SINN Cities – Soziale Innovationen in Smart Cities

Commissioned by the Austrian Climate and Energy Funds and carried out as part of the „Smart Cities Demo“ program; project duration Okt 2016 – Sep 2017

Project management: Univ.-Doz. Dr. Dietmar Kanatschnig (ÖIN)

Project implementation: DI Armin Kolbe (ÖIN), DI Tobias Rogalli (Öin) DI Annette Zeinlinger (Öin) und MA Maria Wimmer (WearFair)

Project partner: WearFair (KLIMABÜNDNIS, GLOBAL2000, SÜDWIND), Österreichisches Institut für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (ÖIN)

The project aims to make optimum use of the technologically feasible resource-saving potential in coupling technological and social innovations. In three areas of innovation, social measures (i) to reduce adverse social effects, (ii) to enhance desirable effects of technological innovations and (iii) as prerequisites for the effectiveness of social innovations will be developed. This serves as a basis for a following Smart Cities demonstration project in Linz.

Starting point / motivation: Substantially improving energy efficiency in urban areas is a prerequisite for reaching national and international climate protection goals. Current studies regarding the rebound effect suggest that the goals cannot sufficiently be achieved through technological innovations alone. More than half the technologically possible resource savings are lost due to our society’s inability to adequately use these new technologies. Hence, the notion that a stronger connection between technological and social innovations is necessary and a number of social innovations unrelated to technology need to be achieved as well is gaining influence. This project shows practice-oriented ways of coupling social innovations with technological progress that exploit the full saving potential.

Goals: Four main goals are adressed in this project:

  • making optimum use of the technologically feasible resource-saving potential
  • raising the effectiveness of technological efficiency strategies
  • supporting the sustainable development of urban lifestyles through Smart Cities technologies, combined with an effort to raise the demand for resource-saving technologies and solutions
  • expanding the city of Linz’ Smart Cities strategy by social innovations and additionally preparing a respective demonstration project

Expected results / conclusions:

1. for further Smart Cities activities and Austrian cities in general:

  • structuring the new action field “Connecting technological and social innovations“ for further development of activities regarding Smart Cities;
  • outlining possible accompanying measures in the social dimension for a better use of technological saving potentials as a decision-making basis for cities

2. for the city of Linz:

  • conducting the extended WearFair &more fair in September 2017;
  • amplifying the Smart Cities Vision 2050 as well as the Roadmap by social aspects and preparing a demonstration project in Linz based on that.