What can I contribute to climate protection myself?

Making a difference in many small steps - everyone can do it!

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You can't achieve climate neutrality alone. That's why every contribution from you, no matter how small, is valuable. Here are some suggestions on how you can make your own contribution to a climate-neutral city.

Mobility

Public transport, bicycle or on foot

Taking public transportation saves money and nerves. There are attractive tickets for Innsbruck, Tyrol or the whole of Austria.

Rail produces 96% fewer greenhouse gas emissions per kilometer than a gasoline or diesel car. Switching from fossil-fuel cars to public transportation is therefore a key factor on the way to a climate-neutral future in 2040.

Covering short distances on foot, by bicycle or electric bike - this increases physical and mental well-being and is the "cheapest fitness center" on everyday journeys.

Do without the car

Is every trip by car really necessary? Perhaps you can do without one or two trips. Every kilometer saved helps the environment.

Living

Heating correctly

  • Heating accounts for more than two-thirds of a household's energy consumption.
  • A room temperature that is one degree lower reduces heating costs by more than five percent.
  • You sleep better at night when it's cooler.
  • To prevent heat loss, close doors and draw curtains. This insulates the room better.
  • A lot of energy is lost through tilted windows: Ventilate every two hours to bring in fresh air and prevent the apartment from cooling down unnecessarily.

Guide to energy-efficient and sustainable construction

From the association Energie Tirol, the City Department Urban planning, urban development and integration.. and the City Department Mobility and environment.. have published a guide for sustainable building. It serves as an aid for architectural competitions and is obligatory for all building projects (new buildings, conversions and refurbishments) in which the city of Innsbruck is involved. For architectural competitions of private building applicants, the guideline is valid as a recommendation.

Insulate

With the "Bonus - climate-friendly heating system", the state of Tyrol subsidizes the replacement of old heating systems based on fossil fuels with a highly efficient alternative system with 3,000 euros.

Housing subsidies? Subsidies from Innsbruck? Housing service?

Greening & Balconies for Bees

More greenery in and around your home holds many benefits. Plants improve the microclimate, create a pleasant atmosphere, provide shade, purify the air and provide a habitat for insects. Only balconies or terraces, which are located at a height of far more than 20 meters, can no longer be well approached by insects. Plant also useful plants, you can even enjoy your own harvest.

Neighbors help

"Look at me - look at you" applies to every crisis. Take care of yourself and those around you! Especially in summer, when it gets hot in the city, older people and those with health problems are more affected by heat stress.

Avoid & recycle waste

Here you will find suggestions on how to avoid and properly separate waste.

Consumption

Buy local

Buying local products not only promotes local businesses but also saves a lot ofCO2.

Buy regional & seasonal products

Regional vegetables from seasonal open-air cultivation are better for the climate! This rough rule of thumb already shows that one kilogram of fruit or vegetables from overseas causes about ten kilograms ofCO2 emissions. Food from (heated) greenhouse cultivation causes on average ten times more emissions than those from free-range production.

Consume less meat

Too much meat is not only bad for the climate, but also for your health. So ask yourself: Does it always have to be meat?

Promote sustainable companies

Make conscious purchases from sustainable businesses and support the regional economy.

Last updated 08.12.2022