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Green European Song Contest

27. February 2015

For the first time the European Song Contest is being organized as a Green Event

The 60th European Song Contest (ESC ) in Vienna will be held in line with the Austrian sustainability standard “Ecolabel” and in accordance with international environmental criteria making it a real "Green Event". Alexander Wrabetz, Director General of host broadcaster ORF (Austrian National Broadcasting Company) announced the good news during a recent press conference which – of course – took place in the new carbon negative skyscraper of Vienna University of Technology.

The main goal is to keep the CO2 footprint of the event as small as possible. Electricity shall be supplied through the public grid, which at near 80 percent is derived from renewable sources; visitors will be encouraged to use the public transportation system by offering combined tickets for the event and the trip to the venue. ESC bags will be made of recycled materials. Also decorative and other materials such as tarpaulins will be made available after the ESC for various social projects. Catering will rely on local and organic products; beverages will be served in reusable cups.

The message the organisers wish to convey is: "Make your life a Green Event". In addition the event will have disabled access, be audio described for the visually impaired and transmitted (live on the internet) in international sign language, the music being represented by motion. After the end of the 60th Eurovision Song Contest the city of Vienna shall publish a sustainability-report, which is to serve future host cities as a guide.

Green Certificate: Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management., Andrä Rupprechter handig over the certificate to CEO Alexander Wrabetz

Photos: ORF