State of the Environment 2001

Sixth State of the Environment Report

In the past years and decades, Austria has made enormous progress in the field of environmental protection, as was documented in previous State of the Environment reports. Large investments undertaken to improve the environmental situation, made possible by forward-looking laws, have proved effective. Due to progress achieved in the last years in areas such as air pollution control and water protection, Austria has become one of the leading nations at the international level.


This does not mean that Austria may rest on her laurels. In the field of environmental protection, many challenges are still waiting. The main target must be to separate the consumption of energy and resources from economic growth. Positive economic developments should be of use to the environment. They should not automatically create additional pressures on the environment. This is the only way to achieve the targeted goals in climate protection or avoid increasing waste streams.


The State of the Environment report provides the empirical basis for environmental policy decisions of general principle. I wish to thank the experts of the Federal Environment Agency for compiling this comprehensive new edition with their extensive know-how.


Mag. Wilhelm Molterer, 
Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management