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Sustainability Contest 2009: Austria comes second within the EU

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11. November 2009

Austria comes among top in Europe for renewable energy sources, waste recycling, environmental management and organic farming.

Following on from a gold medal last time round, Austria has now won second place for environmental protection and sustainability in the Sustainability Contest 2009. Denmark and Germany came third and fourth.

The Sustainability Contest is carried out every two years by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. 46 indicators related to waste, energy, water, climate, air pollution, mobility, organic produce and environmental management are assessed.

Austria stands out particularly in the fields of renewable energy and waste recycling as well as environmental management and organic farming. Austria has the highest number of EMAS -certified organisations per head in the EU and the highest percentage of organic farming as a share of total agricultural land.