• 08 Jul 2020

    Climate protection areas in Vienna


    The Covenant City of Vienna will phase out fossil fuels from new buildings!

    Since 24th June, “climate protection areas” entered into force: new buildings can be built only if they have a climate friendly energy system.

    Vienna joined the Covenant of Mayors' community in 2012 and has signed on the 2030 targets. Last year, the municipality adopted a new Smart City Strategy aiming for the reduction of local greenhouse gas emissions per capita by 85 percent by 2050. Thanks to the climate protection areas, they will be able to produce renewable heat for 80% of new buildings, putting the city on track to reach its goals while securing their energy supply.

    Each climate protection area is identified based on the possibility to supply its energy needs with district heating systems. In addition, at least one additional climate-friendly heating system based on renewable energy or waste heat must be feasible. The city estimate that by autumn 2020, climate protection areas will enter into force in 8 out of 23 districts of Vienna. The rest will follow in 2021. 

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    As a next step, the city aims to extended climate protection to decarbonise existing buildings.