Climate Action Minister Leonore Gewessler. Copyright by BMK_Viktoria Miess

Welcome to the Ecolabel family!

38 companies from the education, tourism, financial products, printing, car sharing, construction and housing sectors received the Austrian Ecolabel from Climate Action Minister Leonore Gewessler on 16 January.

For more than 30 years, the Austrian Ecolabel has been the most important state-approved environmental seal in Austria and stands for a consistent orientation towards environmental protection and sustainability. Only those offers from the areas of products, tourism, education, art and culture as well as green meetings & events that fulfil a series of environmental criteria such as quality and durability receive the award for a period of four years. For this purpose, the businesses submit to an external audit in which compliance with the respective Ecolabel guidelines is closely monitored. 13 of the awarded companies were also presented with the European equivalent, the EU Ecolabel.

many new licensees. Copyright by BMK_Viktoria Miess.

"More and more companies and businesses are switching to a climate- and resource-friendly way of doing business. This is good and important. Because a climate-friendly way of doing business has clear competitive advantages. It also attracts more customers and is good for the climate. I am very pleased that today we can welcome 38 new licensees of the Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel into this circle of pioneers," said Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler at the award ceremony.

Sustainability in tourism

More than one third of the companies honoured at the award ceremony come from the tourism sector; the businesses are from Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria and Vienna. Particularly noteworthy is the hotel chain harry's home, which received both the Austrian Ecolabel for accommodation establishments and the EU Ecolabel for several locations - Bischofshofen, Dornbirn, Hart bei Graz, Vienna, Telfs, Linz-Urfahr and Steyr.

Selfie-time with the minister. Copyright by BMK_Viktoria Miess.

Education for a sustainable future

The education sector was also strongly represented. As bearers of the Austrian Ecolabel, the 10 award-winning organisations not only stand for educational quality. Through educational and ecological measures, they ensure that competences for a sustainable development of personality and society are at the centre of learning. Among the new licensees are BFI Salzburg, ibis acam from Vienna and the Alpine Club Edelweiss.

At the end of 2022, more than 4,800 products from around 500 companies had already been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel. Likewise, around 500 companies from the tourism, gastronomy and art and culture sectors are bearers of the sustainability seal. In the event sector, more than 100 companies have been certified with the Ecolabel for Green Meetings & Events. More than 50 educational institutions are also among the licensees; the number of Ecolabel kindergartens and schools throughout Austria is around 170. In Austria, around 760 products from more than 100 companies have been awarded the EU Ecolabel; in the tourism sector, more than 100 accommodation and camping establishments bear this European Ecolabel.

Bright and engaged entrepreneurs. Copyright by BMK_Viktoria Miess.

Overview of the new licensees*

Category Tourism

  • Austria Trend Hotel Congress Innsbruck (Innsbruck, Tyrol)
  • Boutique Hotel Das Tigra (1st district, Vienna) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • Brandlhof of the Folk Culture of Lower Austria (Krems, Lower Austria)
  • harry's home Bischofshofen (Salzburg) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • harry's home Dornbirn (Vorarlberg) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • harry's home Hart bei Graz (Styria) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • harry's home Linz-Urfahr (Upper Austria) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • harry's home Steyr (Upper Austria) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • harry's home Telfs (Tyrol) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • harry's home Wien Millennium Tower (20th district, Vienna) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • Hotel & Wirtshaus Post (St. Johann, Tyrol) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • Kulturhaus Brotfabrik - Caritas of the Archdiocese of Vienna - Help in Need (10th district, Vienna)
  • Landhaus Edelweiss (St. Leonhard/Pitztal, Tyrol) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • Seecamping Appesbach (St. Wolfgang, Upper Austria) - Ecolabel & EU Ecolabel
  • ÖBB Infrastruktur AG Educational Campus St.Pölten (St. Pölten, Lower Austria)

Category Education

  • Academy of the Austrian Beekeepers' Association (1st district, Vienna)
  • Alpenverein Edelweiss - Education (1st district, Vienna)
  • Mühlgraben Kindergarten (Mühlgraben, Burgenland)
  • BFI Salzburg (Salzburg City)
  • Chemie Fort- und Weiterbildung (Graz, Styria)
  • ibis acam Bildungs GmbH - Geiselbergstraße Head Office (11th district, Vienna)
  • Land schafft Leben e.V. Vienna location (1st district, Vienna)
  • Perspektive Landwirtschaft - Education Department (1st district, Vienna)
  • Private kindergarten Die Wienerbergzwerge (10th district, Vienna)
  • Zweihorn Academy (Fels am Wagram, Lower Austria)

Category Products

  • Donau Versicherung AG Vienna Insurance Group (1st district, Vienna) - Financial Products
  • Franklin Templeton International Services S.a.r.l. (Luxembourg) - Financial Products
  • Haltmeyer GmbH (13th district, Vienna) - Printing - EU Ecolabel
  • IFA Institut für Anlageberatung AG (Linz/Upper Austria) - Financial products
  • Pematex International GmbH (Gramastetten/Upper Austria) - Building & Living
  • Porsche Bank AG (City of Salzburg) - Mobility
  • Sto Ges.m.b.H. (Villach/Carinthia) - Building & Living
  • Styria Print Group Graz & St. Veit (Graz, Styria) - Printing - EU Ecolabel
  • Vienna Tourist Board - Vienna City Card (3rd district, Vienna) - Mobility

Category Meetings & Events

  • Emilie Kleinszig Events (7th district, Vienna)
  • Event Services RS GmbH (Wattens, Tyrol)
  • SoFresh Touristik GmbH (St. Johann/Haide, Styria)
  • White Elephant Events e.U. (Graz, Styria)

*If not stated separately, the Austrian Ecolabel has been awarded.

A reliable orientation aid in environmental and climate protection for more than 30 years.
For Austrians, the Austrian Ecolabel is a guarantee for environmentally friendly products and contributes to easier environmentally friendly purchasing. Products and services that receive this award meet strict environmental criteria that have to be proven by an independent overall assessment.

There are already a total of 1,300 licensees from a wide range of sectors, which underlines the dynamic development and high acceptance of the eco-label. In the tourism sector, the Austrian Ecolabel stands for consistent sustainable business management in excellent hotels, catering establishments, campsites and mountain refuges as well as in a wide variety of events organised as Green Meeting or Green Event. Sustainable tourism regions as well as travel offers round off the portfolio in the tourism sector. Award-winning schools, kindergartens and educational institutions in turn stand for a new quality in educational work. Climate protection and sustainability in practice are important to all of them. In the field of art and culture, theatres, museums, cinemas as well as film and TV productions can be certified with the Ecolabel. On the European market, the EU Ecolabel has served as a uniform label for environmentally friendly products, services and tourism businesses for 30 years.