with the objective of utilising, continuously building on and internationalising the city’s strengths.
The key element of the initiative was a stakeholder process in the course of which all stakeholders inside and outside the city administration were asked to participate in either general consultation teams or teams focusing on specific issues. The six themes addressed by the platform were population development, environment, administration, economy, energy and mobility.
Three forums provided the backbone for Smart City Wien: in a first step the broadly defined stakeholder process mapped out the “Smart Energy Vision 2050″ as a long-term vision for the city’s energy future. Subsequently a “Roadmap for 2020 and Beyond” was designed that will allow the city to realise this vision while attaining its medium-term (2020) energy goals. Finally an “Action Plan for 2012-2015″ was drawn up defining the measures required to meet these goals.
The framework strategy was developed by a team of experts from the city administration and external partners. A strategic and longterm approach was needed. In 2013, based on the input from a multi-stakholderprocess from 2010 til 2012, the city of Vienna decided to create the Smart City Wien framework strategy.
Following this decision experts from the city administration came together with civil society, research institutions and the private sector to draft the strategy. After comprehensive discussions, the framework strategy was for the first time adopted by the city council on June 25th, 2014. For the implementation of the strategy the various departments of the city administration, companies, research institutions and also the citizens have to combine forces to work effectively.
Contents of the Framework Strategy
The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy describes the objectives and development paths for achieving the key objective for 2050: “The best quality of life for all inhabitants of Vienna, while minimizing the consumption of resources. This will be realized through comprehensive innovation.” The framework strategy defines concrete objectives with a multi-year horizon for the three areas of quality of life, innovation and resources.
The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy is to be seen as an umbrella strategy that creates a conducive, long-term and structuring framework and, of course, builds on numerous urban sub-strategies (Urban Development Plan STEP 2025, Climate Protection Program, Urban Energy Efficiency Program SEP, Vienna Charter, Mobility Concept, Thematic Concept for Green and Open Spaces, etc.). For example, the “Digital Agenda” and “Innovative Vienna 2020” strategies, which were created in 2015, specifically address the aspects of digitalization and innovation and concretize goals, fields of action and measures for implementing sustainable flagship projects. In line with the pivotal goal of the Smart City Vienna Framework Strategy, the focus here is also on the well-being and benefits for the citizens of the city of Vienna.
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