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Monitoring of CO2 emissions and material use in the city of Vienna

Project Leader
Eisenmenger Nina, Project Leader
Stadt Wien - Beauftragung
Type of Research
Applied Research
Kalt Gerald, Project Staff
Kaufmann Lisa, Project Staff
Perkovic Mareo, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Social Ecology (SEC)
Funded by
City of Vienna, Austria
The issues of climate change, dematerialization and circular economy have become important parts of the political agenda, including the Smart City Vienna Framework Strategy 2019-2050, which defines reduction of resource use as one of the three main goals and aims to reduce the city's GHG emissions, energy consumption and material footprint. However, Vienna's urban metabolism is anything but sustainable or circular. Vienna requires constant material inputs (creating a large footprint in the surrounding countryside) that accumulate in stocks or are released into nature as waste/emissions. The circular economy is therefore considered to play a key role in linking these goals and achieving an overall reduction in environmental pressures.
The MoCAM project will produce an analysis of Vienna's societal metabolism, represented as material inputs, material outputs (waste, dissipative return to the environment), and GHG emissions, as well as derived indicators. Applying the concepts of circular economy and footprint perspective to the city level is challenging and has not been done before. The MoCAM project therefore provides the first integrated urban metabolism study that examines resource use across production and consumption (material inputs, stock accumulation, waste and emissions, footprints). The results will be discussed with policy makers of the City of Vienna and prepared for a monitoring of the Smart City Vienna framework strategy.
Climate change; Environmental research; Human ecology; Sustainable agriculture; Sustainable economics; Environmental economics; Environmental sociology; Cultural landscape research; Environmental policy;
decarbonisation ; urban metabolism ; sustainable resource use; smart city; Vienna;
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