The environmental service program “EcoBusiness Vienna” supports and advises companies that want to operate in an environmentally conscious way. In many cases, companies can – through increased efficiency – even save money.
“Win-win for businesses and the environment” – this is the slogan of EcoBusiness Vienna. The environmental service program of the City of Vienna for Viennese enterprises was founded in 1998 by the Municipal Department for Environmental Protection. The goal is to achieve clean profits for the environment and businesses. Economic success and sustainable business can go hand in hand. Each year, 100 to 130 companies make use of the offer. In total, more than 1,300 Viennese companies have been consulted through the program. They all contribute significantly to the high quality of life in our city.
Regardless of the industry and the size of the company, EcoBusiness Vienna has the right offer for every business. In an initial analysis, the potential savings of a company are identified, followed by an individual consulting program. In the implementation process, the companies are supported by experienced environmental consultants. The offer ranges from “Ecoprofit”, which focuses on reducing operating costs and using resources sparingly, to offers that deal with current topics in our society, such as “Naturally good food” for restaurants and catering companies that want to design their food supply more sustainably or “SDG fit!”, which focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. All measures and resulting savings are recorded in a publicly accessible database. The successes are thus made visible and understandable.
In addition, EcoBusiness Vienna offers companies a unique network of companies and decision-makers in the city. Networking and the exchange of know-how are increasingly important, especially with young entrepreneurs. With RE:WIEN an offer to advise start-ups was created in cooperation with the Impact Hub Vienna. By networking with established Viennese companies, both sides should profit: The young, creative companies from the know-how of an established company, which in turn benefit from the agility of the start-up scene.
EcoBusiness Vienna is connected nationally and internationally. The program is a role model for many cities thanks to the database of measures and the broad support from employers’ and workers’ organizations. The advisory program is financially supported by the City of Vienna, the Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism and the Economic Chamber. The program is also funded by the Chamber of Labor Vienna (AK Wien), the Austrian Trade Union Confederation (ÖGB), the Vienna Business Agency, the Municipal Department for Technical Trade (MA 36) and the municipal district offices. EcoBusiness Vienna makes a significant contribution to the Vienna Climate Protection Program (KliP) and the Urban Energy Efficiency Program (SEP), where it is anchored as an interface to the companies.
More information can be found here.
Municipal Department for Environmental Protection
Website: EcoBusiness Vienna
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