Ready, start, go: Vienna joins the "Race to Zero" environmental campaign


Picking up its already quick pace to achieve climate neutrality by 2040, the City of Vienna has become the first Austrian city to join the UN-supported "Race to Zero" campaign.

With this step, it unites with companies, cities, regions, financial and educational institutions in committing themselves toward creating a CO2-free world.

"With 'Race to Zero', we make known internationally that we will meet all necessary measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2040, in accordance with the Paris climate goals", says City Councillor for Climate and Environment, Jürgen Czernohorszky, who represented Vienna at the mid-November COP26 world climate summit in Glasgow: "Our way to a climate-neutral city is outlined in the 'Vienna Climate Roadmap' now being drawn up." The plan gathering all measures and instruments needed to realize the city's ambitious climate goals is scheduled to be approved early next year.

Award for sustainability

But Vienna is not waiting until then in the race for climate neutrality. It announced 3 winners - ebswien kläranlage & tierservice Ges.m.b.H, GMS GOURMET GmbH and the Österreichisches Ökologie Institut - at its first ever award ceremony last month for sustainability measures under the motto "Future. City. Climate."