Smart City Hartberg

The core of the project was the active involvement of citizens in Hartberg. Several surveys with the population, qualitative interviews with stakeholders and participation events with citizens of Hartberg were carried out.


Fund for Climate and Energy



  • 4ward Energy Research, Graz (project leader)
  • City of Hartberg
  • Stadtwerke Hartberg
  • KELAG Wärme, Klagenfurt
  • HSI Hartberg
  • B.I.M., Graz
  • DiCube Media, Hartberg
  • Eaton Industries, Hartberg
  • Architekturbüro Thomas Pilz, Graz



With this participation process, it has been possible to implement ten concrete measures in a very short time. The spectrum ranges from mobility to energy to social media applications. For example, the first Styrian wide e-car sharing is available to residents of Hartberg. Shared Spaces provide more comfort for pedestrians and cyclists. There is a real-time app for the local city bus.

For the expansion of biomass district heating, smart grid technologies were used and a new business model was also developed. The Hartberger Stadtwerke built a carport solution with an integrated photovoltaic system, which generates green electricity and can easily charge electric vehicles in an environmentally friendly manner.