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ENUMIS - Energetic effects of urban manufacturing in the city

The project examines the challenges of urban manufacturing (UM) from the energy perspective and shows opportunities arising from the implementation of UM concepts for the future design of sustainable energy systems for cities.

Short Description




Starting point / motivation

Cities of the future must have a good quality of life, appropriate working and living conditions for citizens and sustainable energy supply for all areas of the city. The compatibility of living and working can be improved by "urban production", which creates opportunities for a city of short distances and an efficient use of energy.

Contents and goals

The project ENUMIS "Energetic Impacts of Urban Manufacturing in the city" aims at exploring the possibilities and challenges of Urban Manufacturing (UM) in around 10 selected sample cities in Austria (Vienna, Linz, Graz, Klagenfurt, Villach, Bruck ad Mur, Leoben, Steyr, Wels, Salzburg, St. Pölten) and the challenges from the perspective of energy supply.

The integration of the UM approach into urban development concepts in the sense of a functional mix of living and working creates not only opportunities for a city of short distances but also an efficient use of energy.

The project provides answers to two core questions:

  • on the one hand, the issue of urban manufacturing is addressed and how framework conditions can be created to keep companies of the manufacturing sector in cities or to promote new settlements.
  • On the other hand, it is analyzed which waste heat utilization potentials from industrial and commercial plants are present in the sample communities and which additional effects are expected by Urban Manufacturing.


In order to answer the research questions, the state of knowledge is summarized by collecting expertise from national and international studies on the topic field UM as well as expert interviews and the experiences of the project partners from preliminary projects.

In addition the potential waste heat quantities in the around 10 selected sample cities will be estimated as the waste heat potential sum according to temperature level groups with the aim to analyze the overlap areas of UM and waste heat usage. Furthermore, scenarios of UM initiatives for the cities are developed and the additional effects for urban production as well as for the waste heat of the relevant sectors will be discussed.

In a stakeholder workshop with representatives from business enterprises, city administration and energy supply, challenges, potentials, opportunities and the lack of a framework for the implementation of UM initiatives and related energy questions will be discussed.

Expected results

By carrying out interviews and a stakeholder workshop as well as analysing the waste heat potential results and ideas are collected which will finally lead to policy recommendations for the implementation of UM initiatives and the use of waste heat utilization potentials additionally gained from UM.

Project Partners

Project management

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
  • superwien urbanism OG

Contact Address

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Dr. Tanja Tötzer
Giefinggasse 2
A-1210 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (505) 50 4548 bzw. Fax DW 6613
E-mail: Tanja.Tö

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