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This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme
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Tools for environmental training for SMEs in Austria

General Information

In Austria, education on sustainable development is based on international agreements such as the Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and is claimed nationally by the Austrian Strategy for Sustainable Development.
The Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture started the initiative “FORUM Umweltbildung” (Environmental education FORUM). It operates as an innovation- and project agency of the two ministries within the environmental umbrella organization and serves as educational institution in order to establish sustainable development nationwide.
Further education for SMEs is also offered by the Institute for Economic Advancement (WIFI), an institution founded by the Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO).
But not only public institutions, also private companies offer environmental trainings for SMEs. Nearly all establishments which offer environmental trainings for SMEs in Austria are listed below (chapter 2: Specific Information).

Specific Information

WIFI Wirtschaftsförderungsinstitut (Institute for Economic Advancement)
The name ‘WIFI‘ can be taken literally: The economy is provided with practice-orientated knowledge by WIFI. All Austrian enterprises profit since WIFI is not only a broadcaster of knowledge but also a platform, since the WIFI is a sought-after partner of SMEs and last but not least since the WIFI operates as international interface.

Training: European Energy Manager:
What impact do changes on the energy market (liberalization, energy taxes, emission trading etc.) have on the operational cost structures? Have you already defined measures to counteract possible cost increases?

Training: Waste Management:
Waste Management is becoming more and more important. This applies to local communities as well as for companies: waste prevention, waste recycling and waste disposal are relevant in every company. The Waste management Training offers key skills for this field.
FORUM Umweltbildung“ (Environmental education FORUM)
The „FORUM Umweltbildung“ (Environmental education FORUM) combines more than twenty years of experience in environmental education with innovative and groundbreaking educational approaches especially in the field of education for sustainable development.
FORUM Umweltbildung offers educational support via publications, websites, events like conferences and workshops, innovative flagship projects, educational networks, educational funds and personal contact. FORUM Umweltbildung works for a target group of educators in the formal (school and university) and non-formal (further education, adult education) educational sector in Austria.
FORUM Umweltbildung is an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture.
die umweltberatung Österreich (Eco Counselling Austria)
"die umweltberatung" is an independent educational and counselling organisation.
Experts provide customer oriented answers to an ecological lifestyle and implement forward-looking projects. Our customers are consumers, multipliers, municipalities and companies.
"die umweltberatung" advocates for a sustainable, ecological development of economy and society. By way of following those principles, our livelihood can be conserved. Preventing environmental protection is the motif for "die umweltberatung".
Prevention is in every respect preferred to mending – which applies especially to environmental protection. A sustainable ecological way of economical behavior and life prevents from costly reconditioning and creates a higher quality of life!

Energy Consultant Training:
The goal of an energy consultation is to make customers aware of their own energy situation, to give an overview of the possibilities of an economic energy use and to support them when decisions have to be made. Furthermore energy consultants should promote energy saving and the use of renewable energies.
klima:aktiv - the Austrian climate protection initiative
klima:aktiv is the Austrian climate protection initiative launched by the “Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management”, embedded in the Austrian federal climate strategy.
The primary objective of klima:aktiv is to introduce and promote climate friendly technologies and services. Doing so, klima:aktiv changes both Austria’s economy and its everyday life!
An overview of all environmental trainings offered by klima:aktiv can be found on the following website:
Klimabündnis Österreich (Climate Alliance Austria)
The Climate Alliance is the biggest communal network on climate protection in Europe. Regions, schools and Companies form a partnership together with indigenous organizations of the Amazon-region.
Quality Austria
Quality Austria is the leading Austrian contact for trade and industry and society in terms of issues relating to integrated management systems, which are based on quality, environmental, safety and OH&S (occupational health and safety) management, as well as to the topic of business quality.
Quality Austria offers trainings and certification for persons in the field of environmental management:
The basic idea of ECOPROFIT® is a win-win-model, using integrated environmental technologies to strengthen businesses economically and simultaneously improve the local environment. Enterprises are enabled to cut their costs through investments into operational environmental protection and to increase their eco-efficiency.

Environmental Manager according to ECOPROFIT
The training qualifies employees of all business areas and forms a continuous qualification concept for training internal Sustainability Managers. The 4 training modules offer excellent job opportunities for the employees. As for the entrepreneurs, qualification of their employees in economic and ecological issues offers the opportunity of translating their sustainable and economic corporate goals into action.

Energy Manager according to ECOPROFIT:
Internal energy demand and the commensurate costs are rising a lot. This is why companies have a high need for competence in the field of energy. Knowledge of energy consumption and potentials as well as the use of renewable energies is one of the most important assets helping an internal Energy Manager to improve the energy balance. Being qualified as an Energy Manager according to ECOPROFIT, employees will be capable of identifying and assessing energy flows and initiating optimization processes.
BFI (Jobpromotion institute)
Owned by the Chambers of Labour and the Austrian Trade Union Federation the bfi vocational training institute is the largest educational institution for workers in Austria.
Their activities focus on vocational education and (continuing) training for workers as well as educational and occupational schemes for unemployed persons and workers threatened with unemployment.

Training: Legal issues within Environmental Management:
In this training you receive the know-how of the most important legal issues and basics of the interdisciplinary field of environmental management. The particular subject matters of this training guarantee a profound basic education in the field of environmental law resp. environmental management. The participants will receive a comprehensive qualification as operational environmental law expert.


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