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



Starting point / motivation

The EU has set itself the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2050. In addition to the European targets, there are also efforts to achieve climate neutrality at the national and federal state levels. Cities play an important role in achieving these goals.

Since 2012, the city of Salzburg has been working intensively on sustainable development in its Smart City Initiative and has already laid several foundations that can pave the way to climate neutrality by 2030.

The initial situation is particularly favourable for this project as the city of Salzburg is currently updating its spatial development concept ("Räumliches Entwicklungskonzept"). This revision offers a unique window of opportunity to anchor the results of the project - and thus climate neutrality - in the spatial development concept, which will make them legally binding (for the authorities).

Contents, goals and methods

The project aims to update the existing vision of climate change adaptation and mitigation and accompany the city in becoming climate-neutral. For this purpose, the existing climate targets of the state of Salzburg will be scaled down to the city of Salzburg. Based on these CO2 targets, reduction measures within the city's sphere of action will be formulated and evaluated with the involvement of the relevant, sector-specific stakeholders. The resulting "CO2 reduction path" will build the basis for an evidence-based dialogue between decision-makers and experts on the most suitable path towards climate neutrality.

Expected results

The outcomes of the project "Salzburg:KanS" include an overall concept for a climate-neutral city -including an updated vision, qualitative and quantitative energy and climate targets, and a strategy for achieving the targets by 2030 - and two detailed strategies for the focus topics of "climate-neutral mobility" and "climate-neutral neighborhoods". These strategies entail concrete bundles of measures, implementation plans, and financing options.

The results also flow into the (submitted) continuation of the urban mobility laboratory ( as well as into the preparation for the participation in the call of the European mission for the "100 Climate-neutral Cities by 2030".

Salzburg:KanS offers the opportunity to activate the important actors of the individual climate-relevant sectors to conjointly create the basis for a climate-neutral city and to introduce climate neutrality into the processes and planning principles of the city of Salzburg in a new depth and level of commitment.

In the future, the city of Salzburg will thus not only have the tools, but also the expertise on how to develop a city that is suitable for grandchildren, with low emissions and a high quality of life.

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