INSPIRE Knowledge Base

Umweltbundesamt Gmbh (Austrian Federal Environment Agency)

LMO Description
Umweltbundesamt Gmbh (Austrian Federal Environment Agency)
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>§ 6. Austrian Environmental Control Act<br /> (Federal Legal Gazette no. 152/1998)<br /> <a href=""></a> </p>
    Main Activities: 
    The Umweltbundesamt is the expert authority of the Federal Government in Austria for environmental protection and environmental control. The Umweltbundesamt is the only expert institution in Austria that deals with all areas of environmental protection. Within the scope of environmental control, the Umweltbundesamt records, analyses and evaluates data on the state and development of the environment in all areas. Every three years the State-of-the-Environment (SoE) Report which covers all environmental media is produced. This Report describes the state and development of the environment in Austria and is submitted to the Austrian National Assembly. The related tasks for handling of environmentally relevant data include the build-up of an integrated geo-portal with environmental information for Austria. Main themes: water, soil, landuse, land-cover, habitats and biotopes.
    The purpose of the work carried out by the Umweltbundesamt is primarily to support the environmental policy of the federal government, which is supplied by the Umweltbundesamt with a wide range of information on the sources of environmental pressures and on ways of preventing or reducing such pressures. The Umweltbundesamt also produces proposals for technical-ecological rules and guidelines. The Umweltbundesamt is a sought-after partner of international organisations such as the EU Commission, the European Environment Agency, UNEP, OECD and ECE. The Umweltbundesamt publishes the results of its work in its studies and reports. In addition to our printed publications, all our publications can be found online, and you may also conduct database queries online for information on a wide range of subjects including air, water or contaminated sites. The Umweltbundesamt currently employs more than 300 experts in environmentally relevant departments, as well as graduates in a wide range of disciplines from universities at home and abroad, who all make up a highly qualified as well as committed and creative team. The experts of the Umweltbundesamt work in close cooperation with scientific institutions at home and abroad. They play a decisive role in the cross-media integration of the findings of these institutions, and in the development of concepts for their political implementation and application. The Umweltbundesamt is thus the competent institution for the establishment of links between science, politics, the authorities and practical application. The Umweltbundesamt is the expert authority for environmental protection of the federal government, which has a 100% ownership of the Umweltbundesamt. The Environmental Control Act of 1998, which conferred the legal status of a limited liability company (GmbH) to the Umweltbundesamt, stipulates the tasks of the Umweltbundesamt. Apart from work for the federal government, the Umweltbundesamt is also entitled to carry out tasks for third parties that are in the general interest (Environmental Control Act § 6 (1) d).
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    Societal Sector: 
    public Agency
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    Coordination rule for most Austrian environmental data; Fulfillment of reporting obligations; Experience with new member states and candidate countries due to Twinning-projects
    Primary Business: 
    Environmental monitoring and state-of-the-environment reporting
    Environmental application domains: 
    All environmental themes (air, water, soil, climate change, land-use, landcover, biodiversity, biosafety, transport, nature protection, chemicals, sustainable development, environmental impact assessment, contaminated sites, waste management, environmental technologies, chemical analysis)