Green Event

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767162.

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union as a ‘Green Presidency’

The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union attaches great importance to sustainability and environment protection. For many years, Austria has played a pioneering role in Europe in sustainable event management. As early as Austria’s previous Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2006, the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT) initiated a sustainable event organisation scheme under the title ‘Greening the Presidency’.

Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings and Green Events

Created in 2010, the Austrian Ecolabel for Green Meetings and Green Events was the first certification system for sustainable events in Europe. The aim of the Austrian Ecolabel is to help

  • reduce the environmental impact of events
  • take into account the regional economy
  • set new social and cultural trends
  • use the public’s attention and media coverage to raise awareness

In our guidelines we encourage attendees of events held under the Austrian Presidency to help making events sustainable. For instance, we recommend that you:

  • use public transport to get to Austria
  • stay in a hotel that has been certified as being environmentally friendly
  • separate your waste in the conference centre using the containers provided
  • use public transport or walk when travelling around locally
  • in line with the e-presidency, use digital devices instead of paper

(Source: https://www.eu2018.at/presidency-austria/green-presidency.html)