smart city Wien
The City of Tomorrow
Cities will be best placed to tackle global energy and climate problems in a practical and efficient way. That's why Vienna's administration has rolled out a multi-annual and interdisciplinary framework programme called "smart city Wien". Key stakeholders convene regularly to craft long-term strategies in energy and climate questions. A crucial element of the programme will be a principal document on the energy future of Vienna until the year 2050 ("Smart Energy Vision 2050").
The City of Vienna has been pioneering solutions in ecology and quality of life. Now, the City wants to take its wealth of experience to a next level by embarking on a process of transformation towards the status of a "smart city". The idea is for Vienna to take an active role in European research and technology development.
In a first phase, a steering platform called "smart city Wien" has been incepted of the Mayor of Vienna. The participants are experts from within and outside Vienna's urban administration. In a stakeholdermanaged process, they convene in working groups to formulate recommendations on Vienna's future contributions and foci in the fields of demography, ecology, administration, economy, energy, and mobility.
The first phase has been centering on an inventory exercise of existing capacities, programmes, projects and advantages. The platform aims to make use of Vienna's earned strengths and to enhance, intensify, and internationalize them. For instance, the City of Vienna has already built a strong reputation in the fields of construction and mobility, and specifically in the area of renewables and energy efficiency. Furthermore, Vienna has been pioneering solutions in mobility infrastructure.
Several existing cross-cutting programmes inside the urban administration have thus proven to be helpful points of departure for the „smart city Wien" process. These programmes include, but are not limited to, the Climate Protection Programme (KLIP), the Energy Efficiency Programme (SEP), the Urban Development Plan (STEP) and the Guidelines for Sustainable Construction Site Management (RUMBA). A further aspect are climate- and energy programmes such as the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) plan of the EU as supporting programme for European advanced technology.
In a second phase, "smart city Wien" will produce several stakeholder-supported guiding documents for the coming years and decades. They include a "Smart Energy Vision 2050", a "Roadmap for 2020 and beyond", and an "Action Plan for 2012-2015". The rationale behind the elaboration of these three guiding documents is that smart city Wien can and is to provide important input for strategic decisions of the City of Vienna at the political and administrative levels.
Hence, "smart city Wien" is seen to enhance Vienna's role in Europe, to help maintain and improve the high quality of living and the environment in the city, to help boost Vienna's attractiveness for research and investment, and to enhance the city's prosperity. Any future plans take into account that Vienna is expected to remain on its path of demographic growth, with the two-million citizen mark to be reached soon.
Facts & Figures
Facts & Figures
- "smart city Wien"devises input for the long-term strategies of the City of Vienna in the areas of energy- and climate friendliness. The City does this by connecting, analyzing, and ultimately enhancing existing capacities and programmes.
- The participating institutional and organizational representatives come from the City of Vienna's institutions (Municipal Department 18 for Urban Development and Planning, Municipal Department 20 for Energy Planning, public utility company - Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG) and from leading research- and industry bodies, such as the Austrian Institute of Technology, Siemens Austria, Vienna's Technical University and the Energy Institute for Business.
- TINA VIENNA's role is to support the smart city Wien project coordination task of the MA 18.
Gaby Schinko, MBA
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