Do you know why the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU is called ‘Green Presidency’?
It strarts today
- July 01, 2018 10:00
- Monika Dimitrova
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 initiated a sustainable event organisation scheme under the title ‘Greening the Presidency’.
The 2018 Austrian Presidency is continuing this tradition by endeavouring to manage its events in a sustainable fashion. The Austria Center Vienna (ACV), the main presidency venue in Vienna and, as such, permanent conference and media centre, offers excellent conditions for organising ‘Green Presidency’ events. The ACV has been awarded the Austrian Ecolabel. It has a holistic approach to event management which not only takes into account economic and social aspects, but also puts into practice comprehensive environmental measures, for example:
- 100% renewable energy
- solar thermal system
- LED lighting
- waste prevention and separation measures
- water-saving sanitary facilities
- excellent public transport connections
- electric vehicle charging stations
- a certified catering company offering seasonal, regional and organic products