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Factsheet for measure AT-2018-5/2698 – measures in Austria

Sustainability Agenda for Beverage Packaging

Nachhaltigkeitsagenda für Getränkeverpackungen

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 February 2018 – 31 December 2030
Context Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Change of production/Innovation
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 28 October 2022)

Background information

The programme is directed to companies that are active in the following sectors: beverage bottlers, wholesalers, retailers, importers and other distributors, packaging manufacturers and the collection and recycling systems for beverage packaging. Food companies are free to join the measures related to the voluntary food waste avoidance agreement.

Companies that are willing to accept significant parts of this sustainability agenda declare their individual membership. This declaration should be sent to the Austrian Chamber of Commerce. The explanation relates to the sustainability agenda as a whole or to the type of company concerned activities.

Companies that have joined the 2007-2017 Sustainability Agenda are informed of their continuation and do not need to apply again.

Content of measure

The Austrian beverage industry and its social partners introduced a catalogue of measures to ensure sustainability in the production and sale of beverage packages. The measure aims to prevent waste, motivate usage of reusable items, reduce costs and save energy in the production of beverage packages.

The programme establishes a supportive working group 'working group sustainability agenda for beverage packaging' whose responsibility will be the coordination, monitoring and financing of sustainability agenda fulfilment. The working group will also offer workshops and training programmes focusing on the areas of energy management, resource conservation and relevant measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The team may take part in projects that aim to reduce CO2 emissions. In addition, the working group provides cross-company measures to inform consumers about CO2 reduction options and the sustainable design of beverage packaging.

The sustainability agenda annually raises at least €75,000 and it is led by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce.

The project is accompanied by a stakeholder advisory council including the social partners and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water management. The council is responsible for acceptance of goals, measures and procedures. The stakeholder advisory board is to be held annually by the working group to exchange information on the current status of developments with the stakeholders.

The project provides information and coordination about sustainable usage and recycling of PET bottles and one-way containers.

Use of measure

According to 'Österreich isst informiert', an initiative by the food industry, the direct and indirect measures of the programme have saved 355,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents ( Österreich isst informiert 2020 ). The agenda is in force until 31 December 2030.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Social partners jointly

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Unknown Unknown

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C11 Manufacture of beverages
      E - Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management And Remediation Activities E39 Remediation activities and other waste management services
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I56 Food and beverage service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2022), Sustainability Agenda for Beverage Packaging, measure AT-2018-5/2698 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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