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Austrian climate protection price 2011

Austrian climate protection price award show
25. November 2011

On the 21st of November 2011, the environment minister Niki Berlakovich and the director of the national broadcasting service (ORF) Alexander Warbetz, awarded the Austrian climate protection price to four lucky winners in Vienna.

The price is part of the klima:aktiv initiative which is deeply embedded in the Austrian federal climate strategy, consisting of measures of regulation, taxation, and subsidies. This particular price has been awarded on a yearly basis since 2008 in four main areas of interest. 300 submissions, 60.000 public votes and the high quality of the nominated projects illustrate the environmental awareness and determination of Austrians to take action for the environment.

At the award ceremony, the environment minister, Niki Berlakovich, highlighted the importance of actions over words and the need to reward those who have made a difference in their private or professional lives through their own initiative. The submitted projects this year illustrated the strong connection between the business world and environmental initiatives, the benefits for the job market through the creation of new green jobs and Austria`s path to energy self-sufficiency through the use of renewable energies.

Alexander Wrabetz emphasized the vitality of not merely broadcasting reports, but more importantly presenting a course of action to the public. The Austrian climate protection price is therefore an important tool not only to publicize effective initiatives but also to trigger the motivation and innovative spirit of individuals, businesses, public bodies and whole regions. For more information (in German) please visit: The winning projects 2011 are:

Category: “Agriculture & Industry”

Project Title: Wo Sinn und Freude wächst (where meaning and joy grow)
Submitted by: Sonnentor Kräuterhandelsgesellschaft; Lower Austria
Synopsis: Is a sustainable and environmentally friendly business that cooperates with 150 organic farmers and is a reliable partner in numerous development projects.

Category: “Industry & Large Corporations”

Project Title: Griffen Green- Energieautakie ist möglich (Energy self- sufficiency is possible)
Project Title: GriffnerHaus AG; Carinthia
Synopsis: The construction of two three story buildings with 18 rental flats was not only completed at a record speed and at a lower total cost than expected but also adhered, or even excelled, the EU guidelines for 2019.

Category: “Public Establishments & Regions”

Project Title: Bergladen Vorderstoder (Mountain/Village Shop Vorderstoder)
Project Title: Verein Pro Vorderstoder; Upper Austria
Synopsis: The inhabitants of the mountain village Vorderstorder opened their own local store after their previous local business closed down. Together they raised a start capital of 50.000 Euros and are now running the store through an association. Countless journeys could be economized.

Category: “Everyday Life & Ideas”

Project Title: Photovoltaik- Eisdiele (photovoltaic ice cream parlor)
Project Title: HTBLA Weiz, Helfried Tuisel; Styria
Synopsis: In the realm of their theses, two students developed the idea of sun-cooled ice cream through a photovoltaic system. The concept was realized in an ice cream parlor which now functions without the use of any electrical sockets.