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smart city Wien

Project partner

  • Citiy of Vienna, Municipal Department 18 - Urban Develop and Planing
  • Citiy of Vienna, Municipal Department 20 - Energy Planing
  • Wiener Stadtwerke Holding AG
  • Wien 3420 Aspern Development AG
  • Siemens AG Österreich
  • Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal Gesm.m.b.H.
  • raum & kommunikation GmbH
  • Vienna Universität of Technology
  • Energieinstitut der Wirtschaft GmbH
  • Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH


Project summary

In the past few decades, Vienna became an international forerunner with regard to environmental quality and quality of life. Vienna‟s decade-long efforts to build this reputation successfully culminated in the top positions Vienna scored in the international city ranking of the Mercer surveys in the last two years. The challenges on global energy and climate issues ask Vienna to continuously participate in the research of technologies and systems. The combination of high regional economic power, above-average knowledge capital and concentration of latest technologies makes the city best suitable to act as an urban test site for future demonstrating sustainable and climate-friendly (urban) lifestyles.

Addressing the global challenges within the “Smart City Wien” project, the city wants to take the opportunity to position itself as a leader in research and technology in Europe. A sequence of three forums will build the main framework of a stakeholder process, producing the following outputs: (1) a long term vision of Vienna‟s city-wide energy system (“Smart Energy Vision 2050”), (2) a “Roadmap for 2020 and beyond” that will enable the city to fulfill this long term vision while meeting its mid-term (2020) energy targets and (3) an “Action Plan for 2012-2015” developing a plan for the implementation of measures that will form the roadmap. During these forums the stakeholders will receive expert support regarding the technical and non-technical solutions that are at their disposal to meet their targets.

In a first project phase a structured overview on the latest available technologies is elaborated in order to analyse their impact in the scenarios designed within the forums. This includes the adaptation of simulation tools in order to allow a rapid and quantitative scenario evaluation. Further, important goals of the project are also the identification and supervision of demonstration projects to be submitted under the second call of the Climate and Energy Fund respectively in support of Vienna‟s planned application within the SET Plan Initiative.

A particular asset of the “Smart City Wien” project is its focus on a spatial development of the city oriented towards energy efficiency and climate protection objectives. For this reason, the “Smart City Wien” process, the vision for Vienna‟s energy and climate protection future to be developed thereunder and the related demonstration projects staking out a “smart” development path for Vienna will be closely linked with the preparation of the Urban Development Plan. This will also ensure that the city‟s diverse spatial, social and economic structures have been taken into account. Another key issue is the involvement of users in the implementation of new technologies.

Within the project consortium under the lead of the City of Vienna, project management enables the partners to share a joint “Big Project Picture”, fosters a good communication between the project partners as well as a common understanding of the links between activities, reporting and payment of funds. Communication plans on various levels are set up in order to facilitate harmonised communication towards the various types of target audience supported by a board of press relation officers of the city of Vienna.

Publications and Links

Poster Smart Grids Week 2013

Energy FLow- Poster Stakeholder Meeting

Renewable Energy Sources - Poster Stakeholder Meeting

Household - Poster Stakeholder Meeting

Transport - Poster Stakeholder Meeting

Producing Companies - Poster Stakeholder Meeting

Urban Planing - Poster Stakeholder Meeting