Welcome to the „Green World “ of the Austrian Ecolabel

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International Congress: Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Environment

Nature and environmental protection as well as cultural heritage in the network for sustainable tourism destinations are the topics of the event on 2 June 2022 in Salzburg.

Pupils studying in the garden. Copyright by Silvia Pointner.

Every day for future

Through the new, forward-looking training focus "Fair Business & Food Management", the environmental idea will be conveyed to young people at HLTW Berheidengasse from the school year 2022/23.

Volksschule Leobersdorf. Copyright: Christian Husar, Vienna

Climate protection - made simple!

The primary school in Leobersdorf demonstrates how climate protection can succeed with "simple" organisational measures.

Salzburger Landestheater Bühne von hinten

In focus: Guidelines in concrete terms - cultural institutions

Originally conceived as a certification for hotels, the UZ 200 guideline has also opened up to culture in recent years. After museums, other actors are also interested in credibly demonstrating their efforts in the field of sustainability. Theatres and cinemas are particularly committed to this and so in the future it will also be possible for them to receive an award for their sustainable orientation.

Scan and win - with the Scan4Chem app

What applies to Ecolabel products should actually apply to all: to contain as few harmful substances as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. With the help of the Scan4Chem app, you can get information on chemicals of particular concern in products.
A competition will be held from May to December 2022. 

Electric cars in the driving school

Electric cars are becoming more and more popular. They are environmentally friendly, efficient and have lower running costs for a driving school. They also have advantages when learning to drive and therefore it is only logical to use them in driving schools. In a video, Mr Skarabela explains to you exactly why.

Not only the trees are flourishing. Green credits on the rise.

Green loans and their significance for banks and companies - a review

The European Union has set itself ambitious climate goals with the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Green Deal. Achieving these goals requires constructive interaction between the real economy and the financial sector in order to mobilise sufficient capital for sustainable activities. Banks and credit institutions face major challenges, as they play a key role in the transformation of the economy.

People at the Bregenz Festival Theatre

Vorarlberg all in green

"Sustainability is booming - especially in the last two years, because there was time to think about other ways of doing business," says Julia Weger, who advises on Ecolabel processes in Vorarlberg, among other places. "Many have used this difficult time for sustainable change and development. Now we face the challenge of maintaining this drive after Corona," says Weger.

Ecolabel and EU Ecolabel Awarded to Ruhehotel Rehbach. Copyright by BMK/StW.

46 new green companies awarded the Austrian Ecolabel

46 companies from the fields of finance, tourism, film and TV production, educational institutions as well as from sectors such as construction & housing, cosmetics and paper processing were awarded the Austrian Ecolabel for sustainable products and services on 26 April at the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in Vienna. Eleven of the companies also received the EU Ecolabel. The award was presented at the ceremony by Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler.

The bioeconomy is thriving, like the grasses in the picture. Copyright by klsa12. freeimages.

Ecolabel - Bioeconomy - Circularity

Bioeconomy stands for an economic concept that aims to replace fossil resources with renewable raw materials in as many areas and applications as possible. This makes it, along with the circular economy, an important building block on the path to climate neutrality.

Recycling. Copyright by VKI.

100 percent recyclable - more illusion than reality

Our colleagues from the VKI investigated the slogan "100 per cent recyclable" as part of a greenwashing check - and were surprised. Consumers will probably expect complete recycling. Unfortunately, this is very often not the case. What is meant is the theoretical recyclability - not the actual recyclability.

Presentation of the Circular Economy Package. Copyright by EU Christophe Licoppe.

EU Commission: Circular economy as a goal

In March 2022, the EU Commission presented the new circular economy package: It is a turning point for sustainable products and textiles as well as for the strengthening of consumers' rights.

Circular Economy. Copyright by Stanislaw Pytel via Getty Images.

The Austrian Circular Economy Strategy - where do we stand?

The sharp increase in the use and consumption of resources in recent decades is causing considerable environmental pollution. Climate protection therefore requires a fundamental transformation: from a linear "take-make-use-waste" economy to a circular economy.

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Sustainable financial products under the spotlight

What contribution does the Austrian Ecolabel make to tackling the climate crisis - and to what extent did Ecolabel-certified equity funds differ from conventional equity funds in terms of carbon footprint? This question was investigated in a recent study by the VKI.

Glasses with the salt of knowledge. Copyright by Private Höhere Lehranstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung Graz-Eggenberg.

Good news instead of fake news

It is important to inform and sensitise young people about the dangers posed by the World Wide Web. Schools also have a role to play here. Promoting the digital skills of students is therefore also particularly important to the Private Secondary School for Agriculture and Nutrition in the Styrian capital.

Children examine the new school bag. Copyright by Jutta Kellner.

Schoolbag in Easter Nest

Many children who start their school adventure this year usually get their first school bag at Easter. The elaborately and often globally produced bags can fulfil their task for a long time if the right considerations are taken into account at the time of purchase. In addition to ergonomics and safety, this now increasingly includes environmental criteria.

climate plate at the cafeterias. Copyright by Österreichische Mensen.

A climate-friendly plate

How? Well, it's not the plate itself that protects the climate. It's what's on the plate: if seasonality and regionality are taken into account when cooking, then the climate is also being helped. For these reasons, Österreichische Mensen Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (ÖMBG) is introducing a cafeteria climate plate, so called Klimateller. Read more here about this project, which is not only challenging from a culinary point of view.

Known from times before Corona - the open-plan office. Copyright by anthuriuminfo.

Thriving in the home office

Anyone who works in a home office has certainly already experienced that it takes a lot of self-discipline to be able to work in a concentrated manner. Then there is the equipment and the question of how to avoid the big ergonomic mistakes? There are practical solutions for all of this. 

Restaurant Biohotel Rupertus Leogang_photohero theatre

The climate plate - solutions for a climate-friendly hotel kitchen

Everyone talks about climate protection, but what does that mean in concrete terms in the kitchen? The Austrian Ecolabel and the Austrian Hoteliers Association show how it can be done....

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Sustainable kindergartens: the Ecolabel works!

A survey on the Ecolabel guideline for kindergartens shows that the label has a favourable effect on kindergartens and their environment. The positive effects affect many areas and range from knowledge about sustainability to exciting activities on climate protection or healthy nutrition.

Pupils learning in the garden. Copyright by MS Wolfurt.

New school qualities with the Ecolabel

The Austrian Ecolabel for Schools celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! At the awarded schools, the environment is perceived, experienced and treated with care in a special way. Furthermore, the quality of the educational work and the promotion of health are the focus of the activities.

European Commission survey on the Product Environmental Footprint

The European Commission plans to make the calculation of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) mandatory and invites all companies to participate in a survey on this.

Person vor Hecke

World Ecolabel Day

8 October is World Ecolabel Day - the international day for national Ecolabels. Independent, governmental Ecolabels are based on transparent criteria and sound third-party verification and are a credible barrier against greenwashing. What is your opinion? Support your colleagues by answering a short questionnaire.

A sea of blooms. Copyright by Austrian Ecolabel.

In focus: The Ecolabel in practice - market control

Not only the strict, transparent criteria and the independently prepared expert opinion ensure that Ecolabel products also deliver what they promise. The Association for Consumer Information (VKI) also tests products from all guidelines for correct use of the Austrian Ecolabel.

In focus: Guidelines in detail - Part IV - Ecolabel driving schools

While a driver's license allows us to use cars, it does not exclude so-called multimodal mobility, i.e. the use of multiple methods of getting around. The Austrian Ecolabel driving schools are thinking different ...

flowering meadow

Infothek biodiversity

What does biodiversity mean? What can everyone contribute to the protection of biodiversity? Every contribution is important!

In focus: Guidelines in detail - Part III - sustainable travelling

The guideline UZ 72 "Travel Offers" is all about designing sustainable travel offers. It was known long before it came into force in 2008 that man-made climate change is a major problem. And that is also the core of the requirements.

 

The National Library. Copyright by Austrian Ecolabel.

In focus: Guidelines in detail - Part Two - sustainable education

The guideline for tourism and leisure enterprises contains specific requirements for museums. The first mandatory criterion is: "Integration of education for sustainable development into the educational work". What`s about?

A sea of blooms. Copyright by Austrian Ecolabel.

In focus: Guidelines in detail - Part One - biodiversity

In the guideline for tourism and leisure businesses, there is a requirement in criterion UZ 200-F05 to motivate businesses to contribute to the promotion of biodiversity.