The Austrian Eco-label Eco-friendly businesses IN ZELL AM SEE-KAPRUN

Have you ever heard of the EU ECO label or the Austrian Eco-label for tourism businesses? It is a seal of quality that is awarded exclusively to businesses that are strongly committed to environmentally conscious and socially responsible action. In the Zell am See-Kaprun region, several tourism businesses have already been certified with the Austrian Eco-label and many more are to follow in the coming years: In this way, the entrepreneurs set an important sign for protecting nature and valuable resources. At the same time, these businesses consciously support the local economy, as they rely, above all, on regional products and services.

Sustainable businesses in Zell am See-Kaprun

Acting responsibly when it comes to nature is also playing an increasingly important role when choosing a holiday: the Zell am See-Kaprun region has been supporting this change towards more sustainable tourism for many years - for example with the mobility card, which enables guests to use the public transport system in the entire Pinzgau region free of charge in summer. The Austrian Eco-label for Tourism is a further step to enable guests to enjoy sustainable holiday experiences. Choosing an establishment that has been awarded the Austrian Eco-label, you as a guest can be sure that environmentally conscious actions are consistently lived and further developed.

Mobile on the go in Zell am See-Kaprun | © Zell am See-Kaprun Tourismus, Artisual

How does an establishment get the Eco-label?

Before an establishment is awarded the Eco-label, it is monitored by independent experts of umwelt service salzburg. In the process, more than 200 defined criteria are checked: for example, they look at whether as many regional or organic foods as possible are used and served at the breakfast table or at dinner.

Saving energy:
Criteria for the efficient use of energy are examined particularly closely: Where can unnecessary energy consumption be avoided in the running of the business, where can losses be reduced? On-site water measurements, for example, reveal potential for limiting water consumption.
Healthy atmosphere:
At certified establishments, healthy indoor air and atmosphere are supported by the use of natural materials and environmentally friendly cleaning agents. The protection of non-smokers is, of course, also a top priority.
Avoiding waste:
In order to return valuable recyclable materials to the recycling loop, and to reduce residual waste to a minimum, a waste management concept is drawn up with the establishments to be inspected. As a guest, you should also be motivated to actively participate - for example by avoiding waste, separating your waste or simply foregoing the daily change of towels.
Traveling in an environmentally conscious way:
Establishments awarded with the Eco-label promote sustainable travel and offer information and incentives for public transport, (usually) provide a charging infrastructure on site and are the right contact for questions about sustainable mobility services in the region.
Renewable energy

Participating establishments are also informed about opportunities for switching to renewable energy and about offers for further energy and environmental advice. Promoted are, for example, switching from fossil energy to heat pumps, wood heating or photovoltaic systems.

 View of the Alps from the Schmittenhöhe | © Schmittenhöhe

Win-win for the environment, guests, employees and the business

By the way: No matter whether your favourite accommodation is a five-star hotel, a farm or a camping site, tourism enterprises of all kinds as well as museums and exhibition halls can apply for the Austrian Eco-label for Tourism. As for the businesses, the conversion process not only creates more sustainability, but also yields economic benefits and savings for the business every day: Energy, water, cleaning agent consumption, food waste and other waste are reduced through green business management. This has a positive effect on operating costs. A fourfold win-win situation: for you as a guest, for the business, the employees and for the environment.

Establishments with Eco-label in Zell am See-Kaprun

Currently undergoing certification for the Austrian Eco-label