ORF Salzburg produces green news
As a sign of more sustainability and climate protection in broadcasting, Austria's first daily news programme "Salzburg heute" is produced according to the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel - good news for the environment!
Every day, the contributions for the LIVE programme "Salzburg heute" and the TV format itself are produced "green" in the Salzburg regional studio of the ORF, taking comprehensive environmental measures into account.
For ORF Salzburg, as a licensee of the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Producing, sustainable action in terms of climate protection and thus the common good is a supporting pillar of the company. For this reason, a number of other measures have been taken.
Visible climate protection with a walkable footprint
Directly in front of the ORF Salzburg regional studio, visitors can obtain information on the ecological footprint and experience it directly. Various questions are intended to show which decisions we make every day and give tips on how to live in an environmentally friendly way.
Mobility at ORF Salzburg
The central location of the regional studio in the city of Salzburg and the public transport stop in front of the door make it easy for employees and guests to travel on foot, by bike or by bus. Business trips by train and aerial photography using environmentally friendly drones have long been a matter of course.
Whenever possible, car pools are formed for filming. For this purpose and for business trips, the teams have bicycles, an electric scooter and an electric car at their service. An electric charging station is already in operation, and the vehicle fleet will gradually be converted to electric cars. Further charging stations will be available to staff and guests.
Green energy and procurement
Energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy for electricity supply as well as the feed-in of self-produced electricity from the photovoltaic system on the roof are just a few examples of ORF Salzburg's sustainability.
The recent general renovation of the ventilation system, the complete changeover to energy-saving LED lamps, environmentally friendly office management, among other things by reducing the number of printers and digitalisation, as well as the maintenance of the studio premises, also underline the harmony of the Salzburg regional studio with environmental thinking.
All plastic drinks bottles have also been eliminated and replaced with water dispensers and personalised cups for the staff. In addition, there is no disposable crockery for the staff when serving meals, which leads to an enormous reduction in plastic.
Last but not least, in the make-up, which is important for television recordings, the Salzburg regional studio relies exclusively on the use of natural cosmetic products.
Biodiversity at ORF Salzburg Television Garden
Since 2012, visitors have been able to experience diversity, sustainability and regionality on a former meadow behind the ORF Salzburg Regional Studio, where the ORF Television Garden was created. Today, the publicly accessible TV garden is a habitat for countless animal and insect species - even the neighbours' chickens feel very much at home there.
In the snack garden, visitors can sample berry bushes of blackcurrants, red gooseberries, raspberries and black chokeberries.
The fruit tree orchard with 40 old Salzburg fruit tree varieties serves to preserve the species with historic apple varieties such as the Schafsnase and the Danziger Kantapfel as well as the Sommerkirsche and the Hauszwetschke.
Even a small hop garden under the sponsorship of the regional Hofbräu Kaltenhausen from Hallein shows what gardening can be all about.
Particularly useful for biodiversity are the two bee colonies in the show beehive and the large insect hotel for useful garden inhabitants such as bumblebees, earwigs, ladybirds and many other insects.
The garden is also a popular setting and location for many ORF Salzburg programmes. This ranges from movement programmes on Mondays, medicinal herb and health programmes on Tuesdays, cooking programmes on Wednesdays and garden programmes on Thursdays to the weather report from the garden for the whole week on Fridays.
New TV studio uses 10 times less electricity
By using environmentally friendly materials and innovative technology, the new studio for "Salzburg heute" needs 10 times less energy and thus makes a further contribution to sustainability. This is mainly achieved by using the latest energy-saving LED technology.
In addition, all colleagues are equipped with the necessary digital infrastructure, including laptops, so that agile, mobile and autonomous work is possible not only in the office, but also at any location with or without the Internet. This means that the distances between the office and individual homes can be significantly reduced.