Schaltwerk 2030

Parts of the town hall in the Upper Austrian municipality of Kremsmünster are being reactivated to work on and test sustainable strategies.

By creating centrally located flexible workspaces and establishing a cross-regional co-working network, Schaltwerk 2030 tested alternative workspaces and forms of collaboration. The town hall also served as a hub for building an energy community. To reduce resource consumption and pollutants, two circular economy communities and a platform to promote swapping and sharing were also developed. The involvement of relevant actors and a co-creative monitoring process created the strategic framework for future regional development. For self-organisation and decision-making, the project team tested the sociocratic organisational model.

  • Experimental character:
    Developing a regional strategy through an inclusive and forward-looking development process and testing the re-use of vacant buildings in rural areas; testing energy cooperatives and co-working in rural areas, circular economy models and democratic decision-making processes.
  • Challenges addressed:
    Sustainable energy consumption, multilocality in rural areas, dealing with the existing building structure and resource-saving production and consumption methods.
  • Financing/funding:
    The initiative is funded as a Smart City project by the Climate and Energy Fund.
  • Duration: 
    01.07. 2019 – 30.6. 2022 

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