MISSION KS 30 - Mission Klagenfurt climate-neutral and smart until 2030

Updating the Smart City Strategy (SCS) of Klagenfurt to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 and adapting the indicators to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. Fulfilling the participation requirements for the urban mission of Horizon Europe "100 Climate-neutral Cities by 2030".

Short Description

Starting point/motivation

In the municipal council meeting of 27.11.2018, the current Smart City Strategy of the provincial capital of Klagenfurt was adopted, which currently has 184 measures – divided into nine fields of action. This should make it possible to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 70% by 2030 and by at least 90% by 2040. The first successes in implementation are visible in the new mobility concept for making local public transport more attractive and in the expansion of energy production using renewable energy sources.

At the same time, there is a first major need for adaptation of the strategy: On the one hand, the demographic development showed the necessity for an additional field of action named "Generations", in which intergenerational coexistence, social aspects and the consideration of global sustainability goals (SDGs) are pushed.

On the other hand, Horizon Europe (HE) with its initiative of "100 Climate-neutral Cities by 2030" sets Austrian cities the ambitious goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030. Since Klagenfurt's smart city strategy currently makes climate neutrality by 2040 seem realistic, a fundamental reorientation and planning will be necessary. The City of Klagenfurt is facing both challenges within the framework of the present City of the Future project.

Contents and goals

Klagenfurt wants to become a climate-neutral and smart city! The innovative aspect of this project is that the scenarios, vision development and roadmap are being developed in a participatory manner and that the highest possible level of participation of young city residents is to be achieved based on cooperation with secondary schools. Representatives from business, civil society, politics and administration will complement the perspectives of the young people.

Another innovative aspect is the allocation of globally valid SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) to the nine fields of action in Klagenfurt with their target and indicator systems, as well as the integration of both into a holistic impact monitoring model.

The latter, as an urban development tool, enables both a) the ongoing adaptation and adjustment to national and European developments and b) the decision to set up and evaluate successfully completed bundles of measures to achieve a climate-neutral city of Klagenfurt by 2030.


A vision and roadmap with measures to achieve climate neutrality by 2030 is developed using a stakeholder process involving students. A city district will be used to develop an implementation plan, including potential financing options. The project will create the conditions for participation in Horizon Europe's urban mission "100 Climate-neutral Cities by 2030".

The project Mission KS 30 also aims to build a bridge between the indicators of the Smart City measures of Klagenfurt am Wörthersee and the set of indicators of the SDGs. These were already assigned to the individual fields of action of the SCS Klagenfurt, but without quantitatively measurable, scientifically comparable indicators. When adapting the content of the strategy, great importance is therefore attached to the addition of quantitative indicators.

Expected results

Klagenfurt expects a smart city strategy that is geared towards achieving climate neutrality and the SDGs by 2030 and adapted with young citizens and stakeholders as a gateway to become one of the 100 climate neutral cities in Europe. This strategy will include a vision and a roadmap with measures to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.

Furthermore, an implementation plan including potential financing options will be developed. For the participation in the urban mission of Horizon Europe "100 Climate-neutral Cities by 2030" a structure and capacity plan is prepared.

Project Partners

Project management

IPAK GmbH – International Project Management Agency Klagenfurt on Lake Wörthersee GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • AIT – Austrian Institut of Technology GmbH
  • Umweltbundesamt

Contact Address

IPAK - International Project Management Agency
Neuer Platz 1
A-9020 Klagenfurt
Tel.: +43 (463) 537 4599
E-mail: Stefan.guggenberger@klagenfurt.at
Web: https://ipak-klagenfurt.at/