Lecture by Jürgen Preiss, City of Vienna

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The Vienna City Council recently passed new subsidy guidelines for greening and unsealing buildings, which make it easier for private owners in particular, but also tenants, to implement greening measures. The importance of this becomes clear when you realise that the existing city consists largely of privately owned, i.e. non-public, buildings. So if you want to realise efficient measures to reduce temperatures and strengthen urban biodiversity, you have to win over the owners and tenants of these properties. In our opinion, Vienna’s new strategy of massively promoting leafy greenery and unsealing in urban areas is therefore exemplary!

In view of the EU’s prioritised strategy of reducing CO2 emissions, the contribution that leafy greenery makes to our climate – both on a small scale and globally – has been somewhat overshadowed. First and foremost are trees, whose increasing global deforestation represents a growing problem for the climate, but also all other forms of leafy greenery. After all, it is not only the reduction of CO2 emissions that mitigates climate change – leaf greenery does this too!

Leaf surfaces cool in the summer heat and provide important habitats for animals: “Greenery on buildings makes a very effective contribution to climate adaptation and biodiversity in the heart of the city,” emphasised Climate Councillor Jürgen Czernohorszky. “To enable even more greening of facades, roofs and courtyards, the City of Vienna has put the funding for this on a new footing – and increased it.” What is completely new is that in future, unsealing measures will also be supported – especially those in inner courtyards. Recommended for other municipalities to emulate!

Jürgen Preiss from the City of Vienna – Environmental Protection is responsible for processing the funding and explains which funding amounts can be collected and what needs to be considered when submitting funding applications.