With pollution levels currently such a critical topic, and with concerns over global warming taking paramount place, having an effective environmental protection system should be a top priority. Since 2003, Austria has been part of the Aaarhus Convention, which encourages member states to share their environmental data, making them fully transparent to the public and consequently improving their recycling record.
Austria is also one of the leading countries in the world in other aspects of environmental protection, such as taking great care to maintain their organic farming industry, ensuring responsible forestry and ensuring excellent water quality.
The deputy of the Austrian Institute for Sustainability summed up why Austria has such a deep concern for its sustainability levels, boldly stating, ‘When it comes to the environment, Austrians are top of Europe and top of the world. Being green has always come naturally to countrymen and we are the pioneers of Europe. We have a broad traditional knowledge of natural topics that comes from a conservative way of life – the farmers, hunters and forest men – that has been handed down from generation to generation. We know how to read the landscapes. We know about the cycle of life, to listen to the wind and to pay attention to the seasons and the way the herbs grow, the birds, and the mushrooms.’