STP2030, St. Pölten 2030: KlimaNEUTRAL + KlimaFIT
With the F4UM process, the municipal administration of the City of St. Pölten was able to initiate the discussion of the topics of climate protection and climate change adaptation on a superordinate, strategic level and across departments. Up to this point, St. Pölten did not have a strategy for achieving climate neutrality with a concrete target year.
Nevertheless, or precisely for this reason, the positive attitude towards St. Pölten's participation in the mission "100 Climate Neutral Cities" was already evident during the application phase. No less than 33 LOIs were collected from local and regional stakeholders, citizens' initiatives and actors of the province of Lower Austria.
With the funding application "St. Pölten 2030: KlimaNEUTRAL + KlimaFIT", a strategic process was launched with reference to existing projects and initiatives, at the end of which the "Roadmap to Climate Neutrality" for St. Pölten was to be drawn up. The process of developing the strategy was not only set up as an integrated planning process, which was seen as a prerequisite for systematic change, but was also designed in such a way that participation formats repeatedly provided the opportunity to discuss the perspectives and objectives developed with representatives of a broader public.
The goal of the process was to identify fields of action and develop a common vision, set priorities and create structures for implementing climate protection and climate change adaptation measures. At climate workshops, objectives, fields of action and measures were discussed with stakeholders from within and outside the municipal administration and content was developed, which was subsequently also aligned with civil interest groups.
At the beginning of the process, it became evident that the establishment of further governance structures in St. Pölten would be of great importance. At networking meetings with other Austrian cities, important experiences on different "climate governance" models could be passed on and thus a model for St. Pölten was developed. In the other defined fields of action (energy, buildings and heat; mobility; urban planning; communication, climate awareness and participation), further workshops were held with the relevant departments and external stakeholders to develop portfolios of measures.
For the five fields of action, measures and concrete first steps for an integrated, interdisciplinary approach of the administration were developed and combined in a climate framework strategy. The establishment of a climate coordination office is an essential step in order to initiate important projects and to build up further structures. The climate framework strategy is to be adopted by the municipal council in the fall.
Project or cooperation partners
- 3:0 Landschaftsplanung OG
- con.sens verkehrsplanung zt gmbh
- FH St. Pölten
- TU Wien – future.lab
- Weatherpark GmbH