Welcome to the „Green World “ 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 ...

Ecolabel Award for museums.

Three federal museums awarded as Green Museums

The Natural History Museum Vienna, the Austrian National Library and the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) were honoured by Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler and State Secretary for the Arts and Culture Andrea Mayer for their sustainable corporate governance and ecological positioning.

Klimaberg Katschberg.

Climate Protection and Tourism: Klimaberg Katschberg

When we think of climate protection in tourism, we usually think of long-distance plane journeys. However, the initiative of Klimaberg Katschberg proves that it can also be done in a completely different way and that tourism can make an active and positive contribution.

Climate ambassadors at TNMS Lembach. Copyright by TNMS Lembach.

Ecolabel students taking actions for climate protection

Pupils at the Ecolabel secondary schools in Lembach and Purbach are committed to regional and international climate protection.

Maehrwegsystem mycoffeecup

Reusable systems to achieve a circular economy

In addition to recycling, the European Green Deal focuses on waste prevention and changes in consumer behaviour. Reusable packaging is the most environmentally friendly solution. Here you can find out more about the positive activities with reusable systems in Austria.

The moor of Heidenreichstein at the Prügelsteg (Lower Austria). Copyright by Horst Dolak.

Protect natural cycles!

Peatlands are among the most endangered habitats in Europe. They are home to highly specialized animals and plants, are huge reservoirs of greenhouse gases and have an aesthetic as well as spiritual value!

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Circular economy in the office

Paper is good for the circular economy. It can be recycled far more frequently than was assumed for years. This is shown by a study conducted by the Technical University of Darmstadt. According to the study, paper fibers can be recycled almost indefinitely. This means that waste paper is an even more valuable raw material than assumed.

Knitted piece. Coypright by Austrian Ecolabel.

EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy - take part in the public consultation

Already in the Circular Economy Action Plan 2020, the Commission announced that it will present an EU strategy for sustainable and circular textiles for 2021. The roadmap on the EU textile strategy has already been available since February 2021 and the EU textile strategy should be ready by the end of 2021.

Filming gets "green". Copyright by Austrian Ecolabel.

Funding for green film productions

In order to make film production in Austria even greener, film funding institutions are also increasingly focusing on green filming and particularly support productions that have been produced according to the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel.

Diversity of cosmetics - hormone free. Copyright by  Susanne Stark.

Cosmetics: Ecolabel products do not contain chemicals that act like hormones

The EU Ecolabel for cosmetic products, which will be valid from autumn, offers good protection for people and the environment from questionable ingredients. The Austrian Ecolabel has contained these strict requirements for a long time and has successfully demanded them for the EU Ecolabel.

Bundesministerin Leonore Gewessler

Active together for biodiversity and climate protection!

Our Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler calls on all of us to participate in World Environment Day! Listen and watch her video message here.

flowering meadow

Infothek biodiversity

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

Demonstrate with school shopping! Parents and children pay attention to the environment and climate.

Learning about climate protection and paying attention to it when shopping at school. Nothing sounds more logical than that, and yet there is still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to school shopping.

Energy Camp Murau.

Eco tourism: Can travel be a sin?

In times of climate change and pandemic risks, the question arises how more sustainable travel that is good for people and the environment can or should look like?  Controversial questions and discussions are thereby foreseen...

Travel planing online. Copyright by Austrian Ecolabel.

Looking forward to the vacation and travel planning in green

For many people, the excitement of finally going on a trip again is great. If it weren't for a little unease - am I doing myself and the environment any good? Here we show you how you can travel with a clear conscience. Or you can search for suitable offers in the Green Travel Database right now!

Reception at Retter Reisen. Copyright by Retter Reisen.

Travel experts rely on Ecolabel: Sustainability in the booking system

A big step toward more sustainable travel means getting support from major technology providers like Travelport, which helps travel agents plan trips.

Umweltzeichen Werkstatt

From the Guidelines Workshop: Tourism destinations with Ecolabel

What would you expect from a holiday region if you want to holiday sustainably? These and similar questions are currently being asked by our VKI experts together with some pilot destinations and external experts.

Crocus at the Koralm. Copyright by Robert Erhart.

Out into nature - but properly!

The first spring flowers are blooming and with them the hope for an early relaxation of the Corona measures. The past few months have probably not been easy for anyone. Home office, distance learning, predominantly digital communication - a lot of time spent at home and in front of screens. As we saw last year, this is an ideal breeding ground. A breeding ground for desire... for freedom, self-determination, real experiences. So it's no wonder that more and more people are drawn to exactly where they can find that: in nature.

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.

 

Copyright by Hotel Schwärzler Bregenz.

The first green restaurants open again

Hotel Schwärzler in Bregenz shows how it can work with a comprehensive safety and sustainability concept.

The Austrian Ecolabel for Green Bonds - a review

Since the issuance of the world's first green bond by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in 2007, the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015, both the supply and demand for green bonds have been increasing steadily worldwide. But what is "green"?

Austrian National Library Josefsplatz. Copyright by Austrian National Library/Pichler.

The Austrian National Library: A "bridge" between past and future

Museums, archives and libraries see themselves as bridges between the past and the present - with perspectives on the future for which they provide important impulses. In order to make this concern visible to the outside world, there is the Austrian Ecolabel. That is why the Austrian National Library in Vienna also applied for the state seal of quality.

Exhibition MAK: CLIMATE CARE_Graphic Warming Stripes, Vienna 1775 - 2020. Copyright by CLIMATE CARE_Grafik Warming Stripes, Wien 1775 – 2020.

Green Museums: Climate Protection and Climate Beauty at the MAK

In an inspiring essay, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director of the MAK, explains how climate protection can become an opportunity for all of us to shape an ecologically and socially sustainable climate modernity comparable to the time around 1900, and what role art and culture can play in this.

Roman city of Carnuntum. Copyright by Römerstadt Carnuntum/atelier olschinky.

Sustainability in the Roman city of Carnuntum

In the Roman town of Carnuntum, ecological sustainability plays a very important role. Therefore, it has applied for the Austrian Ecolabel. But: Was there also such a thing as environmental awareness in Roman antiquity? Read interesting facts about this here.

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?

Students at work. Copyright by business.academy.doaustadt.

Rethinking cocoa production

Students of the Ecolabel school business.academy.donaustadt in Vienna 22 pioneered a new concept of sustainable and fair production and consumption of cocoa and chocolate. The school project, implemented together with Oikocredit Austria, contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Four schoolgirls report.

Logo Greenwashing-Check. Copyright by VKI.

Greenwashing Check: Reporting possibility for consumers

Reliable governmental Ecolabels are an important instrument to avoid green washing. Therefore, it is also important for the Austrian Ecolabel to support the current Green Washing Initiative of the VKI.

HYPO NÖ Balloon. Copyright by Andreas Riedmann/HYPO Niederösterreich.

HYPO Niederösterreich's green current and savings accounts

Green and sustainable current and savings accounts are very much in vogue - now, for the third time, such banking products have been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel. At HYPO NOE, the money deposited is used to finance sustainable projects - for example in the field of renewable energies, climate protection measures or building renovation.

Camping Au an der Donau Flower meadows. Copyright by Camping Au an der Donau.

Green Camping

After the lock down, many people are drawn back out into nature - a holiday at an eco-labelled campsite in Austria offers good conditions for this.

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.