URBAN LEARNING - Integrative energy planning of urban areas
Collective learning for improved governance



Austria’s capital city has 1.8 million inhabitants. The major energy sources for heating are gas (41%) and district heating (33%) of gas cogeneration, waste heat and biomass. The share of renewables of the gross domestic energy consumption is currently about 11%.

The City of Vienna has set ambitious CO2 reduction and energy-efficiency goals in the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy to be reached by 2050:

  • - 80 % CO2 emissions per capita (compared to 1990)
  • 40 % renewable energies
  • 1 t CO2 per year and capita
  • 2000 Watt primary energy demand per capita


On a more specific level Vienna has adopted the Vienna Urban Development Plan 2025 which foresees a concept for integrative urban energy planning, to which URBAN LEARNING will provide inputs.

The City of Vienna is growing strongly and has to build homes and infrastructure for 200.000 new inhabitants in the next ten years. The institutionalization of integrative urban energy planning should support the smart city goals and the establishment of renewable energy supplies in the new development areas.


Local working group Vienna

The focus of the local working group of Vienna is set on municipal departments plus essential external actors. Within the city the main departments which are involved in urban planning processes are represented in the group. 

The establishment of the local working group is linked to the development of a thematic concept for integrated urban energy planning. The local working group will support this work with inputs but will be a clearly distinct group which also has a broader scope (e.g. mobility issues).


See Vienna's approaches towards integrative energy planning at one glance.