Salzburg:KanS - Salzburg: Climate-neutral city

Salzburg:KanS aligns the vision and climate protection goals of the city of Salzburg with the climate neutrality targets of the province and estimates the sector-specific CO2 reduction contributions until 2030. Based on these contributions, the project develops implementation strategies for the entire city as well as the focus areas of “climate-neutral mobility” and “climate-neutral neighborhoods”.

Short Description


completed (August 2022)

Since 2012, the Smart City Initiative of Salzburg has aimed to foster sustainable development and developed many basic principles and groundwork that can pave the way to climate neutrality. However, a city council resolution on climate neutrality has not yet been passed. Therefore, the project team around the Salzburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH, the Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen GmbH and the Research Studio iSPACE of the Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH sought to align the existing vision and the climate protection goals of the city from the year 2011 with the goals of the province and expand them by the topic of climate neutrality. Based on this new set of goals, the aim was to estimate sector-specific CO2 reduction contributions until 2030 and develop an implementation strategy for the entire city and the focus topics of "mobility" and "districts". These topics were selected due to their high climate relevance and the city's direct sphere of influence.

As the city of Salzburg has simultaneously been updating its Spatial Development Concept (REK) since 2020, there was a unique window of opportunity to anchor the results - and thus the goal of climate neutrality - in the REK, which renders them (authority-)binding. Even though the city of Salzburg was not a direct partner in the project, the city was able to contribute by providing basic information.

The process resulted in an expert-based and demand-oriented result. Between July 2021 and October 2022, in close collaboration with the LOI partners, the project team developed the following four outputs:

  • a detailed strategy for public transport (including a concept for restructuring public transport routes in the Salzburg city region, a multimodal action plan for Salzburg, and a concept paper for a sharing system),
  • a basic guideline for climate-neutral neighborhood development and for the REK,
  • a climate governance structure for capacity building in the administration of the city of Salzburg and
  • a "Climate Roadmap 2040", which bundles the information from the previous results and thus presents a comprehensive overall conceptual and implementation strategy for the city of Salzburg (including vision, qualitative and quantitative energy and climate targets as well as an implementation plan until 2030) for achieving climate neutrality in 2040.

The results from the Salzburg:KanS project aimed to provide the City of Salzburg with solid tools for its future tasks in the context of climate neutrality. With the Climate Roadmap 2040 and the Implementation Plan 2030 - which are both available for the city as an external expert report and build the basis for a politicial resolution on the cities' climate neutrality goals - this has been fully achieved. A resolution on the goal of climate neutrality by 2040 will make it easier for the city of Salzburg to further participate in the mission "Climate Neutral City" of the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection and to build up internal city capacities and competencies through the funds provided therein. In this way, it will also be possible to obtain international funding in the future, which was not yet possible at the time of the invitation to tender for the EU Cities Mission "100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030".

Project Partners

Project management

Salzburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • Research Studio iSPACE of the Research Studios Austria FG
  • Salzburg Institute for Spatial Planning and Housing

Contact Address

Salzburger Verkehrsverbund GmbH
Schallmooser Hauptstraße 10, Postfach 74
A-5027 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 (662) 875787-0