Eco-label for green events
Austria has introduced an eco-label for “Green Events”, where events need to meet a number of criteria and demonstrate compliance with them to earn the label. The main focus lies on mobility, location and waste management, but reusable plastics are also promoted.
One of the certification criteria is the use of reusable tableware and cups, and serving drinks from reusable bottles or large reusable containers. According to the government programme 2020-2024, the political goal is to turn the majority of sports and cultural events into green events.
The main benefits of green events are improving the events’ quality and image, saving resources and costs, while creating awareness for sustainability.
In western Austria, large municipalities like Doren exclusively host green events. While in cities including Salzburg and Vienna, local laws have been implemented to guarantee the reduction of single-use waste.