Austrian Sustainable Development Indicators

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Monitoring sustainable development in Austria


In Austria a set of indicators have been introduced in 2007 to bi-annually assess the country’s progress towards sustainable development. The indicators are not only focusing on environmental issues, but as well as they provide information about the quality of life and the well-being of the citizens.

The foundation for the indicators set was set by the Strategy for Sustainable Development, published in 2002, while the set itself was introduced in 2004 as a result of a highly participatory process of different stakeholder group. The first indicator report presenting trends of sustainable development indicators in Austria was issued in 2007 and was later updated in 2009 and 2011.[1]

Sustainability Barometer 2013

The survey includes 26 themes and headline indicators, as follows[2]:

  • Intra- and intergenerational justice – Headline indicator: Inequality of income distribution (top/lowest quintile)
  • International justice – Headline indicator: Official Development Assistance (ODA)
  • Freedom – Headline indicator: Authoritarianism index
  • Peace and security – Headline indicator: At-risk-of-poverty-rate before and after social transfers
  • Governance and participation – Headline indicator: Level of Austrians’ confidence in institutions
  • Health and well-being – Headline indicator: Healthy life years at birth
  • Nutrition – Headline indicator: Body mass index
  • Welfare – Headline indicator: GDP per capita
  • Work level of education – Headline indicator: Total unemployment rate by age, gender, and highest
  • Leisure – Headline indicator: Satisfaction with leisure time organisation and compatibility of work and family life
  • Living and living space – Headline indicator: Close social and functional mixing
  • Mobility – Headline indicator: Access of population to mobility
  • Culture and art – Headline indicator: Public expenditure on cultural activities
  • Education and research – Headline indicator: Youth education attainment 20-24
  • Climate – Headline indicator: Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Air – Headline indicator: Exceedances of the limit value for PM10
  • Radiation – Headline indicator: radiation intensity
  • Energy and material flows – Headline indicator: Energy consumption, Energy intensity, Renewable energies and Material input (DMC and DMI)
  • Landscape – Headline indicator: Landscape changes and Changes in use of land (forests, grassland/arable land)
  • Ecosystems – Headline indicator: Bird species groups and orchids as indicators of habitat quality
  • Water – Headline indicator: Quality of surface water (ecomorphology), Bodies of running water: ecological and chemical

condition and Groundwater quality

  • Soil – Headline indicator:Use of soil and Percentage of sealed land
  • Toxic and environmentally – Headline indicator: Chemicals Index harmful substances and Consumption of specific materials
  • Noise – Headline indicator: Noise pollution

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