The Vienna City Administration, Municipal Department for Environmental Protection, launched the EcoBusinessPlan (EBP) Vienna in 1998. The purpose is to help enterprises to generate ‘green and clean’ profits through ecological management practices that benefit both, the environment and the enterprises, whilst ensuring high quality and financial benefits for each company. Taking into account the diversity of enterprises in the city, the EBP offers a number of different programme modules for large and small enterprises in a variety of industries. The common denominator is to promote sustainability by applying efficient and economical management practices.
Consultancy services are provided to businesses in five different modules, which have been developed to foster environmental best practices and projects. Businesses responded very positively to some of the programme’s focus points, including consultancy services, the stimulus for change it provides, the raising of environmental awareness, the opportunity for a systematic analysis of a business’s current situation, and the enhanced company image as a result of winning an award. The innovative impact of the measures proposed has also been greatly appreciated by the participating businesses. The high-quality consultancy services provided by EBP have spawned the initiation and implementation of a wide variety of new policies and measures. The measures taken are subject to continuous external evaluation, and the relevant information is stored in a database. The database, which is publicly accessible on the internet, is meant to motivate other businesses to launch similar projects. Information about more than 10 000 environmental projects can already be retrieved from the database. The implementation of these projects has enabled businesses to raise their efficiency, reduce resource consumption and achieve sustainable cost saving. This illustrates that environmental efforts also make good business sense. An important advantage of the project is that it is transferable in part or as a whole and can thus be implemented in other regions or countries. UN Habitat has included the EBP Vienna in its Best Practices Database, which lists the best sustainability projects worldwide, and in 2006 the programme was awarded with the EUROCITIES award in the category for cooperation. To date, about 700 enterprises have participated in the EBP, implementing more than 10 000 environmental projects and measures. Through appropriate environmental management practices, these enterprises have been able to generate substantial cost savings totalling around € 42 million. The success of the project illustrates that the voluntary move to apply quality standards that exceed legal requirements creates significant financial benefits.
|Award category:||public service delivery|
|Sector:||Economic affairs, competition, SME|
|Type of activity:||strategic management and planning tools|
|Keywords:||Ecological management, enterprises, consultancy service, measures, database|
|Short English description:||The purpose is to help enterprises to generate ‘green and clean’ profits through ecological management practices that benefit both, the environment and the enterprises, whilst ensuring high quality and financial benefits for each company|
|Organisation:||City of Vienna - Municipal Department for Environmental Protection|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
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|EU membership:||EU member|