Strengthening environmental protection in Israel

© Umweltbundesamt/Andi Bruckner Karl Kienzl, deputy Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria

Vienna, 9 September 2015 - In September the Environment Agency Austria launched a new project in Tel Aviv with the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection. In the next two years, German, Austrian and Irish experts will be supporting the Ministry in the improvement and implementation of the Environmental Regulatory and Management Framework for Industry and Business and make permitting procedures and environmental inspections more efficient.


“The Environment Agency Austria is an experienced pioneer when it comes to the implementation of environmental standards”, says Karl Kienzl, deputy Managing Director of the Environment Agency Austria. “Our know-how is also in demand in the Middle East where we have been able to acquire Israel as an important new customer for the future.”


The main task of the Environment Agency Austria will be to support the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection in the implementation of EMAS (Eco Management and Audit Scheme). Furthermore the experts will contribute their knowledge and experience in the handling of hazardous wastes, contaminated sites and air pollution control. The project leader is the German Environment Agency, and the project partners are the Environment Agency Austria and the Irish NI-CO Agency (Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas).

Perspectives on Southeast Europe and beyond: 111 projects, 26 countries


The Environment Agency Austria is the leading organisation of experts for all environmental topics and media in Austria and, with a track record of more than 100 individual projects in 26 countries in Eastern and Southeast Europe and in the Mediterranean countries, an experienced project partner. The Environment Agency Austria builds bridges between the economy, science and politics at national and international level, while also developing perspectives on the sustainable development of society in Austria and in Europe and beyond. Through administrative partnerships – so-called Twinning projects – the Environment Agency Austria has been supporting Central and Southeast European authorities in important environmental matters since 1999. It has assisted them in institutional capacity building and in the implementation of EU law. The funds for these projects are provided by the EU.


The Environment Agency Austria in a nutshell


In 2015 the Environment Agency, Austria‘s largest expert organisation for environmental issues, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. With more than 450 staff members from 55 scientific disciplines, it is one of the largest employers in the environment sector in Austria today. In its 30-year history the Environment Agency Austria has, with its expertise, played a decisive role in shaping environmental protection and monitoring in Austria and in Europe. To meet challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity or the energy transition, the Environment Agency Austria develops strategies and solutions and provides them for decision-makers in politics, administration and business. At international level, the Environment Agency Austria is actively involved in more than 200 networks and bodies and provides advice e.g. to the European Parliament and the EU Commission.


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Petra Kestler, Environment Agency Press Office, Tel.: +43 (0)1 313 04-5432