City of Judenburg, Austria
|Number of inhabitants:||9,319|
|Population density:||705 inhabitants /km²|
Judenburg is located in the State of Styria and is the regional capital of the district Murtal. With about 9.300 inhabitants on 13 km², it is densely populated. The city is an important trading centre for its surroundings, main shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and other facilities and services are situated in Judenburg.
In former times, the city was industrialized, having a long tradition in steal and metal industry. After a breakdown of the heavy industry in the early 1980s, the city is now home of well-known industrial companies again, e.g. the steelwork “Stahl Judenburg”.
Due to the structural changes of the last decades, Judenburg is suffering from a decrease in population and, in particular, a migration of well-educated young adults.
A few years ago, the city started to intensify investments in sustainable urban transport. For example, they participated in services like the Citybus (inner city bus) or the Verkehrsverbund Aichfeld (Regional public transport association). In 2010, a new local transport plan was set up. Although the city made efforts in promoting sustainable transport, the traffic related emissions as well as the number of trips made by car were rising.
However, the scope in which the city can act is limited, as they do not have the competences to act on all fields. Parts which they can influence are, for instance, the municipal fleet, the investment in Public Transport Infrastructure or the promotion of non-motorized transport.
Judenburg is very engaged and active in the field of environmental protection. Since 2011, Judenburg is part of the Covenant of Mayors, a European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories.
In addition to that, Judenburg has been a member of the Austrian e5 programme since 2006, a programme addressing municipalities in Europe to foster energy efficiency.
Out of these initiatives, a Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) was set up in 2012, including concrete recommendations and planned measures in order to save energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, a local transport plan was designed in 2010.
Improvements through ADVANCE
Being an ADVANCE partner-city is of great importance for the City of Judenburg. By means of ADVANCE, the existing local transport plan can be reviewed and the basis for a further promotion of sustainable transport can be set. Strategies that have been listed as part of the SEAP can be prioritized.