Vienna is one of the World’s most sustainable cities. A social policy that raises the quality of life while lowering resources consumption is one factor the Viennese people rank their quality of life so high. Here is three main points:
First, housing and transport are affordable: Vienna’s housing framework rests on the belief that providing housing is a basic human right — and local policies reflect this. The municipality owns more than a quarter of the city’s housing stock. About half of the population lives in subsidised apartments, and for everyone else there are strict controls on rent increases. In Vienna, residents typically pay about a quarter of their household income on housing. By comparison, renters in London on average put 72 per cent of their income toward housing.
Second, Vienna is a city where nature and the built environment comfortably coexist. With 90 parks and gardens, green spaces constitute about half of the city’s land area. This comes out to about 120 square meters of green space for each of Vienna’s inhabitants — among the highest ratios of any city in the world.
Third, Vienna is planning for a sustainable and inclusive future: Even as Vienna grows, city leaders have pledged to reduce per-capita greenhouse gas emissions 80 per cent by 2050. For example is an old airfield being transformed into a modern, multi-functional neighbourhood. By 2030, Seestadt Aspern is expected to accommodate 20,000 residents and a similar number of jobs, situated around an artificial lake.