Welcome to the „Green World “ of the Austrian Ecolabel

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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Thermal renovation will receive even more funding in 2023 - An overview!

"Get out of oil and gas" programme will be continued - a total of around two billion euros will be available until 2026.

E-filling station. Copyright by andreas160578 auf Pixabay

Car sharing as part of the mobility transformation

Mobility behaviour has changed significantly compared to previous years - not least due to the views and needs of young people.

Ecolabel logo with various plastic building products

Austrian Ecolabel as a guideline for public procurement in the building sector

When awarding construction contracts, public authorities can do a lot to raise awareness of the issues of climate protection and the circular economy, while at the same time reducing environmental impacts.

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Mobility check for schools and kindergartens

klimaaktiv mobil puts kindergarten and school routes under the microscope - and at no cost!

Raphael Fink, Ecolabel financial expert. Copyright by VKI.

VKI gives tips on choosing sustainable financial products

The VKI is not only responsible for the content and administration of the Austrian Ecolabel. It is also consistently committed to the education and protection of consumers. For this purpose, our Ecolabel experts are frequently asked for interviews by the Association for Consumer Information (VKI).

The study authors Armand Colard and Josef Obergantschnig. Copyright by ESG+/Ethico.

Study confirms: Ecolabel funds very sustainable

A recent study on the sustainability quality of about 2000 equity funds confirms that funds with the Austrian Ecolabel are particularly sustainable.

Spring at the Wienerwald. Copyright by Josef E. Galdberger.

biodiversity strategy 2030+

As a party to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Austria has committed itself to protect biodiversity, to use its components sustainably and to take responsibility for the conservation of global biodiversity.

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Museums as green ambassadors

Read about the Austrian Ecolabel on Kultur Management Network and find a wide range of further information on the cultural sector here.

Bike. Copyright by Jüdisches Museum.

10 Viennese Museums and 17 SDGs

Does museum work have to be committed to a "better", i.e. more sustainable world? Or are museums places of education and enjoyment? The project "10 Viennese Museums x 17 SDGs" shows that both demands on museums can be met.

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A place with a taste for all the senses: Weitblick Restaurant : Austrian Ecolabel and organic certified

One year after opening in October 2021, Das Weitblick - Lounge|Rooftop|Bistro is a showcase example of how Ecolabel and organic certification complement each other perfectly: after successfully passing the Austrian Ecolabel test for gastronomy in June, the restaurant, which is entirely dedicated to organic, regional and seasonal, has now also become an organic-certified Gold Partner of Bio-Austria.

buffet. Copyright by Umweltzeichen.

Climate protection in communal catering

Food and communal catering play a special role due to their broad impact and direct influence on the health and well-being of the people being catered for. Ambitious goals have also been set in the government programme, and concrete requirements can be found in the National Action Plan for Sustainable Public Procurement (naBe Action Plan).

Salzburg Landestheater View to the stage. Copyright by Neumayr_Leopold.

Salzburg Landestheater first cultural centre with Austrian Ecolabel!

"When theatre confronts the questions of its time, it can create meaning across generations. Especially now," explains artistic director of the Salzburg Landestheater, Carl Philip von Maldeghe. The Salzburg Landestheater has faced up to the questions of its time - also with regard to sustainability.

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The vivihouse: A building philosophy put into practice!

What is "circular economy building"? For example, the Austrian vivihouse project! This is characterised by a modular timber frame construction system. Only renewable raw materials are used for multi-storey buildings.

Pressekonferenz zur Veröffentlichung des Bioökonomie Aktionsplan. Copyright by BMK/Cajetan Perwein.

The Bioeconomy Action Plan - Time for Implementation!

The concept of the bioeconomy encompasses on the one hand the sources of raw materials (agriculture, forestry, water management and waste) and on the other hand the use of these bio-based raw materials (food and feed, materials, energy). The aim is to create an economic cycle that reconciles technology and ecology.

Creativity and innovation at edding. Copyright by edding.

Felt and fibre in the office

The first waterproof felt pens were imported to Germany in the 1960s and neon-coloured highlighters were invented there in 1971. The market reacted enthusiastically to the new pens. Half a century later, a new generation is at work and a lot has changed in the products. The share of sustainably produced felt-tip pens and fibre-tip markers is growing, and the accompanying refills are sophisticated and convenient.

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Be mobile - environmentally friendly, of course!

Projects at the Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt Vöcklabruck show how environmentally friendly mobility can work. Read here about the commitment of this Upper Austrian Ecolabel school in the field of ecologically responsible transport - which focuses on the good old bicycle.

Processing WDVS. Copyright by Sto Österreich.

Mission "Build Consciously"

This is the mission Sto Österreich Ges.m.b.H. is on! Because the technology leader in the field of thermal insulation is pursuing a vision: to make built living spaces more humane and sustainable. One element of this is the StoTherm Wood composite thermal insulation system, which was certified with the Austrian Ecolabel in April 2022. Read more about it here!

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.

Refill Station. Copyright by umdasch.

Refill instead of repurchase

Recycling plastics is good, but preventing waste in the first place is even better. The Liquid Dispenser 3.0 from umdasch has been certified with the Austrian Ecolabel and is a technically mature system for refilling liquids that for the first time also enables large retail chains to offer an efficient refilling service for reusable packaging. Thanks to the integrated technology, the Liquid Dispenser allows for easy operation.

First exhibition stand with an Ecolabel

Producer of exhibition stands "Schiff fair Success" from Vienna was successful in constructing the first environmentally friendly exhibition stand following the criteria of the Austrian Ecolabel UZ75.

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.

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.

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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 ...

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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.