Fee schedule for the Austrian and European Ecolabel

This fee schedule regulates the fees to be paid by licensees from 1. 5. 2018 onwards. The initial fee is to be paid after signing the licence contract. The annual fees are due on the respective calendar day of the following year. The fee is collected and administered annually by the concessionaire commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism.

General Fee Schedule Austrian Ecolabel for Products and Services

The application fee and the annual license fee are calculated on the basis of the annual sales generated in Austria with the products or services covered by the license agreement. The amount of the fee is calculated either on the basis of the licensee's sales report to the concessionaire or on the basis of a self-classification of the licensee into a sales category. If neither a sales report nor a self-classification are made, the sales are estimated by the concessionaire and the licensee will be classified accordingly.

Sales Category Annual Sales (€) Application Fee Annual Licence Fee
1 ≤ € 200.000 € 160,- € 410,-
2 > € 200.000.- bis € 750.000.- € 225,- € 895,-
3 > € 750.000.- bis € 2.2 Mio. € 440,- € 1.760,-
4 > € 2.2 Mio. bis € 3.6 Mio. € 535,- € 2.110,-
5 > € 3.6 Mio. € 640,- € 2.560,-

For each additional application for additional products or services, a processing fee of € 110, - will be charged.

Special Fee Schedule for Tourism

The amount of the annual license fee for tourism businesses is calculated according to the classification into the following categories:

  • Category 1 Accommodation up to 20 beds or gastronomy up to 20 restaurant seatings
  • Category 2 Accommodation 21 - 100 beds, catering 21 to 300 restaurant seatings, catering, shelters, camping, group accommodation *
  • Category 3 Accommodation 101 to 200 beds, gastronomy> 300 restaurant seatings and communal catering
  • Category 4 accommodation> 200 beds, conference- and eventlocations **
  • Museums: the amount of the fees is calculated according to the fee system for educational institutions.
Category Application Fee for Initial Audit Annual Licence Fee
Category 1 € 450,- € 150,-
Category 2 € 650,- € 250,-
Category 3 € 800,- € 380,-
Category 4 € 1000,- € 560,-

* Companies with a majority of shared rooms or specialized offers for group travel.

** Conference- and eventlocations of municipalities without a fixed catering business are assigned to category 2

If companies operate in several categories, the dominating category of operations is used for the calculation (eg. for companies with accommodation and catering).

The application fee for an application for the initial certification with the Austrian Ecolabel includes the costs for the initial audit. The annual license fees are used to support licensees and to finance marketing activities. In addition, the annual license fee is used to cover the costs of each follow-up audit.

Double certification with the Austrian Ecolabel for tourism and either in the Austrian Ecolabel for Educational Institutions or the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings and Events leads to a reduction of the respective annual fee by 25%. If the respective audits are consolidated, the application fee will also be reduced by 25%.

Special Fee Schedule for Educational institutions

Schools and teacher training institutions are exempted from paying licence fees.

For extracurricular educational institutions, the amount of the annual fee is calculated according to the classification into the following categories:

  • Category KG Kindergartens
  • Category 1 Educational institutions with up to 5 employees
  • Category 2 Educational institutions with 6 to 9 employees
  • Category 3 Educational institutions with 10 to 29 employees
  • Category 4 Educational institutions with 30 and more employees

The number of employees is calculated according to full-time equivalents.

Category

Application Fee

for Initial Audit

Annual Licence Fee

Category KG

€ 470,-

€ 170,-

Category 1

€ 450,-

€ 250,-

Category 2

€ 650,-

€ 390,-

Category 3

€ 950,-

€ 550,-

Category 4

€ 1250,-

€ 770,-

The application fee payable for an application for the initial certification with the Austrian Ecolabel will cover the costs of the initial audit. The annual license fee is used to support the licensees and to cover the costs of a follow-up audit.

Double certification with the Austrian Ecolabel for Educational Institutions and either in the Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism or the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings and Events leads to a reduction of the respective annual fee by 25%. If the respective audits are consolidated, the application fee will also be reduced by 25%.

Fee schedule for the EU Ecolabel for Products

In accordance with the conditions set out in Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the EU Ecolabel, the following annual fees are charged for the use of the Ecolabel:

Sales category

Annual Sales

Application fee

Annual licence fee

1

  • € 200.000.-

€ 215,-

€ 510,-

2

  1. € 200.000,- bis € 750.000,-

€ 280,-

€ 1.100,-

3

  1. € 750.000 - bis € 2.2 Mio.

€ 545,-

€ 2.195,-

4

  1. € 2.2 Mio. bis € 3.6 Mio.

€ 660,-

€ 2.630,-

5

  1. 3.6 Mio.

€ 800,-

€ 3.220,-

An additional fee of € 110, - will be charged for any further application by a licencee to reward additional products with the European Ecolabel.

Applicants registered under the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and / or certified to the ISO 14001 standard will benefit from a reduction of 30% (EMAS) or 15% (ISO 14001) of the application fee. For compliance with both systems, only the higher discount applies. For micro-enterprises1 the application fee is a maximum of 350 euros. For small and medium-sized enterprises, the application fee is a maximum of 600 euros.

1 Definition according to Commission Recommendation 2003/361 / EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition micro, small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Micro-enterprise: less than 10 employees and annual turnover less than EUR 2 million
  • Small businesses: less than 50 employees and annual turnover of less than EUR 10 million
  • Medium-sized enterprises: fewer than 250 employees and annual turnover of less than EUR 50 million

Fee Schedule for the EU Ecolabel for Tourism Businesses

In accordance with the conditions set out in Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the EU Ecolabel, the following annual fees are charged for the use of the Ecolabel:

Category

Application Fee for Initial Audit

Annual Licence Fee

Category 1

€ 220,-

€ 185,-

Category 2

€ 320,-

€ 310,-

Category 3

€ 480,-

€ 470,-

Category 4

€ 630,-

€ 690,-

The Fee categories are identical to those of the Austrian Ecolabel.

Applicants registered under the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and / or certified to the ISO 14001 standard will benefit from a reduction of 30% (EMAS) or 15% (ISO 14001) of the application fee. For compliance with both systems, only the higher discount applies. For micro-enterprises1 the application fee is a maximum of 350 euros. For small and medium-sized enterprises, the application fee is a maximum of 600 euros.

1 Definition according to Commission Recommendation 2003/361 / EC of 6 May 2003 concerning the definition micro, small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Micro-enterprise: less than 10 employees and annual turnover less than EUR 2 million
  • Small businesses: less than 50 employees and annual turnover of less than EUR 10 million
  • Medium-sized enterprises: fewer than 250 employees and annual turnover of less than EUR 50 million

Fee Schedule for the concurrent use of Austrian Ecolabel and EU Ecolabel

For product or service groups for which the same criteria for the Austrian Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel have been defined pursuant to § 5 (5) of the statutes for the Austrian Ecolabel and for the product group “accommodation establishments”, no fee for use of the Austrian Ecolabel is charged, provided that both certifications are used at the same time and the licence fees are charged in accordance with the applicable EU Ecolabel provisions.

If for the Austrian Ecolabel Directive and EU Ecolabel non identical criteria for the same product or service group are in force, the annual fee for the Austrian Ecolabel will be reduced by 50% if both certificates are used at the same time and the licence fees are charged in accordance with the applicable EU Ecolabel provisions.

If the applications for the use of the two certificates are submitted at the same time, the application fee for the Austrian Ecolabel will be reduced by 25%, if the application fee for the EU Ecolabel is charged in accordance with the applicable EU Ecolabel regulations.

For applications for additional products, only the application fee for the EU Ecolabel will be charged.