Enerspired Cities - open and harmonized infomation basis for energy oriented urban planning

In "Enerspired Cities" the concept for an automized junction of judicial secured access regulation to (geo-)energy data is elaborated. This will be adapted to the specific situations in the cities of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna and implemented in dedicated pilot applications. The declared aim is the support of urban planning, monitoring and research by an easy and transparent access to base data coming from various sources for a wide range of users.

Short Description




Starting point / motivation

On a local, regional, and global scale, the importance for an implementation of the decarbonisation of the current energy system increases. Its attainment is possible through many different ways:

  • enhanced insulation of existing buildings,
  • substitution of fossil heating technologies,
  • intelligent decentralized control systems,
  • smart mobility concepts etc.

these are only a few starting points.

Urban planning processes and integrative system analyses are based on available (geo- ) data foundations and intelligent interpretation models. Whilst models and metrics for a well-grounded decision making are often available, the access to the necessary data is usually not clarified.

Contents and goals

In the project "Enerspired Cities", a concept for a centralized information and access control for harmonized publicly available as well as additional relevant but restricted (geo-)data for urban planning processes will be developed and transferred to the context of three pilot implementations in Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna. The implementations designed are the starting point for a concept roll-out into Austria as a whole.

The availability, access authorisation as well as the legal base for the use of data usually are not clarified. These can only be obtained to date with high efforts on individual projects' level and are only known to a selected number of persons. To change this status is the main goal of this project.


The development will be based on a well-grounded status-quo analysis of relevant questions and use cases of urban planning as well as on available data sets, platforms and technological solutions. The elaboration and consideration of the legal framework for the use of data and privacy policies in particular, as well as the exploration of possibilities within the federal law for an obligatory exchange of data are one particular focal point.

Expected results

The project partners Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg as well as the follower-city of Graz are pioneers in terms of energy-oriented urban planning in Austria. They ensure that the concept as well as the urban pilot implementations tackle the relevant hands-on questions and that a municipality-embedded operation is ensured beyond the project's duration.

The project Enerspired Cities considers itself as starting point of a standardized and harmonized allocation of (geo-) data and the derived information for urban energy planning of Austria as a whole.

Project Partners

Project management

Dr. Markus Biberacher, Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • Universität Innsbruck
  • Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen
  • Magistrat der Stadt Salzburg
  • Amt der Salzburger Landesregierung
  • Stadt Innsbruck
  • Stadt Wien
  • Umweltbundesamt
  • gizmocraft, design and technology GmbH

Contact Address

Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Leopoldskronstrasse 30
A-5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 834602
E-mail: office@researchstudio.at
Web: www.researchstudio.at