Congresses and meetings, gala events, athletic competitions, concerts – many people travel regularly on business or go abroad for specific events in other regions or cities.
Conferences and other events are a major economic factor for Austria and an important source of expert know-how; they provide platforms for professional and social contacts and can bring personal emotional enrichment to participants. But large events are also substantial consumers of resources and cause ecologically harmful emissions.
3.5 kg of residual waste, 5.5 kg of waste paper, 151 litres of water, and 204 kg of CO2 per attendee per day – these alarming figures reflect the environmental impact of conferences.
To make conferences and other meetings more efficient and environment-friendly, the Federal Ministry of Life, the Austrian congress and conference industry and the Austrian Consumers’ Association (VKI) have developed a new standard for meetings: the Austrian Eco-Label for Green Meetings and Green Events.
Improved energy efficiency, waste minimisation and environmentally benign modes of travel to and from the venue are the hallmarks of Green Meetings and Green Events. They help avoid mountains of refuse and unsustainable volumes of traffic, stimulate the regional economy through local sourcing of products and services, and follow socially responsible management principles. All these factors contribute to a positive image of the event, not only among participants and sponsors, but also among the local public.
We invite you to “go green” and have your meeting or event certified under the Austrian Eco-Label for Green Meetings and Green Events. As an Eco-Label licensee, we are qualified to support you in organising a Green Meetings and Green Events at the University of Vienna, and will be happy to do so.