What can I contribute to climate protection myself?

Climate protection requires each and every individual. Even small changes in behavior can make a big difference.

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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.


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.


Heating correctly

  • Heating accounts for more than two Drithirds of a household's energy consumption.
  • A room temperature that is one degree lowerdrireduces heating costs by more than five percent.
  • You sleep better at night when it is cooler.
  • To avoid 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 home from cooling down unnecessarily.

Guide to energy-efficient and sustainable construction

The Energy Tyrol Association, City Department Urban planning, mobility and integration and the Office for Transport Planning and Environment have published a guideline for sustainable building. It serves as an aid for architectural competitions and is mandatory for all construction projects (new buildings, conversions and renovations) in which the City of Innsbruck is involved. The guideline is a recommendation for architectural competitions of private building applicants.


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 has 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 that are more than 20 meters above the ground can no longer be easily approached by insects. If you also plant useful plants, you can even enjoy your own harvest.

Also avoid chemical pesticides such as glyphosate and mineral fertilizers as well as peaty soil.

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.


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.