Transnational cooperation
Smart Cities activities in the D–A–CH countries

Through its activities and programmes aimed at the “sustainable city”, Austria has laid the groundwork for setting up programme networks and research collaboration arrangements at the EU level. Transnational research cooperation is increasingly important as regards putting the European research area on a firmer footing.

An example of this is the current collaboration between Germany, Switzerland and Austria in this field, aimed at making Smart City pilot projects part of a transnational network. The first such project involves collaboration between the cities of Karlsruhe (Germany), Winterthur (Switzerland) and Salzburg (Austria).

All three cities count as pioneers with regard to sustainable city development, and are already doing a good deal, e.g. in the fields of Smart Grids and electric-powered vehicles. By swapping their experience, the three cities (in their differing circumstances) can learn from one another and create synergies which will help to implement innovations quickly and cost-effectively. The insights gained from this cooperation will then be published so that other cities and agents in the three countries may profit from them.

Reinhard Jank, researcher involved in the research initiative  “Energy efficient Cities” funded by the Federal Ministry of  Economics and Technology (BMWi), Berlin, Germany
Reinhard Jank
„Many cities in German-speaking lands have had municipal energy strategies for a long time. When one asks about implementation and documented successes (i.e. getting visibly closer to the long-term climate protection goals), the picture looks rather less impressive: Even cities with high ambitions are a long way away from the targets, such as 60 % decarbonization. There are isolated success stories, but a lasting strategy for realization which systematically makes the most of local potential has yet to be developed. That is precisely the aim of the first D-A-CH project. Other cities are already waiting eagerly for what is to come in Salzburg, Winterthur and Karlsruhe, and especially how it is done!“ 

Dr. Reinhard Jank
Mitglied der Begleitforschung für die Forschungs-Initiative „Energieeffiziente Stadt“ des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi), Berlin