Klosterneuburg was optimally suited to the application of decentralized power generation units, the construction of energy-self-sufficient residential areas, the use of biomass in district heating installations, the implementation of e-mobility together with intermodal transport concepts and links with local and supraregional public transport. The areas of supply and disposal (including power supply), mobility and transport, building and regional planning were optimized in an interdisciplinary manner.
The municipality of Klosterneuburg is an area in the surrounds of Vienna that offers high standard of living . Typical of the suburban character are population growth through immigration and rising energy and mobility needs:
High heat demand due to the large number of single-family homes
Growing annual demand for electricity driven by the increasing use of electrical and electronic equipment in offices and homes
High fuel consumption by heavy commuter traffic due to the high proportion of private motor vehicles
Low energy self-sufficiency
To continue to enjoy its high quality of life, Klosterneuburg rose to the challenge of ensuring secure and affordable access to energy supply as well as to substantially reduce energy demand and CO2 emissions in the interests of environmental and climate protection.
In 2050, Klosterneuburg will still offer an exceptional standard of living. Its inhabitants’ use of energy will have changed for the better since the year 2011. Energy will be utilized efficiently. The total energy consumption will be cut in half compared to 2012 . Regional and available renewable energy sources will determine the energy mix. Greenhouse gas emissions will be 85% lower than in 2011.
Action plan developed
The Smart Energy demo projects planned for 2012 to 2015 showed the feasibility and usefulness of energy-saving measures and investment in renewable energy sources. These have consistently shown to have a broad impact, especially in the household sector (almost 60 % of total energy consumption) and in the commercial and agricultural enterprises sector (almost 40% of energy consumption).
The ojectives were:
Energy-efficient living + district heating island
Energy-efficient/self-sufficient CO2-free water treatment plant
Energy-efficient school + district heating island
Energy-efficient on-demand public lighting
Connection of micro-grids to a smart grid
Effective steps have been taken in the city, which also had a role model effect beyond the borders of Klosterneuburg. These sort of steps supported the implementation of an ambitious project, to reduce CO2 emissions by over 80%.