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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

Last update: 3 May 2021

Green volunteering

Youth Environment Platform (Jugend Umwelt-Plattform, JUMP)

JUMP offers young adults opportunities for participation, capacity building and personal orientation in the area of environment and sustainability. Long, middle and short-term activities as well as training courses and assistance for projcts are offered.


A voluntary ecological year with education for occupational orientation and environmental project management. The FUJ offers young people aged 18 and above the opportunity to work in a non-profit organisation for 6 to 12 months in the conservation, environmental protection and sustainability area in Austria. The year is recognised as a substitute for civilian service.

An environment conceptions network convention for young people lasting three days on a yearly basis. The program includes workshops, discussions, excursions, further education, tuition offers, networks, contacts around the world of environmental protection and sustainability.

In the project 'Pic herstory - Female Pioneers of Sustainability', a group of 12 young people from all over Austria developed a mobile exhibition under the guidance of professional photographers and writing trainers. The theme of the exhibition is the commitment of female sustainability pioneers from all over the world in the field of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. An online vernissage was held.

A group of young people is encouraged to produce podcast episodes on various climate and energy topics with the support of professional radio trainers and climate and energy experts. They experience the whole process of creating a podcast and get a first-hand look at radio and podcast work while dealing and disseminating issues of climate change.

  • CEHAPE (Children´s Environment Health Action Plan for Europe)

Young people between 16 and 24 years from Austria can contribute as CEHAPE peers, implement projects and participate in national and international activities.

The purpose of the Frequency GREEN TEAM is to sharpen the awareness of Frequency festival visitors and mutually form the festival more sustainable. With creative ideas, persuading, a lot of motivation and role model behaviour they declare hostilities against the piles of garbage every year.

City Surfers is an instruction course for young pupils from three different schools in Linz (Upper Austria) on climate-friendly mobility as well as safe behaviour in public transport systems.

Environmental NGOs

Young people can also voluntarily engage on environmental matters in a number of NGOs in Austria, such as the Alpine Association/Alpenverein, Friends of Nature/Naturfreunde, Greenpeace, WWF, and the Association of Austrian Animal Welfare - proTier.

Green production and consumption

Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)

Environment Agency Austria was founded in 1985. In 1999 it received the legal status of a limited liability company. The Environment Agency Austria played an active role in environmental protection and monitoring in Austria and in Europe. The experts are developing strategies and solutions for decision-makers in politics, administration and the economy.

EU-environment office Austria (EU-Umweltbüro)

The organisation has been established as the competence centre for European environmental policy and is located at Austria’s environmental umbrella organisation (Umweltdachverband). The key competences of this organisation are comprehensive knowledge of the political preparation of legislation at EU-level and information on current and future developments at EU-level.

The Austrian Ecolabel (Österreichisches Umweltzeichen)

The label has been created on the initiative of the former Federal Ministry of Environment in 1990. It provides the general public with information on the environmental impact of consumer goods that arises from their production, usage and disposal and attracts the attention of consumers to alternative environmentally friendly products.

Footprint calculator

The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie) provides an online tool to calculate the CO2-footprint in Austria.

Conscious consumption (Bewusst einkaufen) and Energy conservation

The website of the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie) provides a large variety of information regarding green consumption. Among other, quality labels are explained, a databank of sustainable products is provided and a Facebook site with news regarding the subject has been launched. It also provides a large variety of information on Energy consumption.

Climate Alliance Austria (Klimabündnis Austria)

Climate Alliance Austria comprises seven regional branch offices and attends to cities, municipalities, schools, nursery schools and enterprises across the country. The main focus lies on information and awareness raising projects and activities to promote knowledge on climate issues and sustainable development and hereby generating public and stakeholder support regarding climate protection, equality and mitigation. The organisation´s working methods are characterised by target-group specific communication, stakeholder-engagement, education and dissemination of best practice on a local, regional and national level.

Klimaaktiv (detailed German website, English overview website)

Klimaaktiv is an Austrian climate protection initiative and integral part of the Austrian climate strategy. It is run by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, Umwelt, Energie, Mobilität, Innovation und Technologie). klimaaktiv’s primary objective is to launch and promote climate-friendly technologies and services. In doing so, klimaaktiv focuses on high standards of quality, provides education and training of professionals, gives advice and cooperates with a large network of partners. The focus is on the four thematic areas of construction and renovation, energy saving, renewable energies and mobility. Municipalities, households and businesses are supported by klimaaktiv in their climate protection activities. The Austrian Energy Agency is entrusted with the operational implementation of the programmes and projects.

WearFair and more

The Wearfair is Austria largest fair for sustainability and eco-fair consumption. Originally conceived as a pure fashion fair, the WearFair and more today claims to cover all consumption area. The fair is organised by the non-profit organisation WearFair + more formed by three major Austrian NGOs: Südwind, Global 2000 and Klimabündnis. In 2017, the fair had its tenth anniversary.