Climate-neutral cities and communities

Nine Austrian cities are currently working on their FIT4UrbanMission projects. In the city portraits, they reveal which focus they want to set in terms of climate neutrality for their city and what special challenges they are facing.


Vienna has been working intensively for several years to become climate-neutral by 2040. The project team builds on numerous ongoing initiatives and focuses on the topics of energy, circular economy, mobility and green infrastructure. In part, concrete measures in Vienna start at the district level (Grätzel).

St. Pölten

With the FIT4UrbanMission, the city of St. Pölten is taking the first necessary steps towards climate neutrality and is developing a strategy that is intended to deeply anchor the topic not only in terms of content, but also within the administration. The St. Pölten climate strategy aims to incorporate two dimensions equally – one temporal and one spatial – and sets the direction for the coming years.


The city of Graz focuses on the question: Where does our city currently stand in terms of CO2 emissions? For this purpose, the city evaluates and sets goals and measures in different areas - such as the economy, companies, mobility and transport, energy supply, buildings and households or even waste.


The aim of the "Mission KS 30" project is to update the Smart City Strategy (SCS) to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 and to adapt the indicators to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Since 2010, Villach has been the largest community in the e5 program for energy-efficient communities, which supports communities in their climate protection efforts, and has been awarded the highest status - gold - since 2016. Through this process and through future-oriented urban development, Villach can build upon a solid foundation in the field of climate and environmental protection in its FIT4Urban Mission project. Villach has developed strategy papers in several participation processes (including the FFG project "Smart City Villach") and would like to accelerate the implementation and overcome obstacles with the FIT4UrbanMission.


The "KlimaStadtLinz" states it from the beginning: Linz is committed to climate protection! Previous efforts of the city - such as the preliminary studies for an urban climate analysis, a new position for an urban climatologist implemented climate adaptation measures - have been set the tone for the future. Now, the city of Linz is launching another large-scale process toward climate neutrality with the FIT4UrbanMission.


"Salzburg:KanS" aims to evaluate and extend the city's existing vision and climate protection goals towards climate neutrality. The project builds upon the existing CO2 reduction path and will specify the sector-specific reduction potentials by 2030. These potentials will then be translated into an implementation strategy for the entire city as well as for the priority topics "mobility and district".


With the project name INN'FIT4UM, the Innsbruck way of climate neutrality is based on the city's own corporate identity. The project is based on various pillars, including the pillar of ecological excellence. The aim of the INN'FIT4UM is to achieve a climate-neutral Innsbruck.


"KLIMDO" is a pioneer for effective energy and environmental programs with a strong implementation focus. In the "KLIMDO" project, the city collects data on energy consumption, consumption flows and potentials of the entire city area and works on their spatial representation. The goal is to create a reliable energy and CO2 balance by measuring and evaluating.