Spatial Energy Planning for Heat Transition

Green Energy Lab – Spatial Energy Planning for Heat Transition

The transition to clean renewable energy imposes entirely new requirements on the planning and coordination tasks of the public administration. Spatial energy planning helps to use the full potential of all available renewable forms of energy and infrastructures and to coordinate them. In the future, energy spatial planning will therefore be increasingly used for energy system transformation. The Federal Government's climate and energy strategy "Mission 2030" provides for the further development of energy spatial planning instruments and the incorporation of climate policy objectives in spatial planning concepts.


The project "Spatial Energy Planning for Heat Transition" aims to support these endeavors and to promote the use of energy planning as an instrument for urban planning and the decarbonization of heat supply.



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The aim is to create the (digital) foundations and tools for the implementation of spatial heat planning in Vienna, Salzburg and Styria. Starting in these three federal states, new spatial planning instruments are intended to promote the use of innovative and sustainable heat solutions, which in the further course will act as levers for the heat policy throughout Austria (and beyond).


In a digital heat atlas, complex urban energy correlations will be presented in standardized base maps for Vienna. These interconnections include for example heat density, existing grid infrastructure (district heating and gas) and on-site renewable energy potentials for different area sizes in the city of Vienna. Through coordinated methods and visualization design, these base maps create a uniform analysis basis for spatial energy planning and serve as valuable support in decision-making processes in urban planning. Automated standard evaluations are programmed for important recurring analysis and process steps. The Digital Heat Atlas will be implemented as part of the urban GIS. The target group are city (sub)planners within and outside of the administration.


The project is part of the flagship region "Green Energy Lab". The Energy Center coordinates the work of the project partners from Vienna and the involvement of stakeholders.


Further information (in German) can be found on the project website: www.waermeplanung.at


Contact: Judith Neyer


The project is financed by FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) from the Climate Fund within the framework of the "Vorzeigeregion Energie" (Flagship Region Energy) program.


06/2018 – 05/2021


Salzburg Institute for Regional Planning and Housing (project lead), City of Vienna, Province of Styria, Province of Salzburg, City of Graz, City of Salzburg, City of Kapfenberg, City of Zell am See, Energy Region Weiz-Gleisdorf Ltd., Municipality of Grödig, Municipality of Bergheim, Energy Agency of Graz Ltd., Energy Agency of Styria Ltd., Research Studios Austria iSPACE, AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies, Technical University of Vienna, e7 Energy Market Analysis Ltd., Technical University of Graz