Wien Mitte (c) Christian FürthnerThe Strategy

There already are numerous plans and programmes in Vienna that cover and address large individual areas, together with strategies at an international and national level; the next generation of these will in turn be influenced by the Smart City Wien strategy. The Smart City Wien strategy is intended to create a supportive and structured framework. The strategy of a smart city fits into the existing landscape of documents, campaigns and stakeholders. The role of Smart City Wien is to take up the most important national and European dynamics and translate them into action for the city. In contrast to the very detailed instructions contained in the planning documents of the city, here the broad lines are to be drawn up first, and they will become binding. Smart City Wien is an initiative that addresses a cross-section of the entire city and affects virtually all areas of responsibility.

Specifically Smart City Wien describes the development of a city based on:

  • radical protection of resources
  • holistic perspectives
  • a high, socially fair quality of life
  • productive use of innovations/new technology

In this way, the future success of the city will be guaranteed in all respects. A fundamental aspect of Smart City Wien is the integration and networking of these areas. This not only embraces new mechanisms for taking action and coordinating policy and administration, but also provides enhanced options for indicidual citizens to exercise influence themselves.

Smart technologies, systems and concepts are the answer to the challenges of the future: they will make use of intelligent and systematic approaches to achieve an energy-efficient and sustainable economy in the city. Smart City – the intelligent, forward-thinking city – is therefore the answer and, at the same time, the point of departure for new energy, mobility and business systems intended to safeguard the quality of life for Vienna’s citizens in the long term.

In order to achieve these goals and ensure a successful transformation, involvement of the internal city bodies and forces, as well as overarching cooperation with the associated businesses in the city is a basic prerequisite. A clear identity and positioning within and outside the city is essential not only for the population but also for the city authorities. This includes a specific focus on research and technology policy in the city, as well as the active involvement of its residents, local industry, research and Viennese businesses in the Smart City Wien process.

The Objectives

The overall objective of the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy is “the best quality of life for all inhabitants of Vienna, while minimizing the consumption of resources. This will be realized through comprehensive innovation.” Each of the central areas of the framework strategy and the therein specified topics (such as energy, mobility, buildings and infrastructure in the central area “resources”) are underpinned through precisely defined objectives. A total of 38 specific objectives were defined in the Smart City Vienna Framework Strategy. The timeframe of the objectives is until 2050, but many objectives incorporate realisation steps until 2025 or 2030.

Specific objectives of the Smart City Wien are among others:

  • Significantly reducing emissions (CO2, greenhouse gases,…) and, as a result, achieving EU climate protection targets. Long-term objective: a zero emission city, zero emission buildings as standard
  • Significantly reducing energy consumption. Long-term objective: reaching close-to-zero energy standards in new and existing buildings by 2020
  • Significnatly increasing the use of renewable sources of energy (e.g. in public buildings)
  • Raising awareness in the wider public about responsible use of resources (energy, water)
  • Giving citizens (from consumers to prosumers) an active role by providing opportunities for actively controlling additional areas of daily life
  • Promoting multi-modal transport systems by improving the public transport network, enhancing networking between individual transport carriers, and significantly reducing individual motorised transport
  • Positioning Vienna as a model European environmental city and as a leading European centre for research and technological development at an international level

In the scope of a monitoring process, which was initiated by the City of Vienna and which is supported by the Smart City Wien Agency, the achievement and the revision of the defined objectives is, in cooperation with all partners, ensured.

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