Vienna’s biggest ecological step


Global warming is one of the most serious problems today. If we don’t start acting immediately it will only get much worse and it could lead to widespread hunger, poverty and migration.

As the planet warms, extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves, floods, and droughts are becoming more frequent and intense. Unfortunately, those who have contributed the least to climate change are affected the most. 

Lord Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig takes this problem very seriously and is already active in many projects that are related to environment protection, sustainability, energy efficiency and ecology.

The city invests intensively in the construction of public transport, renewable energy sources and thermal rehabilitation of buildings. One of the focuses is, among other things, the expansion of solar panels which will be built every year in much larger numbers than before. 

Austrian capital will invest 2.8 billion euros in climate protection measures in 2022 and 2023. This is a new record investment in climate protection and the city’s biggest ecological step.

Vienna will provide 20 million euro every year for many sustainable climate projects, such as the initiative of greening the surface of 400,000 square meters.

“The budget reflects our goal of making Vienna climate neutral by 2040. Climate protection has the highest priority and that is why we are allocating the most funds so far for changes in the field of energy, heating, and mobility. We want all Viennese to be able to lead a quality and healthy life, and that requires a healthy climate. With a consistent climate protection policy, we want to contribute to Vienna being the best city to live in in the next 20 years.” said Jurgen Chernohorski, member of the City council in charge of the environment.

This new impressive budget for climate protection sets a perfect example of what many cities should be doing in addition to dealing with one of the world’s biggest problems.

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